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2017 Honda Ridgeline

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2017 RT Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $29,475
2017 RT All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,375
2017 RTS Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,515
2017 Sport Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,015
2017 RTS All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,415
2017 RTL Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,780
2017 Sport All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,915
2017 RTL All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,680
2017 RTL-T Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,930
2017 RTL-T All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,830
2017 RTL-E All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,470
2017 Black Edition All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $42,970
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Overview

When Honda decided to launch a large pickup truck for the 2006 model year, the company didn’t take the conventional route. Rather than traditional body-on-frame construction, for instance, the Ridgeline was unibodied. Now, Honda has revived the Ridgeline in fully redesigned form, with a more powerful V6 engine, and what the company calls an “ultra-rigid” unibody structure. As before, the emphasis is on aerodynamics, sophistication and innovation, as well as cargo-carrying capacities.

What's New for 2017

Honda dropped the initial version of the Ridgeline after the 2014 model year. Now, a totally redesigned Ridgeline is ready for the marketplace, intended for both recreational and work use. Notable features include a Honda-exclusive In-Bed Trunk and a dual-action tailgate that aims at drivers who hold “tailgate” parties. Honda claims the largest cabin in the Ridgeline’s class, as well as the world’s first available Truck Bed Audio system. Torsional rigidity is said to be up to three times as great as rival body-on-frame trucks. Inside is LED map lighting, with soft-touch materials throughout the cabin.

Honda Ridgeline

Choosing Your Honda Ridgeline

Honda’s direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, driving a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but torque vectoring all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels. The fully independent suspension uses Amplitude Reactive dampers. Honda promises “class-leading” payload capacity (1,584 pounds), plus towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds. Pushbutton-actuated Intelligent Traction Management has four modes: Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand for AWD models; or Normal and Snow for 2WD Ridgelines.

The glass fiber-reinforced composite cargo bed is 3.9 inches longer and 5.5 inches wider than the original. Honda asserts that it’s the only cargo bed in a midsize truck that can hold items that are 4 feet wide. Eight 350-pound tie-down cleats are standard.

All Ridgelines get a multi-angle rearview camera. The 60/40-split folding rear seat holds up to three passengers. With seat bottoms folded upward, a Ridgeline can carry bulky items. Under-seat storage is available, and integration of smartphone features includes navigation capabilities.

Available features include a 400-watt in-bed power outlet, LED projector headlights and daytime running lights, satellite-linked navigation, and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The Honda Sensing group of safety and driver-assistive technologies includes collision mitigation braking, lane-departure and forward collision warnings, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

Seven trim levels are available:

Honda Ridgeline

RT

Starting at $29,475 (plus destination charge), the base-model Ridgeline includes a dual-action tailgate, in-bed trunk, eight tie-down cleats, trunk-bed lights, 60/40-split lift-up rear seat, integrated trailer hitch, pushbutton start, seven-speaker 200-watt audio, Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering column, air conditioning, rear privacy glass, and 5-inch LCD screen.

All-wheel drive adds $1,800 to each price.

Honda Ridgeline

RTS

Sticker-priced for $31,515, the RTS adds remote engine start, smart entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, foglamps, and a HomeLink remote.

Honda Ridgeline

Sport

Appearance items identify the $33,015 Sport edition, including Crystal Black Pearl paint, black exterior trim, Sport badging, and 18-inch dark gray aluminum wheels.

Honda Ridgeline

RTL

For $33,780, the RTL contains a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, 10-way power driver’s seat, 4-way power passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, acoustic windshield, and (with AWD) heated power mirrors.

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RTL-T

Stepping up to a $35,930 RTL-T adds LED daytime running lights, Honda Lane Watch, satellite and HD radio, satellite-linked navigation, and Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Honda Ridgeline

RTL-E

Priced at $41,370, the RTL-E gets Honda Sensing (a comprehensive group of active-safety and driver-assistance features), as well as 540-watt audio, a moonroof, and power sliding rear window. All-wheel drive is standard.

Honda Ridgeline

Black Edition

Topping the lineup, the $42,870 Black Edition comes with all-wheel drive, special black exterior trim and leather interior, red ambient LED lighting, and 18-inch black alloy wheels.

