The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Achieves Top Honours From IIHS

December 12 2017, Okotoks Honda

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Achieves Top Honours From IIHS

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 (IIHS).

The influential insurance industry trade group, which evaluated the safety characteristics of ten 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 the U.S. during the first 11 months of 2017, 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 honour 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."

Contact Us

Other Articles to Read

Is there a need to buy Winter Tires? +

November 07 2018,

Is there a need to buy Winter Tires?

Before the snowfall catches you by surprise. You should seriously consider purchasing Winter Tires for this upcoming Fall and Winter season. Weather forecasters can provide lots of warnings, but on the first day that white stuff accumulates on the roads, tire centres’ phones ring off the hook and the waiting lists for installations grow as long as an Alberta snow bank. Here is a short video... Read more
Protect Your Investment With These Tips From Okotoks Honda! +

October 26 2018,

Protect Your Investment With These Tips From Okotoks Honda!

One of the biggest things you want from a new car is reliability. Most people are surprised to learn that automotive reliability can be improved by some simple maintenance steps. There are important aspects of your vehicle that you need to check often to protect your investment. Lubricants It’s recommended to top off, change, or flush these fluids as needed to make sure the cars important... Read more