Honda Shows Ridgeline Pickup’s Customizability in Chicago
Fully Accessorized Crossover Pickup Gets Tons of Goodies
Touting its lineup of factory customization parts, Honda is bringing a 2017 Ridgeline pickup to the 2016 Chicago Auto Show sporting a long list of Honda Genuine Accessories. The truck, which was revealed in full at last month’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is equipped with a few goodies designed to increase its style and versatility.
Black roof rails and crossbars increase the Ridgeline’s cargo-carrying ability, while a hard tonneau cover does the exact opposite, although it does give the pickup secured bed storage. Running boards, fender flares, and a skidplate add some style and off-road protection, and 18-inch accessory wheels come packaged with all-terrain tires.
Unlike other midsize pickups, the Ridgeline comes standard with front-wheel drive, with Honda’s torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system optional. Also unique among pickups, the Ridgeline features unibody construction and a crossover-like four-wheel independent suspension layout. Although each of those features may seem like a liability in the pickup market, the Ridgeline should win points with buyers thanks to its carlike ride, versatile underbed trunk, and respectable cargo and towing chops (if the previous Ridgeline’s anything to go off of).
In sum, the Ridgeline should be a decent option for most pickup buyers, particularly those who use their trucks for hobbies rather than hard work. The accessorized example shown in Chicago will likely only increase its attractiveness to its loyal fanbase.