2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Review
2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD - When the Honda Ridgeline at first appeared in 2005, we tossed it into a contrast test versus the mid-size pickups of the day, and the Ridgeline triumphed. Now there's a new Ridgeline, and Honda is sticking to its non-traditional design, although it did work around the edges to make the Ridgeline fit better into the pickup landscape.
2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Split ProfileThe Ridgeline is not a body-on-frame pickup; it when once again makes use of a unibody architecture, shown the Pilot SUV, the next-generation Odyssey minivan. And as much as the back half of the Ridgeline now looks just like a standard pickup, the effectively rounded front half is basically raised straight from the Pilot.
Honda extended the Ridgeline's freight bed by 4 inches, to 64.0 inches, making it the longest of the lot in their traditional lengths. And with 50.0 inches between the wheel wells and the Ridgeline is the only mid-size pickup that can bring four-by-eight-foot sheets of item flat on the floor covering.
That mentioned, GM, Toyota, and Nissan also offer a longer, six-foot bed on long-wheelbase designs. In crew-cab type, those trucks in fact extend the significance of "mid-size," nevertheless some supply the longer bed with a smaller sized taxi. Honda, nevertheless, as quickly as once again establishes the Ridgeline with simply one taxi setup, one wheelbase, and one bed length.
2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Engine
The Ridgeline blasted to 60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds and through the quarter-mile in 15.2 at 93 miles per hour. Increasing moderate grades, you need to get your foot well into the throttle prior to there's a downshift, providing the impression that the Ridgeline has a tough time to protect speed. Mash the gas-- when, state, jumping out into fast-moving traffic-- and the Ridgeline roars ahead.
Searching for to prevent the prejudgment of front-wheel drive, the previous Ridgeline came traditional with 4x4. Bearing in mind the appeal of competitors' two-wheel-drive pickups-- specifically in California, the single most substantial market for the trucks-- Honda opted to risk of the embarassment of the FWD label and is supplying two-wheel drive this time around.
Yes, the Ridgeline's 19/26 mpg (two-wheel drive) and 18/25 mpg (4x4) EPA city/highway ratings are tops among six-cylinder pickups. And the two-wheel-drive GM trucks match the Ridgeline on the highway, nevertheless they're down by 1 mpg in the city and with 4x4.
Performing at a consistent 75 miles per hour in our highway-fuel-economy test, with 28 mpg, the Ridgeline overachieved its EPA number, which tied the figure we tape-recorded with our last GM diesel pickup. the Honda engine is also commendably smooth, and the Ridgeline is the quietest mid-size pickup we have really examined.
On the skidpad, the Ridgeline's 0.80 g rapidly tops the field of mid-size pickups. with half of its suspension components revamped for pickup duty More stiffly sprung than the Pilot, , the Ridgeline offers business nevertheless little kicks over a great deal of bumps-- wheel control usually is outstanding, and the tires' high sidewalls (all variations ride on 18-inch wheels with 245/60 rubber) soothe harmed pavement. The Ridgeline offers the impression of having a stiff, strong body-- and unquestionably, the Honda's torsional tightness has really increased, although the rear fenders are not an essential marking with the bedsides nevertheless are now gotten in touch with bolts and adhesive.
Braking, regretfully, is one area where the Honda acts just like a conventional truck. Its 195-foot stop from 70 miles per hour was 10 feet longer than our last result for the Tacoma in addition to additional behind the Colorado. We also bore in mind a soft brake pedal.