For the past several months we have wondered when Honda would finally have the fuel mileage numbers for the new Ridgeline.
With a resurgence of the midsized pickup truck market, mostly thanks to the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, Honda has decided to re-enter the market with a new version of the Ridgeline that will give us a vehicle that has a different build than the rest and should be a serious consideration when it comes to this market and the needs of more of the customers that shop for a midsized pickup truck for their needs.
Why do you need a midsized pickup truck? Normally this size truck is needed for those who know they will have some weekend work to be done that can’t be handled by an SUV. With an open bed and the crew cab style, the entire family can ride along in the truck to a destination of fun or out to the hardware store to select the items needed for the weekend projects. This is the size pickup that makes it easy to drive and maneuver while offering you reasonable fuel mileage on the road to ensure you won’t feel you gave up fuel mileage in favor of pickup power.
The new Honda Ridgeline has a few things going for it over some of the other midsized pickups on the market. First of all, when you think of the Ridgeline the picture of the old model may come to mind, but this new one actually looks like a truck rather than appearing to be a blended vehicle. The benefit that comes with this type of look is that we accept it more. Even with this new look, the Ridgeline is still a unibody construction which means it will give you a great ride and one that is less truck-like than the other models in the market. This is a truck that also brings in great features like under the bed storage and even speakers in the bed to allow you to listen along while you work.
Everything we wanted to know was presented to us at the Detroit Auto Show earlier in the year except the fuel numbers. Now we have them and the 2017 AWD mode will offer us 18 city/25 hwy mpg. This keeps it in line with the others in the segment as this is better than the Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma which both are within a couple miles per gallon of the new Ridgeline.
This truck is also available in the FWD version and with this, it will receive a rating of 19 city/26 hwy mpg. This truck will not be offered with a four-cylinder engine at all, which means that if you need to have maximum fuel efficiency you should find one of the four-cylinder trucks to be your weekend warrior. Even though you can’t have a smaller engine with it you can certainly enjoy the power and the good fuel numbers that make this a truck that can get the job done for you no matter what your needs are.
The new Ridgeline will be offered for the market for the 2017 model year and will certainly be a strong competitor in the market that has been revitalized by the GM products that have forced others to improve their products. Is the Ridgeline right for you? Now that you have the fuel numbers it may be time to give this truck a chance.