Towing with the Honda Ridgeline

When it comes to towing things, the words "towing capacity" and "payload" will probably come up in the conversation. Everyone has that one friend who boasts with their truck's 12,000lb towing capacity. The question we have for them is, do they really need it?

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

If you're on a farm, you might have a horse trailer. If you're an avid Canadian and a HWY 1 coast to coast traveller, you might have a 30' RV trailer. However, statistically the average person doesn't tow more than some recreational toys or a tent trailer.

Most boat trailers won't exceed 1500 lbs.
Most boats? 500lbs - 3000lbs
Most tent trailers won't exceed 4000 pounds.
Motorcycle or ATV? 500lbs - 700lbs.

I'm not saying that a massive towing capacity isn't a good thing to have. It will certainly offer a comfortable tow and put less strain on the vehicle anytime something is attached to the hitch. Towing less weight will be a breeze. However, if you only tow recreationally. I might recommend keeping the money you'd spend on a bigger truck and the fuel it would burn in your bank account. You might be better off with a mid-sized truck. Something that'll get you where you need to go, still conquer the road with impeccable driving dynamics, and burn less fuel.
 

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Let's take the newly redesigned Honda Ridgeline for example. This machine has in some cases been denied the "truck" title by die hards who refuse to welcome a smaller sized pick up into their lives. It's drive and fuel economy has even been comparable to that of Honda's Accord. However, even if they refuse to call it a truck, it still comes equipped with everything a majority of people need for their life's adventures. If you're not going to call it a truck, at least admit that it's perfect for a weekend of camping, fishing, or finally moving your kids out of your house.

The Honda Ridgeline comes equipped right out of the gates with a 5000lb towing capacity. It tails it's biggest import competitor the Toyota Tacoma, coming up short by about 1,800lbs. It's the only midsize pickup showing off a multi-link independent rear suspension as compared to the leaf spring setup all the others tend to stick to and it's payload is massive for its class sitting at 1584lbs. That means you can load up the bed of this thing with brick and gravel without your friends asking you if you're gonna have a hard time backing it into the drive way.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

So why wouldn't you want this truck?

For some truck owners size is everything. Being higher on the road, being able to dominate in all weather conditions. A lot of towing capacity leaves the doors open for any type of situation and you might find your friends calling you more often than you'd like being "the guy they know with a truck". If you're towing heavy on the regular, you might opt out and find this truck just won't be for you. Thats okay, no hearts are broken.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

2017 Honda Ridgeline

The fact is the Ridgeline is comfortably nested in a class that may very well have owners who NEVER tow a thing, but still want some of the luxuries that come with truck ownership. It's reliable, its comfortable, it's quiet, it's got built in truck bed speakers and a storage compartment that doubles as an ice box in the bed.

The versatility wins.

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