2017 Ridgeline | Overview
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the second generation of Honda’s innovative midsize pickup truck, redesigned from the ground up to offer both recreational and work users a higher degree of utility and versatility in a modern, rugged and sophisticated midsize pickup with the largest and most flexible cabin in its class; a higher level of confident and refined dynamic performance; and robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities, including a class-leading maximum 1,584 pound payload capacity (varies by trim) and up to 5,000-pound towing (LX AWD and higher grades)
Based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform – with its highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unitized body construction, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) safety body structure, and fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers – the 2017 Honda Ridgeline offers vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision compared to conventional body-on-frame truck offerings, along with the top-in-class cabin quietness and anticipated collision safety performance.
Combining this new platform with a more powerful and efficient direct-injected 3.5-liter i-VTEC™ V-6 engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission with wider ratio spread, and available new Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (iVTM-4™) torque-vectoring all-wheel drive – the most advanced AWD technology in the midsize truck class – results in class-leading nrCan fuel economy ratings along with superior all-weather traction and handling capability and robust medium-duty off-road performance.
The 2017 Ridgeline also offers customers an expanded array of standard and available premium features and technologies, including a new standard 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility and an available new generation of Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. A wide array of new standard and available equipment includes Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Push-Button Start, Remote Engine Start, Smart Entry, a power sliding rear window, LED exterior and interior lighting and more.
The second-generation Ridgeline was designed, developed and is manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts. Its exterior and interior design was conducted by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in its Los Angeles design studio, while vehicle development was undertaken at the company’s Raymond, Ohio, new-model development centre. Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, LLC, in Lincoln, Ala., is the exclusive manufacturing home for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.
General Dimensions & Weights
Track (in, front/rear)
Bed length (mm)
Curb weight (kg., base)
Weight Dist. (%, front/rear)
Max Payload (kg) (varies by trim level)
Major New Features
i-VTEC V-6 with Variable Cylinder Management
6-speed automatic transmission
Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4)
Intelligent Traction Management System
Amplitude Reactive Dampers
LED Daytime Running Lights
LED projector headlights with Auto high-beam
Fixed rear window with defroster
Power sliding rear window with defroster
Remote Engine Start
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
Blind Spot Information System
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
Truck Bed Audio System
115V in-bed power outlet
4.2-inch colourcolour LCD screen
8-inch touchscreen Display Audio System with Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
City / Highway / Combined
Premium Style and Features
The all-new 2017 Ridgeline sports a sleek, sophisticated and rugged exterior design, incorporating new premium features including standard LED taillights, and available features such as LED projector headlights and LED daytime running lights.
The premium quality of the new Ridgeline carries over to the interior, where designers have applied high quality, soft-touch materials throughout the cabin and added thoughtful details such as LED map lighting. Additional high-end amenities include a standard 4.2-inch colour display, standard heated front seats and available heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and ventilated front seats. All models also come standard with a Class III towing hitch and AWD modes add a 7-pin wiring connector.
The Ridgeline’s 60/40-split and folding rear seat offers roomy seating for up to three passengers and, with the seat bottoms folded up, has the capacity to carry bulky items like a 47-inch flat screen television or a mountain bike with the wheel intact. Exclusive in its class, the Ridgeline’s large under-seat storage area can carry long items, such as golf clubs, with the rear seats folded down.
Innovative and Versatile Pickup Bed
The 2017 Ridgeline’s new UV-stabilized ultra-high strength steel-reinforced SMC composite bed is longer (+3.9 inches/99.1mm) and wider (+5.5 inches/139.7mm) than in the previous model and is the only bed in the midsize class that can flat haul 4-foot-wide items, such as drywall or plywood panels on the floor between the wheel wells. Importantly, it does not require a bed liner like conventional steel beds. The new Ridgeline bed also boasts numerous Honda-exclusive features and capabilities, including a highly versatile Dual-Action Tailgate, a redesigned In-Bed Trunk™ with fully flat floor, and available world’s first Truck Bed Audio System, making this new Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. An available 115V AC in-bed power outlet with up to 400-watt charging (with engine running) and eight standard 350-pound tie-down cleats complete the Ridgeline’s capable and versatile bed design.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a new 3.5-liter direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC™ V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™), mated to a wide ratio 6-speed automatic transmission. Peak engine output of 280 horsepower (+30HP over the previous model) and 262 lb.-ft. of torque (+15 lb.-ft.), along with a 35.4kg average reduction in curb weight and a more aerodynamically efficient exterior design, combine to deliver the quickest acceleration and help the Ridgeline receive the highest nrCAN fuel-economy ratings in the midsize pickup truck class. See the Powertrain section for more information.
the 2017 Ridgeline comes standard with an all-wheel-drive drivetrain layouts. All-wheel-drive models utilize Honda’s newest and most advanced AWD technology – Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4). This entirely more capable system offers reduced weight, improved all-weather traction and enhanced dynamic handling capability. Honda i-VTM4 progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels, with the capacity to overdrive the outside rear wheel by 2.7 percent to create a yaw moment that improves cornering precision.
Intelligent Traction Management
This new Ridgeline features a button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers different operating modes, Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world – including Imperial Dunes "Glamis", California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates – the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle's centre console. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, Vehicle Stability Assist™ and i-VTM4 torque distribution for AWD-equipped models for optimal performance in a variety of road or surface conditions. See the Powertrain section for more information.
The new Ridgeline delivers the most advanced technology and connectivity that Honda has to offer, including a standard 8-inch capacitive touchscreen Display Audio connectivity interface with both Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility for seamless integration of compatible smartphone features and functions, including smartphone-powered navigation capabilities.
The 2017 Ridgeline can also be equipped with a newly designed Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ featuring improved graphics and new capabilities, including 3D renderings of terrain, buildings and road signs, improved lane guidance, live search function and more. Additional standard and available technologies include HD Radio, SiriusXM 2.0 and up to four USB ports including two with 2.5-amp charging capability.
Advanced Safety Performance
Utilizing Honda’s second-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure and “3-bone” front floor construction, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems and available Honda Sensing™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, the 2017 Ridgeline targets the highest available crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) including an a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ score from the IIHS, including a GOOD rating in the Institute’s rigorous small overlap frontal collision test.
Honda Sensing™ is the most comprehensive suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features standard in the midsize pickup truck segment and includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The 2017 Ridgeline, depending on trim, can also be equipped with Honda LaneWatch™, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and a blind spot information system; and all Ridgeline’s come equipped with a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera.
Standard safety features include four-channel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; Trailer Stability Assist; Agile Handling Assist; dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, driver and front passenger side airbags and side-curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions; and a new Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with real-time display of individual tire pressures. See the Safety and Driver Assistance section for more information.
2017 Ridgeline | Powertrain
The 2017 Ridgeline benefits from a completely reengineered powertrain and drivetrain that includes a new direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, a sophisticated 6-speed automatic transmission, and Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD system with Intelligent Traction Management system. Taken together, these new features and technologies give the new Ridgeline highly refined and responsive performance with top-in-class acceleration and fuel economy ratings, along with the improved all-weather traction and dynamic handling capabilities with torque vectoring all-wheel-drive.
Powering the 2017 Ridgeline is a new 3.5-liter direct injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The new engine is mated to a new, smooth shifting 6-speed automatic (6AT) that offers a 20 percent wider gear ratio spread than the previous-generation Ridgeline 5-speed automatic for enhanced acceleration, pulling power and fuel efficiency. The Ridgeline’s new engine is rated at 280 peak horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. peak torque. Peak engine output is up 30 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque over the previous Ridgeline, with increased torque over the engine’s entire operating (rpm) range.
The new, more efficient engine and transmission, along with the lighter and yet more capable all-wheel-drive system, in combination with a nearly 36kg reduction in vehicle weight and an 18 percent reduction in vehicle running resistance, results in substantially enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Ridgeline’s 0-60mph acceleration is quickened by 1.8 seconds compared to the previous Ridgeline, based on internal Honda tests. nrCAN fuel economy ratings (city/highway/combined) are improved across the board:
The Ridgeline’s dynamic handling capabilities and all-weather performance are significantly enhanced by the most advanced all-wheel-drive system in the Ridgeline’s competitive class—the all-new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel-drive system with an electronically controlled rear differential and dynamic torque vectoring capabilities that aids both all-weather traction and dynamic cornering and handling performance. Compared to the previous-generation Ridgeline AWD system, weight is reduced by 10kg and torque capacity is increased by 20 percent. To further enhance all-weather performance, all-wheel drive (AWD) Ridgeline models include Intelligent Traction Management with push-button control, allowing the driver to choose between Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes with AWD for optimal performance and traction in varying road and surface conditions.
Key Powertrain Features
Emissions/Fuel Economy Ratings
Engine Architecture and Features
Cylinder Block and Crank
With its 60-degree V-angle, the Ridgeline’s V-6 engine is inherently smooth and has compact overall dimensions that allow efficient packaging within the vehicle. The V-6 has a die-cast lightweight aluminum alloy block with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, the thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The block incorporates a deep-skirt design with four bolts per bearing cap for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration. The 3.5-liter V-6 uses a high-tensile strength steel crankshaft for minimum weight.
A cooling control spacer positioned in the water jacket surrounding the cylinders helps control warm-up and operating cylinder liner temperatures to reduce friction. Plateau honing of the cylinder lining further reduces friction between the piston skirts and the cylinder walls by creating an ultra-smooth surface. This two-stage machining process uses two grinding processes instead of the more conventional single-stage honing process. Plateau honing also enhances the long-term wear characteristics of the engine.
Designed with “cavity-shaped” crowns, the 2017 Ridgeline’s pistons help maintain stable combustion and contribute to stratified-charge combustion. Ion-plated piston rings help reduce friction for greater operating efficiency. Heavy-duty steel connecting rods are forged in one piece and then “crack separated” to create a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally fitted bearing cap.
Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
Like other Honda V-6 powerplants, the Ridgeline engine’s 12-valve cylinder heads (4 valves per cylinder) are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with the cams driven by the crankshaft via an automatically tensioned toothed belt. Made of low-pressure cast, low-porosity aluminum, each cylinder head incorporates a “tumble port” design that improves combustion efficiency by creating a more homogeneous fuel-air mixture. An integrated exhaust manifold cast into each cylinder head reduces parts count, saves weight, improves flow and optimizes the location of the close-coupled catalyst on each cylinder bank.
i-VTEC with 2-Stage Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
The 2017 Ridgeline’s V-6 engine combines Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC), which changes the lift profile, timing and lift duration of the intake valves. A switching mechanism allows each cylinder to operate with low-rpm valve lift and duration or high-rpm lift and duration. While operating in 3-cylinder mode, the rear cylinder bank’s valve gear closes all intake and exhaust valves to minimize pumping losses.
The “intelligent” portion of the system is its ability to vary valve operation based on the driving situation and engine rpm. At low rpm, the i-VTEC intake valve timing and lift are optimized (low lift, short duration) for increased torque, which allows a wide range of 3-cylinder operation. As engine rpm builds past 5,350 rpm, the i-VTEC system transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam profile for superior high-rpm engine power.
To help improve the fuel efficiency of the Ridgeline engine, a new variation of Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) is used. The i-VTEC system combines with Active Control engine Mounts (ACM) to allow the VCM system to operate with just three cylinders in a wide range of situations to maximize fuel efficiency and lower emissions. When greater power is needed, the system switches seamlessly to 6-cylinder operation.
