Information about new cars, reviews, thoughts, rumors and performance with release dates…
2017 Honda Ridgeline – Redesigned Pickup Truck
Posted on by
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a second generation of the Honda Ridgeline midsize truck that was awarded the 2006 Truck of the Year in most part due to its easy-to-use tailgate, unibody construction, versatile truck bed and reliable 3.5-liter V6-based powertrain. Following initial success the sales slumped somewhat later on.
These days the midsize truck segment is witnessing a resurgence in sales with all the new GM and Toyota trucks. Apparently, Honda seems eager to jump on the that bandwagon, excuse me, truck bed, and, hey presto, along comes the Ridgeline, revamped and jazzed up. The new Ridgeline is based on the new Honda Pilot crossover as it amply demonstrates with its sheet metal and technology innovations. Also, the upcoming truck brings an upgraded powertrain with more power and towing capacity. What’s more, the handy bed comes improved and slightly larger than the last time.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline features a design that comes across as more truck-like with clean, chiseled lines and vertical C-pillars without the faux flying buttresses connecting the rear of the cabin to the truck bed. The platform is borrowed from the 2016 Honda Pilot crossover but it has been beefed up to tow anything between 6000 and 7000 pounds. Moreover, the suspension includes the Pilot’s front struts and multi-link to the rear. The tailgate can still be opened two ways, like a door or dropped like a classic tailgate, and the bed inside comes with a trunk compartment stowed under floor. The bed has its own lighting in the form of a 115-volt power outlet. The bed molding is made from compound plastic which is said to be more rugged than the fiberglass utilized in the previous model’s bed.
The cabin comes in a leather trim and features three-zone climate controls, plus a 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.The rear 60-40 split seats are easily foldable improving the trucks cargo carrying capacity. Driving assist features list lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning and collision-mitigation braking. A rear view camera is standard across the lineup, while the Honda’s LaneWatch system displaying the truck’s blind spot on the right side on the center screen is available in premium trims.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is expected to have 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission combo under the hood. Unlike the original Rigdeline, the new model will be offered in either front- and all-wheel drive setup. While the performance figures are still not known, it is rumored that the fuel ratings will be improved compared to the current 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is predicted to hit dealerships in the fall of 2016. The pricing will start at a little over $30,000.