2018 Honda Odyssey Body Structure

2018 Honda Odyssey Body Structure

The 2018 Honda Odyssey  increased the use of high strength steels which helped the vehicle shed 75 pounds of weight. Honda used the highly innovative, next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) in the body structure.

Take a look at the image below.  Notice the outer door ring (Dark Purple) steel is made from Ultra-high strength steel?  The hinge pillars in new vehicles are getting stronger and the overall size is growing as well.  The front door ring reinforcement is now a single laser, tailor-welded part. This door ring is comprised of five different sections of varying strengths of steel.


Like past Honda and Acura vehicles, the 2018 Honda Odyssey has a Magnesium Steering hanger beam/dash panel substrate.


The 2018 Honda Odyssey contains eight standard airbags. It features an i-SRS front airbag system, knee airbags and three-row side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor system designed to deploy them in the event of a rollover. Honda uses SmartVent side airbags, which are designed to deploy safely in a manner that mitigates the risk of injury to out-of position or smaller occupants.

A few statistics on steels used in the Auto Industry:

  • On average, a new vehicle has 254 pounds of high performance steel.
  • There are more than 200 grades of high strength steel for different applications.
  • Steel has become 6x stronger in the last decade.
  • Steel is 3-4x stronger than the latest aluminum alloys.
  • Approximately 60-80 tons of steel is recycled each year.
  • Steel production has lower greenhouse emissions than production alternatives

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