Tastes of most pickup buyers have indeed changed, and are most of the buyers are now looking for trucks that are bigger and better. The Honda Ridgeline’s future looked a little bit dicey as the manufacturer never produced cars that offered buyers the muscle that serious truck buyers would prefer. The manufacturer looked to be occupied with giving buyers light-duty pickup utility as well as comfort that would typically be associated with SUV’s.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline certainly couldn’t have timed its return any better as most of its competitors have reemerged with midsized pickups that offer buyers a combination of power, off-road capabilities as well as much improved space.
Interior and Exterior Design
Inside will be better looking than the previous model in this series; the car offers 60/40-split folding rear seats which fold up and reveal a flat load floor. 2017 Ridgeline also comes fitted with Apple car play and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, three-zone climate control, optional leather upholstery, and an 8-inch touchscreen entertainment display.
The exterior of the car will undergo major changes so as to keep up with its competitors. Like its predecessor the 2017 model of the Honda Ridgeline is still based on a unibody chassis and suspension that is independent making it more of a crossover that a normal truck which makes it more civilized than a work-truck. The 2017 Ridgeline will offer a slightly longer bed than the previous model. The bed measures about 5 feet wide and its length is around 5.4 feet. The bed is uniquely designed, which makes the car ideal for laying sheet goods flat and it has a lockable storage as well. On the side of the bed are six speakers audio system and also a 400-watt AC.
In addition to the interior and exterior features that this car offers, the automobile will offer buyers a multi-angled rare view camera as well as a blind-spot camera. Also offered in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an optional safety suite that aids the driver known as Honda sensing which includes front collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking as well as a lane keeping assist.
The 2017 Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which is joined to a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard model comes with front-wheel drive, and there is an option of the four wheel drive. The all-wheel-drive system apportions engine power from the front to the rear wheels as well as side to side which depend on the traction needs. The car also features driver-selectable settings meant for various terrains.
Although Honda is yet to announce fuel economy ratings of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, it is well expected that the car will achieve “segment-leading’ numbers. It is expected that the 2017 Ridgeline will beat the EPA rating of around 21 mpg averagely recorded on its competitors.
Like its predecessor, 2017 Ridgeline is still based on a unibody, front-wheel-drive chassis as opposed to the rear-wheel-drive, and body-on-frame configuration seen on most trucks.
Release Date and Price
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline should go on sale in August 2016, and the car will be sold at around $38000 making it a bit expensive that its competitors (the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier)
The vehicle exists on its island as it is closer to a midsize truck than a full-size truck while it offers comforts of a crossover. So for anyone looking for a pickup suited for outdoor adventure the 2017 Ridgeline has quite a lot to offer.