During startup, aggressive acceleration, or steep ascents – any time high power output is required – the engine operates on all six cylinders. During moderate-speed cruising and at low or moderate engine loads, the system operates just the front bank of three cylinders.
The VCM system can tailor the working displacement of the engine to match the driving requirements from moment to moment. Since the system automatically closes both the intake and exhaust valves of the cylinders that are not used, pumping losses associated with intake and exhaust are eliminated and fuel efficiency gets a further boost. The system combines maximum performance and maximum fuel efficiency—two characteristics that don’t typically coexist in conventional engines.
VCM deactivates the front bank of cylinders by using the i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system to close the intake and exhaust valves while the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) simultaneously cuts fuel to those cylinders. The spark plugs continue to fire in inactive cylinders to minimize plug temperature loss.
The system is electronically controlled, and uses special integrated spool valves in the cylinder heads. Based on commands from the system’s Electronic Control Unit, the spool valves selectively direct oil pressure to the rocker arms for specific cylinders. This oil pressure in turn drives synchronizing pistons that connect and disconnect the rocker arms.
The VCM system monitors throttle position, vehicle speed, engine speed, automatic-transmission gear selection and other factors to determine the correct cylinder activation scheme for the operating conditions. In addition, the system determines whether engine oil pressure is suitable for VCM switching and whether catalytic converter temperature will remain in the proper range. To further smooth the activating or deactivating cylinders, the system adjust ignition timing and throttle position and turns the torque converter lock-up on and off. As a result, the transition between three and six cylinder modes is effectively unnoticeable to the driver.
Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
The Ridgeline’s Drive-by-Wire throttle system replaces a conventional throttle cable with smart electronics that “connect” the accelerator pedal to a throttle valve inside the throttle-body. The result is less under-hood clutter and lower weight, as well as quicker and more accurate throttle actuation. Plus, a specially programmed "gain" rate between the throttle pedal and engine offers improved drivability and optimized engine response to suit specific driving conditions.
Honda’s Drive-by-Wire throttle system establishes the current driving conditions by monitoring throttle pedal position, throttle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and road speed. This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity that gives the Ridgeline’s throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel.
Direct Injection System
The direct-injection system enables increased torque across the engine’s full operating range along with higher fuel efficiency. The system features a compact, high-pressure, direct-injection pump that allows both high fuel flow and pulsation suppression, while variable pressure control optimizes injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into each cylinder (not to the intake port, as in conventional port fuel injection designs), allowing for more efficient combustion.
The multi-hole injectors can create the ideal stoichiometric fuel/air mixture in the cylinders for good emissions control. Theoretically, a stoichiometric mixture has just enough air to completely burn the available fuel. Based on the operating conditions, the direct-injection system alters its function for best performance. Upon cold engine startup, fuel is injected into the cylinders on the compression stroke. This creates a weak stratified charge effect that improves engine start-up and reduces exhaust emissions before a normal operating temperature is reached.
Once the engine is fully warmed up, for maximum power and fuel efficiency fuel is injected during the intake stroke. This helps create a more homogeneous fuel/air mix in the cylinder that is aided by the high-tumble intake port design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and the cooling effect of the incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.
High Capacity Radiator with Dual High-Power Fans
All Ridgeline models have a high capacity radiator with dual high-power fans to assure adequate engine cooling across a broad spectrum of operating conditions. Honda engineers tested the Ridgeline in some of the toughest towing conditions found in North America, included hauling a large boat up a steep 14-degree launch ramp in temperatures over 37.8 ºC, and climbing mountain grades pulling the maximum trailer weight (5,000 pounds, AWD), maximum interior cargo (100 pounds/45.4kg) and two passengers. (For more information on towing, see the Chassis section.)
Detonation Knock Control
The Ridgeline’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors engine functions to determine the best ignition spark timing. Two engine block-mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensors "listen" to the engine, and based on this input, the ECU can retard the ignition timing to prevent potentially damaging detonation. The 3.5-liter V-6 has an ignition coil unit for each cylinder that is positioned within each spark plug’s access bore.
Close-Coupled Catalysts and High-Flow Exhaust System
The exhaust manifolds of the 3.5-liter V-6 are cast directly into the aluminum cylinder heads to reduce weight, decrease parts count, and create more under-hood space. The result of this casting design is that the two primary catalytic converters are positioned much closer to the combustion chambers, enabling extremely rapid converter “light-off” after engine start. A significant weight savings is realized by eliminating traditional exhaust manifolds. Downstream of the close-coupled catalytic converters, a hydroformed 2-into-1 collector pipe carries exhaust gases to a secondary, underfloor catalytic converter.
The 2017 Ridgeline 3.5-liter V-6 engine meets the tough EPA Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEVIII ULEV-125 emissions standards, and is certified, as applicable, to this level of emissions performance for 150,000 miles (240,000km). A number of advanced technologies are factors in the emissions performance. The unique cylinder head-mounted close-coupled catalytic converters light off more quickly after engine start up, and a 32-bit RISC microprocessor within the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) boosts computing power to improve the precision of spark and fuel delivery.
The engine features direct fuel injection that continually adjusts the fuel delivery to yield the best combination of power, low fuel consumption and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly monitor critical engine operating parameters such as intake air temperature, ambient air pressure, throttle position, intake airflow volume, intake manifold pressure, coolant temperature, fuel-to-air ratios, as well as the position of the crankshaft and the camshafts.
To further improve emissions compliance, the 3.5-liter V-6 makes use of an after-catalytic-converter exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system that allows cleaner, cooler EGR gas to be fed back into the intake system. An EGR system, especially one that delivers a cleaner, cooler charge, reduces pumping loss for better fuel efficiency.
Noise and Vibration Control
With its 60-degree V-angle and compact, rigid and lightweight die-cast aluminum cylinder block assembly, the 3.5-liter V-6 powerplant is exceptionally smooth during operation. Other factors that help reduce engine noise and vibration are a rigid forged-steel crankshaft, die-cast accessory mounts, and a stiff cast-aluminum oil pan that reduces cylinder block flex.
Active Control Engine Mounts
A powerful 28-volt Active Control Engine Mount system (ACM) is used to minimize the effects of engine vibration when operating in three-cylinder mode. The 28-volt ACM is a key factor in the VCM’s broad range of operation in the new Ridgeline. Sensors alert the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to direct ACM actuators positioned at the front and rear of the engine to cancel engine vibration using a reverse-phase motion.
160,000+/- km Tune-up Intervals
The Ridgeline’s 3.5-liter V-6 requires no scheduled maintenance for 160,000+/- km or more, other than periodic inspections and normal fluid and filter replacements. The first tune-up includes water pump inspection, valve adjustment, replacement of the camshaft timing belt, and the installation of new spark plugs.
Battery Management System
The Battery Management System (BMS) is designed to increase the overall service life of the battery, reduce the chance of a dead battery and help improve fuel efficiency. Should the owner accidentally leave the headlights on or fail to fully close a door causing an interior light to remain on, the BMS will automatically terminate power delivery after a set period of time to prevent the battery from being drained of power. As a result of the discharge protection afforded by the BMS, the battery should always have enough reserve capacity left to start the engine.
The Ridgeline engine makes use of a powerful 150-amp alternator that uses linear control – from 12-14 volts. By controlling the alternator charge voltage range, BMS works to keep the battery in a specific charge range, which can extend the service life of the battery by more than 25 percent. With BMS keeping the battery in a specific charge range, the alternator can run more often at a lower voltage, which generates less drag on the engine resulting in improved fuel efficiency. Application of numerous electrical power reducing items (such as the use of efficient LED lighting and a special humidity control system that has an automatic air conditioning “off” function) allows the BMS to operate the alternator even more frequently in the more efficient low charge mode
Maintenance Minder™ System
To eliminate unnecessary service stops while ensuring that the vehicle is properly maintained, the Ridgeline has a Maintenance Minder™ system that continually monitors the vehicle's operating condition. When maintenance is required, the driver is alerted via a message on the Multi-Information Display (MID).
The Maintenance Minder™ system monitors operating conditions such as oil and coolant temperature along with engine speed to determine the proper service intervals. Depending on operating conditions, oil change intervals can be extended to a maximum of 16,000 km, potentially sparing the owner considerable expense and inconvenience over the life of the vehicle. The owner-resettable system monitors all normal service parts and systems, including oil and filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, automatic transmission fluid, spark plugs, timing belt, coolant, brake pads and more. To reduce the potential for driver distraction, maintenance alerts are presented on the MID only when the ignition is first turned on, not while driving.
Drivetrain Architecture and Features
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
All Ridgeline models feature a standard 6-speed automatic transmission that contributes to improved acceleration and fuel efficiency, and features reduced friction and improved lockup clutch performance. The 6-speed automatic offers excellent launch-feel, acceleration performance and fuel efficiency with an 20 percent wider gear ratio spread featuring a “lower” (numerically higher) first gear overall ratio, and a “higher” (numerically lower) top gear overall ratio than the 5-speed transmission it replaces in the last generation Ridgeline. To support the Ridgeline AWD’s 5000 pound tow rating, a heavy duty transmission cooler is standard in all AWD models. The 6-speed transmission’s straight-gate shifter is an intuitive and easy-to-use design that takes up little space in the centre console.
Transmission Gear Ratio Comparison
2014 Ridgeline 5 AT
2017 Ridgeline 6 AT
Final Reduction Ratio
Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System
The Ridgeline’s standard Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel-drive system includes an all-new electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated rear differential. This entirely more capable system progressively distributes optimum torque between the front and rear axles and, for the first time ever in a Honda vehicle, dynamically distributes engine torque between the left and right rear wheels. The benefits of the system are superior all-weather handling and neutral, accurate steering under power that is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or conventional all-wheel-drive systems.
By rotating the outside rear wheel faster than the front wheels while cornering, Ridgeline’s AWD system uses torque vectoring to create a yaw moment to help turn the vehicle through the corner—reducing understeer and improving controllability. With cornering forces more evenly distributed between front and rear tires, overall cornering power is increased in all road conditions.
Vehicles with high power ratings using conventional front or rear drive systems often employ a limited-slip differential to help maintain traction when under power. By linking inside and outside drive wheels, these systems tend to resist turning. Conventional AWD and 4WD systems similarly work to link the inboard and outboard wheels as well as the front and rear wheels, which can create additional resistance to turning. Using dynamic, hydraulically actuated left-to-right rear wheel torque vectoring to help turn the vehicle, the Ridgeline’s AWD system delivers more responsive, neutral and predictable handling performance while providing outstanding all-weather traction and control.
AWD rear drive unit
Controls and Parameters
The i-VTM4 system works in cooperation with the Ridgeline’s Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system and Agile Handling Assist to optimize torque distribution for superior handling and traction utilization. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides information on engine torque, airflow and transmission gear-ratio selection, while the VSA ECU provides wheel-speed data. The AWD ECU also monitors steering angle, steering angle rate of change, lateral G-forces, vehicle yaw rate and hydraulic clutch pressure for the right and left rear axle shafts. Drive torque is calculated from ECU information, and then the acceleration situation, wheel spin, lateral G-force, steering angle and steering angle rate-of-change are used to determine the front-to-rear torque distribution and the torque split between right and left rear wheels. i-VTM4 operating parameters include:
The Ridgeline AWD system is a fulltime system that requires no driver interaction or monitoring, thanks to a torque-transfer unit that is bolted directly to the front-mounted transaxle. The torque-transfer unit receives torque from a helical gear that is attached to the front differential's ring gear, and a short horizontal shaft and hypoid gear set within the torque-transfer unit's case send power to the rear propeller shaft, which in turn transfers power to the rear drive unit that has a 20-percent greater torque capacity.
