The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Performance Specs and Features
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.
We know that many truck drivers are willing to trade a few mpg for better performance specs, but the truth is that you don’t have to. Take a look at how the Ridgeline’s fuel economy ratings compare to its top competitors and see that it’s possible to have a pickup truck that’s both powerful and efficient.
- 2017 Ridgeline 2WD: The standard Ridgeline earns an EPA-estimated 26 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city for a combined rating of 22 mpg.* The 2016 Toyota Tacoma 2WD and Nissan Frontier 2WD both fall behind at 23 highway mpg and 22 highway mpg.
- 2017 Ridgeline AWD: Upgrading to the 2017 Ridgeline AWD model brings added traction while barely impacting the fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 25 highway and 18 city mpg for 21 mpg combined.* The 2016 Chevy Colorado 4WD, 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4, and 2016 Nissan Frontier 4×4 all fall short at 24 highway mpg, 22 highway mpg, and 21 highway mpg, respectively.
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.
Towing and Hauling Capabilities
Whether you’re driving a front-wheel or all-wheel drive Ridgeline, Honda’s new truck is built for towing. Unlike the competing Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier, the Ridgeline includes towing pre-wiring as standard, letting you simply hook up a trailer and head off.
- 2017 Ridgeline 2WD: Hook up a trailer and tow as much as 3,500 pounds with confidence thanks to the 280-hp V6 of your new 2017 Ridgeline 2WD. The competing 2016 Colorado and Tacoma max out at 3,500 pounds as well, though both feature a lower GVWR than the Ridgeline’s 5,710 pounds, lowering their hauling capabilities.
- 2017 Ridgeline AWD: The added pulling power of the Ridgeline’s available all-wheel drive system gives its towing capacity a boost, up to 5,000 pounds, leaving the 3,500 pounds of the 2016 Tacoma 4×4 looking frail. With a GVWR of 6,019 pounds, you can load up the Ridgeline AWD with more weight than the Colorado, Tacoma, or Frontier, too.
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.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.