Throughout the years, the journey to assemble a superior pickup truck has brought about only disappointment. Stand out fundamental recipe has demonstrated fruitful: body-on-casing, front-motor, strong back hub, and a discretionary exchange case for genuine four-wheel drive. Furthermore, it wears an American nameplate.
The 2016 Honda Ridgeline is none of those things. Rather, it’s a unibody. The motor is in advance, however it’s mounted transversely since the truck depends on front-wheel-drive design. Furthermore, one look is all it takes to affirm the Ridgeline is not a Ford, Chevy, or Ram. Despite ever-bolder and blockier rivalry, the Ridgeline looks, might we venture to say, efficiently solid. It’s all in view of the judicious longing for more prominent effectiveness, solace, and accommodation.
Those same things could be said of the old first-gen Honda Ridgeline. Be that as it may, where the 2006 model was unpleasantly ugly and vaguely styled, the new 2017 model is in any event conspicuous as a pickup. Gone are the braces of the old truck, supplanted by a more conventional bed that is four creeps longer than some time recently. That bed is shaped from a solid, mark and scratch-safe fiber-strengthened plastic material that is UV treated with the goal that it needn’t bother with paint to keep from blurring in the sun. A couple of dirtbikes or a solitary ATV fit pleasantly with the back end down.
There’s still a trunk recessed in the back of the bed, complete with a channel plug so it can be hosed out or loaded with ice to keep drinks chilly. Eight tie-downs come standard, each evaluated to hold up to 350 pounds. An electrical plug is settled behind a concealed entryway in the bed, however a two-prong outline and 400-watt max rating limit its handiness. Extended from the original is a double activity back end that can overlap down or swing open, relying on the driver’s side. Another element is an in-bed sound framework that ought to demonstrate a hit at back end parties. Plug a TV into the in-bed outlet, associate with the auto’s sound framework, dump some ice in the storage compartment, and you’re ready. Look at the creative rear end and in-bed sound in our Short Cut recordings underneath. Also, stick around for the third video to see a heap brimming with rocks dumped in that overwhelming obligation plastic pickup bed.
The Ridgeline’s inside is a virtual duplicate of the Pilot’s, except for a console-mounted shifter. It’s an agreeable spot to be, and offers the whole suite of in-auto tech we’ve generally expected nowadays. A discretionary eight-inch LCD on the middle stack components Honda’s Display Audio framework, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are upheld. It’s open inside.
As some time recently, the Ridgeline’s essential structure is gotten from the Honda Pilot, yet with a few critical corrections. High-quality steel is utilized all through the truck’s frame, and its suspension segments are updated to be more grounded and more solid. Park the Ridgeline so one wheel is kept high noticeable all around, and, demonstrating the unibody’s firmness, the rear end and every one of the entryways open and close easily. A comparable test of the Tacoma indicates noteworthy bowing made clear by uneven holes around the entryways, pickup bed, and back end. Firmness is a temperance that the unibody appreciates over conventional trucks. NHTSA hasn’t tried the 2017 Ridgeline yet, however Honda expects a five-star security rating.
All Ridgeline models have a 3.5-liter V6 motor that sends 280 drive and 262 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed programmed transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, a choice Honda insights is focused at the reasonable climate Californian business sector. All-wheel drive raises the tow rating from 3,500 pounds to 5,000 and builds the ground freedom from 7.3 to 7.9 inches. The EPA gauges drivers will get 18 miles for every gallon in the city, 25 on the thruway.
A greatest payload rating of 1,584 pounds is slightly superior to anything four-entryway, four-wheel-drive Tacoma or Colorado models. Towing, however, is plainly a quill in the top of the body-on-casing club, with evaluations of more than 7,000 pounds from the class-driving Colorado. The tradeoff is ride quality. Over harsh landscape or even simply inconsistent black-top, the Ridgeline is smoother and calmer than the other moderate size trucks.
Honda Ridgeline 2016 Design Interior Exterior