Honda wants to prove Ridgeline's composite bed is rock solid.
There has been a lot of debate in the past few days about whether Chevy Silverado’s high-strength steel bed is more durable than Ford F-150’s aluminum bed. Honda has decided to join the party by testing the Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) bed of its new 2017 Ridgeline. With this being an official video from Honda, it should not come as a big surprise the Ridgeline fares better than the other two.
Honda used a loader to drop approximately 60 landscaping stones each weighing around 14-16 pounds (6.3-7.2 kilograms) into the Ridgeline’s standard composite bed. Even though a total of about 830 lbs (376 kg) worth of blocks were dropped, the bed was more than capable to take the abuse as it only suffered minor scratches. Not only that, but the dual-action tailgate still worked perfectly fine, as did the in-bed, lockable trunk which offers a cargo capacity of 7.3 cubic-feet.
It’s not actually the first time Honda tortures the second-generation Ridgeline’s composite bed to prove it's rock solid. A couple of months ago, it conducted a similar test with heavy river rocks which were dropped into the midsize pickup’s bed that has a payload capacity of almost 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms). Check out the demonstration in the video below.