The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Performance and Towing
- Power: Capable of up to 280 hp (at 6,000 RPM), the Ridgeline’s standard engine overpowers competing models from both Toyota and Nissan, with the 2016 Tacoma managing only 161 hp and the 2016 Frontier hitting 261 hp.
- Torque: Torque ratings for the Ridgeline reach as high as 262 lb-ft (4,700 RPM), going toe-to-toe with the Frontier and leaving the Tacoma’s 180 lb-ft feeling puny.
- Transmission: A smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Ridgeline, available with a heavy-duty transmission cooler on all-wheel drive models.
Each trim level of the Ridgeline has all-wheel drive available (it’s standard on the RTL-E and the Black Edition), bringing improved traction on slick or uneven pavement and offering the confidence you need to combat Michigan winters. All-wheel drive models also bring improved towing capacity while drivers looking for a more efficient pickup can eke out an extra point of fuel economy on Ridgeline 2WD trucks (towing and fuel economy are both detailed below).
- 2017 Ridgeline 2WD: Ridgeline 2WD models are rated at an EPA-estimated 26 highway mpg and 19 city mpg for 22 mpg combined city/highway.* For comparison, the 2016 Tacoma 2WD manages just 23 highway mpg while the 2016 Frontier 2WD is rated at only at 22 highway mpg.
- 2017 Ridgeline AWD: Stepping up to the Ridgeline AWD brings improved traction and towing capabilities while remaining efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city for 21 mpg combined.* The competing 2016 Chevy Silverado 4WD (24 highway mpg), 2016 Tacoma 4×4 (22 highway mpg), and 2016 Nissan Frontier 4×4 (21 highway mpg) all fall behind.
The Ridgeline isn’t just magically efficient; Honda engineers have worked on building some of the most powerful and efficient engines for their SUVs and pickup trucks. Technology like variable cylinder management lets the engine run on fewer cylinders when coasting to improve fuel economy, and the standard Eco Assist system is designed to coach drivers into more efficient driving habits.
- 2017 Ridgeline 2WD: Hook the trailer up and tow as much as 3,500 pounds with the full power of the 280-hp 3.5L V6. Competing two-wheel drive models like the Colorado and Tacoma both max out at 3,500 pounds but have a lower GVWR than the 5,710 pounds of the Ridgeline, giving them less towing and hauling potential.
- 2017 Ridgeline AWD: Sending torque to all four wheels does more than improve traction; it improves towing capacity as well. The Ridgeline AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds, besting the Tacoma 4×4’s 3,500-pound towing capacity and featuring a greater GVWR than it, the Colorado, and the Frontier at 6,019 pounds.
Between a max towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and a GVWR of 6,019 pounds, it’s tough to think of anything the 2017 Honda Ridgeline performance specs can’t handle. While many drivers might think they need a full-size truck, we think it’s clear that the Ridgeline has your bases covered.
*Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.