In back-to-back years, Honda has received one of the industry’s top honors: A North American Car & Truck/Utility of the Year Award, which is given out annually at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Civic took home last year’s award and now passes the torch to the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, who beat out best-sellers like the Ford F-Series and Nissan Titan to secure the title of North American Truck of the Year for just the second time in a decade.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers,” said John Mendel, the Executive V.P. of American Honda Motor Co. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017.”

The innovations alluded to by Mendel include the following:

  • Truck Bed Audio System – This is the world’s first truck bed-integrated sound system that works separately from the cabin’s audio system.
  • Dual Action Tailgate – The Dual Action Tailgate utilizes both vertical and horizontal hinges, allowing the tailgate to swing down (traditional) or to the side.
  • In-Bed Trunk – Like a car, the Ridgeline has a trunk that’s concealed and built into the truck bed.
  • Dent-Resistant Composite Bed – The heavy-duty truck bed is both dent- and scratch-resistant.
  • Unibody Frame – A flexible and secure frame reduces weight aids in improved ride quality.

The new Ridgeline is also the only pickup truck to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins North American Truck of the Year Award
Photo: honda.com

Test Drive the 2017 Ridgeline in Central Florida

With its newly acquired award, the Ridgeline is about to make a bigger impact across the country and here in Central Florida. Come test drive the prized Honda Ridgeline today at our Honda dealership, and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Find and contact your closest Central Florida Honda Dealers location in Gainesville, Ocala, Daytona Beach, and the surrounding area, and we’ll gladly hand you the keys to 2017’s best new pickup. In addition to the ‘17 Ridgeline, we also carry the latest and greatest cars for sale and offer incredible Honda financing and lease deals on every type of Honda model.

Sources:

http://northamericancaroftheyear.org/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/all-new-innovative-2017-honda-ridgeline-wins-north-american-truck-of-the-year-award-300387652.html

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/ridgeline-crew-cab-pickup/2017

http://alabamanewscenter.com/2017/01/09/alabama-built-honda-ridgeline-wins-2017-truck-of-the-year-award/

Photo Sources:

http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline