First introduced in 2005, Ridgeline was experiencing the up and down significantly. After creating new trend of unibody pickup concept, the sales that were very good on first year fell down swiftly the next years. It is the 2014 model year saved the sales. Now, do not want to make another mistake, Honda fixed the main issue by introducing a better look on 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
Exterior design is believed to be the most faults on the previous models. Over styled adventurous look seems do not match the concept. Hence, Honda made the new model more conventional. New Ridgeline comes with roof lopped off in the back. That pretty look is completed with comfortable interior.
Not only the look, performance and capabilities of the vehicle became the main concern. Using 3.5 –liter V6 engine, the pickup gets 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft torque. Has not yet successful with nine-speed automatic transmission, Honda put 6-speed automatic transmission in the new Ridgeline. The result is swift and seamless shifts.
The structure is made sturdier by 17% on the front structure and 31% in the rear. Such improvements bring out 1584 pounds maximum payload and 5000 pounds rear tow rating. On the All-wheel drive models, the tow rating for front driver is 3500 pounds. Unfortunately, the stiffer value should be paid by heavier body as the curb weight reach 4500 pounds measurement. Compared with the competitors, this heavier body leads to less power down to about 25-hp. Honda claimed this new model as best fuel economy in its class. The test was resulting front driver models of 19/26 mpg city/highway while all-wheel drive models rate 18/25 mpg city/highway.
New Ridgeline feels more civilized with the addition of technologies inside, including safety and entertainment. The safety list is including blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and assist, and forward-collision warning and automatic braking. The entertainment is including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.