The first-generation Honda Ridgeline is known as the brand’s first foray into the “true” American way of life. The mid-size pickup was designed and engineered right here in the United States by Honda R&D Americas and even made its world debut at the 2005 North American International Auto Show. The Honda Ridgeline eventually hit roads as a 2006 model year to much acclaim while garnering somewhat of a cult following.
However, Honda was pretty slow to offer an updated version and the Ridgeline went on virtually untouched until mid-2014 when the company ended production. Originally, Honda had planned to keep the first-generation Ridgeline in production until the arrival of the second-generation model, however, slow sales of the pickups forced Honda to stop sales.
Well, now the Honda Ridgeline is back with a vengeance with a totally redesigned and revamped second-generation model. Let’s take a look today at the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
Styling-wise, it’s important to note that the Honda Ridgeline once again uses a unibody architecture, meaning it shares its components and a bunch of its structure with the Pilot SUV. Which is why the front half of the Honda Ridgeline is more or less just like the Honda Pilot and we absolutely love it.
When compared to the outgoing model the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline grows by three inches in terms of wheelbase and length. The overall wheelbase measures 125.2 inches while the overall length comes in at 210 inches. The width of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline stretches 78.6 inches and the height comes in at 70 inches.
The overall look, size, and stance of the Honda Ridgeline is quite impressive. It seems to hold its own in a crowd full of American made mid-size pickups that include the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. When compared to its Japanese competitors including the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is definitely the more stylish one from the crowd.
The interior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline also offers a very solid built cabin made with quality materials. Unlike it’s competitors, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline opted for a less rugged and more comfortable interior and that’s not entirely a bad thing if you’re looking to escape your rugged lifestyle.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes with a long list of standard features including push-button start, Bluetooth, rearview camera, cruise control, a 5-inch color LCD screen that houses all the audio controls and other important information, USB/AUX connectivity and much more. Depending on which model you get (anything from RTL-T and above) adds an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, HD Radio, additional USB ports, navigation, leather wrapped steering (heated optional), heated seats, and much more.
The interior of the Honda Ridgeline offers quite a bit of room for its passengers as well including 40.9 inches of legroom for front passengers and 36.7 inches of legroom for rear passengers.
Each 2017 Honda Ridgeline model is powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine making 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline can run from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph. However, since this is a pickup, you’re probably not really concerned with a zero to 60 time. Let’s talk towing and payload capacity.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has a payload capacity of a class-leading 1,584 pounds with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds for the AWD models. The 2WD models of the Honda Ridgeline are capable of towing 3,500 pounds.
Fuel economy for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes in at 19/26 mpg* (city/highway) for the 2WD models and 18/25 mpg* for the AWD models.
Overall, ride quality for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is quite comfortable when compared to its competitors. So if you’re not into the rough and rugged drive, then the 2017 Honda Ridgeline might be a pretty good choice for your daily driver needs.
All 2017 Honda Ridgelines come with a long list of standard features including stability assist, traction control, brake assist, multi-angle rearview camera, and much more. Adding the option Honda Sensing safety suite will give you a range of additional features including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, Honda’s special LaneWatch, rear cross traffic monitor, blind spot monitoring and much more.
So if you take the new lineup of mid-size picks which include the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, the Honda Ridgeline definitely sits right on top. It has everything you need and more for a vehicle in this class including capability, comfort, and tech features. Prices for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline start at $29,475** for the base 2WD RT model and work themselves up from there. If you’re in the market for a mid-size pickup truck, make sure you head over to your local AutoNation Honda dealership for a test drive today!
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.