THE 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE REPLACES THE FULL-SIZE TRUCK SUV VEHICLES AND PERFORMS THE RIGHT JOB WITH A COMPELLING PACKAGE FOR DRIVERS WHO WANT OCCASIONAL TRUCK-UTILITY!
Ridgeline disappeared for two years after their 2014 model, which suffered from shape malfunction. The 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE is a good comeback for Ridgeline with a composed beautiful shape and enhanced functionalities. It fulfills the requirements of a truck. The engine is upfront and design is based on front-wheel-drive architecture. It confirms the fact that Ridgeline is not to be placed in the category of Ford, Chevy or Ram, which is just a misconception of people. It looks bold, block-shaped and aerodynamically fine. Buyers who want efficiency, convenience and comfort all packed in a vehicle with economical price, can consider this car as it is a complete package. Moreover, it is composed, user-friendly, efficient and more spacious.
If you don’t want a large-sized truck that looks like a house, a mid-sized truck is definitely the best choice. The 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE is thus the perfect match for this need. In fact, it is much better choice than most truck-based SUVs which can fulfill your business demands as well as casual routine activities. It is a uni-body pickup and has primary competitors like Nissan, Chevy Colorado and Toyota Tacoma which have traditional body style. In addition, Honda is looking forward to boost its share by rebooting Ridgeline. Though it has many advantages, however it is not always a perfect match. It contains some flaws too, which are expected to be recovered soon. It is not a match for Ram or F-150 in payload capacity and some other features, however it is giving a serious competition to truck-based SUV cars in its race.
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE-EXTERIOR
Talking about its exterior, it has a truck-like shape with a curvy car-like nose. The roof and bed walls are squared. Cabin is replaced by a traditional bed that is 4 inches longer than its predecessor. The bed is made using strong and scratch-resistant plastic material so there is no need to paint or no worry of sun-fading. With a tail-gate below them, a pair of dirt-bikes and a single ATV is present. However, the bed still has a trunk at its back-side, with a drain-plug. The trunk can be filled with ice to keep drinks cold. A power outlet is also present behind a hidden door in bed.
A two-prong design and 400-watt rating however limits its efficiency. Also, there is a dual tailgate on the driver side, that can be folded and swung. There is also an audio-system present in bed, and a television can also be seen by plugin wire in the in-bed out and connecting it to car’s audio system. The bed is shallow, about 17 inches from the top to flow and 4 feet wide too. The vehicle limits the height of the objects your carry. After all, it is a truck and has cool features to attract buyers.
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE-INTERIOR
The interior is quite similar to that of Honda Pilot, expect presence of a pushbutton shifter in the 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE. It is quite comfortable and well laid-out. Back leg space is however quite less and is not going to impress when compared with F-15O Crew Cab, but however the rear space is enough to be used by kids. Center stack features an optional 8-inch LCD and supports Apple Car-play and Android Auto. It more spacious than Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma which are its rival cars. Its basic structure has a few revisions, like the steel is used on the truck’s chassis.
Its suspension components are also redesigned to become stronger and more reliable. The body of the car is stiff. This can be proved by parking it keeping its one wheel higher in the air, keeping. Standard features include push-button start, rear camera, 7-speaker audio system, USB port, Bluetooth and 5-inch display. In addition, it has tri-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, satellite radio, sliding window and a power moon-roof. Driver assistance features like lane watch, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and parking sensors. Also, it has a technology named as Siri Eyes Free that helps you send texts, emails and voice messages and keeps you connected with others.
2017 HONDA RIDGELINE-ENGINE
Though the 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE cannot match larger trucks in capacity and payload, however when it comes to ride, performance and efficiency-handling, then it surely beats all of them. Its engine is adapted from pilot and is quite similar to that, with production of 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. The overall weight of curb ranges from 4200 to 4400 pounds. All-wheel configuration is made available.
Moreover, the engine is configured as V-6 and only 6-speed automatic transmission is offered, other than 9-speed being offered in case of Honda Pilot which makes it suffer with a lot of issues of shift quality. Gas mileage is not that much poor, but does not exceed the GM Twins and diesel economy is also low. The vehicle has a transaction management system that shifts power from front to back wheels, and between the back wheels, using electronic controls to remain stable. Overall the engine is 3.5 liter V-6 with front-wheel drive standard.
PRICE AND RELEASE DATE
The base trim in Ridgeline has a starting price of $30000. This is 30 percent higher than other vehicles of its class. Even it is higher than price of many rival pickups. The result is that you are likely to pay a few thousand dollars more on 2017 HONDA RIDGELINE. However, if you want interior relaxation and comfort features like leather seat, heating and cooling adjustment etc., then you should go with RTL TRIM, which has starting price of $33000. If you want bells and whistles, then you should but RTL-E with starting price of $41,400. So, if you want to be a smarter buyer, then buy Honda Ridgeline with starting price of $30,000.
It is expected to release by the end of 2016.