2014 Honda Odyssey Features
The 2014 Honda Odyssey Safety Features and Ratings
When you look for a vehicle like the 2014 Honda Odyssey at Silko Honda, you want something that’s a good fit for your family. While there are many things that are important for a family vehicle: safety comes first. With a 14-year history of earning the top safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Odyssey has long been a great choice for families looking for a safe minivan, and the 2014 model steps it up a notch.
Safety Features on the Odyssey
The Odyssey comes with many safety-enhancing features as standard—as well as the option to upgrade to further amenities. Standard safety features include Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (or ACE) body structure. Built to crumple in just the right places in the event of an accident, the ACE body structure distributes the energy from a crash away from the passengers and has helped the Odyssey to become the only minivan to earn a “good” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s small overlap front crash test.
Side curtain airbags, dual-stage multi-threshold front airbags, and front side airbags combine with the ACE body structure to help cushion any passengers in the event of an accident. Honda has even developed a brand new kind of side airbag that is made to protect passengers in angled collisions. All Honda models also come with vehicle stability assist (VSA) with built-in traction control as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS).
Honda’s standard technology package is designed to help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road, featuring Bluetooth phone and audio integration, SMS text messaging, and more that can all be controlled through intuitive steering wheel-mounted buttons.
The standard rearview camera also makes backing up and parallel parking easier, giving drivers a full view of what’s behind their minivan. There is an upgraded rearview camera that includes multiple angles at the Touring and Touring Elite trim levels. Features that become standard at higher trim levels include Honda’s LaneWatch technology, an additional blind-spot warning system, and lane departure and forward collision warning systems.
IIHS and NHTSA Safety Ratings
The two safety giants, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the NHTSA both granted their highest rankings to the 2014 Odyssey:
- The Odyssey earned the best rating of Good from the IIHS in frontal-offset tests, roof-strength, and side impact tests. Whiplash protection seats and head restraints netted it a top rating from the IIHS as well. The IIHS has named the minivan a Top Safety Pick+.
- The NHTSA gave the Odyssey a five-star overall safety rating, stemming from five-star ratings in frontal crash and side crash tests.