With every new year comes a new model of the vehicles we love most. This year, we’re introduced to an all-new rendition of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. A lot of things have changed from the 2017 model, luckily, all for the better. There’s a new trim level setup with fewer model options, a long list of technology features, and, most importantly, a suite of safety features that is sure to allow West Michigan drivers to enjoy the peace of mind they certainly deserve. Stay tuned while we introduce some of these great new safety features and show you what they’re capable of.
The active safety features top our list of important Ridgeline safety areas. These features kick into gear every time your engine turns over to ensure optimal safety while the vehicle is in motion. Vehicle stability assist with traction control, anti-lock braking systems, and braking assistance are a handful of the features that make this possible. A couple more of these features and what they do are as follows:
Collision Mitigation Braking System – As a Honda Sensing feature, the CMBS kicks into action if the driver applies abnormal braking force to assist in bringing the vehicle to a smoother and quicker stop.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines – By displaying three different angles of the rear of the vehicle, this camera system helps drivers to avoid obstacles or possible accidents.
While these features may fly under the radar when drivers think of safety, passive safety features are just as important as active safety features. They work in the background to keep passengers safer by taking precautions that will help lower the risk of collision and better protect passengers in the event of an accident. Features in this area include childproof rear door locks, three-point seatbelts with automatic tensioning, and a LATCH system for securing child safety seats. A couple more of these hardworking features are:
ACE Body Structure – The Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure is the special Honda vehicle construction that works to evenly distribute the impact of a crash through the vehicle and away from passengers.
Airbag Systems – The Ridgeline comes equipped with airbag systems that include advanced front airbags, SmartVent front side airbags, and side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor to reduce injury and add support in the event of a collision.
This segment of safety-enhancing equipment gives the driver a more hands-on approach to increasing vehicle safety. The features and systems in this department allow the driver to be more alert and aware of their surroundings so that they can make informed decisions about the safest way to proceed with certain situations. The main set of features responsible for this task is the Honda Sensing suite, but other helpful extras include:
Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor – Assisted by rear parking sensors, this system alerts drivers when there are vehicles approaching them from the left or the right—allowing for safer maneuvering out of parking spots and other situations.
Honda LaneWatch – Honda LaneWatch gives drivers a clear view of the right lane directly on the Display Audio touchscreen when they signal to change lanes, so they can best determine when it’s safe to proceed.