2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Nissan Frontier

Honda has rejoined the competition in the mid-size pickup class with the debut of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline. Completely reimagined and redesigned, the 2017 Ridgeline is a truckload of ingenuity that will forever change the way the automotive world sees a truck. Howdy Honda put together a comparison of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline vs the 2016 Nissan Frontier to put the Ridgeline to the test against one of its top competitors. Continue reading to see how the all-new Ridgeline compares to another popular mid-sized truck. 

The 2017 Ridgeline is equipped with a slightly smaller engine than the 2016 Frontier, but it still sports more power under the hood. The Ridgeline is capable of 280 horsepower, while the Frontier falls short at 261 horsepower. Not only is the Ridgeline’s engine more powerful, but it is also offers more efficient fuel economy ratings compared to the Frontier’s 17/22 MPG rating. The stark price difference between the two models is due to all of the updated features and new technology on the Ridgeline, including keyless entry—a feature not available on the Frontier.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline vs 2016 Nissan Frontier
3.5L V6 Base Engine 4.0L V6
19/26 MPG Fuel Economy 17/22 MPG
280 hp @ 6000 rpm Horsepower 261 hp @ 5600 rpm
Standard Keyless Entry Not Available

2017 Honda Ridgeline Truck Bed Features

The 2017 Ridgeline’s truck bed is the most revolutionary aspect of the new model. Equipped with convenience features and an industry first amenity, the Ridgeline’s truck bed was designed to be a game changer. To start, the Ridgeline offers a smarter bed with minimal wheel well housings in order to maximize hauling capabilities. The bed also offers an available 150W/400W Trunk-Bed Outlet in the wall of the bed, so owners can plug in power tools or even a TV right into the truck.The bed comes standard with a lockable In-Bed Trunk that offers 7.3 cubic feet of space and a drain plug so it can be used as an ice chest or a place to store wet gear. 

However, the most exciting feature of the 2017 Ridgeline’s truck bed is the available industry-first Truck Bed Audio System, which uses the bed walls to pump out all of your favorite music. This feature is perfect for tailgating, working in the yard, or spending a day at the beach. Visit Howdy Honda to browse our current inventory of 2017 Ridgeline models!

Ridgeline front grille
Ridgeline folding rear seat
Ridgeline truck bed

*19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.