The Ridgeline’s new, lightweight rear drive unit is 210kg lighter than the previous generation Ridgeline unit and is constantly overdriven by 2.7 percent. The resulting overdrive effect is regulated by left- and right-side clutch packs (located in the rear differential) that independently control the power delivered to each rear wheel. The significant overdrive percentage in the new Ridgeline means that the torque vectoring effect is pronounced and effective even in corners with a radius of as little as15 meters. This means that torque vectoring can be felt when accelerating aggressively through a typical corner.
Hydraulically operated clutch systems mounted on either side of the hypoid gear that drives the rear axles control the amount of torque sent to each rear wheel and provide a limited-slip differential function when needed. The clutches can be controlled as a pair to alter front/rear torque split or they can be controlled independently to allow 100 percent of available rear axle torque to go to just one rear wheel. A single electric motor powers a pair of hydraulic pumps—one for each clutch pack. An Electronic Control Unit (ECU) controlled linear solenoid valve selectively sends pressure to the clutch packs, which in turn control the amount of power sent to each rear wheel. The clutch packs and their friction material are carefully designed to withstand the small amount of continuous slip between front and rear axles created by the 2.7-percent speed differential—all while delivering the durability expected of a Honda product.
Intelligent Traction Management System
The 2017 Ridgeline features a new push-button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers four different AWD operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand. Developed, tuned and tested at various locations in the U.S. and around the world—including Imperial Sand Dunes (“Glamis”) in California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates—the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the driver to select the operating mode that best suits the driving conditions by simply pushing a button on the vehicle’s centre console. System information and an animated selected mode icon are shown on the colour Multi-Information Display. Based on the setting selected, the system adjusts the drive-by-wire map, transmission shift map, i-VTM4 power distribution and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for optimal performance in varying road or surface conditions.
Powertrain Key Features & Specifications Comparison
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
250 @ 5700
280 @ 6000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm SAE net)
247 @ 4300
262 @ 4700
Bore and Stroke (mm)
89 x 93
89 x 93
24-Valve SOHC VTEC®
24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®
Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
Variable Cylinder Management
Variable Intake Valve Lift (VTEC)
2017 Ridgeline (All Trims)
Engine Block/Cylinder Head
Horsepower (SAE net)
280 @ 6000 rpm
Torque (SAE net)
262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
Bore and Stroke
89 mm x 93 mm
Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
Eco Assist™ System
Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
Active Control Engine Mount System (ACM)
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC)
Hill Start Assist
6-Speed Automatic Transmission
Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System
Intelligent Traction Management
160K +/- kms No Scheduled Tune-Ups2
Fuel Economy and Emissions Ratings
2017 Ridgeline 6AT (base)
nrCAN Fuel Economy Ratings (city/highway/ combined)
Regular unleaded 87 octane
nrCAN Emissions Rating
TIER 3 / BIN 125
CARB emissions rating
2017 Ridgeline | Body
The 2017 Ridgeline is built on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform. Unlike traditional truck offerings which utilize body-on-frame construction, the 2017 Ridgeline’s unitized body construction provides for vastly superior torsional body rigidity with lower weight, which directly benefits driving performance, fuel efficiency and efficient interior packaging.
Combined with its sophisticated chassis, featuring fully independent front and rear suspension systems, the Ridgeline’s ultra-rigid body thus provides the foundation for a high level of driving refinement that no traditional body-on-frame competitor can match, while also providing for a high level of pickup truck hauling and towing capability, including a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 713kg and up to 2268kg/5,000 pounds towing (LX).
The 2017 Ridgeline also features Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which provides a high degree of occupant protection in frontal collisions and is anticipated to help the Ridgeline receive the highest available collision safety ratings, including a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with the standard Honda Sensing technology.
The Ridgeline’s modern, rugged and aerodynamic body likewise uses a broad array of advanced materials, including ultra-high-strength hot-stamped steel, aluminum and magnesium to further minimize weight while also enhancing rigidity and collision safety performance. Moreover, its advanced aerodynamic body design aids fuel efficiency and refined and quiet driving performance.
Key Body Features
* First for Ridgeline
Compared to the previous Ridgeline, the new 2017 Ridgeline’s wheelbase is 81.2mm longer and overall vehicle length is up 71.1mm. A slightly longer front overhang helps to improve crash safety performance, while the longer wheelbase improve passenger and cargo (bed) space. Compared to the previous generation Ridgeline, the new Ridgeline has a 5mm longer front overhang and a 10mm shorter rear overhang.
Starting with the overall body dimensions and shape, continuing with exterior features such as the sculptured side mirrors and body side, the new 2017 Ridgeline is the most aerodynamically efficient Ridgeline yet.
Airflow around the vehicle body and through the engine compartment has been thoroughly optimized using sophisticated Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modeling and extensive testing and tuning in the 40-percent-scale wind tunnel at the Raymond, Ohio vehicle development centre of Honda R&D Americas, Inc.
Overall, the new Ridgeline’s comprehensive aero-overhaul pays dividends in virtually every part of the driving experience, from fuel efficiency gains (and lower emissions) to dynamic stability on the highway, and reduced interior noise levels that directly contribute to a calmer and more enjoyable ride.
In front, a full-width air dam sweeps air around the vehicle sides, while additional guides direct air through the bumper and grille openings to the air-conditioning condenser and engine radiator, reducing air recirculation and drag. Inside the engine compartment, the airflow is then channeled to merge smoothly with air flowing under the Ridgeline. While beneath the vehicle a full-width front undercover, an aluminum engine undercover, and a mid-floor cover further aid in reducing turbulence and smoothing airflow in these areas. Strakes located ahead of the rear tires likewise redirect airflow around the tires for additional efficiency gains.
Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure
The 2017 Ridgeline’s enhanced Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure is the second generation of Honda’s proprietary ACE structural design. ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. It uses a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle, helping to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment. It can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash as well. ACE also helps reduce the chances that one vehicle will override or underride another, improving crash compatibility of vehicles that differ in size. ACE goes further by offering additional strength and protection in small overlap frontal collisions, which are among the most severe. Multiple material grades, including ultra-high-strength steel, are used in the Ridgeline’s body construction to help optimize safety performance.
Utilizing Honda’s Global Light Truck Platform structure, the 2017 Ridgeline’s curb weight is reduced by as much as 35.4kg compared to the previous model. Even so, it has 28-percent greater torsional rigidity and is more tightly sealed than before, helping to provide class-leading dynamic performance along with a new level of comfort and quietness befitting its status as a premium midsize pickup. These improvements benefit safety as well, helping the new Ridgeline target the highest possible crash ratings, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
“3-Bone” Front Floor Structure
Located under the front floor of the Ridgeline is a “3-Bone” structure that improves impact load management, directing energy around the passenger cabin in the event of a frontal collision. The structure creates three different load pathways, or “backbones,” that channel collision energy. One channels collision forces from the front of the vehicle directly underneath the passenger cabin; the other two channel collision forces under the vehicle’s left and right side frames. The result is an improved capability to safely channel energy during a frontal crash.
Optimized Material Grades
Multiple material grades are used in the Ridgeline’s body construction to achieve excellent overall vehicle dynamics, optimize safety performance, and lower NVH. Materials range from six different grades of steel, including premium high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel used in the unit-body; an aluminum hood and front bumper-reinforcement beam; and a cast-magnesium steering hanger beam. All were chosen to achieve the best combination of strength, rigidity, dynamic performance and light weight. Fully 58.1 percent of the body structure is composed of advanced materials, including the application of ultra-high-strength steel to 19.3 percent of the body.
Ultra high-strength steel
Key Engineering Features
The 2017 Ridgeline features several unique advancements in body design and materials that significantly improve overall rigidity, while reducing weight. This directly helps improve overall vehicle dynamics, crash safety performance, interior quietness, and long-term durability.
Ultra-High-Strength Door Rings
The new Ridgeline has 1300-megapascals (MPa) ultra-high-strength steel door reinforcement beams and ultra-high-strength front door outer stiffener rings made of 1500-MPa hot-stamped steel. Laser welded and significantly stronger than ordinary steel, the ultra-high-strength steel reinforcements are designed to help better protect occupants in a frontal or side impact. Their increased strength allows the components to be made lighter, which also reduces overall vehicle weight for improved efficiency and dynamic performance.
Optimized Truss-Style Rear Inner Construction
The rear frame structure of the 2017 Ridgeline is vitally important to the overall structural rigidity of the body, to collision safety performance and to the Ridgeline’s hauling and towing capability. Utilizing fully boxed frame members for the body sides and rear tailgate frame, the truss-style rear inner construction contributes to the new Ridgeline’s more conventional three-box design profile—allowing for the elimination of the buttress-style body structure in the forward portion of the upper bed on the previous model—while contributing to a 28-percent gain in torsional rigidity versus the previous model. Also, the U-shaped rear frame member serves as a highly rigid mounting structure for the rear tailgate, allowing for a highly precise tailgate fit.
Ridgeline body stiffness and therefore collision safety performance and cabin quietness are further enhanced through the use of structural foam inserts in key locations. These include the left and right B-pillar stiffeners, the inside of a bracket that connects the left and right side centre frames under the front floor, and the joint between the C-pillar, upper bed rail and the back of the cabin.
Cast Magnesium Steering Hanger Beam
Located inside the instrument panel, the Ridgeline’s cast magnesium steering hanger beam replaces the multi-part steel unit in the previous Ridgeline. It serves as a structural attachment point for the steering column, pedals and instrument panel, as well as a structural element that helps the passenger cabin retain its shape in certain collisions.
The cast magnesium steering hanger beam offers several advantages compared to the previous steel unit:
The Ridgeline body structure utilizes composite materials to further reduce weight while enhancing rigidity and noise dampening. One example is inside the hollow B-pillars, where composite stiffeners, together with structural foam, help improve body rigidity while reducing weight. Another example is the base that supports the Ridgeline’s battery: Created from a single composite casting, it holds the battery securely while adding minimal weight to the overall body structure, saving 2.1kg compared to a conventional steel battery base.
Aluminum Front Bumper Beam
The aluminum front bumper beam saves 1kg while enhancing structural integrity.
Outward visibility is improved courtesy of narrower A- and B-pillars, increasing total outward visibility for the driver from 263.6 degrees on the previous model to 268.2 degrees on the 2017 Ridgeline, a gain of 1.8-percent (with all headrests up). Vertical sight lines are also up 5.5-percent in front and 13.4-percent to the rear (again with all headrests up). And with the available power sliding rear window, a reshaped window frame also improves rearward visibility. The driver’s situational awareness is further enhanced by features such as the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, and available Honda LaneWatch™ display, blind spot information system (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.
Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) Countermeasures
The new Ridgeline has a refined, multiple-tier insulation package that takes noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) countermeasures to the next level, positioning it at the top of its competitive set.
All Ridgeline trims feature multiple strategically placed body sealants, while the EX-L and above trims add internal foam front and rear door acoustic barriers, and the Touring and Black Edition add a high-density barrier layer beneath the floor carpeting for additional sound attenuation. Additional NVH enhancements on all models include acoustic separators applied to the lower front portion of the doorframe, upper inside and upper outside portions of the A-pillar, the lower portion of the B-pillar, the rear portion of the rear doorframe, and the upper portion of the C-pillar.
