Honda’s second-gen Ridgeline was introduced back in January at NAIAS in Detroit, but it’s only now that we have details about the fuel economy ratings. It was well worth the wait as the midsize workhorse is the most frugal among segment rivals fitted with a gasoline engine. A front-wheel-drive 2017 Ridgeline is going to return a more than decent 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, giving it a combined 22 mpg.
Go for the all-wheel-drive version and mpg numbers marginally decrease to 18 city / 25 highway for a combined 21 mpg. For the sake of comparison, the previous Ridgeline (which came only in AWD flavor) returned 15/21 mpg.
So, how does it stack up against gasoline rivals? Pretty well, actually. The closest competitor is the comparable Toyota Tacoma which does 18/23 mpg with the V6, all-wheel-drive, and automatic gearbox. Next are the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado twins which will do 17/24 mpg.
Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the 2017 Ridgeline was developed by Honda R&D Americas and is going to be assembled in Lincoln, Alabama. You’ll be able to get it only with that 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to either the front or both axles. It’s going to have enough punch for a payload capacity of almost 1,600 pounds (725 kilograms) and it will feature an industry-first in-bed audio system.
Details about the engine’s output have not been disclosed so far, but the same unit churns 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) and 262 pound-feet (355 newton meters) of torque in the 2016 Pilot.