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.