2017 honda ridgeline
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Презентация пикапа Honda Ridgeline 2017 состоялась в январе текущего года на Детройском автосалоне. Кузов данной модели собирается на не совсем обычной основе. Она состоит из коробчатых лонжеронов и несущей рамы. Такая компоновка позволила запрограммировать возможные места деформации кузова, которые могут возникнуть в результате ДТП. Соответственно за счет этого уровень безопасности при эксплуатации машины возрастает на порядок. Кроме этого используемая платформа способствует улучшению устойчивости машины, как покали тестовые испытания перевернуть пикап практически нереально.
Внешний облик автомобиля, по сравнению с прежней версией, изменился незначительно. Во внешнем виде выделяются стильные фары, рельефная штамповка переднего бампера. Кузов имеет четырехдверную компоновку, оформляется большим количеством хромированных элементов. Салон пикапа так же существенных изменений не претерпел. Интерьер имеет двухцветное оформление, отделывается натуральными материалами, качественными полимерными панелями, матовыми металлическими вставками.
Облик пикапа Honda модели Ridgeline модификации 2017 года сформирован из прямых граней, строгих линий. Покатый капот наклонен под небольшим углом, на нем сформированы невысокие грани штамповки. Узкие трапециевидные фары наклонены под 25-градусным углом. Верхний край радиаторной решетки украшен широкой хромированной сужающейся к краям полосой, которая переходит на верхнюю часть фар. Бампер выступает вперед, на нем выполнен узкий прямоугольный раструб воздухозаборника. По краям раструба смонтированы противотуманные и ходовые огни, нижний край бампера прикрыт защитным обвесом. Раздутые колесные арки в верхней части визуально объединены гранью штамповки пересекающей дверные ручки. Боковые окна окантованы узкой металлической полосой, а заднее стекло защищено пластиковыми жалюзи. Борт грузового отсека машины имеет обрезиненные накладки, узкий кормовой бампер выполнен из металла, в его центральной части имеется ступенька, используя которую можно подняться на борт.
Внутреннее пространство Honda модели Ridgeline в версии 2017 года способно вместить пять человек. Для пассажиров установлены комфортабельные, отдельные обшитые темной кожей кресла с ощутимыми валиками поддержки тела. К местам задних пассажиров выведены дефлекторы кондиционера. Личные вещи в салоне можно разместить под сиденьями, где предусмотрено наличие ниш. Слева от переднего пассажира, на площадке центрального тоннеля сформировано два подстаканника, рядом с ними установлен селектор трансмиссии. Верхняя часть консоли выделена под размещение 8-дюймового дисплея, по бокам от него скомпонованы крупные дефлекторы обдува, окантованные матовым металлом. Под экраном смонтирован блок с элементами управления бортовым компьютером, информационной системой. На спицах руля присутствует два плоских джойстика, нажимать на них можно большими пальцами рук. Доска приборов содержит в своем составе две шкалы с синей подсветкой и 4-дюймовый экран.
Хонда Ридглайн 2017 оснащается только одним вариантом 3,5-литрового бензинового двигателя SOHC на 280 л. сил. Мотор интегрируется с системой i-VTEC, которая оптимизирует процесс газораспределения фаз. Благодаря этому ускорение до сотни автомобилем достигается за 8,2 секунды при 10,7 литрах потребления бензина.
В минимальном оснащении пикап комплектуется маршрутным процессором с 4,2-дюймовым монитором, который монтируется на доску приборов. Еще один монитор, на 9 дюймов устанавливается на консоли, он используется для отображения данных транслируемых мультимедийным комплексом. Автомобиль поставляется с полным электропакетом и средствами пассивной защиты. В состав средств активной безопасности входит система отслеживания полосы, система контроля тяги силового агрегата. Из дополнительных опций стоит отметить возможность установки акустических динамиков в открытом кузове машины.
Цена пикапа в начальной версии составляет 4,2 млн. рублей. Машина будет поставляться в трех вариантах комплектации - RT, RTS и RTL.
2017 Honda Ridgeline | Caricos.com
Honda today unveiled the all-new 2017 Ridgeline truck at the North American International Auto Show, once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in a midsize pickup.
"We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and challenging concept for a Honda pickup," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We think we've got a better idea, a truck that uses its unibody construction and Honda packaging magic to deliver more of the things that many of today's truck customers want and need with none of the things they don't."
Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016 with a combination of features and capabilities unlike anything else on the market today, including:
- Superior on-road performance – with the segment's best handling, ride quality, cabin quietness and all-weather traction capabilities – courtesy of its unibody construction, sophisticated chassis, and available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring AWD system
- Class-leading space – with the largest and most versatile cabin and the only 4-foot-wide flat bed space in the midsize pickup segment, along with payload capacity rivaling top competitors
- Innovative and class-exclusive features, including an In-Bed Trunk™, dual-action tailgate and the industry's first in-bed audio system – making Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle
- Targeted top-in-class acceleration, EPA fuel economy ratings and third-party collision safety ratings, and featuring Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure and available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies
- Leading edge connectivity with 8-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play® and Android Auto™ compatibility
Advanced Chassis, Powertrain and All-Wheel-Drive
The new Ridgeline is based on Honda's Global Light Truck platform with its rigid yet lightweight unibody construction, next-generation ACE™ body structure and sophisticated, fully independent suspension, delivering a higher level of ride and handling refinement than conventional body-on-frame designs. The Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, providing top-in-class powertrain refinement and targeting best-in-class acceleration performance and segment-leading EPA fuel economy ratings.
