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. 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. Theand 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 is still the gold standard for off-road capability in the class. The 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.