Introduced for the 2017 model year, the Honda Ridgeline is a stand-out model in an increasingly popular mid-size pickup truck segment. Backing this up is the fact that the new Ridgeline was just named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show.
One key factor that allowed the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to win this prestigious award is its unique construction. Having more in common with a mid-size crossover (the Honda Pilot) than a body-on-frame pickup truck, the Ridgeline is able to maximize comfort, safety and efficiency without sacrificing versatility and capability.
The most important part of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, of course, is its cargo bed, where Honda continues this truck’s innovation. The 2017 Ridgeline boasts a durable fiber-reinforced SMC composite bed that features class-leading innovations such as a Dual Action Tailgate, an In-Bed Trunk® and, new for 2017, the Truck Bed Audio system. These three features alone allow the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to outshine the competition, but this new Ridgeline is no one-trick pony.
Standing in stark opposition to its rugged utilitarian purpose, the interior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline feels more like a family vehicle than a rugged pickup truck. That is thanks largely to the fact that the new Ridgeline has much in common with the Pilot SUV. This gives the Ridgeline a smooth ride and comfortable cabin while delivering all of the cargo-centric traits that pickup truck buyers demand. The one element that allows the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to toe the line between truck and crossover is its spacious, accommodating interior. Depending on which of the seven trim levels you choose, the new Ridgeline can be anything from a budget-friendly truck all the way up to a luxurious, tech-laden people (and cargo) mover.
Design also plays a major role in the allure of the second-gen Ridgeline. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has a more conventional truck design with more squared-off edges and a separate cargo bed. The front end of the Ridgeline has the familiar, aerodynamic face that can be seen on all current Honda models, and the sporty Ridgeline Black Edition delivers a little extra flair.
Under the hood, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is powered by the new 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) cylinder deactivation technology, putting out 280 hp and 262 lb/ft of torque. This engine is backed by an equally new six-speed automatic transmission that allows the Ridgeline to balance performance with fuel economy as it returns EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway**. Opting for the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management system lets the Ridgeline get into and out of just about any situation.
Finally, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline rises above the competition with its impeccable safety ratings. The Ridgeline is the first and only pickup truck ever to achieve a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This safety is thanks to the advanced driver assistance safety technologies available on the new Ridgeline through the Honda Sensing™ features, which include Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System and more.
Whether you’re looking for a truck for the job site, soccer practice duty or just as a weekend home repair warrior, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a great choice with its ruggedness, refinement and high-tech goodies.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline carries a starting MSRP of $29,475*; stop by today to see which model is perfect for you.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $940.00 destination charge ad options. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.