Honda unveiled the all-new 2017 Ridgeline truck at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), once again challenging conventional thinking in the pick-up truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in a midsize pickup.
Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016 with a combination of features and capabilities including superior on-road performance, class-leading space, innovative and class-exclusive features, including an in-bed trunk, dual-action tailgate and the industry’s first in-bed audio system, top-in-class acceleration, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy ratings and third-party collision safety ratings, leading edge connectivity with eight-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.
Advanced chassis, power train and all-wheel-drive
The new Ridgeline is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform with its rigid yet lightweight unibody construction, next-generation ACE body structure and sophisticated, fully independent suspension, delivering a higher level of ride and handling refinement than conventional body-on-frame designs. The Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Ridgeline also will be available for the first time in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive (AWD) configurations. All-wheel drive models will utilize Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring AWD technology, featuring Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes, providing robust medium-duty off-road and towing capability with superior on-road, all-weather handling, traction and performance.
Sophisticated, versatile and spacious cabin
Inside, the Ridgeline boasts the largest, most versatile and sophisticated cabin in a mid-sized four-door pickup, featuring high-grade materials and finishes, available leather trim and all the latest technologies that Honda has to offer, including tri-zone climate control, push button start, a full-color TFT center meter and available eight-inch Display Audio touchscreen.
The Ridgeline’s 60/40-split and folding second-row seat provides the ultimate versatility for people- and cargo-hauling utility. With the seats folded down, the Ridgeline will comfortably carry up to five people while still accommodating long items, like a set of golf clubs, under the rear seat. Folding up one or both sides of the 60/40-split seat bottom opens up the back to carry tall and bulky items.
A bed like no other
The Ridgeline bed offers pickup users unmatched versatility in a mid-sized four-door pick-up. At five feet wide and five feet and four inches long, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the only 4-foot wide flat bed space (with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches) in the mid-sized pick-up class, allowing for flat hauling of items like plywood sheeting or drywall. The Ridgeline will also offer payload capacity rivaling top competitors, approaching 1,600 pounds.
The composite, UV-stabilized and scratch-resistant bed also boasts a number of available Honda-exclusive features that add to its incredible versatility, including an in-bed trunk, dual-action tailgate, available 400-watt AC power inverter and the industry’s first in-bed audio system.
The Ridgeline’s standard, lockable in-bed trunk provides secure storage space with no compromise to bed utility and now features a fully flat floor while still including a drain plug for easier cleaning and evacuation of water from the trunk. The dual action tailgate is hinged both at the bottom and along its left side, opening down or to the side, which enables easier loading and unloading of heavy and bulky items without having to reach over the open tailgate. The bed also features eight 350-pound tie down cleats and an available 400-watt power inverter,.
A first for any pick-up, the new in-bed audio system, together with the in-bed trunk and available 400-watt power inverter, makes Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. The new in-bed audio system utilizes six exciters located inside the bed walls, in place of conventional speakers, pumping out sound from the Ridgeline’s audio head unit, with up to 540 watts of power.
Top-level safety performance
Featuring Honda’s next-generation ACE body structure, advanced airbag systems and available Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, the new Ridgeline will target the highest available collision safety ratings – an New Car Assessment Program five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Honda Sensing technologies available on the 2017 Ridgeline include Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).