We now know what is perhaps one of the most important metrics for potential buyers of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline: Fuel economy. The automaker revealed today that the Ridgeline will return 19/26 mpg (city/highway) with front-wheel drive, and 18/25 mpg when equipped with all-wheel drive.
To put those numbers into perspective, the old Honda Ridgeline, which came only with all-wheel drive, scored 15/21 mpg in EPA testing.
The Ridgeline’s figures also stack up well against V-6 versions of America’s two newest midsize pickup trucks, the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon. The 2016 Toyota Tacoma returns 19/24 mpg with rear-wheel drive and its V-6 engine, or 18/23 mpg with four-wheel drive (which falls to 17/20 mpg for the Crew Cab 4WD.) The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, meanwhile, return 18/26 mpg with rear-drive and a V-6 engine, and 17/24 mpg for the V-6 version.
The diesel Colorado/Canyon models, however, handily trump the Ridgeline’s fuel economy figures. They return 22/31 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 20/29 with four-wheel drive.
The all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline was introduced earlier this year at the Detroit auto show. It has more traditional truck-like styling than its predecessor, and continues to be a unibody design compared to the body-on-frame construction of the Colorado/Canyon and Tacoma. Configurations are somewhat limited, as buyers can pick only one bed length with a four-door cab. The only engine choice is a 3.5-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Though we’re still waiting on more specific numbers, Honda estimates the new Ridgeline will have a payload capacity of about 1,600 lb. The truck’s bed is 5.4 inches wider and 4.0 inches longer than before.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline goes on sale later this year, with pricing to be announced closer to that time.