So one truck manufacturer put out a commercial showing that their steel bed liner held up to massive loads of rock being dumped into the bed of their truck much better than their aluminum bed competitor. Interesting that they didn’t invite the Honda Ridgeline to that contest.
Though only one load was dropped from a height of roughly four feet, the Ridgeline’s composite bed appears to have held up better than the steel or aluminum beds subjected to similar challenges by competitors. In a roughly two-minute, no-frills video posted by Honda on YouTube (see below), the automaker uses a rented skid-steer loader to drop 60 rough-cut landscaping blocks into the bed of a Ridgeline pickup.
“There’s been some activity on the internet just in the last couple of days. Some manufacturers showing how their truck beds are standing up, or not standing up, to rocks falling in the back of them,” Brad Nelson, a spokesman for Honda North America says at the start of the video. Well, we’d like to show you how the new Ridgeline handles that with its standard composite bed.”
The Ridgeline bounces slightly as the stones strike the bed. At least three different camera angles capture the impact. Honda staff then remove the blocks and sweep the bed before making an inspection. A steady shot of the matte black bed combined with various close-ups reveal hardly anything more than particles of concrete and dust. According to Nelson, there are some scratches, however they can’t clearly be seen in the video.
“So as you can see, there is virtually no damage to the bed. There are some scratches that you can really barely see because the composite bed hides them so well. It’s black all the way through the thickness of the material,” Nelson explains.
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