After earning the top rating of good for roof strength, the Honda Odyssey minivan, and 3 large GM SUVs (GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave) become the latest 2011 TOP SAFETY PICK winners.
“Car buyers shopping for safety get a big head start with vehicles earning our Top Safety Pick designation,” said Institute president Adrian Lund. “This award highlights the elite group of vehicles that earn top Institute safety ratings across the board, and that have electronic stability control.”
The Honda Odyssey is the second minivan to earn TOP SAFETY PICK since the Institute tightened the criteria to include good performance for roof strength in rollover crashes (the other is the Toyota Sienna).
According to the Institute, the roof of the Odyssey withstood a force more than 5 times the minivan’s weight. The Acadia’s roof withstood a force equal to 4 times weight.
By comparison, the current federal standard is 1.5 times weight. TOP SAFETY PICK only applies to Acadia, Traverse, and Enclave models manufactured after January 2011, because GM made running changes to improve roof strength for these models.
Moreover, the Traverse, Enclave and Acadia earlier earned a 5-star overall vehicle score in the revised New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.