Whether hauling around a boat or helping a buddy move out of his mom’s basement, you and your pickup are saviors of the road. But the convenience of owning a truck doesn’t mean that all trucks are created equal. In fact, it’s quite the opposite, as the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has proven. With some world-class towing capabilities, style for days, and innovative Ridgeline-only features, Honda’s midsize truck is anything but standard. Here’s how it stacks up to its rival, the 2017 Chevy Colorado.

The Specifics (Engine, Max Towing, Dimensions, Etc.)

For 2017, the Honda Ridgeline (in AWD) features a boisterous 3.5L V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is fitted into each Ridgeline trim (RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, Black Edition). All Ridgelines have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds—one of the best in its class—and are rated at 25 MPG on the highway.

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado sports a base 2.5L inline-four engine that produces 200 horsepower and just 191 lb.-ft. of torque. Its 24 highway MPGs and 3,500-lb. towing capacity make it a step below the Ridgeline.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado

Photo: Chevrolet.com

When comparing the dimensions of the Colorado vs. Ridgeline, it’s quite obvious that Honda’s truck is more accommodating to drivers and passengers. The 2017 Ridgeline seats five comfortably thanks to 109.7 cubic feet of passenger volume and rear legroom that totals 36.7 inches. The Colorado realistically has room for just four passengers, and its rear legroom equals a trivial 28.6 inches.

Let’s head out to the truck beds; the 2017 Colorado has a bed width of just over 44 inches to the wheel wells, while the Ridgeline’s bed offers 50 inches from wheel to wheel. The Ridgeline also has additional storage space thanks to its exclusive in-bed trunk (7.4 cu. ft.) and a second-row compartment (2.9 cu. ft.). The Colorado? Sorry, you’re stuck with a truck that lives on Adequate Ave.

The Ridgeline’s Exclusive Features

Throw in the towel, because this Ridgeline vs. Colorado match is about to end.

With the 2017 Ridgeline, technology shares the same stage as towing ability—and it’s all the better for it. Owners will fall in love with standard features like remote engine start (on all but RT trims), TPMS with Tire Fill Assist, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth. But what makes the Ridgeline truly magical are its class-exclusive features.

A dual-action tailgate swings down in traditional fashion, offering a 300-pound weight limit. As its name would suggest, its second form (the “dual” option) swings out to the left, so can access the bed with a bit more ease.

The Ridgeline’s Exclusive Features

Photo: automobiles.honda.com

The aforementioned in-bed trunk benefits greatly from the Ridgeline’s dual-action tailgate; just pivot it out and to the side, and you’ll have access to the entire 7.4 cubic feet hidden underneath the bed liner. Ideal for tailgating, the in-bed trunk can be transformed into an 82-qt ice cooler complete with drain plug and lock. For your everyday tasks, the trunk’s built-in bag hooks and cargo dividers are as handy as you’d expect.

The Ridgeline’s Features

Photo: automobiles.honda.com

We’re not done with that truck bed; the Ridgeline also features a 150W/400W Truck-Bed Outlet, which allows you to catch up on all the Sunday action, even while you tailgate at University of Phoenix Stadium. Also featured in the back is an industry-first (and class-only) Truck Bed Audio System that is separate from the in-cabin stereo. Pump some tunes straight through your phone or tablet the next time you tackle a Phoenix landscaping project.

The 2017 Colorado offers cookie-cutter tech inside and out, and any personality comes from add-on accessories. But the all-new Ridgeline is ready to roll right out of its proverbial box.

The Award-Winning Ridgeline

Not many trucks can claim victory in the way the 2017 Ridgeline has.

For 2017, Honda’s pickup offers the following standard and optional active- and passive-safety features or systems:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Collision Mitigation Braking
  • Blind Spot Information
  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Multi-angle Rearview Camera
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Truck Bed Lights

These safety features helped the Ridgeline earn a 5-star Overall Safety Rating by the NHTSA (the Colorado has a 4-star rating) as well as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, which is nearly unheard of with a pickup truck.

Perhaps that’s why the 2017 Honda Ridgeline also won this year’s North American Truck of the Year Award, beating out competitors like the Chevy Colorado and the Ford F-Series on its way to the top.

Make Life Easier with a New Ridgeline in Phoenix

If you’re kicking yourself for not choosing the Ridgeline when you shopped for a new truck last time, don’t worry—this all-star Honda model isn’t going anywhere! Come take a test drive at any of our Valley Honda Dealers in Phoenix, Tempe, Scottsdale, or the surrounding Arizona areas. Our Honda dealers guarantee that you’ll find yourself with a new best friend in the 2017 Ridgeline.  We accept trade-ins and can help you with a lease or loan on a Ridgeline or any of our other new Honda vehicles.

 

 

Sources & Photos:

http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline

http://www.chevrolet.com/colorado-mid-size-truck

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/ridgeline-crew-cab-pickup/2017

https://www.nhtsa.gov/vehicle/2017/HONDA/RIDGELINE

http://northamericancaroftheyear.org/