Honda Odyssey is one of the safest cars in America

2018 Honda minivan gets an excellent rating from IIHS and NHTSA

For families in search of a people mover, there is excellent news. The 2018 Honda Odyssey just received a five-star overall rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), and the Top Safety Pick+ from IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety).

It is very rare for a car to receive such good ratings from both the NHTSA and the IIHS. The only downside is the fact that for the Top Safety Pick+ the Odyssey must be equipped with LED headlights and Honda Sensing. These safety features come as standard on the Odyssey EX and higher trim levels for the model year 2018.

In reality, this isn't an issue, as Honda states that 99% of the Odyssey models sold are EX trim or above. For the NHTSA tests, the Odyssey earned five-star ratings for both front and side impacts, with a four-star rating for rollovers.

Make sure you check out Consumer Reports' list of best in class cars