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    2016 Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Honda Ridgeline


    • Honda Pickup, Take 2!


    Back from a short hiatus, the Honda Ridgeline made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show this afternoon.

     

    Compared to the last Ridgeline, the new model looks more truck-ish. The front end boasts a more butch version of the Pilot's grille and larger headlights. The side profile is very Pilot aside from the top half of the rear cut off.

     

    The bed is slightly larger than the previous Ridgeline with measurements of five feet wide and five feet, four inches long. Yes, the in-bed trunk is still here complete with drain plug. Also, the tailgate can fold down or swing out.

     

    Power comes from a 3.5L V6 and is paired with a six-speed automatic. Oddly, Honda didn't give out any power figures for the V6. But if this is the same engine as the Pilot, so it would not be surprising if the Ridgeline comes with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive with Honda's i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD technology is optional.

     

    Honda will begin sales of the Ridgeline sometime in the first half of 2016.

     

    Source: Honda

     

     

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    Press Release is on Page 2


     

    All-New 2017 Honda Ridgeline Pickup Truck Makes World Debut at 2016 North American International Auto Show
    Jan 11, 2016 - DETROIT

    • 2017 Ridgeline brings Honda innovation in technology, design and packaging to the midsize pickup truck market
    • All-new Ridgeline delivers superior driving dynamics in combination with the largest interior space and most versatile bed in a midsize 4-door pickup
    • Honda-exclusive features including In-Bed Trunk®, dual-action tailgate and the industry's first in-bed audio system make Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle


    Honda today unveiled the all-new 2017 Ridgeline truck at the North American International Auto Show, once again challenging conventional thinking in the pickup truck market with Honda-exclusive features, design and technology that help Ridgeline set new benchmarks for versatility, capability and comfort in a midsize pickup.
    "We are bringing our unique technology and original thinking to the market in a new and challenging concept for a Honda pickup," said John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "We think we've got a better idea, a truck that uses its unibody construction and Honda packaging magic to deliver more of the things that many of today's truck customers want and need with none of the things they don't."

     

    Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the new Ridgeline will launch in the first half of 2016 with a combination of features and capabilities unlike anything else on the market today, including:

    • Superior on-road performance – with the segment's best handling, ride quality, cabin quietness and all-weather traction capabilities – courtesy of its unibody construction, sophisticated chassis, and available i-VTM4™ torque-vectoring AWD system
    • Class-leading space – with the largest and most versatile cabin and the only 4-foot-wide flat bed space in the midsize pickup segment, along with payload capacity rivaling top competitors
    • Innovative and class-exclusive features, including an In-Bed Trunk™, dual-action tailgate and the industry's first in-bed audio system – making Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle
    • Targeted top-in-class acceleration, EPA fuel economy ratings and third-party collision safety ratings, and featuring Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure and available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies
    • Leading edge connectivity with 8-inch Display Audio featuring Apple Car Play® and Android Auto™ compatibility


    Advanced Chassis, Powertrain and All-Wheel-Drive
    The new Ridgeline is based on Honda's Global Light Truck platform with its rigid yet lightweight unibody construction, next-generation ACE™ body structure and sophisticated, fully independent suspension, delivering a higher level of ride and handling refinement than conventional body-on-frame designs. The Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC™ V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, providing top-in-class powertrain refinement and targeting best-in-class acceleration performance and segment-leading EPA fuel economy ratings.

     

    The Ridgeline also will be available for the first time in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive configurations. All-wheel-drive models will utilize Honda's i-VTM4™ torque vectoring AWD technology, featuring Intelligent Terrain Management with Normal, Sand, Snow and Mud modes, providing robust medium-duty off-road and towing capability with superior on-road, all-weather handling, traction and performance.

     

    Sophisticated, Versatile and Spacious Cabin
    Inside, the Ridgeline boasts the largest, most versatile and sophisticated cabin in a midsize 4-door pickup, featuring high-grade materials and finishes, available leather trim and all the latest technologies that Honda has to offer, including tri-zone climate control, push button start, a full-color TFT center meter and available 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility.

