The Ridgeline has been a longtime overachiever in safety, and that continues for 2010. Front side airbags, rollover-sensing side-curtain bags covering both rows, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control are included across the model line. The Ridgeline achieves top "good" ratings from the IIHS and is one of just a few pickups earning the group's Top Safety Pick designation.
There's an extensive list of standard safety features backing up those results. Side and side-curtain bags with a rollover sensor, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control are all standard. Motor Trend notes that the Honda Ridgeline now offers a set of "new front seat active head restraints that will instantly snap forward to reduce excessive head recoil from a rearend collision." Meanwhile, Cars.com reviewers point out that "Honda's forward-thinking on safety technology is evident throughout the Ridgeline, and it's standard in all trim lines," and Cars.com reviewers call the Ridgeline "extremely safety-conscious."
Visibility is the only complaint, voiced by a few reviewers. ConsumerGuide reports that "the rear-roof design hinders over-the-shoulder vision," while the "thick roof pillars are an obstruction to visibility all around, with [the] view directly aft especially compromised." A rearview camera is available and largely remedies that issue when backing up.