2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Review – A League of its Own

If the concept of crossovers were mini SUVs with a car-based chassis then the 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD is like a crossover except in truck form than in SUV form. The Honda Ridgeline ever since its introduction is a stroke of genius from Honda designers creating a truck with lots of unusual features it’s almost not like a truck but still looks like one. The point of the Ridgeline is that it’s a unique pickup that can handle regular mid-sized pickup truck tasks but at the same time offering features only found on cars; it’s unusually great.

2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Review - A League of its Own

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Can do What Others Can’t

There are new things to expect with the 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD. The previous generation Ridgeline had an unusual design with the C-pillar extending to blend in with the truck bed resembling a classic Chevrolet El Camino but burlier if you would accept that. Due to the car-like unibody design opposed to cab on frame design of contemporary pickups, the Ridgeline offers a much more stable cabin. Looks-wise, Honda put a seam separating the bed from the cab, but that’s just a panel seam and not a separate module from the vehicle retaining its unibody construction. For a pickup, the Ridgeline is among the sleeker-looking pickups in the market again-taking cues from its car and crossover origins. Under the hood is a solid-performing 3.5-liter V6 with (wait for it) V-Tec making for a raspy high end power band and efficient low end pulling power. The V6 is mated to a 6-speed automatic.

The 2017 Ridgeline AWD has more tricks up its sleeve inside; the rear seats have storage space under the cushions as well as fold to accommodate a mountain bike with its wheels on. Interior features include triple-zone climate control, Honda’s new (but crappy) head unit, and lots of car like features such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and etc. On the outside, the bed features the innovative dual-hinged tailgate which allows it to open traditionally or sideways like a door. The bed also features best-in class loading capacity, as well as a power outlet and the also innovative sealed trunk with drain under the bed.

Driving the 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD, its car-like features become apparent, there’s no shaking when the cab and bed are out of sync, the unibody construction offer stability and comfort, independent suspension offers ride quality like no other pickup, and the V6 pulls 0-60 in 6.6 seconds; way ahead of everything else in the segment.


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