2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Test Drive Review

2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Test Drive Review
- Honda Ridgeline, one of the best unconventional crossover-based pickup combines a carlike ride, truck capability, and innovative features, subdued styling, list of optional safety technology, a dual-action tailgate, an in-bed trunk, unique audio system

- a passenger-car-style unibody construction, an independent rear suspension, a smooth and controlled ride

- grown to improve passenger and cargo space, most fuel-efficient mid-size pickups on the road

- a four-door crew cab, seven trim levels

- pickup powered by 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mated, a six-speed automatic,

- all wheel drive for $1900, standard on RTL-E and Black Edition

- RTL trim includes leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, acoustic windshield, 10-way-power-adjustable driver's seat, four-way-power-adjustable passenger's seat, frustrating 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system

- engine feels smooth, throttle response is especially receptive when you call for hard acceleration

- Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon are more powerful

- all-wheel-drive Ridgeline was competitive in the zero-to-60-mph run

- front wheel drive models can tow a maximum of 3500 pounds

- all wheel drive Ridgelines are rated at 5000 pounds

- well-mannered, feels extremely competent, coil-sprung independent rear suspension, a carlike ride quality

- body lean in corners is minimal, small bumps are barely noticeable, electrically assisted steering feels appropriate

- braking performance stands out as its lone dynamic blemish

- interior is tops in its class in terms of practicality and comfort, expertly laid out and extremely functional, the cabin also claims the most spacious rear seat

- front-seat area felt wide open, a low-profile center console, controls are within reach of the driver

- interior materials are above average, never be considered luxurious, rear-seat with the most space of all mid-size pickups

- excellent forward visibility with a low hood and additional front-quarter windows between the windshield pillars and mirrors

- features are frustrating to use, not very responsive, but Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, optional in-bed audio system are appreciated

- standard infotainment system is a 5.0-inch non-touch display with Bluetooth connectivity

- 8.0-inch touchscreen HondaLink infotainment system is available starting with the RTL-T

- steering-wheel audio controls is mandatory, as the touch slider for volume is annoyingly imprecise

- RTL-E and Black Edition are pumped up with a 540-watt audio system with eight speakers

- in-bed trunk, an extra-wide cargo floor, several interior storage devices differentiate the Honda from its more pedestrian rivals

- 5.3 feet single bed length, weather-tight in-bed trunk with a 7.3-cubic-foot capacity, a drain plug for those who want to use it as a cooler, rear seat splits 60/40

- unique and useful features to make it stand out from the crowd

- a dual-action tailgate that lowers in the regular way, but it also swings open sideways like a door to improve access to the in-bed trunk

- RTL-E and Black Edition with a 120-volt outlet in the bed, a power sunroof, a power-sliding rear window, and LED headlights with automatic high-beams

- Honda offers more active-safety features that its competitors do not, such as adaptive cruise control and automated emergency braking

- Honda’s LaneWatch, a camera in the passenger’s-side mirror that displays a wide-angle rear-facing view of that lane only comes on the RTL-T in place of a blind-spot monitor

Pros clever features, good ride, interior space
Cons ok braking ability, uneasy infotainment system