It may have been on a two-year hiatus, but the Honda Ridgeline is making a grand return for the 2017 year. While it features several of the previous innovations presented by the Ridgeline, there are several new innovations present in the 2017 model.
The previous features that have carried over include the lockable storage compartment built into the bed floor, the all-composite bed that doesn’t need a bedliner, and the tailgate that can drop open in a traditional style or swing to the side.
The new Ridgeline also includes an optional pickup bed-mounted audio system and the bed has been elongated and widened to 5’4” x5’. Between the wheel wells, there is 4’2 of space, allowing drivers to haul up to 4×8 materials completely flat. According to Honda, this is the only truck in its class to accomplish this feat.
Like many of the newer vehicles, the Ridgeline also has a number of safety features, including a multi-angle backup camera and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control. VSA is designed to sense and then help correct both over steer and understeer situations so it can enhance handling and cornering stability. Designed to minimize wheel spins when accelerating on loose and slippery roles, the Traction Control aims at helping with driver confidence.
Another interesting feature added tot the Ridgeline is their new Hill Start Assist system. This technology is engineered to temporarily maintain break pressure once you have taken your foot off the break to help prevent the vehicle from beginning to roll backwards if you stop on an incline.
With a 3.5-litre V-6 engine paired with a six-speed automatic, the engine creates 280 horsepower, an improvement over the previous 250, and has 262lb-ft of torque.
The front end of the truck looks more like an SUV, creating a more spacious, quiet cabin. The Ridgeline is available in 5 different models: the LX, Sport, EX-L, Touring, and Black Edition.
Pricing for the Ridgeline begins at $36,590.