At first look, the new Honda Ridgeline seems like even more of an open-bed Pilot than ever before.
And in many senses, that is exactly what it is.
Then you zoom out a bit, and consider the growing mid-size pickup truck market. The new Colorado, Canyon, Tacoma and upcoming Frontier refresh will make a totally reinvented truck class.
And within that group, the general theme is full-size ability — now in a fun travel size.
For a large swath of buyers, the refinement and road manners of the Ridgeline make it a unique offering. With nearly all the towing and hauling strength of its rivals, the Ridgeline will be faster, smoother and far more comfortable 24/7 than any other. It promises class-best mileage and brings some uniqueness due to the trick tailgate/trunk.
The only place the Ridgeline will really suffer is off road, where its front-drive AWD basis will never be as capable as a true 4×4, locking diffs and low range as offered on body-on-frame rivals. This is mostly theoretical, though — with most owners barely needing the extra weight/bad road manners when not towing/hauling 5000-plus pounds.
And through that lense of outdoorsmen who want to tow, but prefer quiet highway manners and a cushy ride? The Ridgeline will be in a class of one.
2017 Honda RIDGELINE Black Edition
ALL-NEW 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE PICKUP TRUCK MAKES WORLD DEBUT AT 2016 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
- 2017 Ridgeline brings Honda innovation in technology, design and packaging to the midsize pickup truck market
- All-new Ridgeline delivers superior driving dynamics in combination with the largest interior space and most versatile bed in a midsize 4-door pickup
- Honda-exclusive features including In-Bed Trunk®, dual-action tailgate and the industry’s first in-bed audio system make Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle
Jan 11, 2016 – DETROIT — Honda today unveiled the all-new 2017 Ridgeline truck at the North American International Auto Show, once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in a midsize pickup.
“We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and challenging concept for a Honda pickup,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We think we’ve got a better idea, a truck that uses its unibody construction and Honda packaging magic to deliver more of the things that many of today’s truck customers want and need with none of the things they don’t.”
2017 Honda Ridgeline
Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016 with a combination of features and capabilities unlike anything else on the market today, including: