10 Things Families Need to Know About the Honda Ridgeline

Honda has debuted it’s “Honda of trucks” and now families are wondering if it will work for them. Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline before you head to the dealership.

It really is a truck. Sure, it doesn’t look like the Canyon, Colorado, Tacoma, or Frontier but that’s one of the things Honda is known for. Look at the old Ridgeline. It was a non-conformist and people loved it.

Its interior is like a car. You won’t find rugged finishes inside the Ridgeline. It’s look is virtually 100% like the Pilot with the exception of the shifter.

It truly seats five. Make no mistake, the Ridgeline is a family hauler. Fully grown adults comfortably sit in the first and second row while there’s plenty of space for three kids across the back.

It has a trunk. Yes, you heard that right. It’s a truck with a trunk. No, it’s not in the style of the RamBox. The Ridgeline has a full sized truck tucked into the Ridgeline’s bed, and it doesn’t take up bed space.

It can haul. The Ridgeline has a class-leading maximum 1,584-pound (718.5 kg) payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing.

It drives like the Pilot. If you get behind the wheel expecting a tried and true truck driving experience you’ll be disappointed. The Ridgeline drives like an SUV, something that might help Honda appeal to more untraditional truck drivers.

It’s an entertainment center. No, not the furniture. The Ridgeline has typical infotainment options on the interior but with a touch of the screen you can get your music playing in the tailgate of the truck. You can also use the trunk to store ice turning it into a cooler, all while keeping the bed open for seating, storage, or grill transportation.

It comes in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. If you’re not planning on ever using the Ridgeline off-road and you live in a warm climate, the two-wheel drive model may be all you need. Make no mistake, however, the Ridgeline is more than capable off the beaten path.

It has great fuel economy. The six-cylinder all-wheel drive version of the Ridgeline gives drivers an EPA estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. That’s better than the six-cylinder Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma.

It’s an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ and has gotten a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. Owners can beef up their personal security by adding Honda Sensing, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation and Adaptive Cruise Control. The 2017 Ridgeline, depending on trim, can also be equipped with Honda LaneWatch™, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and a blind spot information system; and all Ridgelines come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera.

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