|2017 Honda Ridgeline||2016 RAM 1500|
|3.5L V6||Standard Engine||3.6L V6|
|6-speed Automatic||Standard Transmission||8-speed Automatic|
|Targeted Best-in-Class||Combined Fuel Efficiency||11.2 l/100km|
|48 in.||Flat Bed Space||51 in.|
2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 RAM 1500
In our opinion, the upcoming all-new, next-generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline won’t just be the best truck in the midsize segment, but it’ll hold its own against bigger trucks as well. We recently pitted it against the most popular truck in the country, one of the big three – the Ford F150. So we thought we’d go ahead and see how it would fare against one of the others, and we were surprised to see that the standard Dodge RAM is actually superior to the Ford in many of the areas we were able to look at.
Unfortunately, there are very few areas to look at right now, as details about the new Ridgeline are still being held pretty close to Honda’s chest. Instead, we thought we’d look at some of the areas we do know about, and see how our truck would fare in an early comparison pitting 2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 RAM 1500.
Advantages of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
Unfortunately, right now the Ridgeline seems to be at a disadvantage. But without actual specifications, things are unclear. The RAM 1500 does have a slightly bigger engine, but 0.1L would be barely noticeable. So the Ridgeline could be more powerful than the RAM, or at least come pretty close. But there is nothing the Ridgeline can do against the RAM’s standard 8-speed automatic, as the Honda will only be offered with a standard 6-speed.
There is one area we know for certain the 2017 Honda Ridgeline will trump the RAM 1500, and that’s fuel efficiency. The midsize truck segment is already known for having superior fuel efficiency to the full-size segment, and with Honda stating that they’re targeting best-in-class fuel economy we feel pretty confident in saying that the Ridgeline will be more efficient than the RAM 1500’s 11.2 l/100km combined.
Honda has also stated that the Ridgeline will have the widest flat bed space in the midsize truck segment, which will allow for much larger items to be carted around in the cargo bed. While the RAM 1500 does have an advantage over the Ridgeline, we think it’s quite telling that the midsize truck is only 3-inches narrower than its full-size competitor. If you’d like to be kept in the loop about the 2017 Honda Ridgeline as information becomes available, be sure to fill out the form below.