We already know that the second generation Honda Ridgeline has very good utility; it is fast, rides smooth, and handles canyon roads with confidence. How does it handle the loose dirt, rocks, and steep inclines of the Rocky Mountains? Our Gold Mine Hill trail is the measuring stick of off-road performance for all SUVs, crossovers, and trucks with moderate 4×4 capability. If a vehicle completes all three stages of the Gold Mine Hill, then it will do really well in a variety of slippery conditions.
Nathan took this 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD Black Edition to the trail to see how it does.
The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5L V6 which produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and pairs to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This crossover truck has a highly sophisticated AWD system that provides for torque vectoring in higher speed cornering situations. The AWD system thinks for itself, but it allows the driver to switch between sand, mud, and snow modes.
Check out the complete video of the Gold Mine Hill off-road review here.