2017 Honda Ridgeline Named 2017 North American Truck of the Year

2017 Honda Ridgeline driving in the desert

Earlier this year, at the North American International Auto Show, the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline was named the North American Truck of the Year. This is the second time the Ridgeline has earned this prestigious award, with the first honor earned in 2006.

“This award is a prized validation of the innovations and advantages the Ridgeline offers midsize pickup truck customers and a great recognition of the American development team’s work,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”

Choosing the winners for the North American truck and car of the year is a group of more than 50 automotive journalists from across the country. These awards are unique and significant, since they are not associated with a single publication or media organization.

The Ridgeline impressed the judges with its versatility, performance, innovative features, overall value, and excellent safety.

If you’re ready to drive home in one of the best pickup trucks on the market today, experience the 2017 Honda Ridgeline at Brighton Honda today.

New 2018 Honda Odyssey Offers New Passenger-Friendly Features

It’s hard to believe that the Honda Odyssey could adapt even more to a family’s needs, but the new 2018 Honda Odyssey is the minivan will prove that a family ride can get even better. This model will be coming out soon!

Not too much has changed in the Honda Odyssey’s silhouette; however, a redesigned front end does show off a new chrome grille. Where this new minivan shines is on the inside. There is plenty of flexible room for cargo and passengers, whether children or adults. The Honda Magic Seat technology makes it easy to fold seats in different configurations, depending on your cargo needs. A sliding second row provides easy access to the back seats and allows you to keep your second row passengers within arm’s reach.

No matter where your passengers sit, they’ll have plenty to do. A rear seat entertainment system features a ceiling-mounted 10.2-inch screen that can connect to services like PBS Kids and Spotify. But even tucked away in the third row, no one will feel excluded. The 2018 Honda Odyssey creates a social ride for all.

A new feature called Social Play List allows all passengers to upload their favorite songs from their smartphones so that everyone gets a turn on the playlist. Features like CabinWatch and CabinTalk use the 8-inch display screen, rear cameras, and the rear speakers to let parents monitor their kids in the back seat.

With these features and more, it’s clear that the 2018 Honda Odyssey will offer a new kind of ride experience.

Honda Ridgeline Review Takes You Through a Test-Drive

Midsize trucks like the Honda Ridgeline occupy a niche, in-between market that can be hard-pressed to find an audience. However, since its inception in 2005, the Ridgeline has continuously impressed critics and found itself a good reputation as a more unconventional truck. In a recent Honda Ridgeline review by Car and Driver that test drove the latest 2017 model, the Ridgeline was confirmed to still hold true to its quirky ways while still coming out on top as one of the best trucks in its class.

The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a single engine in its range, a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. That may sound average for its class, but the Ridgeline’s nimble performance allowed it to reach 60 mph in as little as 6.6 seconds during the test-drive. Additionally, the 2017 Ridgeline is the first to offer front-wheel drive, which provides a lower base price and better fuel economy unless you choose to opt for the AWD version. Either way, the Ridgeline gets up to 26 mpg on the highway in the FWD model, or 25 mpg on the highway in the AWD model, so AWD doesn’t affect fuel consumption that much.

The Honda Ridgeline review goes further into the details of the truck, including its unique two-way tailgate design that makes loading the cargo bed easier and the well-appointed interior that is packed with comfort and technology.

What Does Honda Make?

By Vanillase - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496
By Vanillase – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17300496

You love your Honda car, but did you know the overall Honda Motor Company has a long lineup of products? We’ll take a look at some of the other things they produce and answer the question, “What does Honda make?”

  • Motorcycles. After automobiles, motorcycles are one of Honda’s most popular products. Honda has been producing motorcycles since 1955, but first came to the United States in the 1960s.
  • Power equipment. Honda has a full lineup of power equipment that ranges from engines, lawn mowers, pumps, generators, and various outdoor small power tools (hedge trimmers, blowers, etc.).
  • Robots. For decades has been working on building robots that can work alongside humans. The most recent build is ASIMO, which can climb stairs, walk, talk, dance, and do other human actions.
  • Aircraft. In 2006, Honda branched out to form the Honda Aircraft Company, which now produces the HondaJet, a small business jet.
  • ATV. Honda offers a lineup of four-wheeled all-terrain vehicles.
  • Engines. Of course Honda produces engines for its own vehicles, but many other manufacturers use Honda engines in their vehicles. In the 2010 Indianapolis 500, all 33 cars were powered by Honda engines.

2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Available this Spring

When you crave a vehicle with stunning design, great engineering, and excellent fuel efficiency, be sure to consider the redesigned 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. Coming out this spring, this hybrid features a more powerful and more efficient two-motor hybrid powertrain. This hybrid system delivers class-leading EPA-estimated fuel efficiency at 49 mpg in the city.

Not only will the new Accord Hybrid be more efficient, but it is more powerful too, with 212 horsepower combined.

“The new Honda Accord Hybrid is the ultimate Accord – the most refined, technologically sophisticated and, of course, most fuel efficient in the lineup,” said John Mendel, Executive Vice President of the American Honda Motor Co., Inc., in a statement. “With Accord already America’s most popular car three years running and the best-selling midsize car to younger buyers, we think this new hybrid model will add considerable momentum for the Honda brand.”

Along with its powertrain upgrades, the 2017 Accord Hybrid comes with the latest in-car technology, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the advanced Honda Sensing suite of safety features.

Be sure to test drive the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid available at Brighton Honda later this spring. If you’re interested in this fantastic new hybrid, give us a call, and we’ll let you know when it arrives.