2014 Honda Odyssey Aces Difficult New Crash Test
Posted on September 3, 2013
The updated 2014 Honda Odyssey is the first minivan to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s “Top Safety Pick+” designation by performing well in the challenging small overlap front test. Honda asked the IIHS to test the Odyssey to highlight structural changes the automaker made to improve occupant protection in a small overlap front crash. Click here to see the results on the IIHS’s website.
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Honda redesigned the Odyssey for the 2014 model. While there are no major styling changes, the new model features high-strength steel in the front door frames, floor pan and front wheel wells for a more rigid occupant compartment. The side curtain airbags also extend farther forward to offer comprehensive head protection in both a side crash and a small overlap front crash. The 2014 Honda Odyssey also features other updates, including an industry first built-in vacuum cleaner!
The IIHS added the small overlap test to its test regiment last year. It replicates what happens when the front corner of a vehicle strikes another vehicle or an object like a tree or a utility pole. In the test, 25 percent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver side strikes a 5-foot-tall rigid barrier at 40 mph. A 50th percentile male Hybrid III dummy is belted in the driver seat.
In the 2014 Odyssey’s test, the driver’s space was maintained reasonably well. Injury measures on the dummy indicated a low risk of injury in a crash of this severity. Because the structure helped keep the steering column stable, the front airbag stayed in front of the driver dummy during the crash to provide good protection. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with the side structure and outside object.