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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.