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

2017 Honda Pilot Release Date, News and Rumors

Latest spy pictures of the 2017 Honda Pilot have revealed quite a lot than before. Although “a lot” here might be an overstatement, buyers should expect some few changes here and there. Most of the facelifts are just meant to burnish the appeal of an otherwise appealing three-row crossover SUV. Below is an up-to-date review based on the latest info on what should be expected from the fresh Honda Pilot redesign. Release date rumors are also covered.

2017 Honda Pilot auto show, side angle, alloy wheels

Ever since its debut as a three-row SUV some three years ago today, the Honda Pilot has been the kingmaker in the segment in a number of ways – fuel efficiency, safety, handling, interior packaging, spaciousness, and performance. And yet, Honda still saw this new model years as an opportune time to recreate it once again albeit mildly. As of this year, around one and half million Pilots have been sold in the USA alone in the past decade. To further cement this reputation, the Honda Pilot has approximately 63% of brand loyalty – paralleling that of the CR-V.

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, rear view, tailpipe, taillights and alloy wheels

Given the Pilot was thoroughly redesigned from ground up last year, it is unlikely it’ll change much this year. Nevertheless, rumor has it that the new model is more family-friendly, has more premium attributes and amenities, and features advanced technologies. I’d assume the advanced technologies are existing ones but a tad bit burnished. Also, even though not noticeable on test mule, comfort and convenience features have been added as well.

2017 Honda Pilot spy shots

Beneath the hood, the new 2017 Honda Pilot comes with a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine rated at 22 mpg by the EPA for the FWD version. The mill is offered alongside two transmission systems – a nine-speed automatic and a six-speed automatic, and class-leading torque vectoring capability, and an intelligent variable torque management system. Together, these features make the 2017 Honda Pilot the most capable, refined, and most powerful Honda ever created.

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, front angle, headlights, grille and badges

Combine the impressive performance specs outlined above plus reduce running resistance, improved aerodynamics, and further weight reductions, and you’ll realize the 2017 Pilot is one of the best bargains the midsize SUV segment has ever seen. And in total disregard of the excellent all-rounded performance it offers, rivals still keep nipping its heels at every turn. Those not completely sold out on the prudence of the 2017 Pilot should check out alternatives such as the perennial “A” rated 2016 Toyota Highlander, the all-rounded 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe and Fe Sport, 2016 Chevrolet Traverse, and the 2016 Ford Flex.

2017 Honda Pilot Release Date USA & Price

2017 Honda Pilot release date

Pricing for the new model starts from around $38,755 – at least from what we hear. As for its release date, the same sources say it should be expected to go for sale sometime in the latter half of 2017 for the USA market.

2017 Honda Pilot Exterior

2017 Honda Pilot front angle, headlights and grille

Although Honda has done quite a commendable job at concealing the exterior details of the new model, our hawk-eyed spy photographers managed to get a detail or two. Up front, changes are subtle, in fact, some quarters might say there’s no difference relative to the outgoing model. At this point, this is what we’re affirmative on – the projector beam headlights’ lenses are aggressive and rakish. The air inlets and chiseled edges evoke a high-performance face of a sports car. Sharp character lines on the hood and front fenders add to the purposeful and muscular stance.

2017 Honda Pilot rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Just like before, the top-hinged tailgate reduces weight and complexity that goes a long way in reducing weight. It integrates an intermittent rear wiper, and an electric defogger system. Lighting technologies include LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, and LED low-beam projector headlights.

Eight exterior colors should be expected on the new model, just like before.

2017 Honda Pilot Interior Redesign

2017 Honda Pilot interior, steering wheel, dashboard and gear shift knob

Nothing much is expected to change on the interior given the upscale nature and freshness of the existing one. As such, buyers should expect lots of premium touches, soft-touch, and high-quality soft-touch materials.

Accessories to expect include Apple CarPlay, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth connectivity. Other changes should be known some few weeks to its release date.

2017 Honda Pilot interior, leather front and back seats

Available Trims

Five trims should be expected for the 2017 Honda Pilot: Elite, Touring, LX, EX-L, and EX.

Engine Specs

2017 Honda Pilot engine

Under the hood of the new 2017 Pilot is a 280 horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine. Maximum towing capacity for the AWD models stands at 5,000 pounds, and 3,500 pounds for the FWD models.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 9 ft. 3 in. (111 in.)
Length: 16 ft. 2.5 in. (194.5 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 6.6 in. (78.6 in.)
Passenger volume: 153 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18.5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4054 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 19/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Steel Sapphire Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Black Forest Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs

Safety Review

2017 Honda Pilot safety, Lane Keeping Assist System

In among other things that Honda has offered the Honda Pilot 2017 for safety purposes, it features hot-stamped ultra-high strength steel door rings, a “3-bone” underbody frame design and Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure. Taken together, these technologies and engineering features should help give it a top safety score during crash impact assessment.

