The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a medium-sized pickup truck that comes with best in class payload capacity and excellent towing capacity. Its look is now sportier and more aggressive than its 2016 version and now it comes with various new features, sleeker design and a more aesthetic look. The 2017 year model comes redesigned from the ground with high degree of versatility for both recreational and work users. The new Honda Ridgeline 2017 comes in seven different trim levels equipped with only one gasoline engine. The 2017 Ridgeline will be available for sale at the US market in spring 2016 with start price just above $30,000. Compared with similarly equipped rivals, Ridgeline’s model with $38,000 price has a bit higher cost of its main rivals Tacoma (around $35,000) and Colorado (around $33,000).
2017 Honda Ridgeline news, interior
This pickup truck comes in seven trim levels and seven exterior colors – four pearls and three metallic. Depending on chosen trim level, it will be available in Copperhead Red Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl, White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Forest Mist Metallic color option. In its upgraded version, the car will boast of a more stylish and sleeker external design. The front grille comes with bright-chromed bar while Black Edition comes with black chrome. On both sides at the rear end, buyers can open the door and enter or exit the vehicle. Night visibility is significantly enhanced due to the use of LED technology in headlights while there are plenty optional features available such as LED daytime running lights, LED projector headlights, auto high beams and power sliding rear window with defrost function.
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Length|210 in. (5,335 mm)
Width|78.6 in. (1,997 mm)
Wheelbase|125.2 in. (3,180 mm)
Height|70.2 in. (1,783 mm) – FWD~~70.8 in. (1,798 mm) – AWD
Bed length|64.0 in. (1,626 mm)
Track|66.3 in. (1,684 mm) – FWD~~66.1 in. (1,678 mm) – AWD front~~66.0 in. (1,677 mm) – AWD rear
Curb weight (Base model)|4,242 lbs. (1,924 kg) – FWD~~4,431 lbs. (2,010 kg) – AWD
Max payload|1,584 lbs. (718.5 kg)
The Ridgeline bed comes with dual-action tailgate that now has fold-down and side-hinged action for easier access. Bed is now 5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than its predecessor, which is good for almost 1,500 pounds of payload capacity. Great novelty, which you cannot find in any pickup, is new in-bed audio system with 540 watts of power. There is also in-bed trunk with 7.3-cu.ft. capacity with various features such as a drain plug, removable dividers and grocery bag hooks. The new Honda Ridgeline 2017 is based on the Honda’s Global Light Truck platform with fully independent suspension. Its chassis uses a strong but lighter material that leads to a 300-pound trimming of body weight as compared to its predecessor. That results in better handling, performance and fuel economy.
Interior of the 2017 Ridgeline is now spacious, with greater amount of leg and head space to ensure more comfort for driver and passengers. There are three interior colors available: Neutral Black, Shadow Beige and Wisteria Gray. A sophisticated 4.2-inch LCD color display provides drivers with all the necessary information that they want about navigation while there is 8-inch touchscreen available as an option. On the steering wheels as well as on the door on the side of the driver, there would be easily available controls for more convenient operations. There will not be any dearth of connectivity options in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, due to USB ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth being present. Temperature regulation would be easier due to a powerful AC system. Optional equipment includes leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, full-color TFT center gauges, 8” touchscreen display with Android compatibility and Apple car play feature.
New Honda Ridgeline 2017 specs, price and release date
The new Honda Ridgeline 2017 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine available for all trim levels. This powertrain is capable of producing peak power of 280 horsepower and maximum torque of 262 pounds per feet. We can find this same engine under the hood of the 2017 Honda Pilot. A 6-speed automatic transmission will be mated with this engine. When it comes to drivetrain, it is available in both FWD and AWD configurations. All-wheel-drive system Honda’s i-VTM4 technology with intelligent Terrain Management with four different modes: Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud. It is estimated that, when properly equipped, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline towing capacity should go up to 5,000 pounds. When it comes to fuel economy the new Ridgeline with FWD is rated 22 mpg combined and 21 mpg combined with AWD configuration.
With combination of safety technologies, new Ridgeline aims at the 5 stars from NCAP test. Base model comes standard with Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Advanced ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, Daytime running lights, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators. Optional active safety features include Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Road Departure Mitigation.
Price and release data
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline price starts at $ 30,375 for base RT model and goes up to $43,770 for the fully loaded Black Edition. It will be produced in Lincoln, Alabama while it will available for purchase in spring 2016. Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon and the Nissan Frontier should be main rivals to the new Honda Ridgeline 2017.
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