April 26th, 2017 by

Honda probably isn’t the first brand you think of when someone mentions pickup trucks. Maybe, just maybe, it should be though. Have you seen the 2017 Honda Ridgeline? Since releasing the all-new truck in June of 2016, the accolades have been stacking up around it.

The Ridgeline receives honors

In January, the Ridgeline was heralded as the North American Truck of the Year during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The more traditional names in pickup trucks were left behind while the Ridgeline took its metaphorical victory lap.

According to the North American Car of the Year, the awards honor “excellence in innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, and value.” Professional automotive journalists from the United States and Canada have been awarding this honor since 1994.

The Ridgeline didn’t stop after impressing the journalists though; it secured a 2017 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also known as the IIHS. When equipped with the optional front crash prevention system and specific headlights, the Ridgeline is the only pickup to be selected by the IIHS.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also took notice of the Honda pickup. In fact, the Ridgeline made headlines as the only pickup in the U.S. to receive a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Rating, when equipped with the same safety systems as required by the IIHS rating.

The Ridgeline steps out in front of the competition with safety options and continues to increase the lead with their resale value. In addition to being safe, Kelley Blue Book designates the Ridgeline as a 2017 Best Resale Value vehicle.

Ridgeline special features

So what makes the Ridgeline so special? Not only is the 2017 Ridgeline packed with safety features, it also has optional six trim packages that allow you to choose which accessories are must-haves.

The standard list of safety features includes Advanced Compatibility Engineering on its body structure, advanced front airbags, side curtain airbags, front side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control.

In the high-end trim packages, the Honda Sensing™ technology includes adaptive cruise control, Collision Mitigation Braking ™, Road Departure Mitigation, and Lane Keeping Assist. Each system gives the driver more control over the obstacles along the road.

Once you are comfortable with your level of safety, you can add accessories for comfort and convenience. All packages come standard with the innovative design that the Ridgeline is known for, including the dual-action tailgate and In-Bed Trunk®.

Back end of the Honda Ridgeline showing the tailgate options and in bed trunk

The dual-action tailgate opens both as a standard tailgate swinging up and down and, as only the Ridgeline does, with a hinge on the left side allowing the right side to swing forward as a regular door.

A trunk is something you expect to give up when buying a pickup, but when you buy the Ridgeline you can expect more. The In-Bed Trunk® packs 7.3 cubic feet of space into a compartment inside the bed of the pickup. The trunk includes a drain plug, allowing the compartment to serve as an ice chest, as well as grocery bag hooks and guides for cargo dividers.

Depending on the trim package you select you can also enjoy a power sliding rear window, leather seats, a moonroof, LED truck bed lights, and heated mirrors. Your remote entry can be programmable, and you can enjoy a truck-bed power outlet.

Comparing the Ridgeline

No other pickup has the same perks as the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. However, if you still want to compare the Ridgeline’s offerings, Honda’s got your back. Visit Honda’s website to compare the different Ridgeline trim packages. You can also compare the Ridgeline against its competitors to see how the features stack up.

Once you are ready to see the 2017 Honda Ridgeline in person make an appointment or simply stop by and talk with a Hendrick Honda specialist. You’ll see firsthand how this pickup truck is in a class all its own.

2017 North American Truck of the Year
With innovative features like the In-Bed Trunk®, Dual Action Tailgate and available i-VTM4™ AWD System, it’s no wonder the 2017 Ridgeline has been named North American Truck of the Year.

2017 North American Truck of the Year
With innovative features like the In-Bed Trunk®, Dual Action Tailgate and available i-VTM4™ AWD System, it’s no wonder the 2017 Ridgeline has been named North American Truck of the Year.
NHTSA 5-Star Safety Ratings
The 2017 Ridgeline is a truckload of ingenuity, and after being named the only pick-up truck in America to earn a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it really is in a class all its own. Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).
2017 KBB.com Best Resale Value
With innovative features like an In-Bed Trunk® and a Truck Bed Audio System, it’s easy to see why the 2017 Ridgeline received a Best Resale Value Award by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Vehicle’s projected resale value is specific to the 2017 model year. For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.
The 2017 Ridgeline with Honda Sensing™ and LED Headlights has been awarded the coveted 2017 TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of its superior crash safety performance.
2017 Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs
Innovative features like the Dual-Action Tailgate and the In-Bed Trunk® have helped the 2017 Ridgeline earn the coveted Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs award in the Mid-Size Pickup category. Car and Driver, January 2017

Posted in Kelley Blue Book