Honda Ridgeline is Only Truck to Receive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

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, Automotive Editor - December 13, 2016

The old “bigger is safer” claim has not been valid for several decades when it comes to automobiles, and this isn’t any truer when looking at pickups. Despite being among the largest vehicles on the market, pickups have long fallen short in safety ratings. In fact, until recently, the Ford F-150 was the only IIHS Top Safety Pick. Now, the Honda Ridgeline has supplanted the Ford as the top-rated pickup for safety.

With testing finally complete after a full model year on the market, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has labeled the 2017 Honda Ridgeline a Top Safety Pick+, which is the institution’s highest honor. Not only did this pickup receive “good” ratings in all IIHS crash tests, but it also received a “good” rating in the oft-failed headlight tests.

Honda Ridgeline

While this rating is great, keep in mind to earn it, the truck must include a “superior” collision mitigation system, AKA automated emergency braking. The only way to get this in the Ridgeline is to opt for the RTL-E or Black Edition trim, which start at $42,270 and $43,770 (destination fees included), respectively, and come standard with Honda Sensing. No other trims even have this feature as an option.

On top of being quite expensive, the 2017 Ridgeline has zero special deals available, unlike most of its competitors. Some of the best deals we've seen on trucks in 2016 have been rebates of up to $10,000 and discount offers worth as much as 20% off MSRP. However you slice it, the Ridgeline is a highly rated vehicle shoppers should expect to pay a premium for.

, Automotive Editor

Justin Cupler has specialized as an automotive writer since 2009, and has seen himself published in multiple websites and online magazines. In addition to contributing to CarsDirect, Justin also works as editor in chief for a large performance car online publication. His specialty lays in the high-performance realm, but has a deep love and understanding for all things automotive. Prior to being an automotive writer, he was an automotive technician and manager for six years, but spent the majority of his younger life tinkering with classic muscle cars.

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