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2017 Honda Ridgeline may be the safest pickup truck in America

Looking to last week’s Honda News, we discover that Honda Ridgeline records yet another “first” in consumer safety.

According to Honda News: The all new 2nd generation 2017 Ridgeline Pickup Truck is the first and only pickup truck, import or domestic, to earn a “Top Safety +” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS.) Astounding! There’s no shortage of well built and reasonable crass-safe pickup trucks available to North America. What makes Ridgeline measurably different, and in this measurement, “safer” than the competition?

In this end game, it’s the sum-total of the standard and available safety options

To date, 2017 Honda Ridgelines very unique composite constructed pickup bed is laden with “best of” accolades from every major automotive publication and auto-consumer watchdog in the industry. Now, on the safety side of the equation, comes a Safety + Rating from the IIHS, a first for any pickup truck, a vehicle variant not formally known for frame rigidity, rollover cab-crash integrity, or exceptional side or frontal crash impact absorption or isolation - and then there’s optional active safety features -- such as Lane Keep Assist ™, Adaptive Cruise Control, front and rear collision warning, subsequent collision abatement and more.2017_Honda_RidgelineHonda Watch ™, yes, Ridgeline has it

I’ve interviewed several Honda Safety Engineers over the years, they’re an obsessed bunch when it comes to driver, occupant, and most lately, pedestrian-animal safety -- as applied to the latest Honda automotive designs.

2017 Honda Ridgeline safety goes well beyond the obvious impact absorption and rebound properties the of A.C.E.™ unibody frame with superior head lighting, segment leading “driver-assist-technologies, and the most advanced variable surface traction technology available in the midsize pickup truck segment. Read my latest Ridgeline drive review here.

How IIHS rates Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda TOP SAFETY PICK+Vehicles: Ridgeline with Honda Sensing™ and LED headlights
Accord Sedan with Honda Sensing™ and projector beam halogen headlights
Pilot with Honda Sensing™ and LED headlights

Honda vehicles offer a broad range of active and passive safety features, including the Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which can help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. There are more than 300,000 Honda Sensing-equipped vehicles on U.S. roads today. Honda Sensing is available on the Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot and Ridgeline. Honda Sensing technologies include 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 a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment. Additional standard safety equipment on all Honda models include 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