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2017 Honda Pilot exterior, front view, green color, headlights and grille

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot front view, badges, grille and headlights

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, silver color, side view, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot front view, black color, grille and badges

2017 Honda Pilot side view, green color, alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot exterior, silver color, headlights, grille and alloy wheels

2017 Honda Pilot rear view, green color, taillights, tailpipe and badges

2017 Honda Pilot trunk and cargo space

2017 Honda Pilot interior, lcd screen

2017 Honda Pilot interior, leather back seats

2016 Honda Pilot Release Date and Review

2016 Honda Pilot Release Date, Specs, Review, Price – Honda is yet again in the news with its planned release of the new 2016 Honda Pilot vehicle. Some of the highlights will include a flexible and roomy rear seats, fuel efficient within its class, comfortable ride, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, and high-tech safety features. Feel comfortable to browse through our eye-catching pictures of the brand new Pilot.

2016 Honda Pilot 
2016 Honda Pilot

Massive and blocky on its exterior but spacious and family-friendly crossover was something one would talk fairly of the previous model, and which Pilot seemed to have tried a little too hard to impress. It mimics Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory (but let me save you the embarrassment of the details for now).

2016 Honda Pilot front view, grille and taillights

This time round, the new 2016 Honda Pilot will feature a more traditional appearance than its predecessor. It will be backed by a couple of honest improvements that will sure make this 3rd generation an excellent choice for anyone looking for a three-row large crossover.

2016 Honda Pilot exterior, blue color

The automobile giant focused much of its energy towards the interior configuration, which now looks modern by any standard, refined and intuitive. Everyone could attest that the Pilot has always been a roomy and versatile vehicle ever since, however extra headroom and legroom in the 3rd row of seat has been quite an achievement not many vehicles would be able to pull off.

2016 Honda Pilot rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

Exterior Review & Interior Colors – 2016 Honda Pilot

For starters, the new Pilot is a three-row crossover Sports Utility Vehicle. It will be offered in three trim variants: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the new Elite trim. It makes a comfortable seating capacity for up to eight people with the sole exception of Elite model, which reduces the capacity to seven people due to the presence of the second row captain’s chairs.

2016 Honda Pilot  front
2016 Honda Pilot  front

Standard features that will grace the base LX model will include rear privacy glass, 18” alloy wheels, air-conditioning cruise control, active noise cancellation, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, and a 60/40-split folding 3rd row of seat.

2016 Honda Pilot leather seats and steering wheel

Electronic features will include a rear view camera, seven speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, USB port and an auxiliary audio jack. The EX model adds fog lights, automatic headlights, LED running lights, keyless ignition and entry, heated mirrors, three-zone climate control, Honda Lane Watch blind-spot camera, eight-way power adjustable driver seat, HondaLink smartphone-enabled features and an upgraded 7-speaker sound system consisting of additional higher powered USB ports, 8” touchscreen interface, satellite radio and Pandora internet radio control.

2016 Honda Pilot  back
2016 Honda Pilot  back

Moving on to the top of the range models, the Touring will add make all the features and equipment found on the EX-L standard whilst adding a nine-speed auto transmission system, roof rails, automatic engine start/stop, driver memory settings, front and rear parking sensors, second row sunshades and a 10-speaker sound system.

2016 Honda Pilot  interior
2016 Honda Pilot  interior

The range topping Elite model will further add LED headlights, 20” wheels, automatic high-beam headlight control, blind-spot monitor  with rear cross traffic alert, a panoramic sunroof, automatic windshield wipers, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and HD radio, heated second-row captain’s chairs, etc.

2016 Honda Pilot interior, backseats

Engine Specs – Honda Pilot 2016

Under the hood of every Honda Pilot will be a 3.5L V6 engine capable of yielding about 280 hp and 262 pounds of torque. In terms of transmission system, only the LX, EX, and EX-L models will come fitted with a 6-speed auto transmission system, while both the Elite and Touring models will come equipped with a nine-speed automatic with steering wheel shift paddles and an automatic start/stop system.

Front wheel drive will come standard for all models. the optional AWD system will not only send power front and back, but will also factor in better handling through sending power between the left and right wheels.

2016 Honda Pilot engine

As for the EX trims, there will be Snow, Mud, and Sand settings that will certainly improve the effectiveness of various vehicle systems especially in low-traction scenarios. The automaker expects EPA ratings of around 19/27/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined with the font wheel and six-speed auto. But for the nine-speed auto with the FWD expect 20/27/23 mpg.

When fully loaded, the front wheel models will have a towing capacity of up to 3,500 lbs. while the all-wheel-drive models will be able to pull about 5,000lbs.

Specifications

Wheelbase: 111 in
Length: 194.5 in
Width: 78.6 in
Passenger volume: 153 cu ft
Cargo volume: 18.5 cu ft
Curb weight: 4054 lbs
Top Speed: 112 mph
0-60: 6,2 sec
MPG: 20/27 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Black Forest Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Dark Cherry Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Steel Sapphire Metallic and White Diamond Pearl
Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs

2016 Honda Pilot Price & Release Date

The Japanese manufacture hasn’t announced the price tag the new 2016 Honda Pilot. However, we should expect the base LX to come with an MSRP of around $30,000. As concerns the release date, the new Pilot will most likely hit showrooms before this fall or the 1st Q of 2016 at the latest.

Most of the competition is already out and may represent a force to be reckon whit, namely the 2016 Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and the Buick Enclave model, while the 2017 Dodge Durango and 2017 Ford Flex we are getting ready to see next year. The Pilot also needs to consider the fact that the future Mazda CX-9 model and Chevrolet Traverse have been announced and are in the making.

2016 Honda Pilot  release date
2016 Honda Pilot  release date

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