Review: How does the Honda Ridgeline pickup ute stack up after two years in la-la land

 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is all-new, Honda having suspended production of the previous-generation for nearly two years in order to design this new version (Credit: Aaron Turpen / New Atlas)

A traditional pickup truck has a body-on-frame construction and solid rear axle –with the Ridgeline, however, the design is based on unibody construction and four-wheel, independent suspension

The all-wheel drive option for the Ridgeline comes standard with towing equipment installed and is rated for up to 5,000 lb (2,268 kg)

Compared to other small pickup trucks (Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier), the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has more cargo capacity and a longer bed

The cargo bed for the Honda can hold 4-ft (1.2-m) wide sheets of plywood or wall board – laid flat

The driver and front passenger are treated to a lot of leg and headroom in the Ridgeline

Inside the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are more cargo and storage options and the rear seats have a huge amount of space beneath them

The infotainment in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is well done, but the lack of knobs for volume and tuning can be a bit tedious

The versatile and watertight (with drain plugs) under-bed storage compartment in the Honda Ridgeline is exceptionally useful

Honda’s engineers paid particular attention to the crash-worthiness and stability of the 2017 Ridgeline’s design and it pays off with good handling and control

The 2017 model follows on from the first-generation Ridgeline, which entered the market in 2005

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is all-new, Honda having suspended production of the previous-generation for nearly two years in order to design this new version

The traditional drop-down tailgate mode for the 2017 Ridgeline is operated like any other pickup truck

Grasping the secondary latch handle (to the right, near the tail lamp) swings the tailgate of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline to the left for easier loading of bulky items

Henry Sapiecha

 

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