     

    The Ridgeline's 60/40-split and folding second-row seat provides the ultimate versatility for people- and cargo-hauling utility. With the seats folded down, the Ridgeline will comfortably carry up to five people while still accommodating long items, like a set of golf clubs, under the rear seat. Folding up one or both sides of the 60/40-split seat bottom opens up the back to carry tall and bulky items.

     

    A Bed Like No Other
    The Ridgeline bed offers pickup users unmatched versatility in a midsize 4-door pickup. At 5' wide and 5'4" long (5.4 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the previous generation Ridgeline), the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has the only 4-foot wide flat bed space (with 48 inches between the rear wheel arches) in the midsize pickup class, allowing for flat hauling of items like plywood sheeting or drywall. The Ridgeline will also offer payload capacity rivaling top competitors, approaching 1,600 pounds, with final specifications to be released closer to launch.

     

    The composite, UV-stabilized and scratch-resistant bed also boasts a number of available Honda-exclusive features that add to its incredible versatility, including an In-Bed Trunk™, dual-action tailgate, available 400-watt AC power inverter and the industry's first in-bed audio system.

     

    The Ridgeline's standard, lockable In-Bed Trunk provides secure storage space with no compromise to bed utility and now features a fully flat floor while still including a drain plug for easier cleaning and evacuation of water from the trunk. The dual action tailgate is hinged both at the bottom and along its left side, opening down or to the side, which enables easier loading and unloading of heavy and bulky items without having to reach over the open tailgate. The bed also features eight 350-pound tie down cleats and an available 400-watt power inverter, located behind an access panel in the right bed wall, with the capacity to recharge power tools or energize a tailgate blender or flat screen TV.

     

    A first for any pickup, the new in-bed audio system, together with the In-Bed Trunk and available 400-watt power inverter, makes Ridgeline the ultimate tailgating vehicle. The new in-bed audio system utilizes six exciters located inside the bed walls, in place of conventional speakers, pumping out sound from the Ridgeline's audio head unit, with up to 540 watts of power.

     

    Top-Level Safety Performance
    Featuring Honda's next-generation ACE™ body structure, advanced airbag systems and available Honda Sensing™ suite of safety and driver-assist technologies, the new Ridgeline will target the highest available collision safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. Honda Sensing™ technologies available on the 2017 Ridgeline include Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS). All Ridgeline models will feature a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment and upper trims will be available with either Honda LaneWatch™ or Blind Spot Information system.

     

    Ridgeline Development and Manufacturing
    Like the first generation Honda Ridgeline, the all-new 2017 Ridgeline was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas and will be produced by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama in Lincoln, Alabama.

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    It will be interesting to see if Honda has really figured this out yet or not. The last one was a great idea but a vast disappointment.

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    AWD Truck is interesting, I do not think anyone else has ever offered a truck with AWD. Plenty of 4x4 but not AWD.

     

    Pathetic is the V6 engine. So much wasted horsepower with pathetic Torque.

     

    Over all not impressed with the looks or the rest of the truck for that matter.

     

    Continuation of Dull Bland Styling.

     

    WTF, Blah Truck and they get CAR OF THE YEAR?

     

    HONDA has failed on all fronts and the stupid press continues to think they are gods walking on water.

     

    I do not see this selling much at all except for an initial bump to the existing Ridgeline customers who want the same blah trucks.

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    It's an interesting scenario. One one hand, it appears much more like a 'proper' pick up, whereas the prior version was a bit more unique. Question stands; is that going to be more attractive for honda buyers, or less? IE; now that it feels more 'trucky', will it suffer in comparison to so many established small trucks?

     

    There's no actual cues I can put my finger on, but it has a strong early 2000's look to it.

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    much better looking, (except the rear doors look out of proportion) ....should appeal to Honda bangers.....interior does not look trucky at all,

     

    this thing does have a following, looks like a good update for those that liked the last one.

