Overview (Final Score: B-)

When is a truck not a truck? A bit of an odd question, but one we find ourselves asking with the Honda Ridgeline. When the first-generation model was introduced in 2005, it was a unique entrant in the midsize truck class.

Unlike most competitors that used a body-on-frame platform, Honda went with a unibody layout. This caused many truck fans to say the Ridgeline wasn’t a real truck because it couldn’t tow or haul as much as a regular truck. But those who went for it loved how the Ridgeline offered most of the capability of a truck, while bringing some clever ideas and balanced performance.

There is a midsize truck that will fit your needs. The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are perfect for those who are planning to tow, as they offer best-in-class towing numbers. They are also the only models in the class to offer a diesel engine as an option, which helps in terms of improving fuel economy. The Toyota Tacoma is still the gold standard for off-road capability in the class. The Nissan Frontier is just as capable as the Tacoma but lags behind in terms of refinement and fuel economy.

For 2017 Honda introduced the second-generation Ridgeline. The model became more truck-like in looks and capability. But it retains a number of features that many owners of the previous model loved. The V6 in the Ridgeline is one of best engines in the midsize truck class, and Honda has added 4 inches to the bed length, making it the longest standard bed in the segment.

What We Love About the 2017 Honda Ridgeline:

  • Clever ideas such as the in-bed trunk
  • High-quality interior
  • Smooth ride

 

What We Don’t Love About the 2017 Honda Ridgeline:

  • Exterior styling looks somewhat awkward
  • Infotainment system is very frustrating
  • Tow rating is a bit disappointing when compared with competitors

 

You can learn more about the 2017 Ridgeline and pricing now, in the FULL REVIEW HERE.

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