The Ridgeline also will be available for the first time in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. All-wheel-drive models will utilize Honda's i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD technology, featuring Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes, providing robust medium-duty off-road and towing capability with superior on-road, all-weather handling, traction and performance.
Sophisticated, Versatile and Spacious Cabin
Inside, the Ridgeline boasts the largest, most versatile and sophisticated cabin in a midsize 4-door pickup, featuring high-grade materials and finishes, available leather trim and all the latest technologies that Honda has to offer, including tri-zone climate control, push button start, a full-color TFT center meter and available 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.
The Ridgeline's 60/40-split and folding second-row seat provides the ultimate versatility for people- and cargo-hauling utility. With the seats folded down, the Ridgeline will comfortably carry up to five people while still accommodating long items, like a set of golf clubs, under the rear seat. Folding up one or both sides of the 60/40-split seat bottom opens up the back to carry tall and bulky items.
A Bed Like No Other
The Ridgeline bed offers pickup users unmatched versatility in a midsize 4-door pickup. At 5' wide and 5'4" long (5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the previous generation Ridgeline), the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the only 4-foot wide flat bed space (with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches) in the midsize pickup class, allowing for flat hauling of items like plywood sheeting or drywall. The Ridgeline will also offer payload capacity rivaling top competitors, approaching 1,600 pounds, with final specifications to be released closer to launch.
The composite, UV-stabilized and scratch-resistant bed also boasts a number of available Honda-exclusive features that add to its incredible versatility, including an In-Bed Trunk™, dual-action tailgate, available 400-watt AC power inverter and the industry's first in-bed audio system.
The Ridgeline's standard, lockable In-Bed Trunk provides secure storage space with no compromise to bed utility and now features a fully flat floor while still including a drain plug for easier cleaning and evacuation of water from the trunk. The dual action tailgate is hinged both at the bottom and along its left side, opening down or to the side, which enables easier loading and unloading of heavy and bulky items without having to reach over the open tailgate. The bed also features eight 350-pound tie down cleats and an available 400-watt power inverter, located behind an access panel in the right bed wall, with the capacity to recharge power tools or energize a tailgate blender or flat screen TV.
A first for any pickup, the new in-bed audio system, together with the In-Bed Trunk and available 400-watt power inverter, makes Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. The new in-bed audio system utilizes six exciters located inside the bed walls, in place of conventional speakers, pumping out sound from the Ridgeline's audio head unit, with up to 540 watts of power.
Top-Level Safety Performance
Featuring Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure, advanced airbag systems and available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, the new Ridgeline will target the highest available collision safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. Honda Sensing™ technologies available on the 2017 Ridgeline include Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). All Ridgeline models will feature a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment and upper trims will be available with either Honda LaneWatch™ or Blind Spot Information system.
Ridgeline Development and Manufacturing
Like the first generation Honda Ridgeline, the all-new 2017 Ridgeline was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas and will be produced by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama.
About the Honda Light Truck Lineup
Honda set an all-time record for U.S. sales of light truck models in 2015, up nearly 12% from 2014 to 661,188 SUVs, CUVs, pickups and minivans, and besting the previous record of 602,123 Honda-brand light trucks sold in 2006. Honda's sales success was driven by an unprecedented cadence of new light truck offerings starting in the fall of 2014 with the freshened 2015 Honda CR-V, which was named Motor Trend 2016 Sport Utility of the Year and was America's best selling SUV again in 2015. In 2015, Honda launched the all-new HR-V crossover and the third generation Pilot SUV. In December, the Pilot was names as a finalist for the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year award.
In 2016, Honda will continue the fortification of its light-truck family of vehicles with the new Ridgeline and a fully redesigned Odyssey minivan. Honda was named the "2016 Best SUV Brand" by U.S. News and World Report, and the Pilot, CR-V, HR-V and Odyssey each has earned a "Best Buy" award from Kelly Blue Book for 2016. The 2016 Pilot and CR-V have received a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety for model year 2016, while the 2016 Odyssey minivan has earned a TOP SAFETY PICK rating.(Honda Press Release)
2017 Honda Ridgeline Pricing - For Salemore about this model
The Honda Ridgeline is a new answer to an old problem: How do you make a big truck small? The usual solution is build a full-size truck in miniature, with body-on-frame construction and a solid axle in the rear. The new-for-2017 Honda Ridgeline has found another path. It's built like a crossover SUV, with unibody construction and four-wheel independent suspension. The result is a pickup truck that trumps other midsize trucks in terms of ride, handling and overall smoothness.
And yet this innovative design doesn't impact its usability as much as you might expect: The Ridgeline's pickup bed is longer and wider than the competition's, and it carries more cargo. It has a two-way tailgate and an innovative in-bed trunk: a sizable (and lockable) storage bin beneath the bed floor.
Yes, there are compromises. The Ridgeline tows less than other midsize trucks, which generally pull in the 6,000- to 7,500-pound range. The Ridgeline with optional all-wheel drive is limited to 5,000 pounds. The two-wheel-drive Ridgeline is rated for just 3,500 pounds of towing. (It's also front-wheel-drive, not rear-wheel.) And while the all-wheel-drive system is great for bad-weather traction, the lack of a low range, and the Ridgeline's reduced ground clearance mean it can't venture as far off the beaten path as some dedicated off-road pickups.
