For 2017 the Honda Ridgeline returns, getting its first full-on redesign since its introduction in 2006. The stylish new makeover offers more of what made the Ridgeline great in the first place, which means more utility, more comfort and more practicality than ever. The Ridgeline range also expands a bit with 2-wheel drive trucks as an option for the first time. In addition, plenty of new technology has made its way to the inside of the truck, with the 2017 Ridgeline offering more amenities and more utility than the truck it replaces.
Powering the Honda Ridgeline is a new 3.5L V6 engine producing 280 horsepower, roughly 30 more horsepower than the engine in the previous generation. The engine is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the front wheels, or to all four wheels on all-wheel drive models. This new, more powerful engine allows the Ridgeline to tow up to 5000 lbs when properly equipped, while still returning decent fuel economy when not towing.
The Ridgeline's true party trick however, is the way it manages to combine the best things about a car with the best things about a truck. The truck bed is wide and flat, and may, at first glance, appear short. However, the rear seats can fold completely flat, allowing the truck bed to extend right into the cabin when extra utility is needed. The Ridgeline also features a substantially sized trunk underneath the rear of the bed, allowing covered and hidden storage, just like a car. And of course the rear seats are spacious and easy to get to, since the Ridgeline features four conventionally opening doors. The Ridgeline should also make a great platform for tailgating parties, it features the world's first optional sound system in the bed of the truck.
Offered in one of seven different trims in 2017, the Ridgeline offers something for everyone. The Base model is dubbed the RT, it features power windows and door locks, a 5-inch LCD color screen, Bluetooth with audio streaming, speed sensitive volume control and a 7-speaker 200 Watt sound system. All-wheel drive is optional on all Ridgeline trims.
The RTS is a slight step up and features everything on the RT, plus a remote starter, tri-zone climate control, fog lights and a smart entry system. The Sport trim adds a little bit of attitude to the Ridgeline. It is equipped much the same as the RTS, but also features meaner looking 18-inch wheels and what Honda calls "Crystal Black Pearl Paint."
The RTL ups the luxury with a leather trimmed interior, heated front seats, a 10-way power driver's seat and an acoustic windshield. The RTL-T was created for technophiles, with a navigation system, an automatically dimming rearview mirror, an SMS text message function, Apple CarPlay, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The RTL-E adds to the RTL-T with several safety features, including a blind spot warning system, a lane keep assist system and an auto high beam indicator. Also included on the RTL-E is an uprated stereo that includes speakers in the bed. All-wheel drive is standard on the RTL-E
Finally, 2017 Ridgelines are available in the "Black Edition" trim. The Black Edition gets everything included in the RTL-E plus black alloy wheels, red ambient LED lighting and blacked-out exterior trim.