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Honda says it took the “best and most beloved” elements of the original, blending them into a new platform and advanced technology. Many fans of domestic-brand pickups shunned that first-generation Ridgeline from the start. Whether this redesigned midsize Ridgeline will be able to compete more effectively against traditional-type Ford, Ram and Chevrolet/GMC pickups with rear-wheel drive is an open question. Honda’s version even differs considerably from the import brands that offer larger pickup trucks.

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Ridgeline was a staple in Honda’s lineup from 2006 through 2014, but sales and demand tapered off through the 2010s. This led to the model going on a hiatus in 2015 and 2016 while the automaker redesigned it. Now with a new look and feel, the Ridgeline is—once again—prepared to satisfy buyers who want both a pickup for active lifestyles rather than hard work.

Pricing and Equipment

The Honda Ridgeline’s pricing starts off at $30,375 (destination fees included) for the RT trim. While that price may seem high for a base-level pickup, keep in mind that this is no normal truck: It comes standard with desirable features such as 18-inch wheels, a 2-inch receiver hitch, a dual-action tailgate, push-button start, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, a seven-speaker sound system, and more.

The model I tested was the range-topping Black Edition trim, which checked in at $43,770 (delivery fees included). For this extra scratch, my model included:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated seats
  • Eight-speaker audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 400-watt in-bed power outlet
  • In-bed audio system

Performance Pros

Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline isn’t your typical pickup truck with a slew of powertrain options. Instead, it has one powerful V6 option and buyers can choose only between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Where the Ridgeline really excels is its payload capacity and buttery-smooth ride for a pickup.

  • 280-horsepower V6 is plenty potent
  • 1,584-pound payload capacity tops its class
  • Smooth-riding crossover chassis
  • Quick to 60 mph

Performance Cons

While my tester was all-wheel drive and had some light off-road and hauling capabilities, the fact that the Ridgeline is now front-wheel drive in its base setup is a little unsettling. It seems odd to toss 1,500 pounds of gravel in the bed of a front-driven vehicle.

  • Base front-wheel-drive system seems counterintuitive
  • Lacks low-range transfer case
  • 5,000-pound max towing puts it a bit behind its competitors

Interior Pros

Honda Ridgeline

My tester was the Black Edition model, so I was surrounded by smooth leather and premium goodies. The quietness of the cabin was also pleasant, as was the visibility from the pilot’s chair.

  • Peaceful cabin makes it easy for long trips
  • Plenty of luxury in the Black Edition
  • Great-sounding audio system
  • Lots of room in the back seats, and they fold up for plenty of storage
  • High captain’s chair and short hood work together for great visibility

Interior Cons

While the interior was great, there were a few flaws:

  • I found padding on the back seats to be a little on the thin side, so they may not be great for long trips.
  • The audio system also lacked redundant physical buttons, meaning I had to rapidly tap a button on the screen to turn the volume down.
  • Oddly, this range-topping model didn't have ventilated seats.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

The Ridgeline held several surprises for me, including its max payload, the in-bed audio system’s sound, and the interior quality. The most impressive, though, was its comfortable ride. I honestly never expected a pickup to ride so much like a comfy crossover, but the Ridgeline pulls it off.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The infotainment system is annoying to operate. Not only does it lack redundant physical buttons for common functions, it is also slow to search for points of interest and proved to be a distraction overall.

The Bottom Line

Although it now has more conventional looks, the Ridgeline is still a niche vehicle—not quite a pickup but not quite an SUV. It's perfect for buyers who are looking for the best of both worlds. Overall, the Ridgeline does what it is supposed to do very well, but it lacks any true truck-like characteristics.

In summary, if you’re looking for a real midsize pickup, the Ridgeline isn’t for you. If you’re looking for a daily driver with some pickup capabilities, then Honda built the Ridgeline just for you.



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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
110 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
210.0 "
Exterior Width
78.6 "
Exterior Height
70.2 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.8 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
62.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,242 Lbs.
Wheel Base
125 "
Turning Radius
22.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Chrome Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored With 1 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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