What’s New for 2017:
- Ground-up redesign for 2017 model year
- More powerful V-6 engine
- Transmission features wider ratio spread
- New intelligent AWD is available
- World’s first truck-bed audio is available
- Honda Sensing system includes latest safety technology
- Lower curb weight combines with new exterior design
The Ridgeline is Honda’s midsize pickup truck, known for the distinctive sloping profile of its bed. It competes against the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Chevrolet Silverado, Toyota Tundra, and others. The Ridgeline has undergone a complete redesign for the 2017 model year.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
Honda offers the 2017 Ridgeline in a choice of seven trim levels: RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition, in 2WD or AWD. It offers a maximum 1,584-lb. payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000-lb. towing capacity. It employs Honda's Global Light Truck platform, with its rigid, aerodynamic, tightly sealed unitized body construction and fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers.
Standard features on all trims include smart entry, push-button start, and a rearview camera. Features available on upper trims include daytime LED running lights, LED projector headlights with automatic high beam, acoustic windshield, sliding rear window with defroster, remote start, Honda Sensing safety system, blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic monitor, and the first-in-class truck bed audio system, which Honda says makes the vehicle well-suited to tailgate parties. Also available on upper trims are a power moonroof; power sliding rear window; new 8-in. Display Audio touch screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility and a new generation of Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System; and tri-zone automatic climate control.
The interior of the new Ridgeline features soft-touch materials throughout, plus new details such as LED map lighting, standard 4.2-in. color display, available heated front seats and heated steering wheel, and standard Class III towing hitch. All-wheel-drive Ridgelines add a 7-pin wiring connector.
The Ridgeline features a 60/40 split-fold rear seat that accommodates 3 passengers; with the seat bottoms folded up, the rear section can carry a 55-in. flat screen TV or a mountain bike with the wheel intact, according to Honda. The large under-seat storage area can carry long items, such as golf clubs, with the rear seats folded down.
The Ridgeline Black Edition offers black exterior painted trim; exclusive black-painted 18-in. aluminum alloy wheels; special badging; black leather seating with red perforation accents and stitching; black headliner; and red LED ambient interior lighting (front door handles, front door pockets, front footwells, front cupholders).
Under the Hood
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline features a new 3.5-liter, direct-injection, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with cylinder-deactivation technology, mated with a wide-ratio 6-speed automatic transmission. Peak engine output of 280 horsepower represents an increase of 30 horsepower over the previous model; peak torque is 262 lb.-ft. Curb weight is less than the previous model by an average of 78 lbs., and a more aerodynamically efficient exterior design leads to quicker acceleration, Honda says.
For the first time, the 2017 Ridgeline is available in 2WD and AWD. All-wheel-drive Ridgelines employ Honda's Intelligent Variable Torque Management, which improves all-weather traction and enhances dynamic handling capability, according to the company. Honda i-VTM4 progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels.
A button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System offers different operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand for AWD; Normal and Snow for 2WD.
Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline returns 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway/22 mpg combined with 2WD; 18/25/21 mpg with AWD.
Safety Features and Ratings
Standard safety features on the 2017 Ridgeline include 4-channel ABS with brake assist and hill-start assist; stability with traction control; Trailer Stability Assist; Agile Handling Assist; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front air bags, driver and front passenger side air bags, and side-curtain air bags for all outboard seating positions; and a new tire-pressure monitoring system with real-time display of individual tire pressures. A rearview camera is standard on all 2017 Ridgelines.
As of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have published safety ratings for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
Honda Sensing includes a collision-mitigation braking system, lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist system, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. The 2017 Ridgeline, depending on trim, can also be equipped with Honda LaneWatch, rear cross-traffic monitor, and a blind-spot information system.