Washington, D.C. – The 2011 Honda Odyssey, and the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia have been named Top Safety Picks by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Vehicles named Top Safety Picks must achieve the highest possible IIHS ratings of “good” in front, side, rear and rollover crash protection tests, and must be equipped with electronic stability control.
The four models received the designation after earning a “good” rating for roof strength. The Odyssey is the second minivan, after the Toyota Sienna, to earn a Top Safety Pick award since the IIHS tightened the criteria to include the roof strength test.
In the latest tests, the Odyssey’s roof withstood a force more than five times the vehicle’s weight, while the GM vehicles withstood a force of four times their weight. By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight.
The Top Safety Pick award only applies to Traverse, Enclave and Acadia models built after January 2011, due to running changes made to improve the roof strength for these models.