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2017 Honda Ridgeline Driving Impressions


Light duty pickups, such as the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevy Silverado, are becoming more and more civilized. Nevertheless, in terms of ride quality, quiet operation, and general comfort the Ridgeline stands at the top of the charts. This is a very smooth operator, composed and compliant on all surfaces, paved or graded gravel.

Could the steering have a little more weight and/or convey a little more information to the driver? Yes. But aside from that, dynamic demerits are hard to find. And the steering criticism applies to any pickup you care to name.

The structure feels exceptionally solid, and the suspension tuning is a little firmer than on the mechanically similar Pilot. This is due in part to spring rates specified to handle 1500-pound payloads, but it doesn’t diminish the Ridgeline’s ride.

All-wheel drive Ridgelines include torque vectoring at the rear axle, lending stability in low traction situations.

Power is respectable, though it can’t be called thrilling. At some 4500 pounds, the second generation Ridgeline is heavier than the original. Also, the towing capacity, 5000 pounds with all-wheel drive, 3500 pounds for front-drivers, is near the bottom of the list of midsize pickup ranks.

If towing is a priority, GM’s new middies, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, both offer the option of diesel power.

If it’s not, the Ridgeline rates top marks in every other area of operation.

Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or doc fee. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

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