On the other hand, a highlight of the Ridgeline's design is its spacious four-door crew cab, which is roomier and easier to see out of than other midsize pickups. Whether you're up front or in the back, seat comfort and space are excellent. The dashboard design is user-friendly and quality is top-notch. Our one big complaint — and it is a big one — is the touchscreen infotainment system found in higher trim levels. The interface is irritating, the touch-zones are tiny, and the volume slider is just plain wonky. We prefer the entry-level stereo system, which lacks navigation but has an ordinary volume knob. You'll have to do without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, however.
All Ridgelines are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 delivering 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. EPA fuel economy estimates are 22 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) for the front-wheel-drive version and 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with all-wheel drive. Acceleration is quick and smooth: 7.0 seconds to 60 mph in Edmunds testing. Handling and ride quality both far exceed that of other midsize pickup trucks. Some pickup trucks may have carlike attributes, but this one drives like a car, period. However, if you need to tow a heavy trailer or want to do any serious off-roading, the Ridgeline is not your best choice.
Honda builds the Ridgeline in a staggering seven models: RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and Black Edition. Hondas generally have no options: The trim level determines equipment. The base RT, however, is not a stripped-down work truck, but one with a decent level of standard equipment. Subsequent trim levels add desirable comfort and safety equipment. Whatever your preference, Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 Honda Ridgeline for you.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Overview
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is offered in the following submodels: Crew Cab. Available styles include RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A). Ridgeline models are available with a 3.5 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 280 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 Ridgeline comes with all wheel drive or front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic. The 2017 Ridgeline comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What should I pay for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline?
2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43810. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3409 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3409 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $40401.
The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36870. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $4235 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 11.5% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $32455. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3162.8 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3162.8 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $29292.2.
The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 9.7% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $34720. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3000 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $31720.
The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 8.6% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $38670. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2504.7 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $2504.7 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $36165.3.
The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 6.5% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $42310. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $3191 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $3191 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $39119.
The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 7.5% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $33955. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2135.7 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 6.3% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $36520. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $800 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 2.2% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $35755. The average price paid for a new 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is trending $500 below the manufacturer's MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A) is 1.4% below the MSRP.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline features & specs
features & specs
2017 Honda Ridgeline
RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)See all for sale
|Fuel Type||regular unleaded||regular unleaded||regular unleaded|
|Basic Warranty||3 yr./ 36000 mi.||3 yr./ 36000 mi.||3 yr./ 36000 mi.|
|Base Engine Type||gas||gas||gas|
|Base Engine Size||3.5 l||3.5 l||3.5 l|
|Transmission||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic||6-speed automatic|
|Drivetrain||all wheel drive||front wheel drive||all wheel drive|
|Horsepower||280 hp @ 6000 rpm||280 hp @ 6000 rpm||280 hp @ 6000 rpm|
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VehicleBlack Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
ReviewI previously owned the 2007 version of this truck. When I purchased that truck in 2012 I paid 19K and I sold it for 10K (4 years later) after putting 65K miles on it. That is an amazingly low annual cost. I had absolutely no issues with the previous version. Needless to say, I put a lot of miles on my car and I wanted better gas mileage and something I knew would last me a long time so I looked at the new version. I also loved the versatility of the Ridgeline and the very good road manners. The improvements are perfect. I absolutely love the option to turn off a few cylinders and go into "eco" mode. I even got 30 MPG wile taking a road trip! My average over the first 2200 miles has been a very respectable 23 MPG. I love the technology and all the bells and whistles, which is why I opted for the Black Edition. So far, I have appreciated the lane departure and front collision warning, but I am still getting used to the beeping when I get close to things. One benefit of the beeping is that when someone walks in front of your car while you are stopped but looking the other way, you hear it! My kids have loved the Apple Carplay and completely taken over the music which sounds incredible in this truck. They also love the truck-bed audio system and controlling it from their phone through bluetooth. I thought I would miss the CD player, but I discovered that I can put a bunch of mp3 files on a memory stick and it will play it. My biggest compliment to this new version is the ride comfort and quality. Clearly Honda made very significant improvements to the sound dampening because it is very quiet in the cabin even at freeway speeds. Everything feels quicker and more nimble. The engine has lots of power especially when eco mode is off. I have not towed anything yet with this new one, but I did completely fill the bed and the interior and while the suspension felt a little softer, it was still very secure. The previous version was very solid towing (it felt like a full sized SUV towing) The headlights are amazing, I can see things clearly at night. I was also so amazed when the brights turned off automatically when I was driving on a country road at night and there was an oncoming car. Yes, the controls for the touchscreen take a little while to get used to, but I actually appreciated that some of the features and settings were limited to when I was not driving so as to not distract the driver. Now that I am used to them I appreciate them, but I do think a physical lever or button for sound would be nice beyond the steering wheel controls. I really like the red accents and lighting but in all honesty, I was disappointed that in this top of the line black edition the red lighting was only in the front seat-wells and door handles and there were none for the back seats. The interior has good quality and soft materials. I did notice that the access to the back seats through the doors is a little less on this new model. Not a big deal but getting bigger things into the back seat is a little more challenging. I really like the new exterior styling, very sleek. While not an overly rugged looking truck, it appeals to me because it looks sophisticated and at home in the city which is where I do the majority of my driving. I do not consider myself an off-roader but I did take this new truck out on the beach and tested out the "sand mode" and it performed with flying colors. My previous version was simply stunning in the snow so I expect the same with this generation. No deals to be had at the dealership, at least not yet while demand is high and inventory is low. I had to drive an hour and a half away to find a dealership with this one in stock. Overall, I believe that Honda took the best parts of the Ridgeline (ride quality, performance, versatility, features) and improved each one significantly. They also fixed my biggest complaint with the previous version (16 mpg average in mixed driving). I also fit the demographic Honda was targeting very well: mostly city driver, rarely tows/hauls/offroads but wants the versatility only a truck can provide while also wanting the comfort of an SUV. Bingo!
