The Honda Ridgeline - the automaker's first US-style pickup truck - has earned a 5-star safety rating for both frontal and side impact crash test performance from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Ridgeline is the first four-door pickup to earn the US government's highest crash test safety rating.

The Ridgeline's integrated full-frame body structure is designed to help protect its occupants while reducing the effect of crash energy on opposing vehicles for improved compatibility with smaller vehicles. It also has pedestrian safety features such as breakaway windshield wiper pivots and energy-absorbing bonnet structure and hinges.

Other safety features include dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags; vehicle stability assist with traction control; side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; driver's and front passenger's side airbags, passenger side occupant position detection system; anti-lock brakes; and electronic brake assist.