2017 Honda Ridgeline Release Date, News and Rumors

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline fills the bill nicely for anyone looking for a versatile pickup truck. It is agile and comfortable, and offers an impressive hauling ability. Although some shoppers may need a pickup that tows more and handles off-road terrain better, one question to ask yourself is: how much of that do you really need? As you ponder about that, here’s what to expect from this review – latest Ridgeline redesign changes, performance, release date rumors, exterior/interior review and pics, and pricing. Be my guest!

2017 Honda Ridgeline auto show, side view, alloy wheels

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been redesign from the ground up to offer both work and recreational users an optimized level of versatility and utility in a contemporary, rugged, and urbane midsize pickup truck with class-leading payload and towing capacity; robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities; a higher level of refined and confident dynamic experience; and best-in-class cabin flexibility and space.

2017 Honda Ridgeline rear view, blue color, taillights, badges and alloy wheels

The new 2017 Honda Ridgeline manages to offer a vastly superior ride handling and comfort, top-in-class cabin, and pristine collision management technologies thanks to the highly rigid, tightly sealed, aerodynamic unitized body construction, and features such as the Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering safety body structure. Clearly, the 2017 Ridgeline shares much with the 2017 Pilot.

One thing that furthers its appeal is perhaps the carlike ride and handling ability it offers in addition to offering excellent work-truck capability. Unlike its immediate iteration, the new model comes with a stretched wheelbase resulting in increased interior room.

2017 Honda Ridgeline spy shots

Under the hood, the Ridgeline comes with a powerful 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine that makes a stonking 280 horsepower – an improvement of 30 hp over the existing model motor. Also, the new motor is credited with improved fuel economy ratings. In comparison to the outgoing model, the new model not only gets more power but also benefits from higher fuel economy ratings. Performance features that make the power and efficiency improvements possible include the torque-vectoring AWD, and the six-speed automatic transmission system with wider ratio spread.

2017 Honda Ridgeline overhead view, lane keeping assist system

Choices have increased more than ever for buyers of the 2017 Ridgeline. Honda has offered both the RWD and the AWD as options. others include Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, a new eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, tri-zone automatic climate control, LED exterior and interior lighting, a power sliding rear window, Smart Entry, Remote Engine Start, Push Button Start and more.

The midsize truck segment will be an interesting place now that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has returned. The Toyota Tacoma, and the Chevrolet Colorado are fine alternatives buyers should check out as well.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Price & Release Date

2017 Honda Ridgeline release date

Its release date has been set for early 2017, according to recent news reports. Pricing is as follows: Ridgeline RT Crew Cab – $29,475, Ridgeline RTL-T Crew Cab – $37,730, Ridgeline RTL – $35,580, Ridgeline Sport – $33,015, Ridgeline RTL-E- $41,370, Ridgeline RTS – $31,515, Ridgeline Black Edition – $42,870.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

2017 Honda Ridgeline front angle, headlights and grille

In terms of design and functionality, the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline’s exterior is modern and stylish, sporty and rugged. Dimensions have slightly improved over the existing model. The length has grown by 3.3 inches, the width by 5.5 inches, and the cargo bed by 3.9 inches. Than before, the Ridgeline offers a more commanding presence, a greater cargo-carrying capability, and an even more comfortable ride quality.

2017 Honda Ridgeline rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Some of the exterior features available include a dual-action tailgate, a 2” receiver tow hitch, 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, cap-less fuel filter, LED taillights, auto-off halogen projector headlights, and black door and tailgate handles. The top-of-the-line models get LED headlights, a power tilt/slide moonroof, a power sliding rear window, chrome door handles, auto high beam control, black-painted wheels, and black grille and trim.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior Pictures

2017 Honda Ridgeline interior, dashboard, lcd screen, gear shift knob

Relative to its rivals, the new Ridgeline offers more interior space and technologies. Similar to that of the Honda Pilot interior, it comes with comfy seats, logical controls, and an attractive look. Standard accessories include Bluetooth connectivity, a 4.2” multi-information screen, air-conditioning, a 200-watt seven-speaker sound system, full power accessories and cruise control, cloth bucket seats, and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.

