Will The New Honda Ridgeline Appeal To 'Real Truck Guys'?


It no longer looks like a fish out of water.

Honda’s been planning on releasing the next generation Ridgeline for some time now and was rumored to be based on the current Pilot. The automaker has just revealed the 2017 Ridgeline here in Detroit and the shape is more traditional than its predecessor. Honda may be able to take the fight to other automakers with its new pickup truck. The new Ridgeline comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that’s paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is expected to make around 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

Honda claims to have targeted best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class acceleration with the new Ridgeline, but numbers haven’t been revealed yet. Unlike other midsize pickup trucks, the base model has front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive. The pickup truck can be fitted with Honda’s torque-vectoring i-VTM4 system that has Terrain Management settings. If that doesn’t sound good, the Ridgeline’s bed is 5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the previous model's. It also has an in-bed trunk so things aren't left in the open. The truck has a four-foot wide flat bed, which can hold a maximum payload capacity of 1,600 lbs. The bed is also scratch-resistant, has a dual action tailgate and an in-bed audio system.

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On the inside, the Ridgeline has a lot of the same features as the new Pilot, which include an eight-inch touch screen display, push-button start and Apple CarPlay. Without the Ridgeline’s polarizing looks, it doesn’t really stick out from the rest of the competition. Another thing that may draw customers away is the truck’s front-wheel drive that would decrease its rugged capabilities, but would make it more of an everyday driver.

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