2017 Honda Ridgeline first drive review – Not your typical truck

In trucks, as in all things, you can take the easy way or the hard way, and the 2017 Ridgeline suggests Honda has some masochists in its ranks. In a market filled with beefy, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin competitors, the second-generation Ridgeline takes a more measured, considered approach. That works for Civic and Accord, but are Tacoma and Colorado drivers really ready to embrace the thinking person’s pickup?

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The original Ridgeline was a love-it-or-hate-it truck, not least because of its styling. Honda took a risk, and the result was memorable and distinctive, but not entirely in a good way. Many potential buyers, the company now concedes, dismissed the Ridgeline before they even got near a dealer’s forecourt: the style simply turned them off.


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