HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It looks more truck-like than the old Ridgeline, but the all-new version is more civilized and comfortable for everyday use.
The top-of-the-line Black Edition has premium features and almost no chrome trim at all. It looks like a body-on-frame truck, but the new Ridgeline is really a unibody crossover with a long bed.
Base Ridgelines are front-wheel drive. This one is all-wheel drive.
Two of the Ridgeline’s most popular features return on the new one: the dual-action tailgate and a trunk built right into the bed.
While the old Ridgeline interior was quirky and distinct, the new one is more mainstream. Driving position is good. You won’t find a single knob on the center stack audio and nav. Touching tiny controls on the screen while driving is distracting.
The automatic is a six-speed.
Row two has lots of room for people, and folding the seat bottoms for cargo is easy.
Power comes from Honda’s ultra-smooth 3.5 liter V6 with 280 horsepower. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is fine for most suburban duties. I averaged about 22 miles per gallon.
So, for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition all-wheel-drive, I say thumbs up to utility, innovative features, and a quiet ride; thumbs down to distracting touch screen controls.