This is the all new 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
And look It's profile doesn't look like the Pizza Hut logo anymore.
Honda wanted to appeal to a more traditional truck buyer, so it ditched the flying buttresses connecting the body to the bed, and here we have a rather handsome looking midsized light duty pickup truck.
But Honda didn't just stop at design, it's also imbued with a lot of new creature comforts, technology, and features That make it appealing to younger buyers and useful seven days of the week, not just on the weekends.
The Ridgeline's also got this unique inbed trunk that's got enough space to hold up to an 82 liter cooler or two sets of golf clubs.
Or you can just fill the whole thing up with ice and put your drinks right on here because there is a drain plug right in the bottom.
The the rear of the Ridgeline there is a dual action tail gate that folds down like a conventional truck to accommodate long items, but also swings out like a door to give you easy access to the tail gate area.
Speaking of tail gating, the Ridgeline can be had with a 400 watt inverter outback that's powerful enough to juice a large flat screen TV.
It's also available with the industries first integrated tailgate audio system which uses four exciters mounted to the back of the tailgate panels to transform those composite panels into speakers.
It's completely sealed from the environment and sound Sounds pretty good, yeah we checked it doesn't work when the vehicles moving.
The truck bed audio system is controlled by Honda's largest eight inch infotainment system which is based on Android software and features navigation by Garmin.
If you like to listen to your music inside of the car it's got an eight speaker 540 watt audio system which sounds pretty good.
The system can be connected to the Web using the HondaLink app.
But I think most drivers are gonna want to take advantage of the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity to connect to the Web, to things like navigation and audio streaming.
For those interested in driver aid, the [UNKNOWN] is also available with the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver aid features.
With things like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and the lane keeping assist feature that will actually intervene with steering.
The cab meets the bed at a 90 degree angle.
But despite there being a new cut line here, it's still a unibody under here.
That single piece construction is what gives the ridgeline its ridged body.
In fact we've added class leading 109 cubic feet of interior space which you can really take advantage of with cool features like these fold up seats which allow you to accommodate tall or bulky items Now it's no secret that the Honda ridgeline shares both platform and power train with Honda's Pilot SUV.
Both vehicles share a 3.5 litre V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque.
In this case that power reaches the wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission, no the Pilot's 9-speed automatic will not be available here.
From there it goes to Honda's IVTM all-wheel drive system which features torque vectoring on the rear end To help with cornering and lane changing.
Honda is also making the ridgeline available with a front wheel drive configuration.
That's a first for the model for this year.
Despite sharing it's platform with the Pilot, Honda tells us that over 50% of the ridgeline Suspension components have been re-engineered for the truck to make it better for doing truck-y things.
it's more robust.
Despite that, the Ridgeline still feels very car-like on the road.
The suspension is doing a pretty good job of soaking up the bumps.
Honda's put a lot of money of in making sure that this vehicle rides quietly, and the steering actually feels pretty good around most turns.
280 horsepower does not exactly result in neck snapping acceleration for this surprisingly heavy light duty truck.
But Honda's total 0 to 60 time is better than the Chevy Colorado or the Toyota Tacoma.
However, the V6 engine does offer really good torque and the Ridgeline is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds behind it.
Which is really good if you have a small boat.
Plus the all-wheel drive system and suspension should be good for some light but surprisingly capable off-roading which we're about to get a taste of right now.
I was able to test the ridge line in muddy, wet, and sandy conditions and found it to be just as capable of medium duty off-roading as it's Coleman Colorado However on a dirt road handling course the stiffer [UNKNOWN] of the Ridgeline allowed it's suspension to simply work better than its lighter frame cohorts.
Allowing it to be smoother and quicker especially over bumpy and washboard surfaces.
The take away is the Honda's just as capable but of the three it's the most comfortable and the one I'd pick if I had to spend the entire day driving.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline starts at around $31000 and tops out at just over 42 for something like this fully loaded RC LE model.
With a blend of features that make it an excellent daily driver and off road [UNKNOWN] that are pretty good and stand toe to toe with the competition.
I think this 2017 Honda Ridgeline is an excellent second act to
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