4 Awesome Things About the Return of the Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline was one of the more bizarre occurrences in the American automotive market. It appeared, sold fairly well, and then vanished in less than a decade. The reasons for it’s relatively short tenure was its competition; American trucks typically have the upper-hand. However, the 2017 edition of the Ridgeline is sure to please. With its looks and the features it plans to offer, it’s definitely a force on the future of truck sales in the country. In the spring of 2016, get elated about the Honda Ridgeline. Here’s why.
Many critics of prior years of the Ridgeline cited an awkward body construction of the pickup. For the 2017 model year, Honda did all they could to avoid the criticism. Where the Ridgeline excels is a “less is more” mantra. Many competitors deck their trucks out in chrome and a gaudy grille, but the Ridgeline has tasteful curves and simple features. It’s much more of a working man’s truck than a truck built for looks. Still, it does have an aesthetic that’s attractive without being overly distasteful.
Advanced, One-of-a-Kind Bed
It’s hard to improve on some of the designs of other truck manufacturers. So, to separate itself from the pack, the engineers at Ridgeline looked to add features never seen on a truck. One such feature is the new truck bed audio system. In the bed of the truck, there are numerous speakers with a 540-watt audio system, which you can use to play tunes via Bluetooth. It also has a storage trunk under the bed, perfect for storing all the extras for work or play. With these two features, the Ridgeline quickly usurps other trucks as the premier tailgater.
Power and Terrain Mode
Typically, trucks offer too little power or an engine that’s so massive that it guzzles gasoline. However, the Ridgeline finds an engine that’s just right. Behind a 3.5 liter, V-6 engine, the Ridgeline provides excellent power, as well as above-average fuel economy, speculated at 21 mpg highway and 15 mpg city. This engine will power either front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. If you opt for the all-wheel drive, you’ll love Honda’s Intelligent Terrain Mode, which allows you to choose between Normal, Snow, Sand, and Mud settings. You’ll definitely find your way through even the toughest obstacles.
Towing and Payload
You don’t have to feel like the Ridgeline isn’t up to the task when it comes to towing and capacity. With its powerful V-6 engine, the Ridgeline can sufficiently pull up to 5,000 pounds, and the bed is capable of transporting up to 1,600 pounds. These aren’t revolutionary numbers, but they’re definitely enough to prove that the Ridgeline is more than capable.
After a two year hiatus from the market, the Ridgeline looks to improve upon many of its downfalls from older models. With this as a goal, Honda has come a long way in ensuring this Ridgeline will become the truck that’s one of the best available to consumers. However, after taking a look at all the features, it’s hard to figure how it’ll come up short.