When shopping for a vehicle, safety often takes priority for families, and Honda is delivering with its new minivan. The redesigned-for-2018 Odyssey earned top crash-test scores from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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In IIHS testing, the Odyssey achieved the Top Safety Pick Plus rating, which is the agency's highest designation. It earned the top score of good in all five crashworthiness tests, a superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable rating for headlights. Honda's automatic braking system is standard on EX trims and above. According to Honda, an Odyssey equipped with the system automatically avoided a collision in track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph.
To qualify for a Top Safety Pick Plus award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five tests, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention, and an acceptable or good headlight rating.
In NHTSA's tests, the Odyssey earned a five-star overall rating, the government's highest, with scores of five stars in front and side crashes, and four stars for rollover protection.
One of the Odyssey's key competitors, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, also earned IIHS's Top Safety Pick Plus designation, but the award only applies to models built after August 2016. The Pacifica also earned a five-star rating from NHTSA.
Other competitors did not fare as well. The 2017 Toyota Sienna earned only an acceptable rating in IIHS' small front overall lap test, precluding it from Top Safety Pick honors. NHTSA rated it five stars overall, however.