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Is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline safe?The 2017 Honda Ridgeline earned a 5-star overall safety rating from NHTSA and "GOOD" ratings from the IIHS in the following caregories: Side Impact Test, Roof Strength Test, Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint, IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results, Moderate Overlap Front Test Results, and a JD POWER overall quality rating of 4.0 out of 5. Among Edmunds' many tools and resources for finding your perfect car are detailed safety ratings and analysis from NHTSA, IIHS, and JD Power, including overall ratings, frontal barrier crash ratings, side impact tests and crash ratings, rollover test results, roof strength tests, rear crash protection and head restraint ratings, side barrier ratings, combined side barrier and pole ratings, and more.
2017 honda ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded 21 combined MPG 18 city MPG/25 highway MPG
2017 honda ridgeline RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded 22 combined MPG 19 city MPG/26 highway MPG
2017 honda ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed automatic, regular unleaded 21 combined MPG 18 city MPG/25 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?
Available Honda Ridgeline 2017 Submodel Types: Crew Cab
Available Trims: RTL-T, RTL, Sport, RTL-E, Black Edition, RTS, RT, RTL w/Leather, RTL w/Leather and Navigation, RTX, SE w/Leather and Navigation
Exterior Colors: Crystal Black Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Forest Mist Metallic, Deep Scarlet Pearl, Billet Silver Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Formal Black, Nimbus Gray Metallic, White, Dark Cherry Pearl, Steel Blue Metallic
Interior Colors: Neutral Black leather, Neutral Black cloth, Wisteria Gray leather, Red-Perforated Black leather, Shadow Beige leather, Gray cloth, Black leather, Black cloth, Shadow Beige cloth, Beige cloth, Gray leather
Popular Features: Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Crew Cab, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Tire Pressure Warning, Towing Hitch, Alarm, Auto Climate Control, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Aux Audio Inputs, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Trip Computer, Back-up camera, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Keyless Entry/Start, Remote Start, Power Driver Seat, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Navigation, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, 5000lb Towing Capacity, AWD/4WD, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Blind Spot Monitoring, Sunroof/Moonroof, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Parking sensors, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Headlights
Engine/Mechanics: 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: regular unleaded
Drivetrains: front wheel drive, all wheel drive, four wheel drive
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.
Can the 2017 Honda Ridgeline go off-road?
Based on the same platform as the Acura MDX and Honda Pilot crossover SUVs, the redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline isn’t as ruggedly constructed a midsize crew cab pickup truck as its competition. In fact, you might be tempted to dismiss it as nothing more than a modern-day Chevy El Camino, a car masquerading as a truck.
In order to examine the new Ridgeline in person, I headed to Malibu, California and the Santa Monica Mountains to answer the following question: Can the 2017 Honda Ridgeline go off-road? Before we get to that, though, it is important to put the Ridgeline into perspective.
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The Honda Ridgeline is a more competitive truck than you might guess
Aimed at the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma, the redesigned Honda Ridgeline is built for the do-it-yourselfer and the weekend warrior, the people who need a truck on weekends but don’t want to drive a traditional truck during the week.
The redesigned Honda Ridgeline is built for the do-it-yourselfer and the weekend warrior, the people who need a truck on weekends but don’t want to drive a traditional truck during the week.(Honda)
That means the new 2017 Ridgeline foregoes traditional body-on-frame construction, necessary for maximum towing capacity, and includes a 4-wheel independent suspension, which improves ride and handling on the pavement where most pickups spend most of their time.
Ridgeline power, towing and payload ratings
A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is tucked under the Ridgeline’s hood, but it doesn’t make as much torque as the competition (262 lb.-ft.), or as low in the rev range (at 4,700 rpm). This, in addition to its unibody construction, is a factor restricting the Honda’s towing capacity to 5,000 pounds, a ton less than a Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon crew cab with a V6 engine.
The Honda can haul though, up to 1,584 lbs. of payload in its 64-inch cargo bed, a little more weight than a Chevy Colorado or GMC Canyon with a V6 can tackle. Loading the Ridgeline is easy, too, thanks to a dual-action tailgate that swings wide from right to left, or drops down like every other truck. The cab’s rear seat cushion also flips up and out of the way, providing a sizable amount of interior cargo capacity.
Ridgelines also come with a “trunk,” a locking 7.3 cubic-foot storage well beneath the cargo bed that includes a drain plug because it is perfect for use as a tailgate party cooler.(Honda)
Ridgelines also come with a “trunk,” a locking 7.3 cubic-foot storage well beneath the cargo bed that includes a drain plug because it is perfect for use as a tailgate party cooler. A 115-volt power outlet is available for the bed, and a new “truck bed audio system” with six weatherproof transducers that turn the cargo box into a boom box (remember those?).
Available torque-vectoring AWD system
Purists might automatically discount the Ridgeline once they discover that it comes with front-wheel drive. Don’t worry. Get the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel-drive system, which can deliver up to 70 percent of total engine output to either the left or right rear wheel as conditions warrant. It comes with an Intelligent Traction Management System with Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow driving modes, too.
Ground clearance measures 7.8 inches. That’s less than any of the traditional body-on-frame trucks from the competition. Yet the Ridgeline’s approach, breakover, and departure angles essentially match or improve upon the Colorado and Canyon twins.
