2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup debuted Monday in Detroit offering an exceptional selection of standard and optional features not found on competing brands. Introduction of the 2nd generation Ridgeline follows Honda’s 2015 all time record sales year, effectively topping the midsize truck segment with superior utility.
Scheduled for release mid year 2016, American Honda Motors presents a much improved 2017 Ridgeline pickup, featuring unparalleled interior comfort, smooth independent suspension enabled ride, and exceptional active and passive safety features.
A light truck offering of many “firsts” in the segment, Ridgeline effectively combines car ride and interior comfort with what Honda touts as “true truck toughness.”
In edition, Ridgeline presents the largest cab and widest truck bed available in the midsize truck segment, with an available leather trim interior option, 8 inch touch screen monitor, Apple Carplay and Google O.S. personal electronics connectivity.
2017 Ridgeline is the only truck in North America featuring four-wheel independent suspension and unibody on frame construction.
And then Honda presented the exceptional tailgate party entertainment side of Ridgeline, something that we didn’t see coming; Monday’s reveal came with a surprise or two for we that follow Honda development. For the first time in Ridgeline history, the 2nd generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline will be available in front-wheel drive only.
The FWD(front-wheel-drive)only option may be a viable choice for buyers living in warmer climates, or, that utilize Ridgeline for surface street duty. Also, in FWD form, we anticipate a lower base model MSRP for Honda fans wishing to secure a midsize pickup within the brand.
2017 Honda Ridgeline shares specifications with 2016 Pilot: As predicted by the Honda Examiner during the Ridgeline regeneration process, Honda’s “World Light Truck Platform” Ridgeline shares the same 3.5 Liter direct injected V6 and 6 speed automatic transmission with 2016 Pilot. Unlike Pilot Elite, Honda forgoes the 9 speed automatic transmission option for Ridgeline. For comparison, read my latest 2016 Pilot drive review here.
For buyers looking to off-road activity, demanding superior traction in mud, snow, and sand, 2017 Ridgeline 4WD features the 1-VTM4 AWD system with dial-a-ride Terrain Management ™ as featured in 2016 Pilot Elite.
As of this posting Honda has not released specifications for Ridgeline. So, we don’t have vehicle dimensions or ground clearance figures. No worries, in viewing the Detroit Show Ridgeline, we anticipate sufficient (mild) off road ground clearance for the 4WD model.
looking to the Baja 1000 prepared Honda Pilot support vehicle, it may be affordable to modify 2017 Ridgeline for true truck-tough off road duties.
For 2017, Honda Ridgeline comes to market with a larger cab, greater leg and headroom (in the second row,) a 40/60 split rear bench for for hauling longer or taller items, a dual directional tailgate, hidden lockable truck-bed trunk, and the option of the auto industry’s only built-in truck bed entertainment system.
The ultimate Tailgater, 2017 Ridgeline offers a bed-wall-integrated 600 watt stereo system.. Need a 110 volt power connections for power tools, lighting or that ever needed game side flat screen television? Look to Ridgeline’s available 400 watt power inverter. Combine the two with Ridgeline’s integrated ice chest, the hidden trunk, and let the ultimate tailgater or camping trip begin.
Monday’s Detroit Auto Show reveal of the 2017 Ridgeline Pickup comes with little to no specifications. However, we do know that Ridgeline shares all major components, electronics, active safety options, and body design cues with 2016 Pilot.
I further predict that Ridgeline will lead the segment with exceptional fuel economy, a combined MPG of 24, and a base MSRP shadowing Pilot’s $30,145, with the fully loaded 4WD Ridgeline EX-L or “Black Edition approaching the $42,000 mark. Honda will release price and specifications as we approach the predicted summer 2016 market release of the all new Ridgeline.