Honda’s unconventional pickup is back, and our first drive of the 2017 Ridgeline reveals it’s a promising take on the unibody mid-size truck. We also now haveÂ full pricing for the Ridgeline, which goes on sale this June. Unlike the previous-generation RidgelineÂ that was AWD only, the new pickup offers front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive as an option, making for a broad range of prices, starting at $30,375 and going all the way up to $43,770 for a fully loaded model.
Those numbersÂ don’t seem at allÂ in step with the competition when you look at theÂ Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacomaâs base prices of $20,995 and $22,485. But those prices are for extended-cab models with four-cylinder engines, while the Ridgeline comes only as a crew cab with a V-6 engine. Comparing apples to apples, the Ridgeline starts at $3415Â more than a base Colorado V-6 crew cab and $840Â moreÂ than the cheapest Tacoma V-6 crew cab.
The Ridgeline also comes well equipped to start. The base RT trim level has a decent level of standard equipment, including a rearviewÂ camera, keyless start, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a seven-speaker stereo. To that, the $32,415 RTS adds remote start, tri-zone automatic climate control, and keyless entry. Next up is the $33,915 Sport, which gains some black exterior trim, gray wheels, and red lighting for the footwell. If you want Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, you’ll have to step up to the $36,830 RTL-T, while the $42,270 RTL-E trim comes with a suite of active safety features including adaptive cruise control, lane-departure prevention, blind-spot warning, and automatic emergency braking. Finally, the Ridgeline Black Edition sits atop the lineup. At $43,770, it is fully decked out with all of the RTL-E’s equipment along with a blacked-out exterior and red ambient lighting for the interior.
Opting for all-wheel drive costs $1800 for RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, and RTL-T trim levels; the topmost RTL-E and Black Edition trimsÂ areÂ all-wheel drive only.Â As is typical with Honda, there are no standalone factory options, although plenty of dealer-installed accessories are offered, including a roof rack, fender flares, running boards, a skid plate, and a towing kit.