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We Like: Its smooth ride and sharp handling.
We Don’t Like: The high price, clumsy infotainment system, and plain design.
This is the truck for people who dislike the jouncy ride and clumsy handling compromises that come with truck ownership. Perhaps you have a lifestyle involving a lot of mud and muck, but you don’t want to mess up your SUV’s precious carpet. But, eww, a pickup truck?
The Ridgeline is basically a Pilot SUV with an open bed and a longer wheelbase (for stability under load). Its unibody structure and independent rear suspension help it handle more precisely and ride more smoothly than a traditional body-on-frame, leaf-spring truck.
“When towing the 3,000-pound trailer, the engine’s VTEC changeover at 5,500 rpm is very evident under load,” tow-meister Walton said. “Yet upshifts came precisely at redline, and the Ridgeline felt as if it could pull much more than this. This is as much towing capability as most consumers will ever need.”
Cool features include the audio speaker housed in the bedliner, as well as the huge hidden compartment under the bedliner, where you can stash precious cargo (or convert it into a cozy roadside hot tub for two).
Complaints: Although the bed compartment locks, the tailgate does not. The infotainment system features the same horrible Honda interface, and still no audio-volume knob. You cannot manually select gears in Drive. And its drab, retrograde design and similarities to its platform-sharing SUV meant we mistook it for our video crew’s Pilot on several occasions.
Still, the Ridgeline continues to redefine the pickup-truck segment as it tries to find an untapped niche.
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|2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD (RTL-E)|
|DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT||Front-engine, AWD|
|ENGINE TYPE||60-deg V-6, alum block/heads|
|VALVETRAIN||SOHC, 4 valves/cyl|
|DISPLACEMENT||211.8 cu in/3,471 cc|
|POWER (SAE NET)||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm|
|TORQUE (SAE NET)||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|WEIGHT TO POWER||16.1 lb/hp|
|SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR||Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar|
|BRAKES, F; R||12.6-in vented disc; 13.0-in disc, ABS|
|WHEELS, F;R||8.0 x 18-in cast aluminum|
|TIRES, F;R||245/60R18 105H (M+S) Firestone Destination LE2|
|TRACK, F/R||66.1/66.0 in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||210.0 x 78.6 x 70.8 in|
|TURNING CIRCLE||44.4 ft|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,510 lb|
|WEIGHT DIST, F/R||58/42%|
|HEADROOM, F/R||39.5/38.8 in|
|LEGROOM, F/R||40.9/36.7 in|
|SHOULDER ROOM, F/R||62.0 in / 61.5 in|
|PICKUP BOX L x W x H||64.0 x 60.0 x 15.4 in|
|WIDTH BET WHEELHOUSES||50.0 in|
|PICKUP BOX VOLUME||34.2 cu ft (7.3 cu ft in-bed trunk)|
|PAYLOAD CAPACITY||1,499 lb|
|TOWING CAPACITY||5,000 lb|
|ACCELERATION TO MPH|
|PASSING, 45-65 MPH||3.7|
|QUARTER MILE||15.7 sec @ 89.1 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-0 MPH||129 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||0.78 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||28.0 sec @ 0.61 g (avg)|
|TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH||1,750 rpm|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$42,270|
|AIRBAGS||Dual front, front side, f/r curtain|
|BASIC WARRANTY||3 yrs/36,000 miles|
|POWERTRAIN WARRANTY||5 yrs/60,000 miles|
|ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE||Not offered|
|FUEL CAPACITY||19.5 gal|
|REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB||16.5/25.8/19.7 mpg|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON||18/25/21 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||187/135 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||0.94 lb/mile|
|RECOMMENDED FUEL||Unleaded regular|