We drive the 2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline
2017 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline originally came out in 2014 and it was not a great seller. Rumor was that Honda was just going to abandon it and move on but now there is a new Ridgeline and Honda has been working on many improvements and it has paid off.

The Ridgeline offers customers more choices than ever with a new two wheel drive option as well as lots of options and features. The second generation truck was designed, developed and is manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Its exterior and interior design was conducted by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in its Los Angeles design studio, while vehicle development was undertaken at the company's Raymond, Ohio, new-model development center. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Ala., is the exclusive manufacturing home for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

The Ridgeline is slightly bigger than the old version and it is about the same size as a short bed F150 regular cab. The Ridgeline probably will not appeal to the contractors of the world. But what we found is that it is perfect for the person who needs a truck some of the time and a car most of the time.

The Ridgeline drivers and feels like a car. Get behind the wheel and you are greeted by very comfortable seats and a roomy interior. The gauges are perfectly clear with a large digital speedometer and analog tachometer, fuel level and water temperature gauges.

Black Edition with 8" touchscreen
Black Edition with 8" touchscreen

Our top of the line trim vehicle was the Black Edition and it had an 8 inch touch screen navigation and audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The interior was first rate with everything you could want but the 8 inch navigation screen was a little frustrating with slow responses and no volume knob. A volume knob would be so much easier than trying to press a touch screen button that has a delay.

The interior is a great place to be and that is where you will find one of the best features of the Ridgeline compared to other trucks. The Ridgeline is smooth and quiet at speed. It has a very rigid and tightly sealed unibody construction with four wheel independent suspension and Amplitude Reactive Dampers which result in terrific ride and much more precise handling compared to traditional trucks.

The rear seats are terrific for how easily they fold up and out of the way providing a large cargo area if you need more cargo space.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a new 3.5-liter direct-injected V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management, mated to a wide ratio 6-speed automatic transmission. Peak engine output is 280 horsepower which is 30 more than before. It is also about 78-pounds lighter than before which results in much better acceleration and good fuel economy.

The motor feels very strong at all times and sounds less like a truck motor and more like a race engine at high rpm. The AWD versions are rated at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the freeway.

The back seats fold up
The back seats fold up

The AWD Ridgeline is rated to tow 5000 pounds and we put that to the test with a 3500 pound load which it towed with ease. We actually think that it can tow a lot more than 5000 pounds but even the steepest hills didn’t slow down the Ridgeline much and it was very stable. We even managed to get around 16 mpg while towing.

The Ridgeline is perfect for the family that needs a truck some of the time because of its unique features. The 2017 Ridgeline's new UV-stabilized ultra-high strength glass fiber-reinforced SMC composite bed is longer and wider than in the previous model and is the only bed in the midsize class that can flat haul 4-foot-wide items, such as drywall or plywood panels on the floor between the wheel wells. Importantly, it does not require a bed liner like conventional steel beds.

Then there is the dual action tailgate that opens in two ways and the In Bed Trunk that gives you a huge trunk under the bed. The area is perfect for small items that would normally fly around the bed such as groceries and it even has a drain plug so you can fill it with ice and use it as a cooler. There is a 115 volt power inverter in the bed as well as speakers built in under the bed that are perfect for tail gate parties.

The Ridgeline is just a sweet truck. Yes, it is not as heavy duty as an F150 but sometimes you don’t need that much truck. It rides and drives as smooth as an Accord and has tons of innovative features. It is easy to park and gets good fuel economy. Pricing starts at $29,475 for the 2WD RT model and our top of the line Black Edition AWD goes for $42,870. The Black Edition by the way with its black wheels and trim attracts a lot of positive comments. If you want a truck that can be a car as well, the Ridgeline is perfect.

Specifications

$43,910

4 doors, 5 passengers, all-wheel drive; 18/25 mpg city/hwy

3.5-liter V-6 engine; 280 hp, 262 lb-ft; 6-speed automatic transmission

SAFETY
VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Front And Rear Parking Sensors
Blind Spot Sensor
Collision Mitigation Braking System Forward Collision and Rear Collision
Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Keeping Assist
Lane Keeping Assist System Lane Departure Warning
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Back-Up Camera
ENTERTAINMENT
Radio: AM/FM/MP3 w/Nav System & Trunk-Bed Audio -inc: 540-watts, Audio system w/8 speakers including subwoofer, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, HondaLink, SMS text message function, HD radio, Pandora compatibility, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), auxiliary input jack, 1.5-amp charging port in front/1.0 charging port in center console, 2.5-amp charging ports in 2nd row and Bluetooth streaming audio, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, voice recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic and Song By Voice
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation and External Memory Control
Audio Theft Deterrent
Integrated Roof Antenna
SIRIUS XM Radio
Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
Honda HD Digital Traffic Real-Time Traffic Display
EXTERIOR
Wheels: 18" Exclusive Black-Painted Alloy
Tires: P245/60R18 105H AS
Regular Composite Box Style
Drop-In Bed Liner
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire w/Box Carrier
Clearcoat Paint
Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st Row Sunroof w/Sunshade
Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert and 1 Tow Hook
Black Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
Black Door Handles
Body-Colored Power w/Tilt Down Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
Power Rear Window w/Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Splash Guards
Grille w/Chrome Bar
Front License Plate Bracket
Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Integrated Storage
Cargo Lamp w/High Mount Stop Light
LED Brakelights
Front Fog Lamps
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low Beam Daytime Running Auto High-Beam Headlamps
INTERIOR
Heated Front Bucket Seats -inc: 10-way power adjustable driver's seat including power lumbar support, 2-position memory and passenger seat w/4-way power adjustment
60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows
Heated Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Compass
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
HomeLink Garage Door Transmitter
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Distance Pacing
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Rear HVAC
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
Leather Seat Trim
Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Partial Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage, Conversation Mirror, 3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Pickup Cargo Box Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Windows and Remote Engine Start
Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins, 2nd Row Underseat Storage and Audio Media Storage
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Systems Monitor
Redundant Digital Speedometer
Trip Computer
Analog Display
Outside Temp Gauge
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Driver And Front Passenger Armrests and Rear Center Armrest w/Storage
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Perimeter Alarm
Engine Immobilizer
3 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration
3 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
MECHANICAL
Engine: 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
4.25 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 6,019 lbs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and HD Oil Cooler
Electronic Transfer Case
Automatic Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
Driver Selectable Rear Locking Differential
70-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
130 Amp Alternator
Class III Towing w/Harness, Hitch and Trailer Sway Control
1 Skid Plate
1499# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Permanent Locking Hubs
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
Electro-Mechanical Limited Slip Differential
WARRANTY
Basic:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

Drivetrain:
5 Years/60,000 Miles

Corrosion:
5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Roadside Assistance:
3 Years/36,000 Miles

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