Triple door seals replace the double seals on the previous generation Ridgeline. Thicker, sound-insulating acoustic glass (see below) further aids overall cabin quietness. Engineers even took steps to stop noise from entering where the lower rear cabin wall and truck bed meet. Here, special exterior and interior bed panel insulators reduce incoming noise. Altogether, the improvements reduce uncontrolled body leak area by 75 percent compared to the previous generation Ridgeline.
Special acoustic laminated glass is used for the first time on the Ridgeline EX-L and above trims to help reduce noise entering the cabin. Tuned specifically to attenuate wind-noise frequencies, the windshield glass uses an outer layer of 2.0mm safety glass, a 0.7mm thick middle layer of acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and a 1.8mm inner glass layer for a total thickness of 4.5mm. This helps the Ridgeline place at the top of its class in wind-noise performance. The windshield also incorporates UV light-absorbing technology. The LX and Sport trims utilize 4.7mm thick laminated glass with 2.0mm outer and inner layers and a 0.7mm regular PVB middle layer.
Increased Window Thickness
Significantly thicker side window glass adds to the 2017 Ridgeline’s gains in attenuating wind, road and mechanical noise before it reaches the cabin. The tempered glass front and rear side windows are 5mm thick, 1.5mm or 43-percent thicker than on the previous Ridgeline. The new Ridgeline also has 4.0mm thick rear glass, which is 0.9mm thicker than that of the previous model.
The 73.8L fuel tank is molded of high-density polyethylene for low weight, freedom from corrosion and for impact resistance. It is positioned ahead of the rear wheels (and over the three-piece propeller shaft in AWD models) to help guard against collision damage. The shape of the tank is designed to diminish the likelihood of sloshing-fuel noise. The polyethylene filler pipe and fuel lines are lightweight, and resistant to corrosion and fuel vapor losses. A high-efficiency fuel pump is housed inside the fuel tank, and the fuel filter is a lifetime design that never needs replacement.
Key Body Features
Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure*
“3-Bone” front floor structure*
LED daytime running lights (DRL)*
LED projector headlights with Auto high-beam*
LED stop and tail lights*
Capless fueling system*
* First for Ridgeline
2017 Ridgeline | Chassis
The 2017 Ridgeline’s chassis provides excellent ride and handling qualities, regardless of whether the vehicle is empty or fully loaded, making Ridgeline equally adept and accommodating as a people and cargo hauler. Working in conjunction with the new Ridgeline’s more rigid, lightweight and sound-insulating body structure (see Body section), the chassis features major improvements to the suspension and steering systems, wheels, wheel bearings, tires and brakes. Also contributing to the dynamic improvements are the Ridgeline’s lower weight, improved aerodynamics, lower centre of mass, and improved horsepower and torque (see Body section and Powertrain section).
The stiffer body structure allows for more flexibility in optimizing the suspension tuning to deliver significant gains in both dynamic handling performance and better isolation of road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), as well as improved cargo-carrying capabilities. The new suspension includes the first use of Amplitude Reactive Dampers on the Ridgeline, further enhancing Ridgeline’s comfortable ride while sharpening cornering performance. Standard 18-inch alloy wheels further improve steering response and overall agility. All of these qualities ideally position the 2017 Ridgeline to satisfy customers who want both a high-level of utility and high levels of comfort, cabin quietness and driving confidence.
Key Chassis Features
*First for Ridgeline
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
The Ridgeline independent front and rear suspension systems are engineered to provide top-of-class ride and handling performance. Its long wheel travel and excellent compliance contribute to the comfortable ride, while carefully tuned damping and spring rates ensure excellent handling and a sporty driving feel.
At the front is a strut-type system with steel hub carriers (knuckles), forged-aluminum lower control arms, hydraulic bushings, coil springs and a solid stabilizer bar. This setup uses moderate spring rates, relatively firm damping (see Amplitude Reactive Dampers below), and specially tuned bushings that provide the best overall combination of ride and handling, regardless of whether the vehicle is loaded or unloaded. The upper front damper mounts provide a “triple path” load-bearing system that helps absorb road vibration and harshness. Larger front hubs and bearings increase load capacity.
At the rear is a compact multi-link design with a tubular stabilizer bar. This multi-link system allows a generous amount of wheel travel and excellent compliance for a supple ride, together with confident cornering and handling – regardless of whether the Ridgeline is loaded or unloaded. Compared to the previous Ridgeline, the new 2017 Ridgeline has re-engineered heavy-duty dampers (see Amplitude Reactive Dampers below), lower arms, and control arms. All rear suspension control arms are steel and the upper and lower control arms are constructed of high-strength steel. A redesigned upper arm and knuckle increase load capacity.
Amplitude Reactive Dampers
An exclusive feature in the midsize pickup segment, Amplitude Reactive Dampers provide superior ride comfort and handling in all driving conditions. The dampers have two separate hydraulic circuits—one tuned to optimize the ride quality on smooth roads with relatively small irregularities, and the other tuned to handle large inputs resulting from rough roads or large steering and braking inputs. As a result, the Ridgeline remains smooth and comfortable when cruising, and secure and stable in corners, with reduced body roll rate.
The primary Amplitude Reactive Damper technology consists of two separate damping pistons: a main piston and a second piston. To improve overall ride comfort, when smaller inputs occur during normal driving conditions, only the main piston works to provide the ideal damping characteristics. To improve the Ridgeline’s ride and handling on rougher surfaces and during more aggressive driving, the second piston operates to provide additional damping force.
The Amplitude Reactive Dampers utilize a purely mechanical system that does not require electronic controls. Altogether, they provide a much wider range of effective damping performance than offered by the previous Ridgeline.
The Ridgeline’s engine, transmission, and front and rear suspension systems are mounted on rigid steel subframes. These subframes attach to the unit body at rubber-isolated mounting points that help keep powertrain and road noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) out of the passenger cabin. Two of the rear subframe mounts are filled with specially tuned hydraulic fluid for maximum effectiveness. Permanently sealed, they require no scheduled maintenance. The rear subframe is particularly sophisticated, with hydroformed side elements for maximum strength and minimal weight.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Standard on all 2017 Ridgeline trims, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions. The system works with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and Electric Power Steering, helping to stabilize the vehicle under braking and also help mitigate understeer and oversteer. For further information see the Safety and Driver Assistance section.
The 2017 Ridgeline utilizes a 15.95:1 steering ratio, approximately 15-percent quicker than the previous Ridgeline model’s steering. This offers increased agility in all types of driving, while also complimenting the functionality of the torque-vectoring rear axle on AWD models. (See the Powertrain section.) With 3.0 turns lock to lock (reduced from 3.4 turns on previous Ridgeline) and a 40.8-foot curb-to-curb turning diameter (a 1.6-foot reduction from the previous model), the new Ridgeline is responsive to steering commands and maneuverable in tight spaces.
The steering column is located by a new cast magnesium steering hanger beam. Rigid and lightweight, the steering hanger beam is a structural member that directly contributes to improved handling and NVH performance. See the Body section for more information.
Four-Wheel Disc Braking System with Electronic Brake Distribution
The 2017 Ridgeline has 4-wheel disc brakes with a 4-channel anti-lock braking system for a powerful and linear brake feel and confident stops in a wide range of driving conditions, including dry and wet asphalt, and snow. The ventilated front discs are 12.6 inches in diameter and use 2-piston calipers, while the solid rear discs are 13.0 inches in diameter and have single-piston calipers. Improved ventilation, including a second airflow pathway, improves cooling and reduces the thermal deflection that can cause hot and cold judder. The calipers utilize a spring-loaded mechanism to maintain separation between the brake pads and rotor to reduce brake drag when not in use, reducing rolling resistance and improving fuel efficiency in the process.
For optimum performance with widely varying loads, Ridgeline has Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) technology. EBD monitors braking force and adjusts front-to-rear brake effort to achieve maximum braking performance and stability. At the rear, a select-low braking strategy is used to help maintain directional stability in slippery driving. In the event one rear wheel verges on lock-up, triggering a pressure modulation at that wheel, brake pressure is also diminished at the adjoining wheel to help preserve the rear axle's lateral stability. The parking brake is set and released by stepping on a pedal located on the left side of the driver’s foot well, freeing space in the centre console area.
ABS with Brake Assist
The Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) independently modulates braking power at each wheel to help the driver retain steering control during heavy braking. The Brake Assist system recognizes hard and emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies full braking force when appropriate to help shorten braking distance.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Ridgeline's Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the driving wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. The driver can reduce the traction control effectiveness to allow more wheel slip should the vehicle become stuck by pressing the VSA button. Even when VSA is disabled, the ABS remains fully operational at all times.
Trailer Stability Assist
Standard on all Ridgeline models, Trailer Stability Assist helps enhance vehicle stability while a trailer is being towed. An integral part of Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Trailer Stability Assist detects trailer oscillations that can result from improper loading, excessive speed, adverse road conditions, crosswinds or emergency-avoidance maneuvers.
When such oscillations are detected, Trailer Stability Assist uses existing VSA sensors to judge trailer oscillation and dampen it automatically using asymmetric and symmetric brake activation to stabilize and if necessary, slow the vehicle out of the critical speed range using engine control.
Wheels and Tires
The 2017 Ridgeline comes standard with 8.0 x 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, one size up from the previous Ridgeline’s 17-inch wheels. Five unique 5-and 6-spoke wheel designs are offered.
Machine Finish paired 5-spoke
Shark Gray paired 5-spoke
Machine Finish 6-spoke
Berlina Black finish 6-spoke
All Ridgeline trims come standard with 245/60 R18 light truck all-season tires, which were exclusively designed to help the Ridgeline provide the best handling and performance in all weather conditions.
All 2017 Ridgeline models include a T165/90R17 temporary spare tire on a 4.0x17-inch steel wheel that is stored in the trunk under the bed.
Low Running Resistance
Total mechanical and aerodynamic running resistance is reduced 18 percent versus the previous Ridgeline model. In addition to improvements in powertrain efficiency and vehicle aerodynamics, key engineering features contributing to reduced running resistance include:
Additional aerodynamic gains are found in the computer-aided engineering (CAE) optimized exterior shape. See the Body section more information.
Agile Handling Assist
Standard on all Ridgeline trims, Agile Handling Assist selectively uses the vehicle’s brakes to improve initial turning response and overall cornering ability. Agile Handling Assist utilizes brake vectoring to improve corner traceability and confident handling feel. By applying braking force to the inside wheels during cornering at high lateral G, the system creates a yaw moment, thus generating more turning force and reducing understeer.
Honda engineers took thorough measures to ensure the off-road capabilities of the new Ridgeline, including off-road testing in snow, mud and sand in locations as disparate and challenging as Silver Lake, Mich.; Moscow, Russia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Death Valley, Calif.; and Imperial Sand Dunes (“Glamis”) in California.
This research was the foundation for specific minimum performance criteria for the new Ridgeline, including off-road friendly approach and departure angles, and ample ground clearance.
2017 Ridgeline AWD
Ground clearance (mm)
Approach angle (deg)
Breakover angle (deg)
Departure angle (deg)
The computer-controlled i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system helps the Ridgeline meet typical off-road challenges without the need for low-range gears. (See the Powertrain section for a full description.) Unlike traditional 4WD systems that require the user to manually select 4WD, the Ridgeline system is always active, continuously sensing driving conditions and power demands and dynamically distributing engine torque between the front and rear wheel and left and right rear wheels to maximize traction and stability while maintaining a high degree of efficiency.
