Let’s face it, when you think of Honda, you don’t automatically think of trucks. Rather, you think of stylish sedans, spacious minivans, and versatile SUVs. But that all changed on January 9th when Honda’s all-new 2017 Ridgeline pickup was named “North American Tru

ck and Utility Vehicle of the Year” at the prestigious North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

Ridgeline Sends F-150 Home.

The Ridgeline beat out the legendary F-150 Super Duty by 364 votes to 193 votes, with the Nissan Titan receiving just 72 votes. Take a moment to let that astonishing fact sink in The Ridgeline beat one of America’s best-selling trucks by almost double!

Judges Praise Ridgeline’s Innovative Features.

How was this possible? According to the judges, comprised of 60 members of the automotive press, some of the biggest selling points were the Ridgeline’s “…car-style chassis that delivers a smoother ride than most pickups.” Jurors also praised the Ridgeline’s ingenious hidden under-bed cargo compartment and unique double-hinged tailgate that can open either traditionally or from the side.

All of us here at your local Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix can honestly say that we’re not surprised. When the completely redesigned Ridgeline first debuted, we immediately knew that Honda had a winner on its hands.

2017 Honda Ridgelines Stunning New Design

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Ridgeline’s Stunning New Design.

Honda’s team of designers penned a knock-out new look for the Ridgeline, incorporating traditional pickup elements with snazzy car-like features up front. The result is a truck that blends together the perfect combination of ruggedness and refinement. The Ridgeline’s front end is dominated by a large horizontal grill flanked by distinctive LED headlights with auto on/off daytime running lights. The Ridgeline’s smooth flanks are accentuated by large wheel wells and muscular available sport alloy wheels. Not only does the Ridgeline’s rear feature the aforementioned double-hinged tailgate, but it also offers new LED taillights, a convenient step bumper, and a classic truck-like appearance.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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A Truckload Of Ingenuity.

The Ridgeline’s truck bed is a marvel of innovation that certainly got the judges’ attention. The Ridgeline’s accommodating bed can swallow a 4′ X 8′ sheet of plywood with ease. And the lockable 7.3 cubic foot In-Bed Trunk® with drain plug expands the Ridgeline’s cargo capacity without sacrificing bed utility. A neat trick. Other innovations include an available 150W/400W power outlet and industry-first Truck Bed Audio System. If this isn’t the perfect truck for tailgating and outdoor fun, then we don’t know what is.

 

2017 Honda Ridgeline Spacious Interior

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Spacious Interior. Exceptional Performance.

Equally impressive is the Ridgeline’s spacious and accommodating interior. With ample room for 5, it also offers a host of innovations, such as unique 60/40 Split Lift-Up Rear Seats, Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, and class-leading passenger volume. The Ridgeline’s cabin also closely resembles its cousin, the award-winning Pilot SUV. Like the Pilot, the Ridgeline comes with an available 8-inch Display Audio Touchscreen, 4.2-inch Multi-Information Display, steering wheel mounted controls, oversized cup holders, and push button start/stop. You’ll also get Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, along with a host of other tech-savvy features.

The Ridgeline is powered by Honda’s spirited, 3.5-liter 280-hp, i-VTEC™ V6 engine with up to a 5,000-pound towing capacity. It also can be ordered with Honda’s advanced available i-VTM4 AWD System with Intelligent Traction Management.

The award-winning 2017 Ridgeline is available in RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, and RTL-T trim levels. A unique Black Edition in Crystal Black Pearl with special black 18-inch sport wheels, Black Edition leather interior, and red instrumentation is also available.

Get An Award-Winning Deal On The New Ridgeline.

Discover for yourself why the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline took home one of the automotive industry’s most prestigious awards. Visit one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers today and take one for a test drive. We’re positive that it will get your enthusiastic “thumbs up!”

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Sources:

http://northamericancaroftheyear.org/

http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline

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