If one set of safety features sets the 2018 Honda Ridgeline apart, it’s the Honda Sensing package. Most of the Honda Sensing technologies are billed as active safety features, while others are listed as driver-assist technologies, but there’s plenty that unites them. Each of the Honda Sensing features combines radar, cameras, sensors, and artificial intelligence to shift the burden of control away from the driver and toward the Ridgeline’s onboard computer. Once you’ve learned how each of these systems works, you’ll find that they can make your daily commutes a lot less stressful.
The features in this package include audio warning systems like the Forward Collision Warning and the Lane Departure Warning, as well as more advanced features that can steer your vehicle directly, including a Collision Mitigation Braking System, a Road Departure Mitigation System, a Lane Keeping Assist System, and adaptive cruise control technology. Honda Sensing comes standard on RTL-E and Black Edition models.
Of course, the Honda Sensing features aren’t the only Ridgeline technologies that can help take the stress out of driving! The Honda LaneWatch feature, which comes standard on RTL-T trims, presents a complete view of the righthand lane whenever you activate your turn signal. In the RTL-E and Black Edition trims, Honda LaneWatch is replaced by a blind spot information system with a cross traffic monitor both of which automatically alert you to changes in your surroundings. Automatic high-beam headlights, which dim in response to oncoming traffic, also come standard on these trims.
The active safety features in the 2018 Honda Ridgeline have been designed to improve handling, give you more time to respond to danger, and improve your knowledge of the road! Except for the Honda Sensing features we mentioned above, the Ridgeline’s active safety features are present in all its available trim levels. In the Ridgeline, you’ll enjoy the protection offered by an anti-lock braking system, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist technology. You’ll also be able to take advantage of vehicle stability assist with traction control, which acts independently on each Ridgeline wheel in order to provide superior control when you’re moving through difficult terrain.
What’s more, every Ridgeline build comes standard with daytime running lights and a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines! Drivers who want to maximize their maneuverability would be wise to opt for Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel drive, available on every Ridgeline trim except the RT. When equipped, this feature lets you utilize intelligent traction management in the snow, the sand, and the mud. Be sure to explore the rest of Honda’s AWD lineup to learn more about this powerful feature.
It’s important to note that, without a solid foundation of passive safety features, the technologies listed above provide relatively little protection in the event of a collision. Thankfully, the Ridgeline’s suite of passive technologies includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, universal three-point seat belts, and built-in Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, or LATCH. Front-seat passengers will enjoy additional protection with automatic seat-belt tensioning as well as advanced front airbags and SmartVent front side airbags. Side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor join childproof rear door locks to provide greater safety for second-row passengers.