Flash Drive

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Model Tested: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is available in several trim levels including the top-of-the-line Black Edition.

Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 6-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive

EPA Rating: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined

Base Price: $42,870

As Tested: $43,770


Smooth, powerful V-6 engine

5,000 pound towing capacity

Eco mode button

Decent fuel economy for a pickup

The Honda Ridgeline styling is handsome and contemporary. The Black Edition is obviously all black.

Transmission oil cooler

Intelligent Traction Management

Blind spot information

Parking sensors

Lane keeping and departure warning

Collision mitigation braking


Good driver and passenger legroom, but not stretch-out

Shoe room tight for front passenger

Very good headroom

Two temperature heated front seats

Heated leather steering wheel

Front seats have inner armrests

High quality interior materials including headliner

The dual-action tailgate provides easy access to the 64-inch bed. Length increases to 83-inches when the tailgate is down.

Good rear seat room as long as fronts aren’t too reclined

Firm, but comfy rear seats

Totally flat rear floor

Adults fit in middle rear position

Wide, soft, rear armrest


Big, deep, locking 7.3 cubic foot storage bin under bed floor

Storage bin is lighted

Eight cargo loops/cleats

Locking, dual-action tailgate

Integrated class III trailer hitch and wiring harness

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline’s In-Bed Trunk provides 7.3 cubic feet of dry, lockable storage.

Oversized, sliding sun visors

Very large, deep console storage bin

Three level front door storage bins

Medium size locking glovebox

LED map lamps

Small, sliding rear window

Good outward visibility

Split fold-up rear seats

Excellent rear seat storage with seats folded up

Rear doors don’t open very wide

No rear door bins, just bottle notches

WOW Factors:

Dual-action tailgate

Huge 7.3 cubic foot storage beneath bed floor

The plush Black Edition interior has embossed seatbacks and red accents.

Sharp SUV/pickup styling

Spacious, luxurious interior

Excellent interior storage

Lots of safety features


Bed is tough to climb in when tailgate is down

Small sunroof

No all-wheel-drive controls

Tight shoe room for front passenger

Bottom Line:

The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a unique pickup/SUV that provides an excellent passenger comfort

The split, fold-up rear seats and flat floor make it possible to squeeze a bicycle into the back seat area.

experience along with a goodly amount of cargo functionality. It’s an ideal blend of car/truck/SUV for active lifestyle urbanites.