2011 Honda Odyssey, Three GM Crossovers Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards
The 2011 Honda Odyssey, 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, 2011 Buick Enclave and 2011 GMC Acadia each earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick designation in the minivan and large SUV categories.
To earn the award, a vehicle must receive the top rating of Good in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The vehicle also must be equipped with electronic stability control, which is standard on the above models.
The vehicle also must pass the institute’s roof-strength test. To pass, a vehicle’s roof must be able to withstand the force of four times the vehicle’s weight.The Honda Odyssey can withstand 5.15 times its own weight; the GM CUVs can withstand four times.
The GM crossovers are built off the same structural platform, so each received an identical score.
Measurements taken from the dummies used during tests of the Odyssey and GM crossovers show a low risk of significant injury in a 40-mph frontal offset crash. However, IIHS points out that in the Odyssey, a leg injury is possible. Side impact testing — a 31-mph perpendicular crash test — also shows a low risk of injury to the driver and/or rear passenger.
The 2011 Odyssey and GM crossovers also received five-star ratings in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration testing earlier this year.