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

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

Of course, those MPGs will start to suffer once you start tacking on accessories and throwing crap in the back.

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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.