Can the 2017 Honda Ridgeline go off road?
I hopped into a Ridgeline RTL-E, engaged the “Sand” driving mode, and headed into the wilderness.(Christian Wardlaw)
Calamigos Ranch is the site of an annual media event called Droptops and Dirt. Located in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, the property includes rugged terrain and trails that to showcase vehicle capabilities. Honda brought a Ridgeline to the 2016 event, put it on the more difficult of the two available trails, and turned journalists loose.
Naturally, I was curious. So I hopped into a Ridgeline RTL-E, engaged the “Sand” driving mode, and headed into the wilderness under the guidance of Honda public relations representative Davis Adams.
Freshly graded, the first part of the trail was essentially a dirt road, but as we climbed in elevation and took the fork leading to the more difficult portion of the route, the dips and bumps presented the Ridgeline with regular challenges. Though the truck rocked and rolled and occasionally put a wheel into the air, it remained resolute in its commitment to surpass obstacles, the i-VTM4 AWD system doing a fine job of meting out power to the wheels with the most grip.
Honda, your truck needs a hill descent control system.(Christian Wardlaw)
Cresting a blind hill, I was impressed with the Ridgeline’s tenacity in the dry California dirt. But I knew that a steep descent studded with rocks, scarred with ruts, and paved with a loose surface lay in wait around the next turn.
I asked Adams: “Does this thing have hill descent control?”
“No,” he admitted. “It does not.”
With parts of me puckering by the second, I headed down the grade in low gear with a foot modulating the brake pedal. Cautiously, carefully, I chose my path down the hill, the truck sometimes sliding and slipping on its 245/60R18 all-season tires. We made it down the grade, scraping the underside once or twice but without shredding the front air dam or causing any leaks.
Honda, your truck needs a hill descent control system.
Honda offers the perfect truck for most of the people most of the time
To say that the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline might just be the perfect truck for most of the people most of the time is an understatement. It is.(Honda)
To say that the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline might just be the perfect truck for most of the people most of the time is an understatement. It is.
But, in my opinion, the exterior styling is too soft. The Ridgeline looks like a Pilot modified by a guy with a Sawzall after drinking a case of Old Milwaukee. Which is almost like saying the Ridgeline looks like an Odyssey modified by a guy… You get the idea.
Not only has Honda ditched the old Ridgeline’s chiseled bodywork and flared fenders, the new truck’s Pilot-sourced interior eliminates one of my favorite things about the original model: the hose-me-out interior loaded with storage nooks, cubbies, trays, and bins. This new one is just too nice inside.
The old Ridgeline was rugged, practical, and filled with storage bins inside. The new one is just too nice.(Honda)
According to J.D. Power studies, styling and design sell new vehicles. How a car, SUV, or truck looks on the outside and works on the inside is just as important as reliability when it comes to the consumer’s decision-making process.
So, while the 2017 Ridgeline represents a compelling package, Honda might just find that those do-it-yourselfers and weekend warriors are continuing to choose the more rugged-looking rigs offered by the competition. That’s too bad, because with the exceptions of towing capacity and extreme 4-wheeling capability, the new Ridgeline rocks.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Redesign, Price, Release date, Specs
Despite pickup trucks being America’s favorite vehicle, Honda has found the going tough with their Ridgeline pickup truck. Since the Ridgeline made its maiden debut in the American market in 2005, it only enjoyed a single good year in 2006 and from then things have been on a nosedive.
The American pickup truck market is dominated by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford Motor. To penetrate the market therefore needs an excellent offering. We believe the Japanese auto maker has learned from his mistakes. Actually its unibody styling proved to be a huge disadvantage and it is good that the auto maker has changed its styling to the body-on-frame which offers more flexibility, strength and is easy to maintain. After discontinuing production of the model in 2014, Honda is ready to give it a second shot with a revamped model going by the name 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
Honda had previously signaled its intent to produce a redesigned Ridgeline by releasing teaser images. The model has been spotted recently during testing covered in heavy camouflage making it clear that a new Ridgeline is coming in the near future. According to the spy shots we have, the new model has drawn its styling inspiration from the new Pilot SUV.
In terms of its dimensions, the pickup truck might reach 206 inches in length, 73 inches height, and 78 inches width with a wheelbase of 126 inches. Its total bed trunk capacity is 1,550 lbs making it comfortable even when carrying high amount loads.
The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been redesigned and takes a more traditional pickup profile. At the front, the vehicle has a more prominent grille flanked by sweptback headlights. The rear C-pillar is vertical and the bedsides are straight and horizontal. The vehicle will ride on 5-spoke alloy wheels. The vehicle will also feature plastic body cladding, muscular fender flares and a tailgate which has been integrated with a spoiler. We will communicate clearer information when the automaker makes its specs public or if we manage to capture clearer shots.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The interior specs have not been made public but from the spy shots we have the cabin looks to have been greatly improved. The new cabin looks enhanced than most pickups in the market today. Passengers will find plenty of head and leg room. The truck is made with a cost effective point of view, thus, the truck does not feature luxurious or sophisticated interior.
However, the cabin comes with all basic components. It is rumored that the seats will be upholstered in leather with 10-way power adjustable seats, heated front seats and adjustable seat belts. For comfort, the pickup truck might come with dual-zone automatic air control, flat rear floor, rear view mirror with a camera, a column mounted shifter system and illuminated mirrors among others. Other likely features will be a touch-screen infotainment system, basic music connectivity and a premium sound system.
