2017 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup in a crossover body – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

When Honda pulled the Ridgeline midsize pickup from the market in 2014, it appeared the segment would go with it. Gone were the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Only the low-selling Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma remained.

The Ridgeline is back for 2017 at a time when the midsize pickup segment is resurgent. Using the architecture of the car-based Pilot crossover, the redesigned Ridgeline has lost its unique styling, which was characterized by boxy fender flares and the “flying buttresses” behind the cab. The 2017 looks more like a Pilot than a pickup.

While car-based pickups might do well in other countries, they never really caught on here. The Ridgeline’s crossover utility vehicle roots give it the most interior cargo space with the rear seats folded, but it trades towing capability for crossover refinement.

The four-wheel-drive Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups tow 2,000 pounds more than a similarly equipped V-6 all-wheel-drive Ridgeline. The Ridgeline gets only 1 mpg more than the Colorado.


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