Next Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE)

The all-new Odyssey features a new ultra-low platform balancing the characteristics of a utility and passenger vehicle perfectly. In the pursuit of sedan-like driving performance torsional rigidity has been improved significantly over the previous generation. This has been achieved using new materials and a new design. The lower floor, higher roof and dual sliding rear doors have greatly improved cabin space.  The new Odyssey also benefits from next generation Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure improving collision performance, occupant and pedestrian safety.


Next Generation ACE Body Structure

  • High Strength Cabin
  • Highly Efficient Load Distribution Structure
  • New Rigidity Improving Joint Design

The new Odyssey utilises the next generation of Honda's proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE) body structure technology to enhance occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal collisions. The improved design uses more high tensile strength steel to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front, side and rear of the vehicle. A high-efficiency load distribution floor and chassis structure is designed to more effectively disperse and absorb collision energy from any side.  This is achieved with the revised joint design throughout the vehicle and energy dispensing framework at the front.

This enhanced all round crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. The all-new Odyssey has achieved a full 5 star ANCAP rating, excelling particularly in the side impact and head protection areas.  


Rigidity Improvements

In the pursuit of sedan-like handling, the all-new Odyssey features greater structural rigidity. The two large sliding doors, and increased cabin space are fantastic for passenger comfort, but traditionally compromise chassis rigidity. Honda have improved the rigidity and not allowed these features to impact on chassis integrity through the increased use of high tensile steel with additional bracing for strengthening.  Additional bracing has been carried out in the following areas

  • Front sub-frame to body – side to side load
  • B pillars to floor frame – torsional improvements
  • Floor frame to rear side panels – torsional improvements

High tensile steel makes up 38% of the vehicle’s structure, the high use of these materials improves handling and reduces weight whilst helping to achieve a low centre of gravity.