2017 Honda Ridgeline Gets Official Fuel Economy Numbers
Unibody Pickup Gets V-6–Best Numbers Among Midsizers
The second-generation Honda Ridgeline got some EPA love today in the form of official fuel economy ratings. The new-for-2017 model will get an EPA-estimated 22 combined mpg for the front-wheel-driver, while the all-wheel-drive model will get 21 combined mpg. Two-wheel-drive Ridgelines will also get 19/26 mpg city/highway, with one-mpg drops in both metrics for Ridgelines with all-wheel drive.
Those numbers compare favorably to other V-6–powered midsize pickups. The rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Colorado V-6 and Toyota Tacoma V-6, for example, will muster 21 combined mpg, while the rear-drive Nissan Frontier V-6 will get up to 18 combined mpg. Of note, no official power ratings for the Ridgeline’s 3.5L V-6 have been released, but expect them to fall close to those of the Pilot, which has 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. Comparatively, the Colorado’s V-6 has 305 hp and 269 lb-ft.
Fuel efficiency won’t be the Ridgeline’s only trump card. Expect a lot of versatility from the carlike pickup. A dual-action tailgate carries over from the previous Ridgeline, giving owners the ability to fold it down conventionally or swing it out from a hinge on the driver’s side. Additionally, the Ridgeline receives its predecessor’s underbed trunk, a weatherproof well that also houses the spare tire. That feature is possible thanks to the Ridgeline’s space-efficient unibody chassis.
However, those expecting huge towing numbers or extreme off-road prowess are going to be somewhat disappointed. With the caveat that Honda hasn’t announced anything official yet, we expect the Ridgeline to have a maximum towing capacity not exceeding 6,000 pounds. And since the Ridgeline is based on the Honda Pilot crossover, we doubt its optional all-wheel-drive system will have a low-range transfer case, hampering off-road frolics somewhat.
Still, Honda isn’t positioning the Ridgeline as the vehicle of choice for construction workers or cattle ranchers. Instead, it’s going after casual pickup owners, those who need a hose-out–friendly bed for occasional dirty work. And that towing capacity is still large enough for a trailer and a few Honda dirtbikes, which could make the Ridgeline an ideal cross between daily driver and family adventurer.
We’ll be driving the Ridgeline soon, so stay tuned for our impressions of Honda’s second-generation crossover pickup.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency