Along with some mild styling updates and interior upgrades, an update for the 2021 model year gave the Honda Odyssey additional standard safety tech. Now the 2021 Odyssey can add 2020 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus to its resume, having earned the insurance-industry-backed crash-safety advocate’s highest accolade.
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To qualify as a Top Safety Pick Plus, a vehicle needs to achieve a score of good (on a scale of good, acceptable, marginal or poor) in six crashworthiness tests: driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats.
Additionally, a vehicle needs its front crash avoidance systems to earn a score of superior or advanced (on a scale of superior, advanced or basic) in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash avoidance testing. The Odyssey’s system earned a superior rating in both tests, and for 2021, the system is now standard on all trim levels.
“In the vehicle-to-vehicle evaluation, the Odyssey avoided collisions at 12 and 25 mph,” IIHS said in a statement. “In the vehicle-to-pedestrian evaluation, it avoided collisions or substantially slowed, mitigating the force of the impact, in tests designed to simulate three common pedestrian crash scenarios.”
Headlight testing is the third component and uses the same rating scale as the crashworthiness tests. To be named a Top Safety Pick Plus, every available headlight for a vehicle must earn at least a score of acceptable. The Odyssey has one standard set of LED headlights for every trim, which earns an acceptable rating.
At this point, the 2021 Odyssey is the only minivan IIHS has awarded either Top Safety Pick Plus or the lesser Top Safety Pick. The 2020 models of the Chrysler Pacifica, Kia Sedona and Toyota Sienna did not receive the necessary crashworthiness scores to qualify, and we’re still awaiting IIHS testing results for each model’s coming redesign.
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