2014 Honda Odyssey gets Top Safety Pick+ honors from IIHS

Article by Anita Panait, on August 30, 2013

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given Top Safety Pick+ honors to the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan. The updated minivan received a "good" rating on the so-called small overlap crash test, which simulates what may happen if a vehicle’s left front corner collides with an object like an oncoming car, a tree or a pole.

Honda freshened the Odyssey for 2014 by installing a strengthened steel frame and more robust airbags, instead of waiting for the next redesign of the minivan, which is still a few years from now.

Art St. Cyr, vice president of product planning and logistics at American Honda Motor Co., said in a statement, remarked tha the carmaker’s commitment to safety is “perhaps best demonstrated by the fact” that they achieved a high standard in a midcycle refresh, referring to the rating received by the 2014 Honda Odyssey.

Honda now has six vehicles that received Top Safety Pick+ honors -- the 2013 Civic sedan and coupe, the 2013 Accord sedan and coupe, the 2013 Acura TL and now the 2014 Odyssey. The company's engineering push commenced in 2009, when IIHS published a research showing that an outsized number of deaths in car accidents were results of small overlap crashes.

The crash energy in these accidents goes around the steel structures that crumple to cushion the blow of a crash with airbags not employing as intended. According to Joe Nolan, vice president for vehicle research at IIHS, Honda took admirable steps to deal with the shortfalls of the Odyssey, resulting to the good rating.

The exterior of the 2014 Odyssey showcases a style that has more sophistication and even sleeker. The hood is made up of aluminum and is sculpted more deeply. Composed of aluminum as well are the fenders in the front. Meanwhile, the twin-bar grille is bolder with the lower front fascia being redesigned. Integrated to this region are fog lights with the chrome trim.

Helping with the premium look for this model are the two-tone mirror housings and the projector-beam headlight housings that come with a darker finish. There are also the LED taillight bars as well as the new badging. On the interior, the cabin has a finish which results in it being brighter. There is also a new center stack which reveals a wide array of new features.

Under the Odyssey Touring Elite, the brand is offering extra technology equipped as standard that is aimed at increasing connectivity and making everyone inside comfortable. Examples of such features include SMS text messaging function, HD Radio, and a keyless Smart Entry with Push Button Start. Offered as well is the HondaLink which comes with the Aha Mobile interface.

The HondaLink was first revealed with the 2013 Honda Accord. Through this feature, owners of Odyssey models can connect easily and quickly to a wide range of content, mainly based on the cloud. This free smartphone application ensures that owners are able to access their very own favorite online content in order to create live radio stations that are more personalized.

Drivers therefore will no longer need to use their phones in order to listen to updates or even be updated on what is happening on Twitter and Facebook. Owners can also look into restaurant reviews and even see which coffee shop is the nearest one there is. With the 2014 Odyssey Touring Elite, it will also come with the HondaVAC as standard. This feature was created by the brand through a partnership with Shop-Vac, an industry leader in vacuum cleaner.

Made up of a strong vacuum, canister bag, and replaceable filter, the nozzle accessories have been incorporated through a dedicated driving space positioned on the driver’s side of the bulkhead of this model’s rear cargo area. Regardless of where the dirt is, the HondaVAC is able to do fast cleanups. This is because of a strong cleaning suction which is integrated with cleaning and hose attachments that can go anywhere inside the cabin.

Press Release

2014 Honda Odyssey Remains the Only Minivan to Achieve Top Rating of GOOD in IIHS Small Overlap Frontal Test Earning a TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating

The 2014 Honda Odyssey is the only minivan to earn the highest possible ratings of GOOD in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) stringent small overlap frontal crash test and is a 2014 TOP SAFETY PICK+ designation when equipped with optional front crash prevention. The Honda Odyssey became the first minivan to earn the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating in August of 2013. The IIHS created the small overlap frontal crash test to replicate what happens when the front corner of a car collides with another vehicle or an object such as a tree or utility pole.

"Honda's commitment to the safety of its customers is clearly demonstrated by the segment-leading safety ratings of the Odyssey," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of auto operations at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "As the only minivan to offer the highest possible IIHS-rated protection in small overlap crashes, car buyers can look to the Honda Odyssey to securely and safely transport what's most important – their families."

Already the benchmark minivan in terms of fuel efficiency and innovative features, occupant safety for the 2014 Honda Odyssey is further enhanced through the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The second-generation of the ACE™ body structure has also been applied to the 2014 Honda Accord Coupe and Sedan and the 2014 Civic Sedan models that previously achieved the TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating.

The next-generation ACE™ body structure improves frontal crash energy management through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. In addition, other body reinforcements work in tandem with the strengthened body structure to better maintain the occupant compartment volume during frontal collisions by providing additional crash energy pathways to help mitigate the forces transmitted to the passenger compartment.

Standard safety equipment on all Honda and Acura models include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; and front side airbags.

While Honda has made structural improvements to the 2014 Odyssey, Honda also has applied a new type of side curtain airbag that includes a front chamber design providing additional protection in situations where occupants move in a more angled outboard trajectory, such as those that might occur in oblique or offset crashes.

The company also is offering advanced driver-assistive technologies such as LaneWatch™, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning as available technologies to a broad segment of its product lineup. Also, Honda has applied rearview cameras as standard equipment to 100-percent of its vehicle lineup for the 2015 model year.

Honda Safety Leadership
Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies designed to enhance the safety of all road users, including automobile occupants, motorcycle riders and pedestrians. The company operates two of the world's most sophisticated crash test facilities, in Ohio and Japan, and is responsible for numerous pioneering efforts in the areas of crashworthiness, airbag technology, collision compatibility and pedestrian safety.

1Based on 2014 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK and TOP SAFETY PICK+ ratings as of 11/20/14.


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