Honda may not be a name to reckon with in pickup truck segment where the likes of Ford and Toyota rule the roost but the Japanese giant is all set to take the competition to a new level. The Honda Ridgeline gets a revamp after 2 years and the 2017 model has enough to take on rivals like Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and GMC Canyon. However, it is not what you will rate as the ultimate towing and payload champion. Still, it offers enough value for money and conveniences that you cannot overlook.
The engine of Honda Ridgeline 2017 now produces more horsepower and offers better fuel economy. Its exterior gets a slight revamp in design. The safety and infotainment features have also been spruced up.
Honda Ridgeline 2017 – Modification That Will Include:
The predecessor of Honda Ridgeline 2017, aka the 2014 version received a lukewarm response for its awkward angles and design that neither gave it the look of a truck nor a car. The 2017 model comes in crew-cab form and despite Honda Pilot SUV design elements, the Ridgeline looks more like a pickup truck now. The roofline is now squared off and the bed walls get the same treatment. It comes in a choice of 7 trims- RT, RTS, RTL, Sport, RTL-T, RTL-E and a special Black edition.
Step inside, and you will find the resemblances with Honda Pilot even more prominent. The quality of materials in the cabin is definitely better than what you see in most rivals. However, the driving position is a tad low. The cabin is ideal for accommodating 5 passengers. The storage options inside the cabin are aplenty. Its pickup bed is 50 inches wide and 63 inches long. This is not the best you get in the class. Its dual-action tailgate eases usage. Under its bed floor, you get a cooler-sized trunk.
The Honda Ridgeline 2017 fares well in safety and infotainment segments. All trims get Bluetooth, cruise control, and multi-angle rearview camera. RTL-T and higher trims should be on your target if you are an entertainment buff. As expected, the Black edition gets the maximum number of bells and whistles including 18-inch alloy black wheels and LED ambient lighting.
Honda Ridgeline 2017 – Engine Specs:
The power train of Honda Ridgeline 2017 is adapted from Pilot and the 3.5-liter V6 engine generates 280 hp. You only get a 6-speed automatic transmission unit which fares better than the 9 Speed unit used in Pilot. While fuel economy (22 mpg combined) is not bad it is not as good as what you get in the GM rivals. The engine is peppy as it takes the truck 60 mph from 0 in 6.5 seconds.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has a payload rating of 1,584 pounds and maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds. AWD comes as standard in RTL-E and Black edition and in other trims it is optional. AWD models get Trailer Stability Assist.
The AWD version Ridgeline is equipped with a traction-management system which takes the ride quality to a new height. The model handles rough terrains and potholes on urban roads with aplomb. Unlike other body-on-frame trucks, it does not rumble and skitter on uneven roads with a full load. Its independent suspension and unibody structure also ensures the sharpest handling. Eventually, the Ridgeline outshines most rivals in ride and handling even though it is still no match for bigger trucks for payload and pulling.
Honda Ridgeline 2017 – Prie and Release Date:
The base RT trim of Honda Ridgeline 2017 is priced at $30,375, inclusive of the $900 destination charge. The RTS costs $ 32,415, and Sport has a price tag of $33,915. The RTL and RTL T are priced at $34,680 and $36,830. For the RTL-E the cost is $42,270 while range-topping Black edition costs $43,770. The model is expected to go on sale in the third quarter of 2016.
Summing it up:
Overall, the Honda Ridgeline 2017 is a decent midsized pickup truck that gets most things right. The design gets a nice overhaul and the cabin is more spacious and comfortable than what competitors can offer. Its engine may not be the most powerful but owing to Honda’s technological edge and unibody build, ride quality is amazing and more car-like. The Ridgeline also excels in entertainment features and safety options. Where it still lags behind Toyota and GM rivals is towing capacity and size of bed.