Similar to the model it is replacing, the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline may not have the level of capability that is often associated with the segment, but its combination of pickup utility and SUV-like ride quality make it an appealing truck that will most certainly get the job done. Some of its highlights include an innovative “trunk”
and bed design, spacious and comfortable cabin, and SUV-like handling and ride. The Honda Ridgeline release date is expected this summer (2016) as a 2017 year model.
Just like before, the Ridgeline is still based on a unibody, FWD chassis as opposed to RWD body-on-frame that is popular in many trucks nowadays. This is a pickup truck that is well-suited for light duties and shoppers will find it extremely useful in running daily errands.
For starters, the Ridgeline doesn’t offer the muscle that most buyers in this segment offer, but it offers the ride comfort of a SUV and the workmanship of a light-duty pickup truck. The new model’s exterior design has a more angular silhouette and a more chiseled bodywork.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline interior has is nearly identical to that of the Honda Pilot. The eight-inch infotainment system has been updated and now offers better response times than before. It’s sleek and comes with both Android Auto and Auto CarPlay capabilities. Of course, being a Honda means plenty of cubbyholes. The cabin is spacious and offers plenty of legroom.
When it comes to performance, the new Ridgeline is offered with a 3.5L V6 engine that pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission. While the output figures remain unknown at the moment, it is expected the new mode will produce about 262 lbs. ft. of torque and 280 hp. For buyers who’d want an all-wheel drive system, there’s the all-new AWD system that makes use of Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring transfer case that comes mated to the ITM system. The ITM (Intelligent Monitoring Management) is offered with four modes: mud, snow, sand, and normal that alter the suspension system depending on the prevailing road conditions.
Honda says the new Ridgeline will be capable of offering medium-duty towing and off-roading capacities while ensuring the ride quality isn’t compromised. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline towing capacity stands at about 5,000 pounds, although this is just an estimation as Honda is yet to offer the exact figure.
In terms of competition, the most formidable rivals the Ridgeline will have to battle with in its class include the Colorado/Canyon, and the Tacoma. The Toyota Tacoma specs, for example, include refined V6 engine, extensive list of options, excellent off-road ability, a responsive touchscreen interface, and a peerless resale value. Under its hood are two engines with least powerful rated at 159 hp and 180 lbs. ft. of torque, and the most powerful at 278 horsepower and 265 pounds-feet of torque. The Toyota Tacoma towing capacity with the V6 is estimated to be 6,800 pounds.
The GMC Canyon, on the other hand, offers a comfortable ride, lots of high-tech features, torque-rich and fuel-efficient engines, and a maneuverable size. The least powerful engine generates about 200 hp and 191 pounds-feet of torque and the most powerful about 181 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque. The GMC Canyon towing capacity is estimated to be about 7,700 pounds.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Pictures of Exterior & Interior
Some of the standard features available on the base model include dual-one automatic climate control, a six-speaker sound system, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2”color display, LED running lights automatic projector-style lamps, a rearview camera, dual USB ports, floor covering, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, adjustable driver seat, and an auxiliary audio jack. Of course more features will be available on its release date.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Specs For The Engine
As already mentioned above, the new Honda Ridgeline 2017 will be offered with a familiar 3.5L i-VTEC V6 engine that is expected to produce about 280 horsepower and 262 lbs. ft. of torque. Paired to the mill is a six-speed automatic transmission systems that is tasked with the responsibility of carrying the output to the front wheels.
Sadly, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline mpg ratings haven’t been offered yet but we expect the front-wheel drive model to return about 19/26/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Release Date & Price
Rumors suggest the new truck will probably be offered for sale sometime this summer as a 2017 year model.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline price starts from an MSRP of about $38,000. Additional specs, interior and exterior pictures should be looked up at Honda online forums.