Power and Performance of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
- Horsepower: Buyers who respect Honda for their commitments to fuel economy and safety may be surprised to learn that the Ridgeline is more than capable of matching other pickups’ raw power. The Ridgeline gets 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm, so you’ll never have to call in assistance.
- Torque: High torque is an essential component of towing power, and when times get tough, you can depend on the Ridgeline’s 262 lb-ft of torque to get the job done.
- High-Capacity Radiator: The Ridgeline’s high-capacity radiator was designed to keep your Ridgeline running cool under pressure. On days when you’re pushing the Ridgeline to its limits, you’ll be thankful for the two additional high-powered fans that Honda engineers have equipped on its drivetrain.
- Variable Cylinder Management: Thanks to this drivetrain component, your Ridgeline’s engine will always receive the exact amount of fuel that it needs in any given scenario. These cylinders ensure that your Ridgeline will operate at full power when you’re hard at work, and they will also cut down on your fuel consumption when you’re engaged in some more leisurely pursuit.
- All-Wheel Drive: with All-Wheel Drive enabled, your Ridgeline will have the power to take you wherever you need to go, whenever you need to be there. Intelligent Traction Management in mud, sand, and snow lets you take control of your vehicle in any environment. What’s more, you don’t have to purchase additional upgrades to get the towing power you need; with AWD, you can tow 5,000 pounds right off the lot.
- Two-Wheel Drive: Even in two-wheel drive, you’ll still be able to tow about 3,500 pounds! Although this version of the Ridgeline can only employ its intelligent traction management in the snow, you’ll consistently get higher gas mileage when you’re driving to work or taking a vacation!
- Fuel Economy: Whether AWD or 2WD, your Honda Ridgeline will come equipped with EcoBoost technology, designed to help your engine better utilize its fuel supply in changing real-world conditions. 2WD Ridgeline models get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.* AWD models are right behind, with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.*
- Hill Start Assist: With Hill Start Assist, you’ll gain additional confidence when you’re working on an out-of-the-way job site or exploring the backcountry you love! This feature gets fuel where it needs to go even in the toughest settings, so you never have to feel trapped.
- The 2016 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4×2 S 5AT is priced comparatively to the 2017 Ridgeline, but if you’re expecting to see the same standard features here, you’ll be sorely disappointed. You won’t find hill start assistance, towing stability assistance, or towing pre-wiring on the Frontier.
- Up against the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4×4 SR 6AT Access Cab, the Ridgeline’s advantages are even more pronounced. With only 153 hp, the Tacoma has about half the power of Honda’s pickup, and it’s also missing Ridgeline standard features like a rear-locking differential and a rear stabilizer bar!
- The 2017 Ridgeline’s rear stabilizer bar and towing pre-wiring also give it the edge over the 2016 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab 4WD WT. The Colorado can give you towing pre-wiring as an additional, paid upgrade, but we think you’d still be better off with the Ridgeline and its standard features.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.