2017 Honda Ridgeline Overview
After being excluded from Honda’s lineup for the last two years, the Ridgeline midsize pickup truck returns for the 2017 model year. Using a modified version of the platform used in the Honda Pilot, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline rides more like a crossover than a bulky truck. Carrying a starting MSRP of $29,475, the ‘17 Ridgeline will compete with the likes of the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon.
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What’s New for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an all-new model and has been redesigned from the ground up. The V6 engine produces 30 more horsepower than the previous motor and the five-speed automatic transmission has been replaced with a six-speed gearbox. In addition, front-wheel drive is offered with the Ridgeline for the first time ever. New tech features and design changes also highlight what is new about the ‘17 Honda Ridgeline.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The most notable change made to the exterior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the removal of the buttresses that used to connect the cab with the bed. This design change gives the 2017 Honda Ridgeline a more conventional look, but some Ridgeline fans might say it takes away from the truck’s uniqueness. Also, the bed of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is now 66 inches long and also comes with an in-bed trunk. This trunk includes a drain plug that will help if the trunk is used to keep beverages on ice. In addition, the 2017 Ridgeline is available with a 400-watt power inverter and in-bed audio system, which were both created to improve the tailgating experience.
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Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RT
- 18-inch silver-painted alloy wheels, All-season tires, Compact spare tire, Multi-reflector halogen headlights with auto on/off, Dual-action tailgate, In-bed trunk, Heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, Fin-type roof-mounted antenna, LED taillights, Integrated trailer hitch, Black side mirrors, Black door handles
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS
- 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, Body-colored power side mirrors, Body-colored door handles, Fog lights, Acoustic windshield
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport
- 18-inch gray-painted alloy wheels, Gloss black door handles
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL
- 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, Heated body-colored power side mirrors (AWD only), Body color door handles
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T
- 18-inch exclusive machine-finish alloy wheels
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
- 18-inch exclusive machine-finish alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto-on/off, Heated side mirrors with memory, Chrome door handles, Body-colored parking sensors
Exterior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
- 18-inch exclusive black-painted alloy wheels, Gloss black door handles
2017 Honda Ridgeline Performance
Underneath the hood of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and consumers have the choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The FWD Ridgeline can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the AWD Ridgeline is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds and its maximum payload is 1,584 pounds.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Efficiency
The fuel efficiency of the Honda Ridgeline has improved since the last time this truck was offered, but exact fuel economy figures are dependent of the consumer’s decision between front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline equipped with front-wheel drive yields an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the 2017 Ridgeline with all-wheel drive is good for 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. Moreover, every 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a 19.5 gallon fuel tank.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes with a refined and spacious cabin, which boasts up to 109 cubic feet of interior space. Similar to the interior of the Honda Pilot, the Ridgeline makes use of upscale materials and its available 8-inch touchscreen audio system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the lower cushions of the 60/40 rear seats can fold upward to add even more storage space. Other notable features that come standard inside the new Honda Ridgeline include a rearview camera, one USB port, and push-button start.
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Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RT
- One-touch turn indicators, Rear privacy glass, Rear seat heater ducts, 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage, Security system, Push button start, Power tailgate lock, Cruise control, 12-volt power outlets (front & center console), 5-inch color LCD screen, MP3 / Windows Media®* Audio (WMA) playback capability, 200-watt audio system with 7 speakers (including subwoofer), Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, Radio Data System (RDS), USB audio interface with 1.0-amp charging port in center console
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS
- Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, Remote engine start, Smart entry, HomeLink® Remote System
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Sport
- Comes with same features as the RTS
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL
- Acoustic windshield, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Leather-trimmed interior, Heated front seats, Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment, Front passenger’s seat with 4-way power adjustment,
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T
- Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Honda LaneWatch, Google Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, SMS Text Message Function, HondaLink®, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio™, Pandora® compatibility, Additional USB audio interface with 1.5-amp charging port in front, USB port with 2.5-amp charging port in 2nd-row, 225-watt audio system with 7 speakers (including subwoofer), 8-inch display audio with high-resolution WVGA, Electrostatic touch-screen, Compass
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
- One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, Power sliding rear window, Heated steering wheel, Conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Auto high-beam headlights, Blind Spot Monitoring System (BSI), 540-watt audio system with 8 speakers (including subwoofer), Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, Truck-bed audio system
Interior available on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition
- Comes with same features as the RTL-E
2017 Honda Ridgeline Safety
At the time of this writing, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has yet to undergo safety tests for Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, Honda does expect the ‘17 Ridgeline to earn a five star overall safety rating from the federal government, as well as IIHS Top Safety Pick honors. The ‘17 Ridgeline comes standard with stability and traction control, antilock brakes, and a tire pressure monitoring system. In addition, this Honda truck is available with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, which include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and a collision mitigation braking system.
Standard Safety Features
- Hill Start Assist
- Intelligent Traction Management
- Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
- Anti-lock braking system (ABS
- Electronic brake distribution (EBD)
- Brake Assist
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with tire fill assist and pressure indicators
- Dual-Stage Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
- SmartVent® Front Side Airbags
- Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
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