VIDEO: Honda Drops Toolbox Into Bed of Ridgeline to Prove a Subtle Point
Second Video Touting Composite Bed Hits YouTube Today
Bed strength is apparently all the rage nowadays. After Chevrolet dropped hundreds of pounds of bricks into the bed of one of its Silverado pickups (and its Ford F-150 rival), the Ford-versus-Chevy argument has been reignited in an oddly specific way.
But while the pickup-truck playground’s heavy hitters have been duking it out, the schoolyard’s resident smart kid, Honda, is quietly proving that its solution is better than either Ford’s or Chevy’s.
Last week, Honda replicated the Chevrolet brick test, dropping more than 800 pounds of paver stones into the composite bed of its all-new Ridgeline pickup, with surprising results. The bed was largely free of scratches and dents, in spite of the bricks’ 18-pound wallop.
Keen to prove its point even more, Honda replicated Chevrolet’s other bed-durability test today, resting a toolbox loaded with hardware and tools on the Ridgeline’s bedrail before nudging it over onto the bed. As with the first test, the composite material managed the force well, with no obvious dents or scratches. The same couldn’t be said of Chevrolet’s dented bed or Ford’s punctured one.
Now, it’s not a strict apples-to-apples comparison, as Honda’s toolbox may have been made from more malleable material, and although it was loaded with tools, the weights may have been different between the tests. Still, the simple, short video does a good job of quietly explaining how Honda engineered its bed to handle some tough work, all thanks to some unconventional materials.
Obviously, those who need to tow or haul really big stuff won’t be shopping at Honda dealers, but all those lifestyle pickup owners might be better served with the Ridgeline than its domestic rivals. The unibody pickup can easily handle backyard landscaping and around-the-house tasks, and as Honda’s videos prove, its bed is tough enough for any task the Ridgeline’s platform can handle.
Or you could just get a bedliner for your Detroit iron. Just sayin’.
Source: Honda, via YouTube