It operates on a FWD system, shares a whole lot of hardware with an SUV, doesn’t boast as much workhorse strength as its rivals, rides on a unibody frame, doesn’t offer much excitement in terms of looks, and has been criticized by some reviewers for performing too politely on the road.

Is it therefore fair to continue pricing the second-gen 2017 Honda Ridgeline much higher than other mid-size pickups in the market? Barring the destination charge of $900, the truck requires buyers to fork out at least $29,475.

The Chevrolet Colorado costs $20,100, the Toyota Tacoma asks for a minimum of $23,660, and the Nissan Frontier starts from only $18,290. Honda, why so expensive?

Perhaps it’s the in-bed sound system linked to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the infotainment system of the Ridgeline that justifies its steeper price.

Made In America

But that’s an optional feature, and not a part of its base price. Maybe it’s the waterproof trunk space under its bed. Or maybe it’s the superb fuel economy that’s only matched by the Chevrolet Colorado Duramax that costs $38,500 onwards.

2017-Honda-Ridgeline-Trunk-Bed

When the first-gen Ridgeline was initially released in late 2005, it was found to be more ‘American’ than US-brand pickups such as the Chevrolet Avalanche, given that 75 percent of its parts were sourced from North America as opposed to only 61 percent for the Avalanche.

That could still be the case today, and it is very well within reason to believe so. The most expensive vehicle produced in the US is actually the Acura NSX, and the Honda Accord is found to be the only vehicle from a foreign brand in the top 25 of the 2016 Kogod Made In America Auto Index, ranked at fifth.

So, why do you think the 2017 Honda Ridgeline starts at a much higher price than its mid-size peers?


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5 Comments

Jeff · June 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

This article doesn’t make any sense. It’s comparing a crew cab Honda ridgeline with regular cab configured competitors. Price out the competitors crew cab versions and the prices are not that different.

    Walt · June 28, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Exactly. Hello apple, meet orange.

Andrew · June 26, 2016 at 11:22 am

Test drove the Ridgeline, Friday night and the interior room is much more spacious than any of the competitors. I have to drive with my head cocked to the side on the Colorado and I feel like a big man in a small box on the Tacoma. As Jeff mentioned they are comparing a crew cab that held 5 people for the test drive to a standard cab model.

Ross · June 27, 2016 at 8:38 am

You get what you pay for in life … 260k on my current Ridgeline.Will be getting the newer verision.

terry hinckley · June 27, 2016 at 12:38 pm

Just took delivery of my RTL-E and I must say the quality inside and out is far superior to the competition. Available features are a real bonus and the cab size feels more full size that mid. Yes its a unibody but for those looking to trade up from an SUV for something with more utility it’s the only choice. Option the competition and price is no different. So for a lot of people it’s a no brainer!

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