2017 Honda Ridgeline interior, steering wheel and leather front seats

Available Trims

Seven trims are available for the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline: Black Edition, RTL-E, RTL, RT, RTS, RTL-T, and Sport. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R review is offered separately.

Engine Specs

2017 Honda Ridgeline engine

Beneath the hood is a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission system. Maximum towing capacity stands at 5,000 pounds while the maximum payload is 1,584 pounds. Fuel economy for the FWD Ridgeline stands at 22 mpg for combined city/highway cruising with the FWD, and 21 mpg with the AWD versions.

Specifications

2017 Honda Ridgeline exterior, rear view, taillights

Wheelbase: 10 ft. 5.2 in. (125.2 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 6 in. (210 in.)
Width: 78.6 in.
Passenger volume: 110 ft³
Cargo volume: 7 ft³
Curb weight: 4250-4500 lb
Top Speed: 110 mph
0-60: 6.4 sec
MPG: 19/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 5.000 lbs

Safety

2017 Honda Ridgeline safety

Even as we wait for the NHTSA and IIHS’ crash testing, it is apparent that the new Honda Ridgeline 2017 is headed for a five out of five star rating thanks to its advanced safety features. Be sure to check back for updates on the results, which we assume will be available some few months to its release date.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition front view, headlights and grille

2017 Honda Ridgeline side angle, red color, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Ridgeline exterior, front view, red color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Ridgeline exterior, rear view, taillights and tailpipe

2017 Honda Ridgeline exterior, grille and badges

2017 Honda Ridgeline front view, headlights, badges and grille

2017 Honda Ridgeline front view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Ridgeline auto show, trunk and cargo space

2017 Honda Ridgeline interior, leather seats

2017 Honda Ridgeline interior, leather back seats

New 2017 Audi A4 Release Date, Specs & Info

The 2017 Audi A4 is as a result of fascinating esthetics and technology. For anyone looking for a capable small luxury sedan, the new 2017 Audi A4 is arguably a solid pick thanks to its capable turbocharged engine, innovative technology, and exquisite interior. Some of the highlights that best describe it include a peppy turbocharged with a brisk acceleration, user-friendly technology interface, impeccably constructed cabin, a spacious backseat, and cutting-edge safety and technology features. Among other things that have been confirmed by Audi is the A4 release date, read on to learn about the details.

2017 Audi A4 exterior, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

For 2017, the new model gets more horsepower, an all-new interior design, and a suite of new safety and technology features. Additionally, the new model is lighter and bigger than before. Add the changes to an already “A” vehicle and you’ve got yourself a comfortable car that is not only enjoyable to drive, but is also in tandem with the latest there’s in the ever-advancing automotive world. Surprisingly, most of the changes aforementioned can pass by unnoticed by an untrained eye.

2017 Audi A4 front view, headlights and grille

The curved lines the previously model was offered with have been replaced with straighter and more angular lines. Also a new, more trapezoidal grille prominently features upfront. But still, the changes can easily be dismissed as they bear a close resemblance with the previous ones. The most conspicuous changes are perhaps those in the cabin. As is often the case with Audi cars, tons of high-quality materials are plastered on most surfaces, creating an innovative cabin of impeccable quality. Some of the features that represent a step forward for Audi in terms of functionality and aesthetics include the available Virtual Cockpit, a new dash-top screen, and a revised MMI infotainment system.

2017 Audi A4 rear view, yellow color, taillights and tailpipe

Beneath the hood, the new Audi A4 2017 comes equipped with an updated turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine capable of generating 258 horsepower – an increment of 32 more horses over the outgoing model. The power produced is then taken up by the newly standard seven-speed automated manual transmission to either the front wheels or Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

2017 Audi A4 spy photos

Also available for the new model year is the 2017 Audi A4 Allroad Quattro that combined maximum functionality with an extroverted, individual design. It is undoubtedly the most expressive form if driving an Audi A4. Its substantive review is offered elsewhere on our blog.

2017 Audi A4 side view, alloy wheels

In order to keep up with the Joneses, the new Audi A4 offers a wealth of new safety and entertainment features. Some of these include an emergency braking system, and pedestrian/vehicle collision warning. Some of the standard features to expect include keyless ignition and entry, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera – most of these tend to be offered as options on other cars.

