Review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Starts at $29,475, Gains Power and Size [Video]

2017 honda ridgeline black
2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

Can the second generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline take on the midsize pickup truck market? Can it challenge the Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, Chevy Colorado and the class leading Toyota Tacoma and grab sizable market share? Time will tell. Without further adieu, we bring you all the specifications and the most thorough first drive review we have ever done.

Honda’s latest pickup will start at $29,475 for a front-wheel-drive RT model before destination charges. It comes with one engine and transmission combination. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 9-speed automatic is not offered in the Ridgeline, at least not at this time.

The truck has a maximum payload of 1,584 lbs and a max towing capacity of 5,000 lbs (with an AWD model). The payload grows only slightly over the first generation Ridgeline, which was rated at 1,546 lbs. How does it compare to other midsize pickups? The Tacoma Double Cab is rated at 1,405 lbs. The Chevy Colorado Crew Cab is rated at 1,580 lbs of payload.

The Ridgeline also grows in size in every dimension other than track width when compared to the previous generation. It’s longer, taller, and wider. The bed length grows to 64 inches. And the curb weight for the AWD model goes down by around 70 lbs to 4,431 lbs.

The EPA fuel economy ratings are: 19 / 26 / 22 mpg for the FWD model and 18 / 25 / 21 mpg for the AWD model.

The 2017 Ridgeline will come with no fewer than seven trim levels: RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition. The price gradually goes up to $42,870 for the Black Edition.

Get the first drive review and everything you ever wanted to know about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline here.

Andre Smirnov is an Automotive Enthusiast, Producer, Reviewer, Videographer, Writer, Software Engineer, Husband, Father, and Friend.