On Sale: Now
The Honda Ridgeline is embarking upon spherical two of its distinctive social experiment, making an attempt to obviously show how a lot beefy appears to be like do or do not matter to pickup truck patrons. The mushy look (and Honda’s irritating infotainment system) is admittedly the one knock towards the Ridgeline — it is an extremely well-executed utility car. The experience is easy and forgiving with out being roly-poly, the cabin is quiet and comfy and Honda’s V6 feels significantly sturdy on this software, most likely as a result of well-chosen transmission ratios. Out again, the mattress is extensive however shallow; it might appear odd to common truck patrons at first, however think about what (and the way) you haul within the mattress and you will shortly notice the ensuing deep, lockable underfloor storage is well worth the tradeoff.
That face, although … it is so rattling wimpy, and that is coming from somebody who’s neither a hardcore truck man nor saddled with any home model allegiance. Hopefully it is simply me and I’ve bought some type of advanced to work by means of as a result of the Ridgeline is nearly supreme for the everyday-driver/light-duty pickup purchaser.
–Andrew Stoy, digital editor
Gallery: 2017 Honda Ridgeline inside
Sooner or later, all Hondas will probably be some variation on the Pilot. The Odyssey already is a Pilot with sliding doorways, the CR-V will probably be a smaller Pilot, the Civic Sort R will ultimately simply be an excellent smaller Pilot with a fart-can exhaust and a wing, and so forth throughout the mannequin vary.
The Ridgeline is the Pilot with a pickup mattress. It really works, first, as a result of the Pilot is a superbly serviceable, completely snug, completely competent start line, and second as a result of it’s designed to satisfy the wants of what the vast majority of truck homeowners do with their vans the vast majority of the time. That’s, they use them like a crossover with a mattress within the again. Sure, even you, pricey reader who can be a pastime horse-rearer — I would guess the rear doorways of your crew cab see extra use than the in-bed gooseneck trailer hitch.
That doesn’t imply the Ridgeline, with its puny 5,000-pound towing capability, will take the place of your dually 3500 HD in your sprawling Clydesdale ranch. In the event you’re dwelling within the suburbs doing more-than-occasional residence enchancment work, it’s completely price a glance, as long as you’ll be able to put aside your body-on-frame prejudice lengthy sufficient to test it out.
I managed to line up the Ridgeline a couple of week after a stint in a GMC Canyon. Along with a variety of time spent doing run-of-the-mill commuting (it feels loads like a Pilot … shock!), I purchased a complete pile of basement-framing provides consisting of 13 sheets of mildew-resistant half-inch sheetrock, 15 two-by-four framing studs, three pressure-treated two-by-fours (these suckers are heavy), two pre-hung doorways (hollow-core, to my chagrin), assorted ductwork, screws, nails.
All advised, I used to be most likely within the ballpark of the 1,499-pound complete payload capability. Neither the three.5-liter V6 nor the unbiased rear suspension appeared to thoughts the burden, which I really feel is fairly consultant of essentially the most you’d find yourself carting round for a weekend’s work.
Once I’m not carting round that residence enchancment stuff, I need to be as snug as potential, and I derive comparatively little utility from rolling round within the greatest, baddest truck on the block. The one people who find themselves probably to present me any flak for arriving in a Ridgeline are Actual Truck Guys, and I can’t say I actually care a lot about them.
One factor to notice: That handy in-bed storage compartment is rather less handy when you have to get no matter’s in there whereas there is a baker’s dozen of drywall sheets, and so on., on high of it. So preserve that in thoughts whenever you’re loading it up.
However what of the competitors on this slowly increasing nook of the market? Like I stated, I not too long ago drove the GMC Canyon, which appeared and felt (for higher or worse) extra like a standard pickup truck. Priced barely increased than this Ridgeline, it was additionally parked inside spitting distance, relying on configuration, of a full-size GM providing. And let’s not neglect the Toyota Tacoma, in the event you’re not wedded to an all-American providing.
These are all actually extra trucklike in that they’re constructed within the old style method, and the Chevrolet/GMC pair can tow an excellent ton extra when correctly geared up (the Tacoma bests the Ridgeline by 1,500 kilos). They do experience a bit extra like an old-school body-on-frame pickup than the Ridgeline, as a result of they’re.
Nevertheless — and that is price noting — given how total snug trendy body-on-frame vans have change into, that’s considerably much less of a huge win for the Ridgeline than you may count on.
As to appears to be like, the entrance finish of the Ridgeline does betray quite a lot of hints of its Pilot lineage; the Chevy Colorado doesn’t precisely boast a lantern jaw, however the GMC Canyon does a greater Large Boy Truck impression, if that’s what you’re on the lookout for.
–Graham Kozak, affiliate editor
On Sale: Now
Base Value: $42,270
As Examined Value: $42,270
Drivetrain: three.5-liter SOHC V6; AWD, six-speed computerized
Output: 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 262 lb-ft @ four,700 rpm
Curb Weight: four,515 lb
Gas Financial system: 18/25/21 mpg(EPA Metropolis/Hwy/Mixed)
Professionals: Sufficient pickup for 80 % of patrons
Cons: Pilot-based softroader appears to be like