Awards were handed out at this year’s Detroit Auto Show, and the 2017 Honda Ridgeline came away with top honors. Recognized as 2017’s North American Truck of the Year, the Ridgeline offers unquestionable versatility, impeccable style, and a slew of innovative features. Here’s why this Honda pickup has cemented itself as not only the best truck but also one of the best vehicles—period.

2017 Honda Ridgeline Is The New North American Truck of the Year

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An “A+” Trunk Redesign

Now in its second generation, the 2017 Ridgeline is a redesigned marvel. On the outside, it’s all-truck, but what’s hidden within the bed’s numerous nooks and crannies puts it ahead of its class.

An "A+" Trunk Redesign

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The most transformative feature might just be the Ridgeline’s In-Bed Trunk. This hidden compartment comes in at 7.3 cubic feet—just enough space to store groceries, golf clubs, and tailgating gear—and can even be carpeted and divided to mimic a trunk found in your typical sedan. A drain plug also means you’re a few bags of ice away from an enormous, portable cooler.

The Ridgeline also comes with the industry’s first-ever Truck Bed Audio System, a feature taken from the pages of some of the world’s greatest SUVs and cars. Within its bed walls are built-in speakers that can pump the jams straight from your smartphone. When you’re doing a bit of springtime landscaping, this added tech will make the sweaty work more enjoyable.

A dual-hinge tailgate is also a convenient feature, but an available 150W/400W outlet turns the Ridgeline into a traveling workshop or tailgating machine. Whether you want to catch a Buckeye game from an OSU parking lot or need power for a portable bandsaw, this is the truck for you.

Ridgeline Dual-Hinge Tailgate

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Buy a 2017 Honda Ridgeline in Columbus, OH

Now that it’s earned the badge of Truck of the Year, the ’17 Ridgeline is ready for the limelight at our Central Ohio Honda Dealers. Come check out this award-winning pickup today, and prepare yourself for a world-class test drive around Columbus, Lancaster, Dublin, or Marysville. Find your nearest Central Ohio Honda Dealers location online to schedule an appointment, or simply stop by and ask our Honda dealers to show you the differences between the Ridgeline trims, including the RT, RTS, Sport, RTL, and specialty Black Edition.

Sources & Photos:

http://automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline

https://www.trucks.com/2017/01/09/honda-ridgeline-wins-north-american-truck-of-the-year/