The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Performs Like No Pickup Before It!
Drivetrain Power and Performance
If you want to know what a pickup can do in the field, then you’d better start by looking at the numbers! Here, we’ve broken down all of the elements that make the 3.5L V6 engine you’ll find in the Ridgeline one of the best in its segment.
- Horsepower: This is almost always one of the first measures that pickup owners look to when they’re deciding on a new truck, and the Ridgeline does not disappoint. With direct fuel injection, the Honda Ridgeline’s engine is capable of putting out 280 hp.
- Torque: The Ridgeline’s ability to generate torque is no less impressive. With 262 lb-ft of torque, you’ll have all of the leverage you need to get the heaviest payloads moving, even in less-than-ideal conditions.
- Variable Cylinder Management: With this engine component, Honda’s engineers set out to let the Ridgeline intelligently manage its fuel consumption without sacrificing its ability to generate power. Variable cylinder management sends less fuel to the engine when you’re driving in clear conditions or without a heavy load.
- Valve Train: the SOHC i-VTEC machinery in the Honda Ridgeline utilizes the movements of 24 valves in order to fine-tune the amount of air and fuel that enter the engine at any given time.
- High-Capacity Radiator: Every model of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with this high-capacity radiator with two high-powered fans. Honda built this radiator to keep the engine cool under any circumstances, and its functioning will ensure that the rest of the Ridgeline’s drivetrain can work at maximum strength for longer periods of time.
Vs. Top Competitors
Wisconsin Heartland drivers who worry that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline won’t be able to compete with more widely known pickups should set those worries aside. When compared to options from Chevy, Nissan, and Toyota, the unique power of the Ridgeline quickly becomes apparent!
- Up against the 2016 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 4WD WT, the 2017 Ridgeline’s rear stabilizer bar and towing pre-wiring give it the edge in hauling scenarios. Pre-wiring is an optional upgrade in the Colorado, but that valuable rear stabilizer bar isn’t available at all in this model.
- In the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 SR 6AT Access Cab, you’ll have to go without the Ridgeline’s rear stabilizer bar, towing pre-wiring, and towing stability features. The Tacoma also lacks a rear-locking differential. Additionally, the Tacoma’s 153 hp engine will impose some serious limits on your future projects.
- Like the Tacoma, the 2016 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4X2 S 5AT lacks towing pre-wiring, towing stabilization, and rear stabilization capability. Additionally, hill start assistance is nowhere to be found in the Frontier!
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.