2011 Honda Odyssey gets best overall vehicle score for passing crash tests

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 31, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the best-possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars to the all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey. It is one of the first two vehicles ever to receive five stars in each seating position for all three crash tests, each crash test category and the overall rating, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The other vehicle that has achieved this is the 2011 Accord Sedan. The Odyssey achieved its top Overall Vehicle Score with five-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios.

In addition, the Odyssey got four stars for the rollover rating, the highest score that could be achieved in the light-truck vehicle class using the program's measurement methodology. The recently introduced Overall Vehicle Score is included in the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that is being applied to 2011 models first.

New car shoppers will find it convenient to view the Overall Vehicle Score (a single, summary score) which represents the combined results of the overall ratings from the frontal crash tests, the side crash tests and the rollover-resistance. More information is available at www.safercar.gov.

Unlike the previous year, the 2011 model year of the Honda Odyssey offers higher fuel economy and displays a style that is more unique. It also offers interior functionality that is more impressive than ever. An example of a key improvement in the interior is the "3-mode" second-row seat design that helps passengers in the center become even more comfortable. This particular feature will be available for the Odyssey EX versions and higher.

The Odyssey Touring model in particular meanwhile is powered by the i-VTEC 3.5-liter V-6 engine that has the Variable Cylinder Management, though this will be standard for the 2011 models, and can create as much as 248 hp of power.

In terms of fuel economy, the one in the Touring has EPA-estimated figures of 19 mpg for city, 28 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. Some of the models will also be fitted with the latest in technology like the rear entertainment system that comes with a 16.2-inch split-screen ultrawide display and a High-Definition Multimedia Interface auxiliary video input.

There is also the intelligent" Multi-Information Display that offers a way to customize the wallpaper, and the navigation models that incorporate FM traffic data, to name a few. If anything, one can say that the 2011 Odyssey is a true American-made vehicle. It was designed, engineered, and then assembled in the U.S. It is manufactured exclusively at the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama facility, utilizing parts both sourced locally and globally.

Press Release

2011 Honda Odyssey Earns Best-Possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in More-Stringent Federal Government Crash Test Safety Rating Program

The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey has earned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) best-possible Overall Vehicle Score of five stars and is one of the first two vehicles ever to earn five stars in each seating position for all three crash tests, each crash test category and the overall rating, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Odyssey joins the 2011 Accord Sedan as one of the few vehicles to date that achieves the federal government's best-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score and five stars in the combined frontal and side crash safety ratings.

The Odyssey achieved its top Overall Vehicle Score with five-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios. Additionally, the Odyssey received four stars for the rollover rating, the highest achievable in the light-truck vehicle class using the program's measurement methodology.
The newly introduced Overall Vehicle Score is part of the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that is first being applied to 2011 models. As a convenience to new car shoppers, the Overall Vehicle Score represents the combined results of the overall ratings from the frontal crash tests, the side crash tests and the rollover-resistance into a single, summary score between one and five stars. Additional information is available at www.safercar.gov.

All 2011 Odyssey vehicles utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag; and a front passenger's side airbag with an occupant position detection system.

Overall, the Odyssey improves for the 2011 model year with greater interior functionality, a more distinctive style and higher fuel economy. Significant enhancements to the interior include a new "3-mode" second-row seat design that is more comfortable for center passengers (Odyssey EX and above). A more powerful and efficient 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine features Variable Cylinder Management (standard on all models for 2011) and produces 248 hp while delivering an EPA-estimated city/highway/combined fuel economy of 19/28/22 mpg on Odyssey Touring models.

New technology available on certain models includes a rear entertainment system with a 16.2-inch ultrawide split-screen display and an auxiliary High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) video input, an "intelligent" Multi-Information Display (i-MID) with customizable wallpaper, integration of FM traffic data on navigation models and much more.

The 2011 Odyssey is truly an American-made vehicle – designed, engineered and assembled in the United States. The Odyssey is produced exclusively at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama (HMA) using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For more information and downloadable high-resolution images of Honda vehicles, please visit www.hondanews.com. Consumer information is available at www.honda.com.

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