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Government testing shows Ridgeline safer, more stable than other pickups

Torrance, Calif. August 1, 2005 -- American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today announced that the 2006 Honda Ridgeline pickup has achieved the best rollover resistance rating of any pickup tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The results were posted today on the NHTSA web site www.safercar.gov. Demonstrating the depth of Honda's "Safety for Everyone" commitment, the Ridgeline earned industry-best ratings for both the Static Stability Factor (SSF) and Dynamic Rollover test modes. Specifically, Ridgeline earned a rating of 1.29 for the SSF test, a higher (better) calculated result than all other pickups tested, and experienced no "tip-up" during the dynamic test.

Earlier this year, Ridgeline, Honda's first pickup truck, was the first-ever 4-door pickup to receive NHTSA's 5-star safety rating, the highest safety rating possible, for both frontal and side impact crash test performance.

"With this new rating and earlier top level ratings for frontal and side impact crash protection, the Ridgeline is setting new standards for safety in the pickup segment, and once again demonstrates Honda's commitment to providing Safety for Everyone," said John Mendel, senior vice president, automotive operations of American Honda Motor Co., "We offer our customers products that are at once fun to drive, environmentally sound and at the leading edge of automotive safety. We feel this is a unique position for Honda in the marketplace."

The Ridgeline's fully independent four-wheel suspension provides advanced stability along with better handling, ride comfort, and safety. The 4-door truck has been critically praised for its unique utility, innovative features and excellent ride quality. A leading consumer magazine recently selected Ridgeline as its top-rated pickup for 2005. In addition, the editors of Car & Driver magazine selected Honda's truck as the winner of its 2005 truck comparison (June issue).

Honda's "Safety for Everyone" commitment is a comprehensive approach based on providing customers with advanced safety features in each vehicle, regardless of size or price. In addition to dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags, all Ridgeline models come equipped with side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; front side airbags, including passenger side airbag with an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) to prevent airbag deployment when a child or small stature adult is in the deployment path; anti-lock brakes (ABS); Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control; and pedestrian safety features such as an energy-absorbing hood structure and hinges.

Completely new for the 2006 model year, the Ridgeline's integrated full-frame body structure also is designed to help protect its occupants while reducing the effect of crash energy on opposing vehicles for improved compatibility with smaller vehicles.
Honda has six vehicles - more than any other vehicle brand - that achieve a top 5-star rating for both frontal and side impact tests under the federal government's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP).
 

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Happy Days! I can't say I'm surprised, tho' -- I decided to buy one even though the NHTSA's rollover rating hadn't come out yet, simply because driving it convinced me it was safe. I've ridden in the back of an Explorer fearing for my life (literally!), and I've ridden in a Lexus SUV that felt fine. So, I guess the lesson here is, go with the Japanese auto makers? :)

I just got my Ridgeline this past weekend, and I gotta say, I'm lovin' it. I have to take it back to the dealer for the options (they didn't have them all in stock), and that kinda bums me out.

So, this is my first message posted to the board, and I want to say thanks to everyone for posting such useful information. When I couldn't figure out why the auto-unlock programming wasn't working, I did a quick search on the board and discovered it's a bug. Now I also know, thanks to you guys, that the trip computer and AC controls are disabled on the NAV (although I wouldn't have known they were ever considered an option, either! :) ).

Finally, I'd like to comment to all the people who are worried about whether or not they're getting the "promised" 16/21 MPG... those numbers are for comparison purposes *only*. The tests used to come up with those numbers are not representative of real-world driving, but the same test is used for all vehicles. So, you can compare these numbers to the numbers for other cars, but it doesn't, and won't, reflect your actual MPG. One of my other Hondas is an Insight, with a CVT Auto transmission, and believe me, the sticker claims it gets like 60 MPG, when the real number is more like 50 MPG. To that I say, whatevah! :D
 

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And to you I say WELCOME, and please check the mileage threads here. PLENTY of people are getting much better than EPA mileage with their Ridgelines.
 

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Oh yeah, I've read lots of mileage threads (probably not all of them). I'm not saying that people *can't* get the EPA mileage, I'm just sayin', don't rely on those numbers for your own mileage. This was more directed towards those people who complained of, say, 15 MPG, rather than those who "complained" of getting 21. :)

I'm looking forward to reading my Owner's Guide this weekend -- I saw an interesting thread having to do with "the most interesting thing" in the OG, and I've already seen several contenders. I guess I'm most interested in sharing with others things like, don't use the VTM on dry, paved road, cuz you might mess it up. But I'll actually quote from the OG to that thread, when I have the time to do this, rather than paraphrasing.
 
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