The second generation of the Honda Ridgeline continues to use the Sheet Molded Composite (SMC) bed. The pickup’s maximum payload capacity is around 1,600 lbs. The precise specifications and our review will be released on Sunday May 8th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT.
The benefits of a composite floor bed include dent and corrosion resistance. It has a non-slip surface to help hold cargo in place. Toyota Tacoma also uses a composite bed, while other competitors use steel that can be further protected with a bed-liner coating, plastic liners, or rubber mats.
Honda made the bed on the 2017 Ridgeline a little wider and a little longer. It also has a unique party trick. The entire bed floor and side act as a big speaker, so that you can play music while tailgating.
So how tough can a composite bed be? Honda staged a river rock drop demonstration to show how the new bed handles the abuse.
Watch the full rock drop demonstration here.