Underneath the hood of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a brand new 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That powerful engine means this truck can tow up to 5,000 pounds and haul 1,584 pounds of cargo in its bed. And thanks to the direct-injection and cylinder deactivation technology, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline boasts an impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
While the old Honda Ridgeline used to include buttresses on the rear of the vehicle, which connected the truck bed with the cab, the 2017 model has removed them, giving the 2017 Honda Ridgeline a more typical look for a light-duty pickup truck. On top of that change, the bed is now 66 inches in length, which makes it more than two inches longer than rival trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Other noteworthy exterior features include a dual-action tailgate, LED taillights, and 18-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.
The 2017 Ridgeline comes equipped with an Intelligent Traction Management System that allows you to select between multiple unique driving modes, which fine-tunes the truck’s torque distribution, gearbox shifts, and throttle application based on the ground that it’s driving on, such as muddy, snow covered, and sandy terrains. It’s like having a truck and an off-roader all in one.