2017 Honda Ridgeline Makes a Comeback in Detroit

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

The Honda Ridgeline is back after a short hiatus and has been revealed at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

For the most part, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline picks up exactly where the old truck left off, still featuring unibody construction, a 3.5-liter V6, a trunk in the bed floor and a dual-hinged tailgate that can open from the side or like a traditional truck tailgate.

The engine is now mated to a six-speed automatic rather than the old five-speed auto. Power output has not been released yet for the 2017 Ridgeline, though it will likely be close to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, the output this 3.5-liter V6 engine holds in the new Honda Pilot. Honda says it is targeting best-in-class acceleration and fuel economy with the truck.

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Both front- and all-wheel drive are available with the Ridgeline, with the new all-wheel setup using Honda’s torque vectoring system, featuring intelligent terrain management that has normal, sand, snow and mud modes.

Honda spent some time working with the bed in the truck, making it 5.4-inches wider and 4-inches longer than the previous truck to measure in at 5-feet wide and 5’4″ long. Payload capacity should sit around 1,600 pounds according to Honda, while the in-bed trunk now features a fully flat floor and a drain plug. A 400-watt AC power inverter is available in the bed as well.

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But not all of the bed innovation is about work with this truck. Honda has installed the first in-bed audio system in the new Ridgeline, which uses six exciters located inside the bed walls instead of regular speakers to pump out tunes at 540 watts.

On the inside, the Ridgeline can be had with tri-zone climate control, push button start, leather-trimmed seats and an 8-inch touchscreen that is capable of running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Honda expects top marks in NHTSA and IIHS crash testing thanks the new truck’s body structure, advanced airbags and the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, which includes forward collision warning, lane departure warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation and lane keep assist. The truck also gets Honda’s LaneWatch system, which uses a camera in the passenger mirror to show the driver what is beside them.

The Ridgeline is expected to launch sometime in the first half of 2016.

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Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Chuck Stowell Chuck Stowell on Jan 12, 2016

    Towing capacity?

  • Dashandra monika Dashandra monika on Jan 12, 2016

    I looked at the new Pilots. I already have a true and well utilized 2003 pilot. The new ones just didn't do it this time around. Went with a Audi Q7. The Ridgeline would do it for the niche market for mini pick ups though.