We and our partners use cookies to understand how you use our site, improve your experience and serve you personalized content and advertising. Read about how we use cookies and your choices here. By continuing to use this site, you accept these cookies.

2017 Honda Ridgeline's fuel economy trumps all other midsize pickups

Well, all other midsize pickups equipped with V-6 engines, at least.

Andrew Krok/CNET

Trying to keep track of fuel-economy for trucks can be a handful, given the ridiculous number of possible configurations for most models. But not for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline! Because it's meant to be a truck for people that only occasionally need a truck, it's got a very simple lineup. The EPA just released fuel-economy figures for the new Ridgeline, and the numbers are looking solid.

According to the feds, the front-wheel-drive Ridgeline will achieve 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Move up to all-wheel drive, and you only lose 1 mpg in each of the categories, for a rating of 18 city, 25 highway and 21 combined.

Compared to other trucks in its segment, it's the king. It trumps both the Chevrolet Colorado (17/24 in V-6 4x4 guise) and the Toyota Tacoma (18/23, with the same engine and drivetrain layout). You can't rightfully compare the four-cylinder models, because Honda lacks an analogue. Suffice it to say, the four-bangers are a bit more efficient.

The Ridgeline is also surprisingly close to its brother-in-control-arms, the Honda Pilot. The two vehicles share the same chassis, but the Ridgeline is hot on the heels of the 20-mpg-city, 27-mpg-highway crossover. It'll be interesting to see how all these vehicles compare in real world testing, which, as we've learned in recent months, is a bit different than the EPA's lab.