Safety You Can Depend On in the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

There’s a world of difference between the 2018 Honda Ridgeline and its competitors. In addition to its top-tier technology features, exceptional fuel economy, and superior handling, the Ridgeline offers an array of safety features that you just can’t find in other pickups! In 2017, the Ridgeline with LED headlights and Honda Sensing equipped was the first (and still, the only) pickup truck in the world to earn the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick+ designation, and this year’s new model has even more to offer. No matter where your next job takes you, you’ll feel calm and comfortable behind the wheel when you’ve got the Ridgeline’s driver-assist, active, and passive safety features on your side. Curious drivers can find out what to expect from their time behind the wheel by reading our breakdown below.

Honda Sensing and Driver-Assist Technologies in the Ridgeline

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.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Road Departure Warning
2018 Honda Ridgeline Honda Lanewatch

Active and Passive Safety Features

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.

2018 Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline Interior

Test Drive the Ridgeline!

Don’t miss your chance to test out the 2018 Honda Ridgeline’s safety features for yourself! When you reach out to one of our experts, you can schedule a test drive at any of our easy-to-reach New England Honda Dealers locations. To make the most of your visit, be sure to take a closer look at our current offers and financing options before you get behind the wheel. We can’t wait to help you find your new Ridgeline.

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