2019 Honda Ridgeline Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when equipped with specific headlights and an optional front crash prevention system. Most people already feel safer at the helm of a pickup truck, but it’s nice to have some hard numbers to back up that subjective experience.
So far the Ridgeline is the only pickup truck to have earned the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick rating, and the seventh Honda model to do so. It earned top scores in all of the crashworthiness evaluations, including small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats. However, while the driver-side small overlap front test resulted in top score, the passenger-side test was only “acceptable.”
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When equipped with Honda Sensing technology, which is standard on RTL-E and Black Edition trims, the Ridgeline earned the highest possible “superior” score for front crash prevention, thanks to its Collision Mitigation Braking System. Honda Sensing also includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assistance, lane departure warning, and road departure mitigation, though these are not tested by the IIHS.
Additionally, the same trim levels come with LED low-beam headlights, which earned the IIHS’s top rating for headlight visibility, a recently added category in which vehicles must score well to earn a Top Safety Pick rating.
So far, six Honda models have earned the Top Safety Pick designation and one, the Honda Insight, was named a Top Safety Pick+. Every model in the Honda lineup has also earned a five-star overall vehicle score in government crash testing.
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