If you put the new Honda Ridgeline unibody pickup truck next to the first-generation version, they bear virtually no resemblance to each other except for the Honda "H" badge on the grille. The profile, the fascia and pretty much the whole overall aesthetic are totally different from one another. Honda came back with this new truck from a blank slate and pretty much undid any preconceived notions about what it was going to look like. Thankfully, it's still a pickup truck for non-pickup truck people and drives incredibly well.
But Honda's first effort was a great one, carving out a niche where other manufacturers dared not go. The new truck does the same thing but in a more civilized fashion. They now offer it in Black Edition trim ($42,870 base MSRP), which is wholly consistent with the urban ethos that the Ridgeline communicates. It looks different from every other Ridgeline in the Honda stable and thankfully does so without going over the top in terms of aesthetics.
Here are highlights of the Ridgeline Black Edition:
- All Ridgelines are based on a front wheel drive chassis shared with 3-row, 7-passenger Pilot crossover, but the Ridgeline makes use of high-strength steel in its chassis that the Pilot doesn't possess.
- The new Ridgeline eschews the strange buttresses between the bed and cab,
insteademploying a standard truck bed that's four inches longer than the old one, giving more utility and easier usage.
- The urban pickup truck is powered by a naturally aspirated, 3.5-liter V6 that's good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. It sends the power to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic with optional all-wheel drive.
- All-wheel drive increases ground clearance from 7.3 inches to 7.9 and
bumpsup the tow rating from 3,500 pounds to a full 5,000. Though that's not a huge number compared to body-on-frame trucks, it drives better in the city and on paved roads than any other pickup truck on the market, thanks to a fully independent suspension. It's also quieter and more responsive to steering inputs, making it more manageable in urban traffic.
- One of the Ridgeline's best features for city living is the in-bed trunk that allows for secured storage under the floor of the bed.
- The darkened state of the Black Edition is unique for the model and comes with Crystal Black Pearl exterior paint, 18" Black painted alloy wheels, a contrasting gold grille
barand Black Edition perforated leather seats.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is further set apart thanks to Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High-Beam Headlights and a Blind Spot Monitoring System with Cross Traffic Monitor.
The Black Edition also comes standard with Heated power side mirrors with memory, One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, Power sliding rear window, Front and rear parking sensors, Heated leather-strapped steering wheel and the versatile Truck-Bed Audio System.