2017 Honda Ridgeline Crosses the Line Between Utility Vehicle and Truck
When it first went on sale in 2006, the Honda Ridgeline crossed that line, attracting shoppers with a large and flexible five-passenger cabin, crossover-like ride and handling, and a conveniently sized pickup bed large enough to hold a twin-sized mattress (laying flat) that could be accessed by a dual-action tailgate that folds down or swings open to the side. Its insulated bed-mounted cooler, something not available in any other truck at the time, was an added bonus.
Now in its second generation, Honda has redesigned its profitable four-door midsize pickup truck from the ground up to offer family, recreational, and work users a higher degree of utility and versatility.
Outside, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline sports a sleek, sophisticated, and rugged design, incorporating such premium features as standard LED taillights, and available LED projector headlights and LED daytime running lights.
Inside, designers have applied high-quality, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin with such thoughtful details such as push-button start, LED map lighting and a standard 4.2-inch color display, as well as available keyless entry, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
The Ridgeline's 60/40-split-and-folding rear seat offers roomy seating for up to three passengers and, with the seat bottoms folded up, has the capacity to safely carry bulky items like a 55-inch flat screen television or a mountain bike with the wheel intact.
Its large under-seat storage area can carry long items, such as golf clubs, with the rear seats folded down, and an uppgraded 8-inch touchscreen Display Audio System offers Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity.
Out back, the Ridgeline's updated bed boasts numerous Honda-exclusive features and capabilities, including that highly versatile Dual-Action Tailgate, a redesigned lockable In-Bed Trunk with fully flat floor, and the first available in-bed audio system, making this versatile vehicle perfect for tailgating. An available 115-volt AC in-bed power outlet with up to 400-watt charging (with engine running) and eight standard 350-pound tie-down cleats complete the Ridgeline's capable bed design.
Now available in both two- and all-wheel-drive, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a direct-injected 3.5-liter V-6 engine with variable cylinder management, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, and promises an increase of 30 horsepower to 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Touting its robust new powertrain and robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities, Honda promises a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584 pounds of payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000 pounds of towing in RT AWD trim. As an added bonus, all models also come standard with a Class III towing hitch and AWD models add a 7-pin wiring connector. Honda is also proud of its fuel economy ratings, which are estimated at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 mpg combine for 2WD models, and 18 / 25 / 21 mpg for AWD models.
As for safety, standard safety features include four-channel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and hill start assist; vehicle stability assist with traction control; trailer stability assist; agile handling assist; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new tire pressure monitoring system with real-time display of individual tire pressures. The available Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features includes collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist system, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Depending on trim, the functional pickup can also be equipped with Honda's video-based LaneWatch system, rear cross traffic monitor, and a blind spot information system; additionally all ridgelines come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera.
Two-wheel-drive models are available in a variety of trims, including RT ($29,475), RTS ($31,515), Sport, ($33,015), RTL, ($33,780), RTL-T ($35,930), and AWD can be added for $1,800. Upscale all-wheel-drive-only models are available in RTL-E for $41,370, and a top-of-the-line Black Edition for $42,870. Honda's destination fee adds another $900. The second-generation Ridgeline was designed, developed, and is manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.
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