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2017 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline ranks high in our small but competitive compact pickup truck class. It has the most powerful base engine in the class, as well as a comfortable ride and a spacious interior.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • Quality interior
  • Diverse, distinctive tech features
  • Versatile in-bed trunk and interior storage
  • Counterintuitive touch-screen audio system
  • Lower towing capacity than rivals
  • No four-wheel-drive option




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.8
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2017 Honda Ridgeline Overview

Is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline a Good Used Truck?

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is one of the best compact pickups on the market. It has a versatile pickup bed with under-bed storage, as well as a two-way tailgate. The Ridgeline’s bed is also wide enough between the rear wheels to carry items that rivals can’t. Further, the truck earns outstanding crash test scores and gets good fuel economy estimates from its standard V6 engine.

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We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 24 professional evaluations for this 2017 Honda Ridgeline review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?

There are 290 listings on our site for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Prices start at $28,500 and top out at $39,800, with the average list price sitting at $33,300. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are estimated to be $27,137. That’s above average for the compact pickup segment.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ridgeline?

The new 2019 Honda Ridgeline has a number of trims and configurations. Prices begin at $29,990 and reach above $43,000. Since there are very few differences between the two model years, we recommend sticking with the used model to save yourself some money.

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The 2017 Ridgeline has a higher average price than the base cost of any new truck in the compact pickup class. This makes sense considering it’s the only model in the class with a standard V6 engine. Add a V6 to any 2018 competitors, and you’ll pay a comparable price. It’s worth noting that – when properly equipped – the 2018 GMC Canyon and 2018 Chevrolet Colorado have much higher towing capacities. Also, the 2018 Nissan Frontier and 2018 Toyota Tacoma perform better off road.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Ridgeline Is Best?

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the first model in a new line of Ridgelines. The Ridgeline took a two-year production hiatus for 2015 and 2016, so the fully redesigned 2017 model has little in common with its predecessors. The 2018 model saw no major changes. Stick with the 2017 Ridgeline to save some money, without sacrificing many features.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has an almost perfect predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five, according to J.D. Power.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Recalls

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline has one active recall as of this writing. Water may leak into the rear wiring harness, which could activate the vehicle stability assist system and increase the risk of a crash.

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Which Used Honda Ridgeline Model Is Right for Me?

The segment-leading Ridgeline is available in seven trims: RT (base), RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition. The RT isn’t well-equipped. It only comes with push-button start, a seven-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch display screen. The RTS adds convenience features like remote start, proximity-key entry, and tri-zone automatic climate control. It’s the model that will appeal to most buyers.

The Sport has the same features as the RTS, but it adds exterior upgrades like 18-inch gray alloy wheels, black trim pieces, and a unique black paint color. The RTL trim has leather seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. The RTL-T is technology-focused, with an 8-inch infotainment touch screen, satellite-linked navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The top-of-the-line Black Edition builds on the fully loaded RTL-E trim with special exterior accents.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Ridgeline?

From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline earned a rating of Good (the highest score possible) in all of its crash tests, plus a Top Safety Pick+ designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ridgeline five out of five stars in its front and side crash tests, and four stars for the rollover test.

A rearview camera is standard in the Ridgeline, and several active safety features are available. Rear parking sensors, front parking sensors, automatic high-beam headlights, and Honda LaneWatch are available in some models. LaneWatch includes a camera mounted on the passenger-side rearview mirror to provide a wide-angle view of the truck’s passenger-side blind spot. The most available safety features come in higher trims. This includes Honda Sensing, which is a suite of driver assistance technologies like collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Ridgeline or 2017 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2017 Toyota Tacoma has better off-road capabilities than the 2017 Ridgeline. It also has the highest payload capacity in the class, which is important if you regularly fill your pickup’s bed. The Tacoma comes with the Entune infotainment system, a 6.1-inch touch screen, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone control. By comparison, the Ridgeline is pretty bare on standard features, but it does have a more refined interior and a stronger standard V6. If you need a family truck for hauling kids and their stuff to ballfields, the Ridgeline is the better choice. If you plan to do serious work, go with the Tacoma.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Ridgeline or 2017 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2017 Chevy Colorado is better than the Ridgeline in nearly all ways, though its safety and predicted reliability scores trail the Ridgeline’s. While the Ridgeline has a powerful V6 as standard, the Chevy’s available V6 is more powerful. The Colorado also offers a turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that gets one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class, as well as a towing capacity of 7,700 pounds – over 50 percent more than the Ridgeline. The Colorado is the easy choice if you plan to use your compact pickup for real work, but it’s no slouch inside either. For many, the Colorado will be the smarter choice overall. 

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2017 Ridgeline Performance

How Does the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Drive?

The front-wheel-drive 2017 Ridgeline has one of the most cushioned rides in the compact pickup class, and its suspension smooths out any shakiness, even when driving off road. The Ridgeline is available with all-wheel drive (AWD), and there are also several vehicle systems that work in conjunction with the AWD system to maximize traction and stability. The all-wheel-drive Ridgeline is best suited for snow, dirt, or sand – not rocky trails.

The 2017 Ridgeline is the only truck with a six-cylinder base engine. In fact, this 280-horsepower V6 is the most powerful base engine in the segment. It delivers good power and sufficient acceleration for all situations. The Ridgeline’s six-speed automatic transmission also shifts precisely.

Does the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive 2017 Ridgeline gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models dip 1 mpg city/highway. Most of the other trucks in the class get about the same fuel economy, but they have four-cylinder engines. The Ridgeline has better fuel economy than its V6-equipped rivals.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2017 Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. That’s enough for an ATV or a small boat. The Ridgeline’s maximum payload capacity is 1,584 pounds. Properly equipped rivals can tow more and have larger payload capacities.

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2017 Ridgeline Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Ridgeline Seat?

The 2017 Ridgeline seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather, heated, power-adjustable front seats available. The Ridgeline has one of the roomiest cabins in the compact pickup class. It’s a Crew Cab with front seats that will stay comfortable all day, and the rear seats have spacious room for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline?

There are three complete LATCH child-seat systems in the Ridgeline’s rear row. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the system as Acceptable, the second-highest rating. The top tether anchors are hard to find and use. The middle seat’s tether anchor can also be confused with other hardware.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Features

Standard features in this pickup truck include a seven-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch display screen. Available features include an in-bed audio system that turns the Ridgeline into a party vehicle. Other features found in some models include an in-bed power outlet; an 8-inch touch-screen audio system with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Pandora compatibility; and Siri Eyes Free. The touch screen’s controls are poorly organized, which can make them difficult to use.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline Dimensions

Honda Ridgeline Cargo Space

The 2017 Ridgeline is the only compact pickup that can fit 4-foot-wide items between the wheel wells. The dual-action tailgate opens two ways, swinging down or opening to the side like a door. The Ridgeline also has a built-in trunk hidden underneath the bed, which offers 7.3 cubic feet of space. There is a decent amount of space inside the cabin, and the rear seats fold in a couple of different ways to maximize space and fit items.

2017 Ridgeline Length and Weight

The 2017 Ridgeline is 17.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,242 pounds (with front-wheel drive) to 4,515 pounds (with all-wheel drive). It has a maximum payload capacity of 1,584 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Built?

Honda built the 2017 Ridgeline in Alabama.

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