2017 Honda Ridgeline Proves To Be As Safe As It Is Tough

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Crash test ratings lead the segment

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 18, 2017

    2017 Honda Ridgeline with its standard composite bed handles the rock test better than any competitor. It is just as tough in another attribute as well.

    The 2017 Ridgeline was designed to provide a high level of safety beginning with predictable driving dynamics that help drivers maintain control over their vehicle in emergency avoidance maneuvers.

    Contributing to the Ridgeline's active safety performance is Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), Brake Assist and 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution. The Ridgeline's new i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque vectoring adds an additional degree of handling prowess and all-weather traction.

    The 2017 Ridgeline can also be equipped with Honda’s award winning Sensing system.

    To help mitigate the severity of a frontal collision and occupant injuries, the Ridgeline utilizes Honda's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which works in concert with a new "3-bone" front floor structure and new hot-stamped steel door rings. Passive safety features including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), driver and front passenger side airbags, adjustable head restraints and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH).

    Structures in the front of the 2017 Ridgeline were designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian.

    The hood was designed to deform with enough clearance between the hood and hard engine parts for the hood to deform if impacted by a pedestrian. In addition, the Ridgeline is equipped with break-away windshield wiper pivots, and deformable hood hinges.

    Testing of the rear bulkhead integrity involved a frontal impact at 31 mph with 1,100 pounds of stored cargo, generating an impact load of up to 20 G. In this test procedure, the rear bulkhead of the Ridgeline maintained its structural integrity and prevented cargo from entering the cabin of the vehicle.

    The Ridgeline is fitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a driver whenever the air pressure in one or more of the vehicle's tires decrease significantly below the recommended level. When the pressure in one or more tires drops sufficiently, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator, located in the instrument cluster or in the Multi-Information Display (MID), to illuminate. The information-selectable MID display can show all four tires pressures in real time and even if the TPMS information is not selected for viewing on the MID by the driver, it will appear automatically in the event one or more tires fall below the normal minimum pressure.

    Taking a page out of Nissan’s Easy Fill Tire Alert system, the 2017 Ridgeline arrives with Tire Fill Assist works with TPMS to help the driver achieve the correct tire pressures quickly and easily. It does so by providing an audible chirp and flashing the parking lights when the correct air pressure is reached for any tire being filled.

    2017 Honda Ridgeline


    The 2017 Ridgeline incorporate a multi-angle rearview camera displayed through the standard 5” or optional 8” display. The camera can show a top view, normal or wide view when the transmission is in Reverse. Dynamic guidelines project the vehicle's path based on the driver's steering inputs.

    The high end 2017 Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition feature a set of six parking sensors located at each corner of the vehicle with an additional two at the rear. When a sensor(s) detects an object close to the vehicle, the system provides an audible warning plus a visual alert on the MID and, when backing up, also on the Display Audio screen when showing the rearview camera view. With each type of visual alert the system indicates in what direction the detected object is located.

    For the first time on the Ridgeline, the RTL-T trim includes the Honda LaneWatch display, while the RTL-E and Black Edition apply the blind spot information system in place of LaneWatch. Honda LaneWatch uses a camera located at the bottom the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the new, larger 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. The image appears when the right turn signal is activated or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.

    The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18 to 22 degrees, but the LaneWatch display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80 degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, pedestrians or objects often in the vehicle's blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, three reference lines are shown.

    The Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) is one of the most sophisticated driver-assistive technologies available. The CMBS’s millimeter wave radar unit, located behind the front grille, and monocular camera, located between the rearview mirror and windshield, scans traffic conditions ahead.

    When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, the CMBS's integrated FCW system's visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alert appears on the Multi-Information Display (MID). If the situation is not resolved, CMBS can apply different levels of automatic braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if the driver doesn't take corrective action on their own. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the VSA modulator, which initiates any required braking.

    Integrated with CMBS, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses the monocular camera to detect vehicles ahead and to determine whether a collision is likely. This reduces the stress of driving in traffic, while also contributing to an increased level of passive safety.

    If the FCW system detects a vehicle in front of the Ridgeline and then determines that a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the two vehicles), it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver. These include a "BRAKE" message on the Multi-Information Display (MID), and a series of beeps to alert the driver to apply the brake pedal. The FCW system will not automatically brake, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. If the driver doesn't respond to the FCW warnings, however, the CMBS is triggered into operation.

