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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Detroit Auto Show

What Is It?

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup truck that’s different from virtually every other truck on the market. How so? This truck offers unibody construction, rather than the typical body-on-frame build; it boasts standard front-wheel drive, rather than rear-wheel drive; and it offers V6 power, rather than a big, bulky V8.

The Ridgeline’s most immediately obvious new trait, however, is its styling. The latest Ridgeline touts a totally new design that goes in a completely different direction compared to the outgoing truck, offering a more conventional pickup-truck look. Featuring a standard crew-cab body style, it also offers a more conventional Honda look thanks to the brand’s familiar front-end styling.

Under the hood, the latest Ridgeline offers a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, sent to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, though the Ridgeline also offers available all-wheel drive. Inside, the Ridgeline boasts carlike amenities, such as an 8-inch touchscreen (with available Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), tri-zone automatic climate control and a full-color gauge cluster screen. The Ridgeline also retains Honda’s in-bed trunk, which was a popular feature in the outgoing model.

How Much?

Although Honda hasn’t announced pricing, the outgoing model started around $30,500 with shipping during its final model year (2014). We’d expect an increase on that figure to somewhere in the $32,000-$35,000 starting range.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because…

If you’re interested in a truck that doesn’t offer bulky dimensions and thirsty powertrains, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline might just be the truck for you. Of course, that’s assuming you don’t need to tow or haul heavy loads, as the Ridgeline’s front-wheel-drive architecture, unibody chassis and V6 power probably aren’t up for serious workhorse duties. Still, if you want to combine pickup-truck sizing and practicality with a more carlike driving experience, the Ridgeline is worth a spot on your shopping list.

Other Cars to Consider

2016 Chevrolet Colorado — The midsize Chevrolet Colorado offers V6 power and an available diesel engine. It also boasts similar sizing to the Ridgeline. However, it uses a more traditionally trucklike design, offering rear-wheel drive and body-on-frame architecture.

2016 GMC Canyon — The recently revised GMC Canyon is essentially a mechanical twin of the Colorado, offering all the same benefits and slightly revised styling.

2016 Toyota Tacoma — The new Toyota Tacoma touts a revised look compared to the outgoing model, along with legendary reliability. It’s probably more capable than the Ridgeline — but it’ll have a more traditional trucklike driving experience.

Used Toyota Tundra — If reliability is important but you need more space and capability than the Ridgeline provides, consider the Toyota Tundra. It’s a full-size truck with full-size powertrains for serious workhorse duties.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More

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