The Ridgeline beat out the Ford F-Series Super Duty and the Nissan Titan to claim the top prize while the Pacifica topped the Mazda CX-5 and Jaguar F-Pace. Each victory was strong, with the Ridgeline receiving 305 points over the Super Duty’s 193 and the Titan’s 72. The Pacifica received 300 points, beating out the Mazda’s 135 and the F-Pace’s 125.
“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”
This is the second win for the Ridgeline, which also won truck of the year in 2006 when it was introduced. The only other time a minivan has received the award was in 1996, when the Chrysler minivan lineup won.
The awards are judged by 60 professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who work for magazines, television, radio, newspapers and websites.