The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Achieves Top Honors From IIHS

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Sorry Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, and Nissan, but you’ve got to work harder than the 2017 Honda Ridgeline in order to make the IIHS happy. The Ridgeline was the only 2017 model year pickup of any size to earn a “Top Safety Pick+” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. NO other truck, especially the Ford F-Series, earned a Top Safety Pick, which is the second-best ranking by the IIHS. Russ Rader, an IIHS spokesman, stated, “The Ridgeline was named a Top Safety Pick+” because it had good-rated headlights, available front crash prevention system with automatic braking, and a good rating in the small overlap frontal crash test.

The Honda Ridgeline was the only 2017 model year pickup truck of any size to earn top safety honours from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The influential insurance industry trade group, which evaluated the safety characteristics of 10 pickup truck models sold in the U.S., named the newly introduced Ridgeline a Top Safety Pick + in its 2017 lineup.

No other truck, including the Ford F-Series – the best-selling vehicle of any type in the U.S. – earned even a Top Safety Pick, the second-best ranking awarded by IIHS.

A new but familiar entrant into the category, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is fighting for market share among heavy hitters like the Ford F-150. The redesigned version of the mid-size pickup last sold in 2014 has reentered the market during a period when truck sales are growing rapidly.

Automakers have sold more than 2.4 million pickups in this U.S. through the first 11 months of this year, a 6.2 increase compared with the same period last year, according to Autodata Corp., an industry research firm. That growth comes at a time when the entire auto market has failed to log a sales increase.

The Ridgeline, which arrived at dealerships late last summer, sold 19,582 units through November. By comparison, Ford has sold more than 733,000 F-Series pickups this year.

“The Ridgeline was named a Top Safety Pick + because it had good-rated headlights, available front crash prevention system with automatic breaking and also a good rating in the small overlap frontal crash test,” said Russ Rader, spokesman for the institute, which is an insurance industry research group.

IIHS said a new, more stringent headlight evaluation was the differentiating factor between the two levels of awards. The Ridgeline was one of only seven 2017 model vehicles of any type to have “good” rated headlights. The balance of winners received an acceptable rating.

Vehicles earning the IIHS Top Safety Pick + rating also had to be equipped with automatic braking as a standard feature.

“We are excited Ridgeline is the first and only pickup truck with the highest safety honor from IIHS,” Honda said in a statement. “The Ridgeline, like all Honda models, are engineered with safety in mind, including addressing the new stringent IIHS requirements.”