At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the announcements for Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, and Utility Vehicle of the Year were made. And in its first production year of its second generation, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline took top honors. That’s right, folks. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is the 2017 Truck of the Year!
How Truck of the Year is Determined
Automotive journalists from across the United States and Canada are assembled to score entries in each category. The criteria are as such: innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction and value. Scores are tallied from the 60 judges to rank the vehicles in each segment.
For the truck category, it wasn’t even close. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline scored 364 points, followed in a distant second place by the Ford F-Series with 193 points. The Nissan Titan also qualified but fell short, scoring just 72 points.
The 2017 Truck of the Year award is a huge win for Honda, whose midsize pickup has made headlines across the auto industry. Despite taking on a more traditional truck design, the Ridgeline has unique features that set it apart from the crowd.
Ridgeline’s Claim to Fame
If you are looking for a truck that spans the gap between a fullsize truck and an SUV, the Ridgeline fits well. Its i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system is unique in the class, taking a more passenger-friendly approach to truck ownership. It also has a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. It’s a fuel efficient choice by the masters of efficiency.
And Honda has brought back some of the most popular Ridgeline features for 2017. The dual-action tailgate is still in use, dropping down like a traditional tailgate or swinging open like a door. And once the tailgate is open, the in-bed trunk is accessible. And now, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has an available in-bed inverter for the ultimate in tailgate parties.
Check out the 2017 Truck of the Year, the Honda Ridgeline, for yourself at Jay Wolfe Honda in Kansas City. We’re your local Honda specialists, providing an exceptional experience for each of our customers.