The 2017 Ridgeline comes standard with a Class III hitch and include a 7-pin wiring connector, allowing it to tow up to 5,000 pounds. These ratings apply to all grades and include two passengers and 49.9kg. of cargo. Typical trailers/boats that are within the Ridgeline’s 5,000-pound towing limit (2,268kg)include a 16- to 18-foot box trailer, a 22- to 26-foot boat, and a 22- to 24-foot camping trailer. When not being used for towing, the hitch can double as an attachment point for a genuine Honda accessory bicycle rack. See the Accessories section for more information.
A high-capacity engine radiator with dual high-power fans, a heavy-duty transmission cooler, and large 320mm front and 330mm rear disc brakes with improved cooling airflow all help enhance towing performance. Add to that the increased wheelbase, multi-link rear suspension and Trailer Stability Assist, and the Ridgeline is a confidence-inspiring tow vehicle.
Honda engineers established dedicated test protocols for proving the Ridgeline in some of the toughest towing conditions found in America. Tests included hauling a large boat up a steep 14-degree launch ramp in in temperatures over 100º Fahrenheit and climbing the steepest mountain grades pulling the maximum trailer weight (5,000 pounds, 2268kg).
Key Chassis Features & Specifications
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Multi-Link Rear Suspension
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear) AWD
Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering (EPS)
Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock
Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb AWD (m)
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Solid Disc Brakes (in, front/rear)
18” alloy, 5-spoke
18” alloy, 6-spoke
Light truck all-season tires
245/60 R18 105H
Towing capability (lbs/kg)
2017 Ridgeline | Safety and Driver Assistance
As with all Honda vehicles, the 2017 Ridgeline is designed to provide a high level of safety performance, starting with predictable and stable driving dynamics that help drivers maintain control over their vehicle in a wide variety of driving environments and circumstances, including emergency avoidance maneuvers.
Contributing to the Ridgeline’s active safety performance is a comprehensive range of features that include Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control, Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS), Brake Assist and 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution. The Ridgeline’s new i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system with dynamic torque vectoring adds an additional degree of handling prowess and all-weather traction.
Significantly advancing Honda's commitment to advanced safety technology, the 2017 Ridgeline comes standard withHonda Sensing™, a suite of technologies designed to expand the driver's situational awareness while also sensing and responding to potential road hazards including other vehicles, road obstacles and even pedestrians.
To help mitigate the severity of a frontal collision and occupant injuries, the Ridgeline utilizes Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which works in concert with a new
“3-bone” front floor structure and new hot-stamped steel door rings. Passive safety features including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags (SRS), driver and front passenger side airbags, adjustable head restraints and Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) also provide a high level of protection in the event of collision.
Combining these technologies, the 2017 Ridgeline targets the highest possible safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS: an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and top marks (NCAP 5-star and IIHS GOOD) in all crash test modes.
Key New Safety and Driver-Assistive Features
* First for Ridgeline
Top Safety Rating Targets
The new Ridgeline was designed to achieve top scores and best-in-class performance in all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In particular, the Ridgeline is projected to attain a 5-Star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score along with an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating (when equipped with Honda Sensing).
Crash Safety Ratings
2017 Ridgeline (Projected ratings)
NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score
NHTSA Overall Frontal Crash
NHTSA Overall Side Crash
IIHS safety award
TOP SAFETY PICK+
IIHS Small overlap front
IIHS Moderate overlap front
IIHS Roof strength
IIHS Head restraints & seats
IIHS Front crash prevention (when equipped with Honda Sensing)
Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Design
Structures in the front of the 2017 Ridgeline are designed to help absorb energy in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. Research by Honda shows that the following features can dramatically improve a pedestrian's chance of survival if struck by a moving vehicle.
Specific pedestrian head injury mitigation features include:
Occupant Protection from Cargo
Honda engineers took extra steps to help mitigate the possibility for items carried in the bed of the Ridgeline to intrude into the passenger compartment in the event of a frontal collision. Testing of the rear bulkhead integrity involved a frontal impact at 50km/h with 500kg (1102 pounds) of stored cargo, generating an impact load of up to 20g. In this test procedure, the rear bulkhead of the Ridgeline maintained its structural integrity and prevented cargo from entering the cabin of the vehicle.
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) is an Electronic Stability Control system that works in conjunction with the Ridgeline’s Drive-by-Wire™ throttle and its 4-channel ABS systems to enhance control capability while the vehicle is accelerating, braking, cornering or when the driver makes a sudden maneuver. VSA functions by applying brake force to one or more wheels independently while also managing the throttle, ignition and fuel systems to help the vehicle maintain the driver's intended path of travel.
The VSA system constantly analyzes data from sensors that monitor wheel speed, steering input, lateral and longitudinal G forces and yaw rate. It compares the driver's control inputs with the vehicle's actual response. Whenever the actual response falls outside of a predetermined acceptable range, VSA intervenes with a corrective action. For instance, if VSA detects an over steer condition, the system may apply braking force to the outside front and rear wheels to counteract the unintended yawing effect. In the event of understeer, VSA may apply braking to the inside rear wheel while reducing engine power to help return the vehicle to its intended course.
VSA also provides a limited-slip differential effect for the front wheels by applying braking force to a slipping wheel, thereby redirecting driving force to the wheel with more traction. VSA is calibrated to function in a near-transparent manner, and in many cases a driver will not even be aware of its operation. However, anytime the system is enhancing vehicle stability, an indicator light flashes in the instrument cluster. While the driver can reduce the traction control effectiveness allowing more wheel slip during stuck condition by pressing the VSA button, ABS remains fully operational at all times. See the Chassis section for more information.
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) is standard on all 2017 Ridgeline models. The system incorporates driving stability technology that initiates steering inputs that prompt the driver to steer in the correct direction during cornering and in slippery road conditions. Using vehicle speed and steering angle data, Motion-Adaptive EPS works with Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Electric Power Steering to detect instability in slippery road conditions both during cornering and under braking and automatically initiates steering inputs aimed at prompting the driver to steer in the correct direction. This advanced technology supports the driver's action in operating the vehicle more safely and comfortably.
Two examples of how Motion-Adaptive Electric Power Steering (EPS) functions in conjunction with VSA are:
Stabilizes Vehicle under Braking
This function helps to correct the driver’s steering input to reduce vehicle instability when the driver is braking hard on road surfaces with different friction coefficients (such as pavement that is partially covered with dirt or snow).
Mitigates Understeer and Oversteer
To mitigate potential understeer or oversteer situations, the system helps correct the steering inputs to help the driver trace the curve.
A function of the VSA system, the Brake Assist feature recognizes hard and emergency braking situations and almost instantly applies added braking force. This Brake Assist feature is controlled by a special logic in the system that evaluates the pedal application rate and force to recognize a panic stop situation. At that point, the VSA modulator pump increases braking pressure while the pedal is still being pressed to ensure maximum stopping force, an action that can help shorten braking distance.
Advanced 4-Channel ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution
The Ridgeline is fitted with 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-channel anti-lock braking (ABS). The ABS system also incorporates Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) circuitry that automatically proportions front-to-rear brake force based on the vehicle's dynamic load on each wheel. For more information see the Chassis section.
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Both the driver and front passenger seating positions have advanced front airbags (SRS) that incorporate dual-stage and multiple-threshold activation technology. If deployed, these airbags are capable of being inflated at different rates depending on crash severity, seatbelt usage and other factors. Like other Honda vehicles, the driver's front airbag is located in the steering wheel while the passenger airbag is located on the top of the dash. When deployed, the passenger airbag inflates upward and then rearward to maximize its protective potential while reducing the likelihood of injuries caused by airbag deployment.
Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Side airbags mounted in the outboard area of each front seatback are designed to help provide pelvic and thorax protection for the driver and front passenger in the event of a severe side impact. In the 2017 Ridgeline, a revised side airbag design allows the side airbags to deploy in a manner that helps mitigate the risk of injury to a smaller seat occupant. This advancement eliminates the need for the previous-generation Ridgeline’s passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS).
Side Curtain Airbags
All outboard seating positions are protected by side curtain airbags with rollover sensor system. In the event of a severe side impact, the side curtain airbags deploy from modules in the roof, providing a significant level of head protection in the window area. In the unlikely event of a rollover, a roll-rate sensor, along with multiple G sensors, determine the rate of roll and deploy the side curtain airbags accordingly. The side curtain airbags will also deploy and provide head protection in frontal small overlap impacts, such as when the front corner of the vehicle collides with solid object.
Like the other airbag systems in the vehicle, the side curtain system utilizes sensors to determine the most appropriate timing of airbag deployment. To provide the optimal level of protection for occupants, testing was performed to determine the most appropriate timing and rate of deployment in the unlikely event of a rollover. The system uses algorithms to continually evaluate the situation and determines whether a rollover is imminent. The roll-rate sensor and multiple G sensors (accelerometers) determine the "scenario" and calculate the angle of roll and the speed of the vehicle in order to deploy the airbags at the correct point for optimum protection.
In the case of a rollover, the side curtain airbags on both sides of the vehicle will deploy. However, in the event of a sufficient side impact that does not result in a rollover, only the airbags on the impacted side of the vehicle will deploy. The airbag maintains full inflation for approximately three seconds after inflation to allow for the increased duration of a rollover accident.
Adjustable Head Restraints
All seating positions feature individually adjustable head restraints. The rear headrests can be folded down independently when not in use, improving rear visibility.
Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
All Ridgeline models are equipped with a child seat-mounting system called LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren). All three of the rear seating positions are fitted with dedicated LATCH attachment points.
The LATCH system provides two lower anchors and an upper tether anchor. When used with a compatible child seat, the LATCH system provides attachment points between the child seat and the vehicle seat without having to use the vehicle's seat belts. Tether anchors are available for the remaining middle seating position and outboard driver’s side in the third row. All seat belts except the driver's are equipped with a locking retractor that can be used to help secure any child seat. Both rear side doors are also equipped with childproof door locks for added protection.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
The Ridgeline is fitted with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) that alerts a driver whenever the air pressure in one or more of the vehicle's tires decrease significantly below the recommended level. When the pressure in one or more tires drops sufficiently, it causes a low tire-pressure indicator, located in the instrument cluster or in the Multi-Information Display (MID), to illuminate. The information-selectable MID display can show all four tires pressures in real time and even if the TPMS information is not selected for viewing on the MID by the driver, it will appear automatically in the event one or more tires fall below the normal minimum pressure.
Tire Fill Assist
New for the 2017 Ridgeline, Tire Fill Assist works with TPMS to help the driver achieve the correct tire pressures quickly and easily. It does so by providing an audible chirp and flashing the parking lights when the correct air pressure is reached for any tire being filled.
Multi-Angle Rearview Camera
The 2017 Ridgeline incorporates a multi-angle rearview camera. Viewable on the Ridgeline’s standard 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen, the camera can show a top view, normal or wide view when the transmission is in Reverse. Dynamic guidelines project the vehicle’s path based on the driver’s steering inputs.
To assist in maneuvering in tight spaces, such as entering or exiting a parking space, the 2017 Ridgeline Touring and Black Edition feature a set of six parking sensors. A sensor is located at each corner of the vehicle with an additional two at the rear. When a sensor(s) detects an object close to the vehicle, the system provides an audible warning plus a visual alert on the MID and, when backing up, also on the Display Audio screen when showing the rearview camera view. With each type of visual alert the system indicates in what direction the detected object is located. The sensors are of a low profile type to improve their appearance.
