The first generation of the Ridgeline has been the first car-based truck on the US market and managed to set a trend for future manufacturers. Because it was getting quite old, Honda discontinued the model and for a few years, many people thought that it was never going to return. Around a year ago, though, they announced that a new model was going to be released with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and surely enough, the truck has been first showcased a few months ago. Just like many of us expected, it shares a lot in common with the Pilot which uses a unibody design, so it still is quite unusual.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Price and Release Date
Despite that, though, the truck does look a lot more like a truck than before and it also comes with a lot more truck features, all while managing to retain the car-like behavior on the road and its rather impressive cabin. The price for the new model has been set by Honda at roughly $32,500 which might seem high at first but even the base model is usually better equipped than a similarly priced conventional truck. The market availability will likely start sometimes at the end of the year and this time around it should also be available in some other parts of the World.
Just as we mentioned, the chassis of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been integrated into the body, so it manages to be a lot more rigid than a body-on-frame truck without being any heavier. It does have a few strengthened points in order to withstand the abuse of a truck but it uses an independent suspension system, large brakes and it also offers a really impressive set of features.
Design wise, the new truck is a lot more interesting and also conventional-looking than the first generation which is a bit unusual. Despite that, we are glad Honda took this route because the end result is a great looking four-door truck that doesn’t look like a car at all. The bed has been designed so it is able to take pretty much the same load as any of its competitors and on top of that, it also features a trunk inside its floor which can house the spare tire and a sizable amount of luggage.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The cabin is well appointed, quite and the most important of all, very big. In fact, the Ridgeline almost provides the same amount of space as a larger truck and that’s mostly because the cab doesn’t have to sit on top of a chassis. There is plenty of room in the back, the driving position is better than the average of its class and the materials used inside the cabin are far better than on any other truck on the US market.
2017 Honda Ridgeline Specs
Under the hood, they announced that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is going to use a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated and direct injected V6 which is also used on the Pilot. On the truck, though, the engine will likely get closer to 300 horsepower and little over 270 lb-ft of torque which will be enough to become one of the faster models in its class. Despite its unibody design, the Ridgeline will be able to tow up to 7,000 pounds or more, all while having a usable payload of around 800 pounds which is quite good for its class. The only unknown factor, for now, is what type of transmission Honda will use. It seems that the most probable candidate for it would be Honda’s 9-speed automatic which will drive either the front or all wheels via electronic differentials. Some rumors also suggested a beefed up 6 speed automatic that would be able to handle all that towing a bit better than the 9-speed unit.