2017 Honda Ridgeline Wins Truck of the Year Award
The completely redesigned and reengineered 2017 Honda Ridgeline has just been named the 2017 North American Truck of the Year (NATOTY) northamericancaroftheyear.org. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline launched in June of 2016.
The Ridgeline bested some pretty strong competition to win top honors: the 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty and 2017 Nissan Titan.
In accepting the award, John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., credited the team behind the Ridgeline for “re-imaging the pickup.”
“The Ridgeline has been incredible for us,” he said. “Consumers love it. It’s been virtually sold out since we introduced it here last year.” “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. This is a terrific way to kick off 2017, and we’re looking forward to sharing more innovative Honda products in the year ahead.”
About the Award
The North American Truck of the Year Award is given by a group of over 50 members of the North American automotive media, and is distinctive because it is not tied to a single publication, radio or television but determined by an independent group of journalists from the U.S. and Canada. The award is based on innovation, design, safety, performance, technology, driver satisfaction, and value.
The award is presented each year at the opening of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. This marks the Ridgeline’s second NACTOY award. with the first coming in 2006.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is being promoted as the ‘ultimate tailgater’, with its audio system built into the truck bed, along with a 400-watt power inverter that can energize a blender, flat-screen TV, and other essential gameday gear.
The NATOTY winner also includes a host of industry-exclusive standard and available features including unibody construction, a Dual Action Tailgate, In-Bed Trunk, and a scratch-and-dent composite truck bed.
It is also the first and only pickup to earn a 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance for Highway Safety (IIHS), when equipped with available front crash system and LED headlights.