For the first time on the Ridgeline, the Sport and EX-L trims includes the Honda LaneWatch™ display, while the Touring and Black Edition apply the blind spot information system in place of LaneWatch. Honda LaneWatch uses a camera located at the bottom the passenger-side exterior mirror to display a wide-angle view of the passenger side roadway on the new, larger 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. The image appears when the right turn signal is activated or when a button on the end of the turn signal stalk is pressed.
The typical field of view for a passenger-side mirror is approximately 18 to 22 degrees, but the LaneWatch™ display field-of-view is about four times greater, or approximately 80 degrees. The system helps the driver to see traffic, pedestrians or objects often in the vehicle’s blind spot. To help make judging distance easier, three reference lines are shown. Drivers should visually confirm roadway conditions prior to changing lanes.
LaneWatch™ can be customized to suit the driver’s preferences. Turn-signal activation of the LaneWatch™ system can be switched on or off, as can the three on-screen reference lines. Screen brightness, contrast and black level are also adjustable.
Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Included in the new Ridgeline Touring and Black Edition, the blind spot information (BSI) system uses radar sensors located on both sides of the rear bumpers to continually monitor blind-spot areas to help determine whether a vehicle is in the driver’s blind spot. This is the first time that this technology has been applied to Ridgeline. The system provides a visual cue by lighting an indicator near the side-view mirrors, depending on which side of the Ridgeline a vehicle is detected. The system also gives an audible warning and flashes the indicator to further alert the driver if the turn signal is activated on the side where a vehicle is being detected. To prevent false alarms while maneuvering at low speed, the BSI system is disabled below approximately 32 km/h.
Note that BSI cannot detect all vehicles, and that some vehicles or devices may interfere with the system. Drivers should always visually check for the presence of other vehicles before changing lanes..
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
In the Ridgeline Touring and Black Edition, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the BSI radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from driver's seat.
The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicles direction are shown on the centre display's rear camera image as well as an audible warning.
Comprised of a suite of standard and available safety and driver assistive features, Honda Sensing™ helps provide greater awareness of driving conditions around the vehicle, and in some cases helps drivers maintain lane position. A first for the Ridgeline model, Honda Sensing™ comes standard.
Honda Sensing™ features include the following:
*First for Ridgeline
Next-Generation Collision Mitigation Braking System
The Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) is one of the most sophisticated driver-assistive technologies available. The CMBS’s millimeter wave radar unit, located behind the front grille, and monocular camera, located between the rearview mirror and windshield, scans traffic conditions ahead of the Ridgeline.
When the system determines a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, the CMBS’s integrated FCW system’s visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to take corrective actions. The visual alert appears on the Multi-Information Display (MID). If the situation is not resolved, CMBS can apply different levels of automatic braking action to help reduce vehicle speed and eventual collision forces, and therefore to help reduce the severity of a collision if the driver doesn’t take corrective action on their own. The radar unit and camera work simultaneously and cooperatively to control the VSA modulator, which initiates any required braking.
Due to the effectiveness of its monocular camera, the CMBS on the Ridgeline can recognize shapes and differentiate between a vehicle and a pedestrian, warning the driver in each case.
It is important to note that CMBS cannot detect all objects ahead, nor is it intended to replace the driver’s assessment of traffic conditions and control of the vehicle. The driver must intervene in certain situations, and must always be attentive when using the system. Although in many cases CMBS will stop the vehicle, it is not intended to apply enough braking force to prevent all collisions. Based on the conditions, the system also may not perform all visual- and audible-alert stages, and may instead automatically engage the brakes if the system deems it necessary.
Forward Collision Warning – Integrated into CMBS
Integrated with CMBS, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses the monocular camera to detect vehicles ahead and to determine whether a collision is likely. This reduces the stress of driving in traffic, while also contributing to an increased level of passive safety.
If the FCW system detects a vehicle in front of the Ridgeline and then determines that a collision may occur (due to a speed differential between the two vehicles), it will trigger visual and audible alerts for the driver. These include a “BRAKE” message on the Multi-Information Display (MID), and a series of beeps to alert the driver to apply the brake pedal. The FCW system will not automatically brake, and the driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle and avoiding collisions. If the driver doesn’t respond to the FCW warnings, however, the CMBS is triggered into operation.
Drivers may adjust the distance at which FCW alerts occur by pressing the “Settings” button, selecting “Vehicle Settings,” and then choosing “Driver Assist System Setup” and the “Forward Collision Warning Distance” option. At this point they may choose between “Long,” “Normal” or “Short.” And if they choose to, drivers may also select “Off” to disable the FCW system entirely.
Note that the FCW system cannot detect all objects ahead and may not detect a given object; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and other factors.
Lane Keeping Assist System
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides a less stressful driving experience by reducing steering correction movements and driving effort on the highway. LKAS uses a camera to read lane markings and uses the Electric Power Steering to assist the driver in maintaining their position within the lane.
Designed for the U.S. road structure, the system uses a monocular camera mounted on the upper portion of the windshield to identify painted lanes, Botts’ Dots and other reflective markers at speeds between 72km/h and 145km/h. When LKAS senses that the driver is drifting from the middle of a detected lane, the system generates corrective steering torque to assist the driver in maintaining lane position.
LKAS may be activated and deactivated using a switch located on the lower right part of the steering wheel. The system will suspend operation after several seconds if the driver takes his or her hands off the wheel, accompanied by a visual warning in the MID, resuming when the driver makes a steering input.
Road Departure Mitigation
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) is integrated with Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (see below). RDM uses a monocular camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts' Dots and other reflective markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and, if the vehicle is detected leaving a lane marked by solid lines, braking force, via VSA, to help the Ridgeline stay in its lane.
The monocular camera recognizes lane features and identifies the lane. If the RDM system determines that the Ridgeline is about to leave a detected lane, it will provide steering assist (primary) and in rare occasions when steering assist is not sufficient to avoid leaving a lane marked by a solid line, braking assist, to help the driver stay on the road. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input. Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver's Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning.
RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration, or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.
Lane Departure Warning - Integrated into RDM
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is designed to alert the driver if the vehicle is leaving a detected lane without the turn signal being activated. The system functions at speeds from 45 to 90 mph on straight or slightly curved roads, alerting the driver of deviations from a detected lane. The LDW system utilizes the same upper front windshield camera used for CMBS and LKAS and provides the visual and auditory alerts prior to the other systems actively engaging.
If the vehicle begins to move out of a detected lane without the turn signal activated, LDW illuminates a Lane Departure message on the Multi-Information Display (MID) and sounds an audible warning, advising the driver to take appropriate action. The system can be activated and deactivated by pressing the LDW button located on the instrument panel, to the left of the steering column.
There are certain conditions under which the system may not engage or operate, including inclement weather (e.g., snow, ice or heavy rain) and extreme cabin heat (due to operability of the camera). The system will automatically suspend operation when the brakes are applied or the turn signals are used. LDW may not detect all lane markings or lane departures; accuracy will vary based on weather, speed and road condition. The driver remains responsible for safely operating the vehicle.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows the driver to set a desired speed and following interval from a vehicle detected ahead, allowing the use of cruise control in light traffic conditions. This significantly reduces the driver stress of driving in traffic. The system uses the millimeter wave radar and monocular camera to continually track the distance to the vehicle ahead, and then adjusts the Ridgeline’s speed to maintain the set following interval. A short, medium, long, or extra-long interval can be selected. When required, the Ridgeline autonomously brakes using the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator. ACC operates in the following ways in the listed circumstances:
A Multi Information Display (MID) message and audible warning alert the driver when the ACC function is activated. See the Powertrain section for more information.
Safety and Driver Assistive Features
Active Safety Features
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
Advanced 4-Channel ABS
Electronic Brake Distribution (EDB)
Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Passive Safety Features
Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Driver and Front Passenger Side Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH): 2nd-Row All
Driver's and Front Passenger's Seat-Belt Reminder
Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
Driver Assistive Features
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Front & Rear Parking Sensors
Dealer accessory (rear only)
Blind Spot Information (BSI)
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
2017 Ridgeline | Exterior
Modern and stylish, rugged and sporty, the new 2017 Ridgeline’s exterior advances Honda’s midsize pickup to the forefront of its class in design and functionality. With a notably longer wheelbase (up 80mm vs. the previous generation), increased overall length (up 75mm) and larger cargo bed (up 100mm in length and 139.7mm in width), the Ridgeline now has a more commanding presence, an even more comfortable ride, and greater cargo-carrying capability than ever before. Balancing the markedly improved utility are a slightly lower body height and width that improve Ridgeline’s aerodynamic efficiency.
The second-generation Ridgeline exterior design incorporates numerous class-exclusive features, including its Dual-Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk®, and the available world’s first available Truck Bed Audio System, which, when paired with an available built-in 400-watt AC inverter, makes Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. Advanced exterior lighting, including available LED daytime running lights (DRL) and LED projector low-beam headlights which include the addition of auto high-beam, further add to the new Ridgeline’s convenience, style and functionality.
Key Exterior Features (*first for Ridgeline)
Starting with a bright-chromed bar grille design (black chrome on Black Edition) and charging rearward from there, the 2017 Ridgeline’s all-new exterior design is advanced, aerodynamic and tough, with a more traditional three-box profile integrated with modern design detailing. The second-generation Ridgeline is also longer, with a 80mm longer wheelbase and 75mm longer overall, creating a stronger, more truck-like profile. The added length also expands the Ridgeline’s capabilities, with best-in-class passenger volume (see Interior section) and improved cargo-carrying utility.
The new Ridgeline marries aerodynamic efficiency to a traditional truck profile, with the overall design backed up by intensive tuning and testing. In front, the lenses of the LED daytime running lights (DRL) and available LED projector beam headlights are rakish and aggressive. The chiseled front fascia, air inlets and skid plate evoke rugged high performance. The hood and front fenders are likewise strengthened with sharp character lines that add a muscular and purposeful air.
The flush-mounted windshield is raked aggressively, lowering wind noise and improving fuel efficiency simultaneously. The flush side glass, now 43-percent thicker than on the previous Ridgeline, further reduces noise levels in the cabin. The body sides are clean and strong in appearance, with sculpted lower sills, a rising character line and bulging wheel openings all adding visual solidity. A wind tunnel-developed spoiler array at the rear edges of the passenger cabin and top of the flip/swing tailgate help to reduce drag at highway speeds.
Bright chrome trim surrounds the side windows for an upscale appearance, with the chrome widening at the C-pillar, adding further substance. Standard 18-inch wheels, and in back, a larger tailgate and new LED taillight array further add to the Ridgeline’s substantial presence. Sport and Black Edition feature dark finishes for an aggressive, custom-shop look.
The Ridgeline’s unit-body is comprised of multiple stampings of different steel grades, from 270 MPa mild steel to 1500 MPa ultra-high-strength steel. The inner and outer door frames are complex assemblies using four different steel grades and six stampings, while the rear fenders are created separately from a single steel grade (270 MPa). This new construction, which replaces the one-piece body side panels (door frame and rear fender) on the previous generation Ridgeline, affords improved reparability in the event of a side impact. A rubber seal is applied to the area between the cab and rear fender for a clean and finished appearance.
Measuring 1625.6mm 5 foot, 4 inches in length, the 2017 Ridgeline’s bed is 100mmlonger than the previous generation and is complemented by a class-leading overall payload capacity of up to 713kg (LX), an increase of 19kg compared to the previous model. The bed length further increases to 2120.9mm with the load-supporting Dual-Action Tailgate (see below) in the down position.
The 2017 Ridgeline bed is also wider than the previous generation in all dimensions, including:
These dimensions, capacities and features permit the Ridgeline to easily transport heavy objects such as motorcycles or appliances, an ATV or a riding mower. Each of its eight tie-down cleats is rated to secure 158kg.
