Jack of All Trades: 2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E
Playing inside the truck game has some tough rules as well as also quite the serious fan base with painted on abs. Honda is actually reentering the field for a second season with the revamped Ridgeline as well as also the way we see the item, the item’s like the science nerd trying out for Football. So let’s put on our helmets as well as also jockstrap as well as also see if the item has what the item takes to play with the Varsity team.
All fresh through the ground up, the 2017 Ridgeline is actually not your traditional pick-up truck. Unlike a normal Centeng-on frame construction, the Ridgeline supports a uni-Centeng platform in which carries a little more car-like attitude. If you look at a Honda Pilot as well as also Ridgeline side-by-side, they’re exactly the same in styling… almost. The Ridgeline carries over the same fascial features; however, Honda added some minor aggressive details to the lower bumpers as well as also grille to give a more masculine approach – in which – as well as also the item’s a little more capable if, say, you decided to bump into a tree on a camping trip. The plastic cladding is actually a little more forgiving in in which sense.
There are 6 available trims for the Ridgeline including a Black Edition. Ours was the top spec’d classified as the RTL-E with an all-inclusive cost of $41,470. in which means, while all the various other trims are available with an intelligent all-wheel drive system, ours was standard – on-top of every various other premium feature fitted to our tester.
Unlike beefer V-8 trucks on the market, the Ridgeline makes due with just a simple 3.5-liter V-6 capable of using all of its 280-horsepower. the item’s no slouch either thanks to its i-VTEC engine, getting to 60 mph takes about six as well as also half seconds. Let’s face the facts, unless you’re towing something big, say, a house, the V-8 is actually just a grunt. The V-6 inside the Ridgeline is actually like a smooth operator sneaking in as well as also stealing the quarterback’s cheerleader girlfriend. the item accelerators smoothly as well as also shifts crisp using a six-speed automatic. as well as also with 5,000lbs of towing capability, who needs a hotel after prom when you can hitch a pop-up trailer to the back.
Because the Ridgeline is actually based off a uni-Centeng platform, the item does not drive like a truck having in which rugged – grrrrrr – get out of my way, I’m bigger than you mentality. the item’s actually quiet as well as also relaxing. The chassis adjusts well to the road or terrain in which felt like driving on cloud 9. The suspension is actually made up of multi-links inside the rear as well as also struts inside the front in which helps maintain in which carlike composure verses the truck’s playbook of firmer is actually better. The Ridgeline also steers much more fluently – the item’s no Civic Type R yet maintains a not bad balance of comfortable as well as also controllability.
Also unlike a normal 4WD pick-up where we’d have to select between 4WD-High or 4WD-Low – the intelligent all-wheel drive management systems provides a simple terrain module in which can adjust per the situation at hand. Selecting between Snow, Mud, Sand, or Normal situations modify the traction control system, throttle position as well as also overall behavior on how much power is actually delivered to each wheel. Being headquartered in a city in which gets an hour of snow every 10-years, we pointed our nose north to find in which fluffy white powder we constantly see on the news. Seeing the item took nearly 5 hours to find some, we engaged Snow mode when applicable as well as also couldn’t honestly tell you a difference – however, considering we’re back to home base, the item clearly works.
With our top-spec’d Ridgeline, we were dazzled with an array of comfort features as well as also technology in which makes everybody confused when trying to talk about the item. Crème white leather filled the cabin providing power adjustable heated front seats, as well as also a memory feature for the driver. The touch screen interface is actually quick to the touch yet complicated to use with menus galore – which makes us happy there’s Apple CarPlay as well as also Android Auto. With This specific RTL-E Ridgeline, the item is actually also hosted with all the latest techno safety features in which’ll warm your heart.
Like the Pilot, the Ridgeline is actually very nice; the item’s comfortable for the driver as well as also passengers. The back seat sits high as well as also provides adequate legroom as well as also the odd three-zone climate control keeps everyone through complaining. yet here’s what makes the Ridgeline something special as well as also stands out through those various other jockletes – its bed! the item’s got a standard bed just like the competition as well as also the item’s beg enough to haul many things through the Home Depot Garden Center. However, the tailgate not only folds down, yet swings out – much more easier access to the cargo. Then with the tailgate open, there’s another storage bin embedded inside the truck – whaaaat! Honda has even fitted the item having a drain hole, so you could accentually put ice back there as well as also keep things cold like drinks for the tailgate party before the big game. yet here’s the real kicker, the bed carries a weather proof speaker built in, as long as the truck is actually on, you can play anything on the outside. Shut up!
right now, here’s the reality – Honda isn’t trying to be a jock – they’ll never fit into in which jockstrap. as well as also the Ridgeline expresses in which. the item’s not a truck for truck people, so you truck people can just hush-up. The Ridgeline is actually ideal for those in which want a smooth riding, comfortable daily vehicle in which can run-a-muck in at the do-the item-yourself building supply store. The Ridgeline is actually everything the item needs to be, as well as also then some.
|2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E:||$41,370|
|As Tested (including Options & Destination):||$42,270|
|3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 – 280-Horsepower, Six-Speed Transmission – 0-60MPH: ±6.5 seconds|
|EPA MPG: 18/25/21 (city/highway/combined) – SSB Average: 20 MPG’s – Fuel Range: ±400 Miles|