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2017 Honda Ridgeline Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

Honda employs soft-touch materials like leatherette across the dashboard and many other surfaces throughout the cabin, giving the Ridgeline a quality look and feel that's not generally found in a compact pickup. The cabin is arguably the nicest in the class, and it remains quiet on the highway.

The seats are spacious and supportive, and the Ridgeline has the most diverse tech offerings in the class. It offers more driver assistance features than the competition, and it has features like an in-bed audio system that aren't found in any other trucks.

The audio system isn't the bed's only virtue, either. The bed is one of the widest in the class, allowing you to fit 4-foot-wide items between the wheel wells, and there's a built-in trunk under the bed that allows for the storage of various items.

  • "The Honda's cabin tech offerings are on par with my favorite Chevrolet Colorado's and head-and-shoulders better than the Tacoma's Entune setup. Factor in its much more spacious cabin, quieter ride and ability to fit bulky items inside its cabin thanks to its flexible rear seating, and the Honda starts to look pretty good." -- CNET
  • "Materials are a step above what you'd expect in this segment, including soft touch materials throughout the Ridgeline's cabin. Rear doors use hard plastics, but Honda says that's as much a function of durability as it is cost cutting." -- Left Lane News
  • "As before, the interior of the Ridgeline positively embarrasses the competition. It feels enormous and comfortable front and rear." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The 2017 Ridgeline is only available in a crew cab body style, and it has one of the roomiest interiors in the class. It seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a reconfigurable rear seat that lets you fold up the seat bottoms for extra storage space if you need it. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

When you're in the driver's seat, forward visibility is excellent, as you have a remarkable view of the road ahead. The available power-adjustable seats make it easy to find a comfortable driving position, and the seats remain supportive even on longer drives.

Some compact pickup trucks have claustrophobic rear seats that are only comfortable for kids. Not the Ridgeline. The rear seats have plenty of space for adults to ride, and even taller passengers will have satisfactory head- and legroom.

  • "The Ridgeline's front seats offer all-day comfort with good thigh support. There is plenty of headroom in either seat, but the dashboard does somewhat intrude on passenger foot room, though not enough to be a serious complaint. The Ridgeline offers the most passenger volume of any mid-size pickup and rear seat passengers are the biggest beneficiaries of that fact. Even those over six-feet tall will find more than enough head and legroom. … The seating position in the Ridgeline is the best in the mid-size category. You have a more commanding view of the road in the Ridgeline than in the Chevy Colorado and there's no issue of a 'chopped' roofline obstructing outward visibility like in the Toyota Tacoma." -- Left Lane News
  • "It's roomy inside, with more hip and shoulder room than the Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Ridgeline include push-button start, a rearview camera, and a seven-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch center stack display screen.

Available features include a truck bed audio system; an in-bed power outlet; tri-zone automatic climate control; HD Radio; satellite radio; a power sliding rear window; a power moonroof; Honda LaneWatch; blind spot monitoring; rear cross traffic alert; front and rear parking sensors; an 8-inch touch-screen audio system with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Pandora compatibility; and Siri Eyes Free, which lets you send texts, check emails, and more using voice commands.

Also available is the Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies. It includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

The standard features you'll find in the Ridgeline are fairly typical for the class, but it looks to stand out with the available features it offers. Android Auto and Apple Carplay seamlessly integrate your smartphone with your vehicle, and Siri Eyes Free lets you perform a number of tasks with just a few simple voice commands.

Many other compact trucks have a rearview camera and one or two other active safety features. Because of the Honda Sensing package, the Ridgeline is available with the largest number of driver assistance features in the class, including some, like adaptive cruise control, that are uncommon in class rivals.

Despite the Ridgeline’s panoply of features, there are still a few drawbacks. The touch-screen audio system leaves something to be desired, as the interface isn't that intuitive. However, the touch screen conveniently responds to smartphone-style pinch and swipe gestures, and you can operate it while you're wearing gloves. There are also redundant physical buttons for most functions.

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  • "Tech features are another area in which the Ridgeline's more civilized roots place it ahead of the class's top sellers. Adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning and assist, and blind-spot monitors are all available. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but no matter how much tech you pack in, we're a long way from accepting Honda's touchscreen infotainment system, which is organized about as logically as the tiles on your Samsung Galaxy's home screen when you turned it on for the first time in the store." -- Car and Driver
  • "Trucks typically aren't known for their high-tech features, but the Ridgeline steps up to the plate with the full suite of Honda Sensing driver aid technologies." -- CNET
  • "The 2017 Ridgeline is the only vehicle in its class to offer semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist. Buyers will also appreciate convenience technologies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and available Garmin navigation." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The Ridgeline's bed affords you great flexibility when hauling cargo. It's the only bed in the class that's wide enough to fit 4-foot-wide items (like sheets of plywood or drywall) on the floor between the wheel wells. The bed is also constructed of a fiber-reinforced SMC composite, meaning that unlike most trucks that have steel beds, the Ridgeline doesn't need a bed liner.

The Ridgeline offers features that you won't find among competitors, like its dual-action tailgate, which can open by folding down the traditional way or swinging to the side. Another unique feature is the in-bed trunk. It's a compartment under the floor of the bed that allows you a fair amount of extra storage space. The trunk has a flat floor and also a drain plug, so you can fill it full of ice to use as a cooler at tailgates.

Speaking of tailgates, the Ridgeline may be the ultimate tailgate vehicle thanks to two other nifty features. The RTL-E and Black Edition trims are available with an in-bed audio system, which is a feature not offered on any other truck. The system includes six weatherproof audio exciters that resonate through the bed walls, effectively turning them into speakers. There's also an AC power outlet in the bed that puts out up to 400 watts of power with the engine running – enough to power a television.

It's not all fun and games for the Ridgeline's bed, however. The tailgate and bed floor are higher off the ground than class rivals like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, which will make loading cargo more difficult when dealing with heavy items.

There's plenty of storage space in the cabin as well. Split-folding rear seats are standard, and the seat bottoms also fold up, allowing enough space behind the front seats to load a flat-screen television or a mountain bike with the wheels intact. There's also ample storage under the rear seats, and you can stow a set of golf clubs underneath with the seats folded down.

  • "There's a downside to the bed-based tech: height. The tailgate and bed floor of the Ridgeline are noticeably higher than in the Colorado or Tacoma-about on par with a much higher-riding, heavy-duty full-size truck. This can make it tougher to get items up and into the bed, especially for shorter users." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "About that tailgate: as was the case before, the Ridgeline has the innovative combination of a traditional tailgate plus a station wagon-like side-hinged action. The in-bed trunk also returns. It's large enough to hold a big cooler or a golf bag, and is very easy to access (as long as you don't have a lot of rocks or cargo in the bed). The trunk also has a drain plug, welcome when tailgating. The Ridgeline may be the best-in-class tailgate vehicle. If you want to run an appliance, say a blender or a TV, you can use the available 400-watt AC power outlet in the bed. Just make sure you're using a device or an extension cord with two prongs. Adding to the tailgate experience is the in-bed audio, which provides clear sound and is easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside the cabin the Ridgeline uses flip-up rear seats, making it easier to haul bigger items like a mountain bike or flatscreen TV. Those rear seats also have permanent storage underneath, so you can stash stuff like a tool box or golf bag." -- Left Lane News

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