2017 Honda Ridgeline Car Review by Lauren Fix, The Car Coach

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The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a modern, quiet and luxurious vehicle. It is dynamic and enjoyable to drive. Join The Car Coach, Lauren Fix as she expertly reviews the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.

 

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Available: June in dealer

Worlds first truck bed audio system
Honda exclusive: Dual action tailgate and in-bed trunk

Honda says “Capability without Compromise”

Honda Core values: Clean, Safe, Fun and Connected

 

Honda states: ” Best packaging, technology, fuel economy, ride and handling and more”.

 

Ridgeline history: launched in 2006, this unibody pickup truck won the North American Truck of the Year. It offered best handling, ride, and fuel economy with innovative packaging, bed and tail gate design.

“Ridgeline is life’s adventure guide.”

 

Exterior highlights:
Modern aerodynamic profile with a traditional truck profile
Aerodynamic spoilers
Signature LED Daytime running lights
Projector LED lights optional
Signature LED tailights
18″ wheels

 

Inside Highlights:
Heated steering wheel
Soft touch dash and door linings
8″ DA audio
Tri Zone AC controls
Ambient lighting
Smart start keyless
4.2: TFT gauge area

 

Cargo Zones:
Secure in-bed storage – holds 82qt cooler or golf clubs
Storage under seats
Truck bed with a more durable bed material.
Secure in-bed storage
Big enough to hold a piece of drywall – biggest bed in the segment
LED cargo lights in the bed

 

Center Console:
interior sliding tray
Moveable deck
Large console bin
2 cup holders

 

Rear seat flexibility:
60/40 fold up – split for multiple storage options
It will hold a bicycle or a 47″ flat screen

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline best in class credentials:
Most passenger volume
Most rear seat cargo
Most rear seat versatility

World first and only duel-action tailgate and in-bed trunk.
Offers a drain plug, grocery bag hooks, cargo divider and flat trunk floor.
Holds 2 motorcycles with the tail gate down
5 feet wide – fits 4×8 drywall
Optional power outlets
Standard payload
5000 lb towing capacity on all trim levels
Standard hitch with 7-pin connectors.
Standard high capacity radiator with dual high-power fans and heavy duty transmission cooler.

 

Drive Impressions:
Better ride comfort
Better traction
Better stability on and off road
Like the independent suspension
Active AWD, stronger and lighter overall
This is still a unibody construction that offer a comfortable, quieter ride with better handling the previous models.

 

Powertrain:
3.5L V6 Direct injection I-VTEC VCM
280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque

6-speed automatic
I-VTM4 torque vectoring for better traction – 46% faster the outgoing model
This offers better cornering, better control in high speed lane changes, and better control on slippery roads.

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Fuel economy:
2WD – 19 / 26 / 22
AWD – 18 / 25/ 21

Intelligent Traction “Management- dial in : Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand
The Ridgeline has off-road capability, better ground clearance dimensions. The truck was tested in CA, MN, Dubai and Russia to prove it capabilities.

 

Audio:
5″ monitor system
8″ Display audio system – SIRIUS XM
Truck bed audio- the entire bed is an audio system with an audio excited that vibrates and improves sound
Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
GARMIN Navigation
HD Radio

 

Convenience:
LED Lighting
Multi-Angle Rearview camera
TPMS Fill assist (for proper tire pressure)
Smart entry / push start
Remote start’400W AC in bed
Auto high beam lights

 

Safety:
Honda Sensing – adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist system, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot information, rear cross traffic alert
Lane Watch
Cross traffic monitor

They expect a 5-Star crash test rating and Top Safety Pick + from IIHS

 

Trim levels:
RTL-E & Black
RTL-T (tech)
RTL – elegant – optional 2WD
RTL – Sport – optional 2WD
Sport – sporty and fun- optional 2WD
RTS – optional 2WD
RT – optional 2WD

Trivia – CA is the #1 state in the US for Tacoma sales.

Prices for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline start at $29,475 up to $42,870

 

Watch more of Lauren’s car reviews:

2017 Chrysler Pacifica
2017 Audi A4
2017 Cadillac XT5
2017 Audi Q7
2016 Audi S8
2016 Audi A8
2016 Infiniti Q50S
2016 Kia Sportage
2016 Infiniti QX60
2016 Cadillac CT6
2016 Kia Optima
2016 Jaguar XF
2016 Range Rover TD6 & Sport
2016 Toyota Prius Hybrid
2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Ford Explorer Platinum
2016 Nissan Altima
2016 Chevy Camaro
2016 Honda Civic
2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
2016 BMW 740i & 750i
See More

 

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Car Courtesy of Honda
Destination:  Texas
Aired:  May 16, 2016
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