The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) holds a Top Safety Pick+ event each year to determine the safest vehicles in the auto industry and honor the automakers for their endeavor in improving the aspect of safety in their creations. This year, Honda Ridgeline dominates the pickup segment in IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards as no other pickup was able to receive the honor.
The First Pickup With Top Safety Pick Award
Apparently, being the only one to receive the Top Safety Pick+ award in the annual IIHS event is not the only feat the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was able to accomplish. According to a report from Auto Evolution, the Top Safety Pick+, which is the highest award in the annual IIHS event, is an honor that no other pickup in the entire auto industry has been given. Not even the Ford F-Series that are currently the best-selling models in the segment has been able to come close to at least the second highest award. This means that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline made history for being the first to earn such recognition.
How The Ridgeline Did It
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was able to accomplish the feat thanks to several factors. "The Ridgeline was named a Top Safety Pick+ because it had good-rated headlights, available front crash prevention system with automatic braking and also a good rating in the small overlap frontal crash test," said Russ Radder, spokesman for the IIHS in a report from Trucks. It may not seem much but these are the aspects that pickup automakers failed to focus on.
What This Means For Honda
"We are excited Ridgeline is the first and only pickup truck with the highest safety honor from IIHS. The Ridgeline, like all Honda models, are engineered with safety in mind, including addressing the new stringent IIHS requirements", said the automaker in a report. Honda may not be the best in the pickup segment but it is deemed the safest. The honor speaks for itself and shows how much Honda cares for its patrons.