Before you decide on your next new pickup truck, make sure you know why so many of Milwaukee’s drivers are celebrating the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Unlike many of its competitors, the Ridgeline comes equipped with all of the protective technologies you’ll need to feel safe and secure behind the wheel! Wherever you go, you’ll be able to take advantage of high-end active, passive, and driver-assist features that are changing the way people think about the pickup segment. As noted in Car and Driver’s review of the Ridgeline’s safety features, Honda’s pickup truck is the only vehicle in its class that has received the IIHS’s coveted Top Safety Pick+ designation!* There’s no reason to settle for second best when you could have it all in the safe, powerful, and technologically advanced Honda Ridgeline.
When you’re behind the wheel of the Honda Ridgeline, you’ll have all the tools you need to respond rapidly to challenges on the road. Visibility-enhancing features like daytime running lights and a multi-angle rearview camera let you avoid potential dangers before they become problems. Upon upgrading to the RTL-E or Black Edition trim levels, Honda Sensing features like a forward collision warning and a lane departure warning will further enhance your awareness. Additional Honda Sensing features, like the Ridgeline’s collision mitigation braking system and road departure mitigation system, can even stop or steer your vehicle automatically! No driver can afford to ignore their tires for very long, but with the Ridgeline’s standard tire pressure monitoring system, you’ll be able to closely monitor their health. What’s more, the Ridgeline’s vehicle stability assist system uses the Ridgeline’s anti-lock brakes, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist technology to provide smoother functioning when you’re cornering or maneuvering on harsh terrain.
Vehicle stability assist with traction control certainly isn’t the only Ridgeline feature that can improve your control in less-than-desirable conditions. The 2018 Ridgeline is one of the most powerful vehicles in Honda’s celebrated all-wheel drive lineup, and intelligent variable torque management AWD is available on all trims beyond the baseline RT! This pickup’s intelligent traction management feature works in the snow without any upgrades, but with AWD equipped, its functionality extends to sand and mud, as well.
Drivers who choose the Ridgeline will gain access to an expansive array of passive safety features, common across all six of its trim levels. This array of technologies, which includes front three-point seatbelts with automatic tensioning and reminders, rear three-point seatbelts, three sets of airbags, and a LATCH system for child safety seats, provides excellent protection for you and all your passengers in the event of a collision. It’s also important to note that the 2018 Ridgeline has been designed with unit-body construction, which means that its entire frame has been welded into an exceptionally durable whole. This technology works hand in hand with the Ridgeline’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which uses an innovative combination of flexible and rigid building materials in order to better secure the cabin.
In addition to all those active and passive safety features noted above, the Ridgeline offers a compelling selection of driver-assist technologies, elements designed to take the stress out of driving. For starters, the Ridgeline RTL-T comes equipped with the Honda LaneWatch system, which can show you a clear picture of your right blind spot whenever you activate your turn signal. On the RTL-E and Black Edition trims, LaneWatch is replaced by two automatic, audiovisual warning systems: a blind spot information system and a rear cross-traffic monitor. As described above, the Honda Sensing safety suite also comes standard on these trim levels, and that means drivers who opt for the upgrade will receive a lane keeping assist system and adaptive cruise control, too! Last but not least, we should note that the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition trims also include automatic high-beam headlights.