2017 Audi A4 exterior, taillights and alloy wheels

Hands down, the new 2017 Audi A4 is impressive. However, some buyers may find these options to be appealing to them too – the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Acura TLX, Lexus IS, and the BMW 3 Series.

2017 Audi A4 Release Date & Price

Pricing info as provided by Audi is as follows: A4 2.0T Premium Sedan – $37,300, A4 2.0T Premium Plus Sedan – $41,100, A4 2.0T Prestige Sedan – $45,900, A4 2.0T Premium Quattro Sedan – $43,200, A4 2.0T Prestige Quattro Sedan – $48,000, and A4 Premium Plus Quattro Sedan – $43,200.

2017 Audi A4 release date

Its release date should be expected sometime in the first half of 2017.

2017 Audi A4 Exterior

Audi designers left the dimensions intact, and gave the A4 Sedan and the A4 Avant a striking appearance with harmonious and balanced proportions. There’s no doubt that the elegant, sporty designs have again catapulted Audi to the top of the industry for innovation and design quality.

2017 Audi A4 exterior, blue color, alloy wheels

Both the 2017 Audi A4 and the A4 Avant are available in fifteen colors. With such an extensive color options’ list, buyers have even more choices to influence the details of their car’s exterior.

2017 Audi A4 Interior

2017 Audi A4 lcd scree, dashboard, steering wheel and gear shift knob

Just like the model it replaces, the new A4 is spacious, light, and premium. Even with the 2016 A4 offering one of the nicest cabins in the segment, Audi still went a notch higher and offered even better materials for the new model. some of the standard accessories available include a tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, two USB ports, a CD player, a seven-inch central display screen featuring Audi’s MMI infotainment system, leather upholstery, and eight-way power front seats.

2017 Audi A4 interior, leather seats, gear shift knob and steering wheel

Available Trims

Three main trims are offered for the new 2017 Audi A4: Premium Plus, Premium, and Prestige.

Engine Specs

A 252-horsepower –generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder is available beneath the hood of the new Audi A4 2017. Quattro is optional and the FWD standard. With that power in its veins, the FWD-equipped A4 is able to spring from 0-60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, and 5.3 seconds with the Quattro-fitted model.

2017 Audi A4 engine

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.6 in. (110.6 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 5.1 in. (185.1 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 11.9 in. (71.9 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 13.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3583 lbs.
Top Speed: 145-155 mph
0-60: 5.3
MPG: 22/31 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Misano Red Pearl Effect, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Safety

2017 Audi A4 red color, exterior

The government is yet to offer the crash impact safety rating for the new A4. Details of the same will be updated here on its release date. Meanwhile, the new model packs quite an impressive slew of safety technologies such as automatic braking, frontal collision warning, and a blind-spot warning system. Others include lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Audi A4 red color, front nagle, grille

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2017 Audi A4 interior, leather seats and steering wheel

2017 Audi A4 interior, learher back seats

2017 Audi A4 cargo space, trunk

2017 Audi A4 trunk

New 2017 Buick Enclave Release Date and Review

The new 2017 Buick Enclave offers a classy exterior design, top-notch quality materials, and spacious second-row captain’s chairs. Introduced back in 2013, the Enclave quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover. With it came superior in-vehicle connectivity, a slew of advanced safety technologies, new styling and a more refined driving experience. For 2017, the same aforementioned elements that have characterized the Enclave since its debut return but with a higher sophistication and refinement degree, in addition to latest technologies and better performance. Continue reading on for an expert Buick Enclave review that also includes details like its likely release date and price info.

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, side angle, alloy wheels

Among the trio of the GM best crossover lineup that includes the GMC Acadia and the Chevrolet Traverse, I must say that we particularly love the Buick Enclave. While that is solely our own preference from our point of view, the Enclave is arguably more classy and comfortable. Also, it’s less thirsty than Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade. The model under review also prides itself as being the first vehicle from GMC to receive the first series of new designs ranging from a smartly configured seating arrangement, a well-appointed interior, to tasteful shoulder lines and chrome waterfall grille.

