2017 Honda Ridgeline: Best Mid-Size Pickup Truck!

Mar 08, 2017 06:40 AM EST | BC Tabotabo


The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an inexpensive and offbeat compact pickup truck. It offers amazing levels of ride smoothness, sophisticated handling, and superb overall comfort.

Pros and Features. Business Insider reported that the 2017 Ridgeline is a four-door crew-cab midsize pickup that seats five. It stands apart thanks to its unibody chassis and fully independent suspension. Additionally, its torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system significantly improves the truck's stability.

The pickup has an independent rear suspension that offers superior ride and handling. It also has a unique two-way tailgate and a large lockable in-bed truck. In addition, it also has a very spacious crew cab that is comfortable and well finished.

Cons. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline's touchscreen audio and navigation interface are very difficult to use. It also lacks low-range gearing and the underbody clearance that is typical of trucks. Additionally, it has a very low tow rating of 3,500 pounds on a front-drive version.

What's New? The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is all new and significantly improved in key areas. It retains most of its fundamental design advantages as well as its innovative cargo ideas.

There is now a new front-wheel-drive version as well. In addition, the truck and the truck bed have been enlarged and lengthened. A more powerful V6 engine, new safety features, and an upscale interior are also part of the 2017 package.

Trims. According to Car and Driver, the 2017 Honda pickup is available in seven different trim levels. These are the RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition. The top tiered models, the RTL-E and the Black Edition are offered only in AWD while the others offer a choice of FWD and AWD.

All seven trims come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine comes with a six-speed AT.

The base 2017 Honda Ridgeline RT model features 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, and a tow hitch. It also has push-button start as well as a power lock system with the tailgate. In between the gauges lie a 4.2-inch information screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system.

The RTS trim adds fog lights, keyless entry, and remote engine start. It also has a HomeLink remote system. The Sport trim offers the same gear as the RTS and adds gray-painted alloy wheels, red interior footwell lighting, and black exterior trim.

The RTL has leather seating and more adjustment features for the front seats. The RTL-L adds LED daytime running lights as well as Honda's LaneWatch blind-spot camera system. It also adds an 8-inch touchscreen audio system with navigation and smartphone integration.

The RTL-E has advanced safety features such as forward collision warning with automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. It also has blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning and intervention. In addition, it adds LED headlights, a sunroof, and an upgraded sound system.

The Black Edition it the range topper. It has the same features as the RTL-E with black wheels, black paint, black trim, black headliner, and red-accented black leather seats.

Verdict. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the best choice for a mid-size pickup. Next year, Ford plans to bring back its best-selling Ranger. How do you think it will do against the Ridgeline?

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