Under the hood of the new Ridgeline, Honda has featured similar engine as the one in the Pilot SUV. The unit is a 3.5 L V6 engine. The official output details are not yet out but the engine produces 280 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque on the Pilot SUV. The pickup truck will be offered in both all-wheel-drive and front-wheel drive.
This drive-train will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission system with an option for a 9-speed automatic transmission. There are also rumors going round about the possibility of a diesel engine.
Price and release date
According to credible reports, the automaker will premiere the 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck in an North American International Auto Show early in 2016 and follow up its release to showrooms later probably during the early summer.
The Ridgeline will cost around $ 30,000. We will inform you of the official price and release date when the automaker releases official information.
Picture from NAIAS 2016
2017 Honda Ridgeline First Drive
The original Honda Ridgeline was, admittedly, a bit of an oddball. Produced for model years 2006-2014, Honda sold just over 250,000 of the Pilot-based four-door trucksters over those eight years—a number roughly equal to nine months of U.S. Civic sales. With an all-new Pilot out on the streets, Honda decided it was time for a new Ridgeline, one that, in theory at least, aims to take a larger bite out of the traditional midsize pickup truck market.
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Start with the profile. Gone are the original Ridgeline's angled sail panels aft of the rear doors, replaced by a much more conventional right angle between the rear window and the bed. The rounded nose may be nearly identical to the Pilot, but from the windshield back the styling is all truck. The bed gains 3.9 inches of length (now 64 inches) and 5.5 inches in width (now 60 inches) over the previous generation, and with 50 inches between the rear wheel wells, a sheet of plywood will lay flat in the bed, though it'll hang a foot beyond the edge of the lowered tailgate.
The bed interior is made entirely of glass-fiber reinforced SMC composite, a UV-stable, scratch- and dent-resistant material that makes a bedliner unnecessary. The double-hinged tailgate, which flips down normally or swings to the driver's side, returns, and there's a weather-tight 7.3 cubic-foot trunk under a lift-up portion of the bed floor, sized perfectly for an 82-quart cooler. Payload capacity maxes out at 1584 lbs.
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The locking under-bed trunk stows the space-saver spare tire and has a drain plug, perfect for filling with ice and beverages.
Don't let the rear fender panel-gap fool you: The new Ridgeline is still a unibody, the only pickup truck on the U.S. market built this way, with independent suspension at all four corners. And at Honda's drive preview in San Antonio, the benefits of this construction were made undeniably clear. On the road, the Ridgeline cruises in ultimate smoothness and comfort, cushioning away all road imperfections and cocooning you in a luxuriously quiet ride. Getting out of the Ridgeline and into one of the brand-new Toyota Tacomas or Chevy Colorados that Honda brought along for comparison was like stepping backward 30 years in chassis design. On worn Texas pavement, the Ridgeline absolutely erased the small-amplitude pavement ripples that juddered the Tacoma, and the body-on-frame groans that the two traditional trucks made over larger pavement imperfections were entirely absent in the Honda.
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The Ridgeline's dynamics are equally car-like. On pavement at speed, the Honda feels planted in turns, with little body roll and a confidently low center of gravity. All models are powered by the same 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 found in the Pilot and the Acura MDX, sending 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque to a six-speed automatic (the push-button nine-speed, optional on the Pilot, is not available on the Ridgeline). For the first time, Honda will offer the 2017 Ridgeline in front-wheel-drive guise on all but the top two trim levels; the optional Intelligent Variable Torque Management all-wheel drive system offers torque-vectoring that can slightly overdrive the outside rear wheel in a curve for sharper handling response.
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All this adds up to a decidedly un-truckish driving experience. The top-of-the-line all-wheel-drive RTL-E model I drove felt equally quick as the Pilot (which does 0-60 in six seconds flat), with a subdued engine snarl. On a well-groomed off-road loop that Honda provided, the Ridgeline climbed muddy hills and scaled frame-twisting humps with absolutely no drama. Four drivetrain modes—Normal, Sand, Snow, and Mud—are available on AWD models, altering throttle response, shift points, and stability and traction control intervention, but left in Normal mode the AWD system can still react nearly instantaneously to any traction demands, even with a rear wheel dangling midair.
There's something a little disconcerting, though, about off-roading the Ridgeline. Looking out across a dashboard and hood shared with the Pilot, the sensation is less pickup truck, more minivan. On a winding dirt road, it was easy to feel the torque-vectoring all-wheel drive at work; matting the Ridgeline's throttle mid-corner actually tightens the driving line, the opposite of the tail-out antics of the unladen Tacoma and Colorado in 2WD. The Honda accomplished everything the traditional trucks could conquer in our brief, low-risk off-road jaunt, but it looked and felt like a newcomer in that environment.
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At the drive event, a Honda employee said to me "I
Maybe that's not a bad thing. The Honda does all the tasks you'd expect of a midsize pickup, towing up to 5000 lbs in AWD trim or hauling an ATV in the bed without any drama whatsoever. And compared to the four-door Colorado and Tacoma, the Ridgeline offers significantly more cabin room for passengers and cargo alike (stow a golf bag under the Ridgeline's rear seat, or fold it away to haul a mountain bike or big-screen TV in the cab). And with that cooler cubby under-trunk and an optional sound system that plays music through the truck bed, the Ridgeline beats every other truck out there when it comes to tailgating—even offering a 400-watt in-bed AC power outlet that can power a flatscreen TV.
