Did an errant tow rating sticker rat out the fact that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the exact same tow rating as last year?
When the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was introduced in Detroit, Honda was light on details except the fact that the payload rating is 1,600 pounds. According to The Fast Lane Truck earlier last week, it looks like a stray tow rating sticker may have leaked what the actual tow rating of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline actually is. At 5,000 pounds, it gains no more towing capacity than it did from the first generation Honda Ridgeline which is a bit disappointing. Take a look at the video for yourself below and leave a comment if you think this sticker is true or just a mistake.
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We do know that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline uses the same exact platform as the Honda Pilot. Although Honda hasn’t given us any power ratings, we can assume they’ll throw the same 3.5L V6 taking numbers from 250 HP and 247 lb-ft to 280 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. That’s roughly a 10 percent increase in overall power. In addition, we expect the Honda Ridgeline to be that much more efficient and quicker with improved safety ratings and a stronger AWD system.
And while lots of keyboard warriors and supposed people “in the market” for a truck might bemoan the fact that tow ratings aren’t improved, Honda doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Have you seen their latest Super Bowl ad? While other truck commercials might be boasting herculean feats of strength, Honda’s Ridgeline has a bunch of singing sheep.
While its tow rating capacity might not be the Ridgeline’s strongest suit (it’s easily trumped by smaller trucks like Tacoma, Frontier, and Colorado) it does have the widest flat load floor of its class and has a waterproof and drainable in-bed storage. Combine those facts with a 1,600 payload rating, and it’s more hauler than most people need.
Honda won’t compete with Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado and that’s fine. We just hoped they’d improve the towing rating, even by a little bit.