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2017 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is back and better than ever

After taking a two-year hiatus, the Honda Ridgeline is returning to Honda of Fife near Tacoma, WA for the 2017 model year to compete in a resurgent mid-size pickup truck market. Unveiled at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline carries over many of the attributes that made the original model stand out while packaging the truck with a mainstream appearance for better mass-market appeal.


The key difference in the styling department is that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline no longer has a one-piece body, but even though this truck now conforms to the traditional pickup truck design, the bed of the new Ridgeline is anything but traditional. Like its predecessor, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline still offers a lockable in-bed trunk and a dual-action tailgate (that can either fold down or swing open), but Honda took the versatility of this cargo bed even further by incorporating a 400-watt power inverter as well as a 540-watt in-bed audio system.


Overall, the styling of the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a perfect blend of the current Honda design language with a modern, crew-cab pickup truck. The front end of the new Ridgeline looks like a more upright and flattened version of the current Honda Pilot, while the squared-off rear end adds a rugged look. Its rivals offer numerous cab and bed configurations, but the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is only built with one of the more popular combinations of four full-size doors with a five-foot, four-inch “short” bed.


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is based loosely off the Honda Pilot SUV. This construction will allow the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to deliver a smoother ride than its body-on-frame rivals, while the advanced powertrain will balance fuel economy and power. Honda has not revealed final specs yet, but the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, but for added capability, the Honda i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD technology will improve off-road traction.


Honda has yet to reveal the EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, but it is targeting best-in-class figures with its new pickup truck. Honda also projects the 2017 Ridgeline will receive top safety ratings and have the fastest acceleration in its class.

Pricing, tow ratings and payload will all play a major role to truck buyers, but as it stands, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is extremely promising so far and more details are soon to follow.  

 

Assembled in Lincoln, Alabama, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline should definitely help Honda become a bigger player in the mid-size pickup truck market when it goes on sale in the spring 2016. Even though it isn’t on sale just yet, though, be sure to stop by today to learn more about this exciting new truck.

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