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The second-gen Ridgeline is clearly the Honda of pickups. That's a compliment: It does everything that your average midsize pickup owners (and the vast majority of full-size truck drivers) demand, while eliminating just about every comfort and packaging drawback of a traditional body-on-frame, live-rear-axle 4x4. Honda says it'll do 19 MPG city, 26 highway in 2WD form (subtract one MPG each for AWD), and its spacious interior feels more Silverado than Colorado-sized.
Starting at just under $30,000 for a front-drive base model, and extending all the way to nearly $43,000 for the top-of-the-line Black Edition shown here, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline competes on size, price, and capability with the traditional truck players. What remain to be seen is whether that's a compelling combination for traditional truck buyers.
Like tailgate parties? You'll love the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Yes, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a real truck. Despite its unibody construction, at which some truck guys turn up their noses, the Ridgeline is capable of meeting the towing and hauling needs of most midsize truck buyers, whether that's taking the boat out for the weekend, hauling the S2000 to track day or just helping a friend or family member move house.
Like the previous generation, this new 2017 Ridgeline is teeming with clever features that make it easy to live with as a daily driver, a clever bed that features a dual-action tailgate and in-bed trunk, and a spacious cabin that's just as flexible as the bed out back. Unlike the previous generation, the new model features a conventional truck-shaped silhouette that's much more attractive than the old model, which sort of looked like the Pizza Hut logo when viewed from the side.
280-horsepower V6 engine
It's no secret that the Honda Ridgeline is powered by the same 3.5-liter V6 engine that you'll find breathing life into the 2016 Pilot SUV. In both vehicles, the engine is rated at 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That torque is multiplied by a six-speed automatic transmission, the only gearbox available to the Ridgeline, and is either sent to the front wheels or split between all four wheels via Honda's i-VTM4 on-demand all-wheel drive system with Intelligent Terrain Management (ITM) software.
The all-wheel drive system is capable of torque vectoring (actively sending power to the outside wheels) when cornering to reduce the turning radius and reverse torque vectoring (boosting torque to the inside) while changing lanes at highway speeds to improve stability. Meanwhile, the ITM software has programs to optimize traction on the road and in snowy, muddy and sandy off-road conditions.
The all-wheel drive Ridgeline is rated at 18 mpg in the city, 25 on the highway and 21 mpg combined. This estimate is reinforced by my average of 23.6 mpg over a day (and well over 100 miles) of initial testing. During extended testing with the various members of Roadshow's staff and use as a production vehicle, the pickup has averaged between 20 and 21 mpg over the course of nearly 3,000 miles. The Ridgeline features an Eco mode, activated by a button on the dashboard, that tunes the throttle program for maximum efficiency, but I haven't noticed a significant difference in driving characteristics or any advantage to using this mode.
Add 1 mpg to each of economy estimates for the front-wheel drive variant, a new option for this generation that was added after Honda noticed that 66 percent of Toyota Tacomas sold in the large California market are 2WD models and that 63 percent of its own Pilot SUVs are sold in FWD configuration.
We were able to test the Ridgeline's trailering capability by towing over 4,000 pounds of powersports equipment.Nick Miotke/Roadshow
Unibody capability, not an oxymoron
The previous generation Ridgeline stood apart from the rest of its class due to its unibody construction, as opposed to the body-over-frame setup that most modern pickups use. This new 2017 model continues that tradition with a unibody that is 28 percent stiffer than the previous generation and significantly stiffer than its ladder-framed contemporaries.
Again, the Ridgeline shares its platform and chassis design with the new Pilot SUV, but about 50 percent of the suspension components and the truck's subframe have been beefed up, lightened or strengthened for the Ridgeline to better accommodate the conditions and demands of pickup truck stuff.
I was able to test the Ridgeline back-to-back with the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado on a medium-duty off-road test that included climbing a muddy incline, navigating loose sand, articulating over uneven terrain and climbing a very steep hill. I didn't negotiate any terrain as extreme as what I experienced while solo testing the Tacoma earlier that year, but the Ridgeline remained composed over the course set before it.
Where the Ridgeline really stands apart from the competition is at speed on uneven, washboard dirt trails. Its stiffer chassis was significantly quieter over the ribbed surface at about 35 mph than either the Tacoma or Colorado and seemed to rattle and shake about less. Its independent multilink rear suspension was better able to soak up the bumps, which created a more planted feeling and better handling when booking it down a dirt trail. Of the three trucks, the Ridgeline is the one I'd pick if I had to spend an entire day in the saddle.
The Ridgeline stands apart from the competition with much smoother handling at speed on washboard dirt surfaces.Nick Miotke/Roadshow
Compared with the previous model, this new Ridgeline has a more trucklike silhouette with a 90-degree transition between the bed and the cab that should help the Ridgeline appeal to those who, like me, found the previous model's design offputting. On the other hand, the new look is more generic, but that's often the other side of the double-edged sword of designing for broader appeal.
Gone are the buttresses between the cab and the bed which, in addition to improving the look, also improves side access to the forward area of the truck's bed. Despite there being a panel cutline between the bed and cab, Honda assures me that the two parts are joined as one piece beneath the exterior panels. Joined from top to bottom via spot welds and industrial adhesive, the Ridgeline should avoid the bed shake that sometimes plagues conventional pickups over bumpy surfaces.
The Ridgeline boasts a 5,000-pound towing capacity for the all-wheel drive variant. That's middle-of-the-road when compared with the likes of the Colorado and Nissan Frontier, but should be plenty for the average midsize pickup truck owner's expectations. I was able to test the Ridgeline while launching a small, 3,500-pound motorboat and, later, while trailering a Honda Pioneer side-by-side ATV and a TRX ATV with a combined weight of about 4,000 pounds. In both situations, I found the pickup to be capable of handling the loads with relative ease. Towing hardware to accommodate up to 600 pounds of tongue weight is standard equipment for the AWD Ridgeline, but optional trailer brake controllers were equipped for both of these demonstrations.