    2017 Honda Ridgeline – Best-in-Segment Crash Test Rating(s)

    The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup truck in America to earn the highest possible safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The 2017 Ridgeline was the first and only pickup to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS and earned a best possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Rating from NHTSA.

    The Ridgeline pickup achieved 5 stars in the frontal crash tests for driver and passenger, 5 stars for side crash tests for both front and rear seats, and 4 stars in the rollover test on the NHTSA.

    Thanks to the inclusion of Honda’s Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, the Ridgeline earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating on the IIHS. Honda Sensing-equipped vehicles include Honda’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

    All 2017 Honda models come equipped with the multi-angle rearview camera, Advance Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags as standard equipment listed above.

    And the results? Wow!

    2017 Honda Ridgeline IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Crash test Rating


    2017 Honda Ridgeline NHTSA 5-Star Crash test Rating


    The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline was developed by Honda R&D Americas and is produced in Lincoln, Alabama. Its 3.5L V6 is also manufactured at the Alabama plant, with its AT made in Tallapoosa, Georgia.
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  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2018 Honda Ridgeline

    As someone who used to despise this truck, after driving a $37k Tacoma Limited around this week, the Ridgeline is a lot better than that.

    2018 Honda Ridgeline


    The 2018 Honda Ridgeline arrives in dealerships starting tomorrow with an MSRP starting at $29,630

    When it was introduced, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was named North American Truck of the Year. While I still believe the NACOTY jurors - many that I know personally - had their head in their respective @$$es for awarding it that given it lacks the capability of the 1/2 Tons in every respect other than efficiency when not up against a turbo diesel.

    It is more comfortable than the rest of the compact/midsize pickup truck market and is far more refined. Especially when compared to this ungainly antique of a truck called Tacoma that I am driving currently.

    As posted directly above this story, it is the only pickup truck to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In addition to its superior modern interior appointments, Ridgeline continues to bask in its segment-leading EPA ratings. Again, TDs notwithstanding.

    2018 Honda Ridgeline Pricing and EPA Ratings

    Trim - MSRP (+/- from 2017 MY) EPA Ratings (mpgUS City/Highway)


    RT - $29,630 (+$155) - 19/26
    RTS was discontinued
    Sport - $33,170 (+$155) - 19/26
    RTL - $33,930 (+$150) - 19/26
    RTL-T - $36,080 (+$150) - 19/26


    RT and RTS were discontinued
    Sport - $35,070 (+$155) - 18/25
    RTL - $35,830 (+$150) - 18/25
    RTL-T - $37,980 (+$150) - 18/25
    RTL-E - $41,620 (+$150) - 18/25
    Black Edition - (+$150) $43,120 - 18/25

    The $940 D&H Charge has not changed.

    The Honda Ridgeline bed and dual action tailgate provides easy access to an In-Bed Trunk that doubles as a cooler and an available factory-installed Truck Bed Audio System. It however is just not deep enough for real truck work imho.

    The 2018 Ridgeline offers an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, SiriusXM 2.0, up to four USB ports and Honda Navigation with an excellent Garmin back end.

    The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a direct injected, 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque 3.5L V-6 mated to a wide ratio 6-speed AT. AWD models utilize Honda's Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4), providing all-weather performance and improved dynamic handling capability. Just do not head too far off the beaten path with it.

    2018 Honda Ridgline Interior


    For 2018, Ridgeline's trims have been streamlined from 12 to nine - see above. The 2018 Ridgeline also arrives with two additional exterior color choices for the Sport trim, with White Diamond Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic joining Crystal Black Pearl.

    The Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in the midsize pickup truck class. Ridgeline's cargo-hauling and towing capabilities include a class-leading maximum of 1,584-pound payload cap and up to 5,000-pounds tow cap. All Ridgeline's incorporate a button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that enables up to four different operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand for the AWD models, as well as Normal and Snow for 2WD vehicles.

    The 2018 Ridgeline received a best possible 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). Ridgeline also continues to provide the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). <-- I pray that Honda softened up that RCC for the 2018 MY vehicles.

    I still have not requested it so stay tuned on that front.

    The Ridgeline is built exclusively at the Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln.
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