The bed’s working surfaces are likewise improved as follows:
Other Ridgeline bed features include:
The Ridgeline is also available with a wide variety of accessories, including adjustable crossbars, a cargo bed net, and a tri-fold hard tonneau cover.
The Ridgeline’s dual-action tailgate opens down like a typical truck tailgate, but it can also swing open to the side like a door. This gives users a choice of easy-access methods for both cargo and the 206.7L In-Bed Trunk® (see below). With the tailgate down, the 1625.6mm (5-foot, 4-inch) bed extends to more than 2133mm (7 feet). The tailgate inner surface features two comfortable molded-in seats, quite literally improving its “tailgate party” capability.
The new Ridgeline’s In-Bed Trunk keeps gear secure and out of sight. Its weather-tight, 206.7L capacity can accommodate large items, like suitcases, a television, golf bags or a cooler up to 77.6L in size. The trunk also provides clean and secure storage for the Ridgeline’s spare tire, jack and tools. The trunk floor is now flat, improving versatility compared to the previous-generation Ridgeline, whose trunk floor included a hump to allow clearance for the muffler. If the customer wants to use their trunk to store wet items or wash out the trunk, a handy drain plug allows easy drainage. Finally, three grocery-bag hooks allow securing groceries inside the trunk.
The Ridgeline’s standard Proximity Key Entry unlocks the trunk upon the driver’s approach (sensing the proximity of the remote key fob).
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Ridgeline Sport, and higher trim features a one-touch power moonroof with tilt feature that will fully open or close with a single touch of the switch. The moonroof mechanism was purposely designed to provide ample headroom. The moonroof has a sliding sunshade that opens with the roof and can be closed to block sunlight. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully depress the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to ensure that the moonroof will not forcefully close if someone's hand or arm is positioned in the path of the glass. If an obstruction is detected, the mechanism will reopen the moonroof. See Interior section for more information.
Low Drag Exterior
Optimized in scale wind tunnel and full-scale coast-down validation, the 2017 Ridgeline’s aerodynamic improvements include a 15-percent reduction in the coefficient of drag (CdA), as determined by CFD simulations. Aerodynamic aids include drag-reducing aerodynamic spoilers located at the rear of the roof and on the top of the tailgate (see Body section for additional details).
The 2017 Ridgeline incorporates a wide range of available light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting features, including LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED low-beam projector headlights, LED side marker lights and LED taillights.
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
The Ridgeline Sport trim and higher have bright, distinctive LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL). A signature design feature of the new Ridgeline, the DRLs utilize a wing shape positioned above and beside the available LED projector low-beams. Shaped to match the rugged, purposeful stance of the new Ridgeline, the LED DRL array is wider at the side and thinner on top, gradually tapering as it moves toward the inside of the headlight lens. Stylistically, the DRLs strongly and clearly define the front corners of the Ridgeline.
LED Projector Headlights with Auto On/Off
Exclusively on the Ridgeline Touring and Black Edition, LED low-beam projector headlights provide improved nighttime illumination and visibility compared to contemporary high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights. The low beams reach approximately 140m compared to approximately 110m for traditional halogen low beams, and the beam width is approximately 30m compared to approximately 20m for halogen low beams.
Besides improving driver confidence and passive safety, the LED headlights use less energy, helping to enhance fuel efficiency by reducing engine loads. In addition, the LED headlights last up to three times longer than HID headlights and up to six times longer than halogen headlights – contributing to less frequent replacement and the associated cost savings. An auto on/off function is included, and the low-beams are also keyed to the remote key fob operation.
Auto High Beam
A crucial feature that should help the Ridgeline achieve a top Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the auto high beam feature on the Touring and Black Edition uses a camera located on the rearview mirror mount to continually scan for oncoming traffic and for traffic ahead of the vehicle in the same lane. The system illuminates the high beams except when oncoming traffic is detected. In this case the headlights automatically switch to the LED low-beams until the traffic has passed, then automatically switch back to high beams. Requiring no intervention or action from the driver, the auto high beam feature significantly improves nighttime illumination for enhanced active safety. The system functions when the headlight switch is in the Auto position, and may be disabled and reactivated by a quick pull on the high-beam stalk. An HSS icon appears on the instrument panel when the system is functioning.
All 2017 Ridgeline trims feature large LED taillights, bolstering the substantial truck-like appearance.
The Ridgeline Sport and above trims are equipped with halogen fog lights to enhance visibility and safety in inclement weather.
The 2017 Ridgeline’s new wiper design uses fewer parts – 11 versus 17 on the previous model – to reduce replacement cost. Designed to cover the maximum possible windshield area, the left (driver) and right (front passenger) windshield wipers are 25.6 inches and 23.6 inches long, respectively. They also feature breakaway wiper pivots to mitigate the potential for injury in the event of a pedestrian collision.
Power Sliding Rear Window
The Ridgeline Sport and above trims include a power sliding rear window, an exclusive feature in the midsize truck class. The window is controlled by a switch mounted on the centre ceiling console, and is also now equipped with a defroster. The Ridgeline LX trim comes with a fixed rear window, equipped with a defroster (see Body section).
The five 2017 Ridgeline models offer a variety of distinctive exterior trim finishes, including chrome and black chrome, body colour, and black. Up front, all trims have Honda’s defining chrome grille bar and body-colour grille frame. Likewise, all trims have body-colour painted side mirror housings. Door handles are body colour with the exception of the blacked-out Sport, and chrome on the Touring. The Sport also includes unique badging. Finally, all Ridgeline trims benefit from chrome side window surrounds with the exception of high-gloss black on Ridgeline Sport and Black Edition. The complete list of exterior trim detail includes:
Side Mirror Housings
Body colour w/high-gloss black base
Body colour w/high-gloss black base
High gloss black
Side Window Surround
Rear Bumper Detail
The 2017 Ridgeline is available in seven exterior colours including three metallic, four pearl colours, depending on trim level. All colours have a strong character, offering expressive contrasts that complement the Ridgeline’s body-panel curves and angles, while also exhibiting a modern, sophisticated and rugged appearance. The colours are:
Modern Steel Metallic
White Diamond Pearl
Lunar Silver Metallic
Crystal Black Pearl
Copperhead Red Pearl
Obsidian Blue Pearl
Forest Mist Metallic
Exterior Specifications and Features
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
Power sliding rear window
Truck Bed Audio System*
Push Button Start/Stop
LED daytime running lights (DRL)
Halogen projector headlights with Auto-on/off
LED projector headlights with Auto high-beam* and Auto on/off
LED high mount stop light
LED stop and tail lights
Halogen fog lights
One-touch turn signals
Power side mirrors
Roof rails (Silver or Black accessory)
(2 front/4 rear)
Dealer accessory (rear only)
Capless fueling system*
2017 Ridgeline | Interior
The 2017 Ridgeline interior is a clean-slate design that offers new levels of premium quality, convenience and user-friendly technology in spacious, versatile package. The new Ridgeline reaches higher into the premium end of the truck market with major upgrades to interior quality and refinement and more premium features than ever before, including available heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, power folding mirrors and memory seating—all offered as standard equipment on the line-topping Ridgeline Touring and the dramatic Ridgeline Black Edition. Further, the 2017 Ridgeline incorporates the latest in connected-car technology, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility.
All Ridgeline trims feature class-leading interior roominess, including comfortable five-passenger seating. The three-person second-row seating offers spacious underseat storage or can be quickly flipped vertically to convert fully to cargo mode.
Available Interior Features
The new Ridgeline interior takes the refinement to a whole new level with high-quality, soft-touch materials and premium touches applied liberally throughout, including a leatherette dash board upper with stitch pattern and LED accent lighting in the first two rows. The instrument panel is highlighted by striking new high-contrast instrumentation, a 4.2-inch full-colour Multi-Information Display (MID) and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen. Fit, finish and materials have received close attention, and soft leather seating is standard on EX-L and higher trims.
The Ridgeline Black Edition features many unique interior styling features, including red-perforated black leather seating with contrasting red stitching, black headliner and upper cabin trim, red accent stitching on the doors, red LED ambient lighting and “Black Edition” logos stitched into the seatbacks and floor mats.
The Ridgeline’s interior palette is sophisticated and coordinated, and is offered in Neutral Black, Wisteria Gray or Shadow Beige colours—black fabric in the LX and Sport, Neutral Black, Wisteria Gray or Shadow Beige perforated leather in the EX-L and Touring, and red-perforated black leather with red accent stitching in the Ridgeline Black Edition.
Interior Colour Options
Red- Perforated Black
Versatile, Spacious Cabin
The Ridgeline has always been appreciated for its roomy and versatile cabin and user-friendly design, and the new 2017 Ridgeline interior builds on those proven attributes. In terms of passenger dimensions, the new Ridgeline is close to its predecessor in most dimensions. The new Ridgeline interior makes its largest gain in front hip room, with an increase of 38.1mm. With a passenger volume of 3106L (3084L in Sport and higher), the 2017 Ridgeline has the most spacious interior in its class.
Headroom, front, mm
1019 (1003, Sport and higher)
Headroom, rear, mm
Shoulder room, front, mm
Shoulder room, rear, mm
Hip room, front, mm
Hip room, rear, mm
Leg room, front, mm
Leg room, rear, mm
EPA passenger volume, L
3106 (3094, Sport and higher)
Rear seat under-seat storage volume, L
In-bed trunk volume, L
Multi-Function Centre Console
The Ridgeline interior offers a range of convenient storage features for the driver and passengers. The centre console is specially engineered to offer tremendous versatility and utility. Up front, it has a smartphone tray and a pair of cupholders. The main storage compartment is topped by a sliding tambour door that disappears from view when opened, instead of getting in the way as a hinged lid might. When closed, it creates a large, rigid and flat surface upon which items, like a purse, can be placed. Inside is a sliding smartphone tray, along with a 12-volt power outlet and USB and auxiliary jacks. The interior compartment is large enough to accommodate large items like flashlights, lock boxes, tool bags or up to five iPads. The rear of the centre console includes automatic climate vents for the rear seat passengers.
The heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, on EX-L and higher trims incorporates the most commonly used controls, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. In all trims, the steering wheel offers manual tilt and telescopic adjustment. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and audio system controls are located on the left side of the steering wheel; cruise control and Multi-Information Display (MID) controls and LKAS and ACC controls are on the right side.
One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
The Ridgeline Sport trims and above feature a power tilting and sliding front moonroof with a manual sunshade. To tilt or slide the moonroof, the driver or front passenger needs only to fully press the ceiling-mounted switch once (instead of pressing and holding it for several seconds). The moonroof fully opens or closes automatically. However, if the operator wishes to only partially open or close the moonroof (such as to achieve partial ventilation), a lighter touch yields fully manual control. The moonroof can also tilt to provide ventilation. An auto-reverse feature is built in, helping to mitigate the possibility of a pinched finger or limb. If the moonroof motor’s ECU detects a threshold level of mechanical resistance, indicating a possible obstruction, the motor will automatically reverse and reopen the moonroof.
Power Windows, Locks and Mirrors
Power windows are standard equipment on all Ridgeline models and include auto-up and -down operation on the driver’s and front passenger’s windows. Power door locks and heated power door mirrors are standard equipment on all Ridgeline models. Ridgeline Sport models and above include mirror integrated LED turn signal. Smart Entry is standard on all Ridgeline.
