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2011 Honda Odyssey Earns Best-Possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in More-Stringent U.S. Government Crash Test Safety Rating Program


TORRANCE, California1/27/2011


TORRANCE, California (January 27, 2011) – The all-new 2011 Honda Odyssey has earned the U.S.-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) best-possible Overall Vehicle Score  of five stars and is one of the first two vehicles ever to earn five stars in each seating position for all three crash tests, each crash test category as well as the overall rating. The Odyssey joins the redesigned 2011 Accord Sedan as one of the few vehicles to date that achieves the U.S. government’s best-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score and five stars in the combined frontal and side crash safety ratings.

The Odyssey achieved its top Overall Vehicle Score with five-star ratings for the frontal crash safety test and both side crash safety tests in all evaluated front and rear seating positions and scenarios. Additionally, the Odyssey received the highest achievable rollover rating in the light-truck vehicle class using the program’s measurement methodology.

The newly introduced Overall Vehicle Score is part of the federal government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) that is first being applied to 2011 models. The Overall Vehicle Score represents the combined results of the overall ratings from the frontal crash tests, the side crash tests and the rollover-resistance into a single, summary score between one and five stars. Additional information is available at

All 2011 Odyssey vehicles utilize the Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment.

Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags; a driver's front side airbag; and a front passenger's side airbag with an occupant position detection system.

Now in its 41st year of operation in Canada, Honda Canada Inc. has sold more than 3,300,000 Honda and Acura passenger cars and light-duty trucks in Canada.  Since 1986, Honda Canada has built more than 5,300,000 cars and trucks at its Ontario assembly facilities.