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Later, our own Emme Hall used the Ridgeline for extended testing, stating that the pickup towed a 3,020-pound trailer over 1,000 miles "easily." An experienced desert truck racer, she continues to jokingly call the unibody Ridgeline a "fake truck," but I'd wager that she's enjoying it as much as the rest of our editors.
For the front-wheel driven Ridgeline, towing capacity drops to 3,500 pounds with a 420-pound tongue weight. The front-driven model also features a slightly lower ride-height. Payload, for both the FWD and AWD Ridgeline, is 1,584 pounds, enough to load an ATV, motorbike or a hell of a lot of mulch without significantly affecting the Ridgeline's on-road manners.
Self-contained tailgate party
Despite its more conventional silhouette, the Ridgeline's bed distinguishes itself with a few truly unique features. The most prominent is the dual-action tailgate, which swings vertically like a normal truck's and horizontally like a door to allow easy, right-up-to-the-bumper access to the bed, which is useful when lifting heavy objects into the rear of the truck.
Filled to the brim with ice and bevs, the Ridgeline's in-bed trunk is great for tailgating.Nick Miotke/Roadshow
Near the rear end of the bed, the Ridgeline features a locking subfloor trunk that can accommodate a few bags of golf clubs or up to an 82-quart cooler. The trunk is also waterproof and features a removable drain plug in the bottom: Fill it up with ice and drinks and the Ridgeline's trunk can serve as its own cooler while tailgating.
The bed is also home to eight standard tie-down points, has standard composite surfaces that won't rust and can be had with a 400-watt AC inverter at the upper trim levels, which can provide enough juice to power a 60-inch flatscreen TV and more.
The Ridgeline also features the industry's first truck bed audio system in its top RTL-E and Black models. When I say "truck bed audio," I mean in the audio comes from the bed itself, not speakers hidden in the bed. Honda has placed four exciters (sort of like the magnetic drivers that would move the cone on a conventional speaker) directly onto the backs of the side and front panels of the bed, which transform the composite panels themselves into speakers. The system is completely sealed from the elements and will not be damaged by items like rocks or gravel carried in or rattling around the bed. Audio is loud and the quality is pretty all-right, but not great. It's a quantity over quality sort of deal. The truck bed system disables the interior speakers when active, but cannot be used when the vehicle is in motion. (It deactivates at around 10 mph.)
Between the dual-action gate, the powerful inverter, the in-bed trunk cooler and in-bed audio system, the Ridgeline is a self-contained tailgating machine.
Spacious functional cabin
Inside the cabin, the Ridgeline boasts more interior space than its competition with 109 cubic feet of breathing room split between its two rows.
The rear seat folds up to make room for tall and bulky items inside the cabin.Honda
The rear seats flip up and away, not unlike those of the Honda Fit, making room for tall items like a bicycle (with its front wheel in place) or a flatscreen TV in its box. When that rear seat is folded down, there's still enough room beneath it to hide a bag of golf clubs or a pair of large backpacks.
Infotainment functions are handled by either a 5-inch touchscreen receiver or a premium 8-inch unit. Both use capacitive touchscreens. Both systems are, no surprise, not much different from the Android-based rig we've seen (and generally loved) in the Honda Pilot. Navigation software and maps are provided by Garmin. Audio is produced by -- at the top level -- an eight-speaker, 540-watt audio system. The cabin is home to enough USB ports to power an entire family's gadgets: There are two high-power USB ports on the dashboard and two more on the second row.
Like the Accord and Civic of this generation, the Ridgeline supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at launch -- standard for the top-tier models and optional below. So, if you're not a fan of Honda's infotainment interface (and some members of our staff are not), you can bring your own by plugging your supported phone into one of the forward USB ports.
The Ridgeline proved itself during light offroading in a back-to-back comparison with the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.Nick Miotke/Roadshow
The Honda's cabin tech offerings are on par with my favorite Chevrolet Colorado's and head and shoulders better than the Tacoma's Entune setup. Factor in its much more spacious cabin, quieter ride and ability to fit bulky items inside its cabin thanks to its flexible rear seating, and the Honda starts to look pretty good.
Trucks typically aren't known for their high-tech features, but the Ridgeline steps up to the plate with the full suite of Honda Sensing driver aid technologies.
The pickup is available with a well-sorted adaptive cruise control system, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assisted steering, and a collision-mitigation auto-braking system with pedestrian detection. Rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high-beam assist headlamps add further to the list of optional driver-aid technologies. The only weak points that I could find in the Ridgeline's driver aid tech are the adaptive cruise control system's inability to operate at speeds below about 25 mph and the lack of any sort of semiautonomous parking. Those features are, admittedly, also missing from pretty much every pickup truck on the market, so I'm not counting it against the Honda.
A rear camera is standard equipment. Drivers will have access to either Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera or a conventional, sensor-based blind-spot monitoring system depending on trim level. The latter is the better option of the two.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,475 for the base RT 2WD trim level. Add $1,800 for the AWD variant of that model. RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and Black trim levels add progressively more features, amenities and style. The fully-loaded RTL-E model comes in AWD only and with all of the bells and whistles in tow for $41,370. A Black special edition features shadowy, dark styling upgrades for a line-topping $42,870.