To provide more flexible shading from the sun, all Ridgelines come equipped with sliding driver and front passenger sunvisors that can be extended 154.9mm along their mounting shaft, a distance that provides perpendicular shade for the eyes even when the front seats are in their rear-most position.
Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
EX-L and above models feature an electro-chromatic interior rearview mirror that automatically dims during nighttime driving to reduce glare from the headlights of following vehicles.
The Ridgeline has analog instrumentation with large tachometer on the left and coolant-temperature and fuel-level gauge on the right of a central 4.2-inch full-colour Multi-Information Display (MID) that provides a range of information and trip computer functions. The digital speedometer is prominently positioned front-and-centre above the MID.
The gauge package progressively illuminates to give the driver a welcoming feel upon entry. When the door is first opened, the instrument lighting illuminates and then brightens progressively to 100-percent illumination when the ignition is switched on. The illuminated instrument panel then comes alive, indicating that the vehicle is ready to go. At the end of the drive, the instrument lighting dims progressively.
The Ridgeline instrument panel provides important vehicle information via a Multi-Information Display (MID) positioned centrally in the meter panel. Controls positioned on the right side of the steering wheel allow the driver to cycle the MID display through multiple screens of information from sources including LKAS, ACC and more. The Ridgeline MID also displays turn-by-turn directions when using embedded navigation..
The Maintenance Minder™ system alerts the Ridgeline driver of upcoming maintenance needs via the MID and should a fault occur with the vehicle, specific warning information will appear. The display indicates when to change the oil, air cleaner, transmission fluid, spark plugs or coolant, as well as when to rotate the tires.
Multi-information Display Features
4.2-Inch Colour LCD Screen
Average Fuel Economy Indicator
Door and Tailgate-Open Indicator
Engine Oil-Life Indicator
Gear Position Indicator
Hood Open Indicator
Instant Fuel Economy Indicator
Odometer and Trip Meters (2)
Starter System Indicator
Intelligent Traction Management System
Exterior Temperature Indicator
Corner and Backup Sensor Indicator
Customizable Feature Settings
Advanced and Intuitive Instrumentation and Controls
All important systems and controls in the Ridgeline are positioned within easy reach of the driver. Controls for the systems used most frequently—audio, cruise control, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, available navigation system with voice recognition and Multi-Information Display—are conveniently positioned on the steering wheel. The main instrumentation is an easy-to-read analog design, supplemented with digital and graphic displays. Typical of Honda interior design, the soft-touch switchgear of the Ridgeline is engineered to deliver a high-quality feel and positive action. A new standard multi-angle rearview camera provides a choice of three different views.
12-Volt Battery-Charging System Indicator
Airbag System Indicator
Brake System Indicator
Coolant Temperature Indicator
Cruise Control Indicators
ECON Mode Indicator
Electric Power Steering (EPS) Indicator
Fuel Level Indicator
Immobilizer System Indicator
Low-Oil Pressure Indicator
Seat-Belt Reminder Indicator
Security System Indicator
System Message Indicator
Turn Signal/Hazard Indicators
VSA System and VSA-Off Indicators
AWD System Indicator
Fog Lights Indicator
Smart Entry System Indicator
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) On and System Indicators
FCW / CMBS Indicator
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) On and System Indicators
LDW / RDM Indicator
Auto High-Beam Indicator
Blind Spot Information System (BSI) Indicator
Complementing the remote entry system is a standard engine-immobilizer system. A special electronically coded key prevents the vehicle from being started—even if a mechanical duplicate of the key is used. A transponder, built into the key, signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the vehicle is hotwired, or an unauthorized key is used, the engine will not start.
In the Ridgeline, the 6-speed automatic transmission has a conventional straight-gate shifter that is intuitive and easy-to-use and takes up little space in the centre console.
2017 Ridgeline | Comfort and Convenience
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline elevates passenger comfort and convenience in the midsize truck category with an expanded range of standard and available welcoming features that make driving easier and more enjoyable. Now with the ease of Hill Start Assist, standard Smart Entry and Push Button Start and available two-driver memory settings, the Ridgeline enhances the driving experience. Passenger comfort is assured with supportive front bucket seats and accommodating rear seating for three that can be quickly reconfigured to accept cargo.
New Comfort and Convenience Features
Smart Entry and Push Button Start/Stop
For the first time, the 2017 Ridgeline offers the upscale convenience of Proximity Key Entry and Push Button Start/Stop.
Proximity Key Entry
Standard on all Ridgeline, the Proximity Key Entry system simplifies approaching, entering and operating the Ridgeline – especially when the driver has his or her hands full. To gain entry to vehicle, the driver simply pulls one of the two front door handles while the remote is in his or her possession.
On all trims, once the driver has opened the door and is seated, the driver simply pushes the START/STOP button positioned on the instrument panel while pressing the brake pedal to start the vehicle. Powertrain operation and certain electrical functions are ended when the START/STOP button is pressed again at the conclusion of the drive. For accessory mode the driver simply presses the START/STOP button without pressing the brake pedal. The new Ridgeline’s START/STOP button features a pulsating light to help the driver more easily locate the button.
Standard remote engine start enables drivers to start their Ridgeline in advance of the drive, thereby activating the climate control system with a target temperature of 22 degrees celcius before they get to the vehicle – perfect for hot or cold days. The system can provide owners with the comfort of a pre-warmed vehicle on a cold winter morning – or a pre-cooled interior on hot days. The system will automatically operate the heater, front and rear defrosters, front heated seatsheated steering wheel (if equipped) and air conditioning, as needed.
The remote engine start feature is built into the key fobs supplied with the vehicle, and is designed to have a range of operation of approximately 55m. To start the engine remotely, the owner presses the LOCK button and then holds the ENGINE button for a second. The Ridgeline’s hazard lights will flash, indicating that the signal has been received. When the engine is started remotely, the wipers, lighting and audio systems remain off, and the security system remains set. The engine will run for up to 10 minutes after remote starting and can be extended by another 10 minutes using the same procedure, and then shut off automatically if the owner doesn’t reach the vehicle within that time. When the owner does get to the Ridgeline within 10 minutes, or extended period if the procedure is initiated a second time, the engine will keep running while the owner unlocks the vehicle, gets in, applies the brake and presses the Ridgeline’s START button, which turns on all of the vehicle’s systems.
HomeLink® Remote System
Ridgeline Sport and higher models feature a HomeLink® universal remote system, located in the overhead control panel, which can be programmed with the codes of up to three devices, such as a garage-door opener or home security system.
The Ridgeline Touring and Black Edition models come with two keyless remotes with unique identifiers. Each remote can be set with unique profiles to accommodate the individual preferences of two different drivers. The available preferences include driver seat and mirror positions, door lock and unlock, along with select HVAC functions. Other preferences include turning entry lights on or off, audio system pre-sets, air conditioning preferences, and navigation system settings. In the event both owners use the vehicle at the same time, the Ridgeline will recognize the keyless remote that approaches the driver’s door first.
After parking, a press of the LOCK button on the remote will simultaneously lock all the doors and trunk. A touch of the soft-touch lock button on either front door handle locks all doors and trunk to secure the Ridgeline. The system will not allow the remote to be locked in the interior of the Ridgeline.
Walk Away Door Lock
The new Walk Away Door Lock feature automatically locks the Ridgeline when the driver leaves the vehicle. This hands-free locking capability adds everyday convenience that’s especially useful when the driver has his or her hands full or is distracted. In typical use, when all doors are closed and the driver walks away, the Ridgeline will automatically lock when the key holder’s distance from the vehicle exceeds 2.0m for two seconds or more and when no other key is detected inside the vehicle. An audible buzzer sounds and the hazard lights flash to confirm that the vehicle has locked. The Walk Away Door Lock feature is programmable, and may be turned on or off as the driver prefers.
Capless Fueling System
The Ridgeline’s capless fueling eliminates the fuel cap, meaning that fueling the vehicle simply requires opening the fuel lid, refueling, and then closing the lid. This smart and easy-to-use design eliminates the need to touch a dirty fuel cap, reduces the possibility of damaging the vehicle's paint with the fuel cap or tether, or forgetting the fuel cap at the gas station. It also eliminates the possibility of activating an emissions warning by failing to properly reinstall the fuel cap. And finally, the capless fueling system allows the use of a smaller fuel-cap door, which cleans up the lines of the vehicle.
The system consists of two integrated components, an outer shutter mechanism that prevents the intrusion of dirt and dust, and a self-sealing fueling flap that is closed by a torsion spring. Both operate automatically.
At a gas station, the driver simply opens the fuel lid and then inserts the fuel nozzle. Inserting the nozzle automatically opens the outer shutter and fueling flap. When fueling is complete, removing the fuel nozzle automatically closes both the fueling flap and outer shutter.
The Hill Start Assist function helps to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal while the vehicle is stopped on a hill. Hill Start Assist automatically activates when the vehicle senses a certain incline and is fully stopped in any forward gear when facing up hill or reverse gear when facing downhill. The system uses a longitudinal G-sensor along with a wheel speed sensor to control the hydraulic brake modulator. Hill Start Assist, when activated, will release the brakes when the driver depresses the throttle or if the driver doesn’t press the accelerator after a few seconds.
The Ridgeline’s auto high-beam system, standard in Touring and Black Edition, makes optimal use of the vehicle’s headlights. When the headlight switch is set in the Auto position, the system automatically illuminates the high beams until a dedicated camera detects oncoming traffic or a vehicle in front of the Ridgeline and automatically switches to low beams. See Body section for more information.
First Row Seating
The Ridgeline’s new front bucket seats are designed to provide comfortable support for a wide range of body types, along with secure lateral support for cornering. The seats feature fabric seating surfaces in LX and Sport trims, with perforated leather in the EX-L and Touring trims. The Black Edition has unique red perforated black leather seating surfaces with red stitching. The Ridgeline driver’s seat on Sport and above features 8-way power adjustability. The EX-L and above also add a front passenger seat that offers 4-way power adjustability as standard, along with heating for both front seats. In the Touring and Black Edition, all driver's seat power adjustments are included in the Proximity Key Entry system. The system stores a pair of user profile seat settings—one for each of the two key fobs that come standard with the Ridgeline.
The Ridgeline’s roomy rear seating is designed for maximum comfort and versatility, with a 60/40 split flip-up design that makes it easy to accommodate passengers or cargo. Underseat storage can accommodate a golf bag or other cargo hidden out of view with a total of 288.8L of unimpeded space. With the seat flipped up against the rear wall of the cabin, there’s room for most adult-sized bicycles, without the need to remove the front wheel. Other bulky cargo can fit easily as well, like a 47-inch flat screen TV or other items that are better carried inside the cab of the Ridgeline.
Comfort and Convenience Features
Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System
Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
Push Button Start
Hill Start Assist
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down Driver's and Front Passenger's Window
Power Door and Trunk Locks
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
Multi-Functional Centre Console Storage
Lockable Glove Compartment
12-Volt Power Outlets (Front & Centre Console)
Driver's and Front Passenger's Seatback Pockets
Remote Fuel Filler Door Release
Rear Window Defroster
Rear-Seat Heater Ducts
Incandescent cargo bed light
LED cargo bed light2
Capless Fuel Filler
Map Lights (All Rows)
Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls
Beverage Holders (Front Row-2 / rear row-6)
HomeLink® Remote System
Driver's and Front Passenger's Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
Conversation Mirror with Sunglasses Holder
115-Volt Power Outlet (in cargo bed)
Auto High Beam Headlamps
Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
LED overhead lighting
LED front door handle lighting