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.