2017 Buick Enclave rear view, taillights and tailpipe

With the exception of the base model, the rest of the model lineup that make up the Enclave get a choice of either front-wheel drive of all-wheel drive system. For 2017, the new vehicle gets a black grille and a range of new colors that are tacked on the Sport Touring package. As for the performance, the vehicle still returns with the same V6 mill that makes 288 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque under the hood. Pairing is via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

Driving dynamics are impressive. Handling is responsive, and ride quality smooth on most surfaces. While it doesn’t lean excessively in curves, its humongous size makes it feel big on narrow roads. The weight is also felt in the way it takes off, handles, and stops.

2017 Buick Enclave spy shots

The interior is cavernous and comes with three rows of seating. Although the first two rows offer plenty of head- and legroom, the third row isn’t a place we’d advice adults to sit for hours of driving. Methinks it is best left to elementary school going kids. Further aback, the Enclave provides a useful cargo capacity that Buick estimates to be 115 cu. ft.

2017 Buick Enclave Release Date & Price

2017 Buick Enclave release date

Pricing as is provided by Buick is as follows: Enclave Convenience – $39,065, Enclave Leather – $43,765, Enclave Leather AWD – $45,765, Enclave Premium – $47,625, and the top-of-the-line Enclave Premium AWD – $49,625. The release date has been set for early 2017.

2017 Buick Enclave Exterior

2017 Buick Enclave front angle, headlights and grille

Buick’s design language is showcased by the Enclave’s sculpted styling that it has relentlessly offered since its first debut in 2008. The exterior design cues make it instantly recognizable. Some notable features include nineteen-inch wheels, a power liftgate, roof rack, a fixed liftgate window, and variable intermittent wipers.

2017 Buick Enclave auto show, rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Optional exterior features include wheel locks, front license plate bracket, molded, body color assist steps, black roof rack cross rails, and front and rear molded splash guards. Packages available include the Trailering provision, cargo convenience, Buick interior protection, and hit the road accessory package.

2017 Buick Enclave Interior Pictures

2017 Buick Enclave interior, gear shif knob, steering wheel, dashboard and lcd screen

The interior of the new model is defined by high-quality materials and luxurious amenities that give the new model a more contemporary support and ambience. Standard accessories and features available include automatic xenon headlights, keyless entry and ignition, rear parking assistance, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, three USB ports, a 6.5-inch touchscreen and voice recognition, tire-pressure monitors, universal home remote, heated rearview mirrors, and a 60/40-split-folding third row seating.

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Just like its immediate predecessor, the new Enclave is available in three trims: Convenience, Leather, and Premium. Unlike the base Convenience model which is available in FWD only, the latter two are offered with a choice of either FWD or AWD.

Engine Specs

2017 Buick Enclave engine

The new 2017 Enclave returns with the same powertrain its predecessor came with last year. The mill in question is a 3.6L V6 that is capable of generating 288 hp and 270 lbs. ft. of torque.

Specifications

2017 Buick Enclave auto show, front view, headlights and grille

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 10.9 in. (118.9 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 9.9 in. (201.9 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 7 in. (79 in.)
Passenger volume: 151 ft³
Cargo volume: 23 ft³
Curb weight: 5069 lb
Top Speed: 108 mph
0-60: 7.9 sec
MPG: 16/23 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Crimson Red Tintcoat, Dark Chocolate Metallic, Dark Sapphire Blue Metallic, Ebony Twilight Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Quicksilver Metallic, Sparkling Silver Metallic, Summit White, White Frost Tricoat…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs

Safety Review

2017 Buick Enclave safety

New safety systems available with the Buick Enclave 2017 include blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alerts, a blind-spot monitor, and forward collision warnings. Existing ones include emergency braking assist, xenon high intensity discharge lamps, dusk sensing headlights, anti-theft alarm system, stability and traction control, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, 4-wheel ABS, and post-collision safety system, and engine immobilizer. The feds gave it a five out of five star rating for overall crash impact safety, and the IIHS a “Good” rating.

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2017 Buick Enclave exterior, white color, headlights and grille

2017 Buick Enclave trunk

2017 Buick Enclave side view, headlights and alloy wheels

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, rear view, taillights and badges

2017 Buick Enclave exterior, red color, headlights and grille

2017 Buick Enclave side view, white color, alloy wheels

2017 Buick Enclave front view, white color, grille and badges

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather front seats and sunroof

2017 Buick Enclave interior, leather back seats