There is no better moment for the comeback of Honda’s mid-size pickup truck. The segment was rather dead for a while, but GM, Toyota and Nissan managed to revitalize the class with their amazing vehicles. The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier may be the most popular mid-size pickup trucks so far. However the 2017 Honda Ridgeline could easily become the leader because of its handsome look, excellent road manners and high-quality cabin. From our point of view, the only thing that can stop Ridgeline’s progression on the market is a pretty high price.
2017 Honda Ridgeline: Engine Specs and Fuel Economy
The new generation Honda Ridgeline offers just one engine under the hood. It’s a 3.5-liter V-6 and unit, which is borrowed from the Pilot SUV. The mill delivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, and powers either front wheels or all four wheels. In contrast to the SUV’s nine-speed gearbox, the pickup truck will use a six-speed automatic transmission. This is definitely better gear option, because the 6-speed works significantly smother.
According to EPA, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD is rated at 18/25/21 city/highway/combined, while the regular two-wheel drive version reaches 19/26/22.
The mid-size truck sports quite impressive towing and hauling too. The Ridgeline has pretty good payload rating of 1,584 pounds, while the 5,000-pound maximum tow rating with all-wheel drive seems quite impressive. If you choose the regular front-wheel drive model, you will be able to tow “only” 3,500 pounds.
Although the truck features really good engine with pretty good fuel economy, as well as respectable towing result, the most important and most impressive part of the pickup is it’s handling without any doubt. We can say it’s good or amazing, but the right description is: It drives like a car, which is outstanding, but also not too hard, due the suspension that is actually borrowed from Honda Pilot.
Of course, it’s not completely the same, but a bit reworked. For example, there are hydraulic suspension bushings and torque-vectoring system with uses electrohydraulic clutches. This system enables power movement from side to side across the rear axle. In addition, the pickup truck gets pretty functional dual-action dampers that totally different act when you run into small bumps and big bumps. There is also a few brilliant driving aids like stability control system and hill-start assist that additionally boost the ride quality.
Styling and Features
We can’t say that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline looks the best in the class, but it sports pretty fine lines. Still, the exterior design isn’t totally unique. Moreover, from the rear doors forward, the new generation pickup truck appears to be pretty much the same as the Pilot SUV. This isn’t too bad at all, but it seems that the Japanese carmaker played safe this time. The interior is about the same story, except there are no push buttons from the Pilot. On the other hand, the cab is really pleasant, quiet and very cozy. Both, front and rear seats are really spacious, while the bed looks rather traditional.
The 2017 Ridgeline gets a number of useful features, but they are not all for free. The base model comes with tilt/telescope steering, air conditioning, a multi-angle rearview camera and an audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming as well as seven speakers, 220 watts of power, and a USB port, yet if you want something else, you will have to pay extra. The additional equipment starts from keyless entry, remote start, and three-zone climate control. Upper models have also heated front seats and leather upholstery. There is also a side-view camera and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite and HD radio. You could get more USB ports, as well as navigation Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and much more.
Like we said before, the biggest problem for the high sale results might be the price. It starts a bit below $30,000, but it can easily reach $43,700 figure for the range-topping and fully-loaded 2017 Honda Ridgeline.