The Honda Ridgeline is another rare offering from a Japanese manufacture. Japanese manufactures and trucks in the United States is always interesting to see and watch how well they perform.
Honda is a company with a line up full of comfortable people movers. And that is pretty much what the Honda Ridgeline is, of trucks.
Over the years, the Japanese truck has taken on a form of soft, people-mover-truck. It’s interesting, but take a look at the new one. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
In past years, the Honda Ridgeline has had a good boxy nature to it, a good old man’s truck vibe.
But Honda redesigned the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, and it seems to embody all you could possibly need from a truck, but nothing you could want.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline looks like the Honda Accord’s cousin who lived in Texas and came home for the family reunion.
The new Ridgeline embodies exactly what it looks like. An Accord with a bed.
Honda engineered the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to tow, crawl, and do all the truck stuff in very good capacity, but to drive as smooth as possible as well.
Reviews point to a quiet, refined and subtle ride inside the Ridgeline. Again, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an Accord with a bed.
Honda has worked on the Honda Ridgeline for years and years, and it seems like even though it looks plain and isn’t compelling in any truck way, it happens to drive incredibly smooth and is very civilized.
The Specs-2017 Honda Ridgeline:
|Vehicle Type:||Midsize Truck|
|Power Plant:||3.5 L V6|
|Gearbox:||6 speed manual / 9 speed auto|
|MPG:||Up to 26 Highway/19 City|
|Top Speed:||110 MPH|
|Seating:||Up to 5 Adults|
|0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH):||7.3 Seconds|
|Base Price:||$33,400 (est).|
The Exterior-2017 Honda Ridgeline:
The Honda Ridgeline has evolved into a very different kind of truck over the years. Like I said, it went from a boxy ordeal to a Honda Accord with a truck bed.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the least truck looking truck on the market today. The front end is incredibly civilized and Honda looking. Versus the Toyota Tacoma, the Ridgeline is almost in a different kind of universe.
Honda designed the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to be a very reclusive kind of truck. There is nothing off-road-looking about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, and that’s why customers buy it.
Essentially, it is a passenger car that can do truck stuff.
The side profile of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is very sedan like, rather than a more tall and boxy structure like we see on other trucks both in and out of its class.
The rear end of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is just as plain and normal as the rest of the truck. Simple boxy lights and a standard truck bed opening.
Honda made the 2017 Honda Ridgeline for people need (or think they might need) a truck but can’t convince their spouse they need one. People who need a truck but don’t want to get caught up in truck talk with their neighbor should get the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
Given its more reclusive nature, there is hardly anything exciting to report about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. If you put a lid on the bed it would be an extended Honda Pilot or CRV.
I do think that the world needs a truck like the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. There is a weird demand for a truck that kind of isn’t a truck but is a truck and can do truck things but barely is a truck. Quite a niche market.
The Interior-2017 Honda Ridgeline:
The interior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline echoes the exact car you see on the outside. It is a quiet little passenger car-truck.
There is nothing inherently trucky about the inside of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. It is very much an Accord on the inside as it is out.
The cabin is a very quiet place and offers very little in the way of a truck experience. There is no massive 4×4 lever or low gear shifter.
All you get is a terrain selector, but apparently the truck does well in automatic mode. No need to fuss with the terrain modes.
You get an infotainment set up, air conditioning and other classic luxuries in normal cars. Things are very quiet in here as well, aiding to the whole “It’s an Accord with a bed” thing.
The inside is a very Honda interior. The black plastic surrounds many surfaces and the whole thing is simply laid out. This is easily the least trucky-truck interior.
Overall, the interior of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline fits the entire scheme of the truck perfectly. It is a plain and very passenger-car set up rather than a hard core truck set up like we see in nearly every other model on the market. Does that make it refreshing? Maybe, but it is certainly interesting.
The Performance-2017 Honda Ridgeline:
We can talk about numbers and such; The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has a 3.5 L V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. This engine can be mated to a 6 speed or 9 speed automatic.
While there have been some issues with the 9 speed not knowing how to shift with all of those gears, the six speed fairs perfectly.
Even though these numbers don’t really blow anyone away like the 900 pound feet of torque you can get from a Ram truck, remember; This thing is an Accord with a bed.
Through any terrain, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline seems to glide over with ease and comfort. While this means that there is no excitement or thrill in driving the Ridgeline, you can enjoy a quiet cruising experience over a mine field.
Sum It Up:
Before research and finding what the 2017 Honda Ridgeline does well, I was wondering…”Why does Honda still make this thing? People still buy Ridgelines?”
But I was properly proved wrong. I guess you could say the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the most civilized truck in the world.
Expect a release date for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline soon this spring.