2017 Honda Ridgeline with Honda Genuine Accessories

After its debut at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Honda Ridgeline has already been highly praised for its versatility and its ability to make animals converse/sing in our language. Now, Honda has decided to bless the Ridgeline with a range of accessories to enhance the style and usefulness of the pick-up further.

For the visual enhancements, black roof rails fender flares and cross bars are now available. Customers will also be able to tag on die cast side steps, a skid plate, hard tonnaeau cover and black 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped with all-terrain tyres. A towing kit is also offered with a 50 mm trailer ball attachment.

The unibody truck is based on Honda’s Global Light Truck platform and features a 1,230 mm wide flat bed with a maximum carrying capacity of 725 kg. The flatbed itself features a myriad of features including a dual-action tailgate, a lockable In-Bed Trunk for secure storage, a drain plug, eight 158 kg tie-down cleats and a 400-watt power inverter.

To keep animals entertained, according to Honda’s Super Bowl ad, there is also an in-bed audio system, which utilises six exciters inside the bed walls instead of conventional speakers, with up to 540 watts of power. The practicality extends into the cabin as well with 60:40 split-folding seats that can also tip up, allowing a whole bicycle to be stored.

Under the hood, the Ridgeline gets a 3.5 litre direct-injected i-VTEC V6, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. For those that opt for the all-wheel drive version, Honda’s i-VTM4 torque vectoring all-wheel drive system, with Intelligent Terrain Management, keeps things in check. A two-wheel drive model is available as well.

Quite the truck then. And for more insight into its splendid flatbed, allow the talking dog from the big game commercial to explain further.

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