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The prestigious award for North American Truck of the Year was handed out at the beginning of 2017, and it’s no surprise that the all-new Ridgeline took home the gold medal. But winning a first-place trophy means squat to any non-Ridgeline owner. Instead of allowing the truck to rest on its award-winning laurels, our Valley Honda Dealers are here to show you the 5 top reasons why the 2017 Ridgeline should be sitting in your driveway.

#5 – Feature-Packed Cabin

Cabin quality in the Ridgeline is downright exceptional—perhaps even the best in its class—thanks to comfortable seating for five passengers, soft-touch materials, and loads of features and equipment. For instance, the Ridgeline is outfitted with standard features like push-button start, a large center storage compartment, USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, and a vibrant 5-inch display. You can also add upgrades like an 8-inch touchscreen (with navigation), Android Auto/Apple CarPlay integration, Pandora streaming, and the Honda Sensing suite of safety systems (say that five times fast).

#4 – Loads of Variety

The 2017 Ridgeline went through a complete redesign, which brought on a series of changes, including seven available trims: RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition.

The Ridgeline RT and RTS sit lower on the totem pole but come with rearview cameras and the standard features mentioned above. They’re the best options for the infrequent truck driver, though the best value is found higher up.

Unique badging and upgraded 18-inch alloy wheels make the Ridgeline Sport appear different from the outside, while standard gear like remote start and tri-zone climate control help give the interior a bit of character.

The RTL, RTL-T, and RTL-E trims offer a bit more, such as heated leather seats, an improved infotainment system, and audio streaming.

The Black Edition is fully loaded with unique black leather seats, wheels, and exterior trimmings. It has a standard moonroof, power sliding rear window, AWD, Honda Sensing features, and a Ridgeline-exclusive in-bed audio system (more on that later).

Find your closest Valley Honda Dealers location to view our available Ridgelines for sale or lease. We’ll happily find you the ideal model that fits your lifestyle best.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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#3 – Unrivaled Performance & Horsepower

A 3.5-liter V6 is the Ridgeline’s base engine, and it produces a staggering 280 horsepower, which is more than most competitors. It delivers power superbly, even when weighed down and on steep inclines—thanks, Hill Start Assist—and can tow a maximum of about 5,000 pounds. For a compact pickup, that’s quite a hefty amount. What’s best about the Ridgeline is that it won’t gulp fuel; an EPA-estimated rating of 19 city/26 highway mpg is exceptional for a pickup equipped with a V6.

#2 – Sedan-like Safety

Honda hasn’t ever been frugal when it comes to safety, and the Ridgeline is undeniable proof to that fact. While other pickup trucks lag behind sedans and SUVs in the safety department, the 2017 Ridgeline excels. It went all “flying colors” on its federal crash tests, earning a five-star overall rating, and accomplished another impressive feat: Receiving an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. No other large pickup truck has the same safety grades as the 2017 Ridgeline—not by a long shot—which includes an unbeatable “Superior” rating in the IIHS’s Front Crash Prevention category.

2017 Honda Ridgeline, A Tailgater's BFF

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#3 – Unrivaled Performance & Horsepower

A 3.5-liter V6 is the Ridgeline’s base engine, and it produces a staggering 280 horsepower, which is more than most competitors. It delivers power superbly, even when weighed down and on steep inclines—thanks, Hill Start Assist—and can tow a maximum of about 5,000 pounds. For a compact pickup, that’s quite a hefty amount. What’s best about the Ridgeline is that it won’t gulp fuel; an EPA-estimated rating of 19 city/26 highway mpg is exceptional for a pickup equipped with a V6.

#2 – Sedan-like Safety

Honda hasn’t ever been frugal when it comes to safety, and the Ridgeline is undeniable proof to that fact. While other pickup trucks lag behind sedans and SUVs in the safety department, the 2017 Ridgeline excels. It went all “flying colors” on its federal crash tests, earning a five-star overall rating, and accomplished another impressive feat: Receiving an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. No other large pickup truck has the same safety grades as the 2017 Ridgeline—not by a long shot—which includes an unbeatable “Superior” rating in the IIHS’s Front Crash Prevention category.

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#1 – A Tailgater’s BFF

If you’re a tailgater, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline is sure to be the most convenient truck you’ve ever had.

The in-bed audio system, as mentioned earlier, is exclusive to the Ridgeline, and pumps out the tunes for all the stadium to hear. Plug in a large TV to the truck’s in-bed power outlet (150W/400W) to watch all of the day’s action while you man the grill. Transform the in-bed trunk into a cooler—it comes with a drain plug for this very occasion—and you’ll have 7.3 cubic feet of room to cool your beverages. The truck bed also features a dual-hinged door, allowing you to swing it down in traditional fashion or to the side for easier access to smaller items.

Become One with the New Honda Ridgeline

Whether you’re a longtime truck owner or looking at your options, now’s the time to embrace the newest pickup in town: The 2017 Honda Ridgeline. It’s got all the makings of a world-class vehicle and has set the bar very high—perhaps too high for its rivals to contend with.

For residents in or around Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, AZ, visit your nearest Valley Honda Dealers to take a look at our selection of all-new Honda Ridgeline trucks for sale and lease. In addition to the incredible Ridgeline, our Phoenix Honda dealers also have other new Honda models and used cars available, so you’ll always find an affordable vehicle when shopping with us.

Sources & Photos:

http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline

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

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

https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/honda/ridgeline#full-review