When two extreme DIYers take a road trip in the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline, they discover a hard-working midsize pickup with a seriously fun side.
This calls for a getaway. To celebrate two hit Cottage Life Television series, Brojects and Brojects: In the House, and 10 years of unconventional, off-the-wall DIY collaborations, brothers Kevin and Andrew Buckles are going camping in a 2017 Ridgeline, Honda’s completely reimagined and redesigned midsize pickup. Why Ridgeline? The truck has the rugged durability the serious DIYer needs, the comfortable ride a long trip to the cottage demands, and tailgate ready features when it’s time to play.
The Buckles bros are taking it easy this weekend, tackling a simple throwing-game project, but for big jobs, they know the Ridgeline is the only truck in its class that has a 4’2″ flat bed space, available Trunk-Bed Audio System™, dual-action tailgate and lockable In-Bed Trunk™. These are just a few of many smart, work-ready features that make it a top pick for cottagers with projects on the go—and who want to have fun on the road.
Dual-action tailgate On the trip, the bros quickly discover how easy the Dual-Action Tailgate makes loading and unloading. Swing it to the side to pack gear deep in the bed with less bending. (As Andrew likes to point out, Kevin’s back is not as young as it used to be.) Or flip down the gate for long loads, secured to eight heavy-duty tie-down cleats. Tools go in the waterproof, lockable In-Bed Trunk™ (that also has a drain plug and can be used as a cooler.)
Job-ready truck bed
The Ridgeline has over 4′ of flat bed space between the wheel wells. It’s the only midsize truck with that capacity. When the brothers start a major DIY project, they can bring more materials to the cottage in one trip, and, with the bed’s scratch-resistant composite surface, Andrew has stopped worrying about how it will look after Kevin finishes unloading.
Car and Driver magazine says the Ridgeline’s interior “feels enormous and comfortable front and rear,”—it should, with seating for five, up to 109 cu. ft. of interior space, and available Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control. The 60/40 Split Lift-Up Rear Seats—”cool feature,” says Kevin—provide maximum flexibility to fit more gear in the cab without crowding passengers.
Connected inside and out
Kevin can connect his smartphone to get directions and weather updates by connecting to the 8″ dashboard touchscreen Display Audio System with Apple Carplay™ and Android Auto™. He can also play his music collection and listen to it through the available 540-watt premium audio system with eight speakers. And when the tailgate party starts, the brothers play the tunes outside with the available industry-first Truck-Bed Audio System™, turning the Ridgeline into an outdoor entertainment system.
It’s a long way to the lake. The Ridgeline’s suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including the Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control, and the Collision Mitigation Braking System®, helps make it a safe drive.