Once again, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is testing to ensure our vehicles are as safe as they can be. In the most recent testing, the IIHS checked headlights and a lot of the vehicles aren’t doing so well. This being said the best pickup headlights were found on the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
The available LED headlights on the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition trims illuminated 358 feet of the road. Whereas the poorest performing pickup the Colorado only illuminated 123 feet in the test.
The IIHS evaluated headlights on 11 pickup models and gave each a score of good, acceptable, marginal, or poor. The Ridgeline was the only pickup to receive a good rating.
One feature that helped the Ridgeline was its high-beam assist feature. This feature automatically turns on the high beams when no other vehicles are present, and turns them off if another vehicle is approaching. It also provides better visibility without having to worry about blinding other drivers.
And, to encourage more automakers to improve their headlights, the IIHS will be using its headlight ratings as one factor in its annual Top Safety Pick+ awards.
The internet watched as Chevrolet delivered a major blow to the Ford F-150’s aluminum body – literally. The rock drop scratched and dented the Silverado 1500 and left major punctures in the F-150’s aluminum bed. As it turns out, Honda was also watching closely, and the Japanese automaker took the challenge to prove it was just as tough as American-made trucks.
To do so, Honda performed the same rock drop into a Ridgeline’s standard composite bed. A whopping total of 830 lbs. of concrete blocks fell from a height of about five feet into the bare bed. The end result? A few scratches, no dents, and nothing even remotely close to a puncture. Even better, the black composite hid the scratches so they were barely noticeable.
As an added bonus, the tailgate still worked perfectly and the in-bed trunk was unscathed, neither of which Chevrolet showed in their ad. While both the F-150 and Silverado 1500 have add-on bed liners, the Honda Ridgeline doesn’t seem to need one.
The Ridgeline rock drop proved that Honda’s full-size pickup’s bed is more durable than both the Silverado 1500’s steel and the F-150’s aluminum. All three trucks compete with the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan.
Now that Honda’s thrown down the goblet, who will pick it up?
This will be in addition to several promotions across other platforms, like the Internet. It’ll be the first official Honda Super Bowl commercial since “Hugfest” aired in 2014, which focused on Honda safety.
“The big game is the largest and most coveted stage to show the world that Honda is back in a big way with an all-new Ridgeline truck,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Automobile Division.
The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline will launch at Floyd Traylor Honda in the first half of 2016, joining our new lineup of innovative light trucks. It’s an all-American truck that has been developed in Ohio and California and will be produced in Alabama.