IIHS: 2018 Honda Odyssey earns Top Safety Pick+ award

Honda Odyssey maintains the minivan’s good ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crashworthiness tests and is available with two things the previous version lacked — a high-performing automatic braking system and acceptable headlights.

The changes mean the 2018 model qualifies for the top award from IIHS, Top Safety Pick+.

To earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award, a vehicle must have good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints — an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating.

The 2017 Odyssey was available only with optional forward collision warning, earning it a basic rating for front crash prevention. Its headlights weren’t evaluated.

The 2018 model’s optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating. In IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph, an Odyssey equipped with the system avoided collisions. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets National Highway Traffic Safety Administration criteria.

The Odyssey’s Elite and Touring trim lines earn an acceptable rating for their LED reflector headlights. The two trims include high-beam assist, a feature that automatically switches between high beams and low beams, depending on the presence of other vehicles.

Headlights on other trim lines earn a marginal or poor rating.

Source: IIHS