2017 Honda Ridgeline Undergoes ‘Toolbox Drop’ Test

Honda wants some real credibility in the truck world and the brand has copied another one of Chevy’s bed tests seen in a recent set of commercials. 

Last week, Honda did the “rock drop” test that Chevrolet made popular just a few days prior, in which they dumped a pile of landscaping blocks into the bed of the Ridgeline to see what kind of damage would be left behind. The original commercials also featured a tool box drop test, which Honda has now decided to replicate as well.

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In the commercials, Chevrolet performed bed strength tests and released two videos along with test data for three tests: laboratory bed material sample tests, landscape rock drop test and toolbox drop test, all to show that aluminum is no good at avoiding damage in a truck bed.

To do this, Chevrolet specifically compared the strength of its 2016 Silverado 1500 to the Ford F-150, and not surprisingly, the Silverado came out on top in each situation. The Silverado’s bed suffered from some dents and scratches, while the F-150’s bed had holes punched straight through it.

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Honda wants to make sure that customers know that its Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) bed can hold up to the abuse. The company used a 26-pound steel toolbox that was dropped from the edge of the bed and you can see the results in the video above.

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