Honda Ridgeline Is First Pickup Truck to Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

January 25th, 2017 by

Ridgeline RTFor various reasons, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has stood out from the crowd since its launch in 2016, and this pioneering pickup truck has just added one more reason: It has become the first truck in history to earn a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A Standout Achievement

Every year, the individual vehicles that are considered to be the safest in the automotive industry are ranked by the IIHS as either a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+, according to their crash test performance. The highest ranking of Top Safety Pick+ has never before been given to a pickup truck model—until now.

The Top Safety Pick+ designation was added to the IIHS rankings in 2013. Since that time, pickup truck models have received the lesser Top Safety Pick award, but that is as far as any truck has gotten.

Now, the Honda Ridgeline has broken through to become the first truck to ever be named a Top Safety Pick+, receiving that ranking when equipped with its optional front crash prevention and certain headlights.

In the following crash tests administered by the IIHS, the Honda Ridgeline received the highest possible rating of “Good”: small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints, and seats.

The Ridgeline was further given an “A” grade for the ease of use of its child seat anchors, and the Ridgeline received a “Superior” rating for its front crash prevention.

Geared Up for Safety

An array of safety features comes standard for each new Honda vehicle, including the Honda Ridgeline. This offering of safety equipment includes the Honda Sensing suite of technologies, which consists of features like a Lane Keeping Assist System, a Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.

Every new Honda model is also equipped with standard safety features like a rearview camera, advanced airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, an anti-lock braking system, and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.

Experience the Incredible Ridgeline

To explore the 2017 Honda Ridgeline’s many standout features, including its exciting first-in-the-market offerings, drivers should head into their nearest West Michigan Honda Dealers location today. Our knowledgeable team members are standing by to assist you and set you up on a test drive of the incredible Ridgeline!