Honda’s new Ridgeline named “Truck of the Year”
The all new Honda Ridgeline has arrived.
After ceasing production of the vehicle in 2014 so they could completely re-tool the factory, Honda has introduced the brand new, all redesigned Ridgeline for 2017 – a vehicle that has been described as a ‘lifestyle pickup.’
The new Ridgeline was named 2017 North American Truck of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Engineered with uni-body construction and independent suspension, this new design has many unique features that make it the ideal getaway vehicle for people who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.
“There are no shared components with the old version. It’s a brand new vehicle,” explained Orangeville Honda General Sales Manager, James Cooke. “It’s larger inside with more cab capacity. The interior has been completely redesigned. It has flip-up rear seats so you can have the flat load floor when needed. It’s a five passenger cab with heated seats in the rear.”
The truck bed comes fully lined so there is no need to go to the additional expense of protective trim.
The new design allows for a spacious and deep trunk under the truck bed that provides plenty of storage for extra gear in a secure and weatherproof space.
Outfitted with a dual action tailgate that can be lowered or opened to the side, loading cargo has never been easier.
Engineers were certainly thinking of salt covered Canadian winter roads when they designed the Ridgeline. The wheel wells and body side molding below the doors have been lined with tough corrosive resistant plastics to eliminate rusting common to that area of a vehicle after several years of winter driving.
The Ridgeline comes in five available trim levels.
Inside, the cab is created for driver comfort with form fitting bucket seats and a good field of view throughout.
An available eight-inch touch-screen display on the dash is easily reached to assist with a variety of functions such as navigation.
Keeping up with modern technology there is an available Collision Mitigation Braking System, and a Road Departure Mitigation System that alerts the driver if the vehicle strays from the lane.
The rear seats can be folded up to provide a large flat area idea for extra storage if needed when on a long trip or taking extra gear to the cottage.
When it comes to the powertrain, all trim levels are equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission with two wheel drive and available all wheel drive.
“It is all wheel drive,” Mr. Cooke explained. “It’s an automatic system. If you’re just driving around you have front wheel drive. You also have four different modes you can program. You have snow, sand, mud, and normal modes. If you need to have the rear wheels grab, for instance if you are pulling a boat up a slippery boat ramp, you can lock it into four wheel drive.”
Under the hood, a 3.5 L, V-6 engine is the powerplant that provides 280 horsepower and has a cylinder shut-down capability that reduces fuel consumption by taking advantage of the vehicle’s inertia when up to speed during highway driving conditions.
With 300 ft lbs of torque, the Ridgeline has a towing capacity for up to 5000 lbs making those trips to the cottage with your boat or trailer an easy drive.
The all new 2017 Ridgeline was engineered for those who enjoy outdoor and cottage life while also taking advantage of the truck’s design to be used as an every day vehicle both on rural routes and in the city.
Written by Brian Lockhart