Whether you’re the kind of driver who will be taking a truck to and from work with a full truck bed and a trailer or you just like to take the boat out on the weekends, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline performance specs ensure it’s ready to get the job done.
Power: The 3.5L V6 engine of the Ridgeline is capable of 280 hp at 6,000 RPM, overpowering the 161-hp 4-cylinder of the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and the 261-hp V6 of the 2016 Nissan Frontier with ease.
Torque: Honda’s powertrain brings 262 lb-ft of torque at 4,700 RPM, leaving the Tacoma’s 180 lb-ft looking weak and going toe-to-toe with the 2016 Nissan Frontier.
A standard 6-speed automatic transmission smoothly shifts between gears and features an available heavy-duty transmission cooler for all-wheel drive models. The Ridgeline is available with both a two-wheel and an all-wheel drivetrain on every trim (RTL-E and Black Edition models feature all-wheel drive as standard). Ridgeline AWD models offer improved traction on slick pavement, bringing confidence when driving in West Michigan winters.
As we explore the Ridgeline performance, you’ll see that all-wheel drive models also bring increased towing capabilities while Ridgeline 2WD trucks feature a higher fuel economy.
It’s not magic that lets the Ridgeline be such a fuel sipper; Honda equipped their engine with variable cylinder management, letting it switch cylinders off when cruising to conserve fuel. More than just an efficient engine, Honda gives you the tools to be a more efficient driver; the Ridgeline includes the Eco Assist system that coaches you on economical driving practices with an indicator around the speedometer.
It’s a rare truck driver that will need to tow more than 5,000 pounds, and with the GVWR of up to 6,019 pounds, we’re hard-pressed to think of many jobs the Ridgeline wouldn’t be capable of. Add in its powerful and efficient V6 and the intelligent all-wheel drive system, built to engage whenever traction is needed, and we think it’s clear why so many West Michigan drivers have already become fans of the new Ridgeline.