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    I just don't understand why anyone would buy of these. The GM twins, and hell, even the Tacoma, offer such good road manners, you'd have to be dumb to throw away their off-road ability and ruggedness for what will undoubtedly be vehicle that costs the same but is vastly inferior in so many ways.

     

    I think Honda should have just left the Ridgeline name to history. Use the money to give as a new S2K.

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    I just don't understand why anyone would buy of these. The GM twins, and hell, even the Tacoma, offer such good road manners, you'd have to be dumb to throw away their off-road ability and ruggedness for what will undoubtedly be vehicle that costs the same but is vastly inferior in so many ways.

     

    I think Honda should have just left the Ridgeline name to history. Use the money to give as a new S2K.

     

    I 100% agree here.   Can't speak on the 16 Tacoma, but the Colorado Z71 I drove was just fantastic.  Best road manners in a pickup, smooth ride, gtsy engine, and still all the truck capabilities.  At best this will be a very light selling niche vehicle.  

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    Nice that it fits 8x4's flat in the bed with the tail down.   Will be interesting to see the fuel economy ratings..

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    I just don't understand why anyone would buy of these. The GM twins, and hell, even the Tacoma, offer such good road manners, you'd have to be dumb to throw away their off-road ability and ruggedness for what will undoubtedly be vehicle that costs the same but is vastly inferior in so many ways.

     

    I think Honda should have just left the Ridgeline name to history. Use the money to give as a new S2K.

    I completely agree. The only thing I could think of is maybe in FWD form it gets pretty dang good mpg, for what it is. 

     

    But yes, the other two,heck even the Nissan, all do the small truck thing so much better.

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    Nice that it fits 8x4's flat in the bed with the tail down.   Will be interesting to see the fuel economy ratings..

    Agreed, super nice, especially when you have a load on (imagine if you will... MULCH), you have a flat tire, and realize the spare is accessed through a trapdoor located in the BED FLOOR.  Or how about when you're towing and you realize the tongue weight of the trailer is actually taking weight OFF the primary drive (AND STEERING) wheels?

     

    FWD is simply stupid for anything purporting to be a "real" working truck.  And a Dodge Rampage/Plymouth Scamp at least had the decency to put the spare under the bed... not INSIDE it.

     

    frogger, this is not meant to insult you, I just had to post my views on this useless contraption called Ridgeline.

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    Oh; it's FWD?? If I had bothered to think about it, that would be obvious, but who bothers to ponder the specs of a Honda truck?
    This is the Dodge Rampage / VW Rabbit pickup experiment all over again, isn't it?

     

    The '4x8 with tailgate down' thing is kind of a non-issue- you lay 4x8 stuff on the top edge of the closed tailgate; you don't drive with the gate down, slipping your load on the road at the first intersection. I only gots a 6.5-ft bed, never stops me. But you can't sell it as a 'full size bed…. with the tailgate down' ; that's ridiculous. 

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    I think it is good that it looks more like a pickup, the old Ridgeline looked awkward and not really a truck not really an SUV.   It should be a pretty strong competitor to the other mid-size pick ups, the Honda 3.5 V6 is smooth and reliable, it should have a car-like ride.  It isn't my sort of vehicle, but I think it will be more successful than the last Ridgeline.

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    I am no fan of this truck but I would pay attention to it.

     

    This is the kind of vehicle that could start a new movment easy. The past model even with FWD and a crappy interior did well enought to continue here. This one is closer to where it needs to be.

     

    There are many in rhe CUV maket that this truck appeals to and it does all they like with a litlte better MPG and they like it. It is more of a more useful UTE than than a truck and they are ok with it. This is not a VW pick up as this one will carrly larger items with more ease. It will carry the bulky items better than a CUV.

     

    As for AWD GMC has offered it on the Denalu trucks as in full time AWD in the past and I think it is still offered but I would have to check.

     

    To be honest this truck may do better for what it's not than what it is. This is the Anti truck and some like that.

    ​Also you have the blind Honda buying factor. I think Honda may do better than Nissan and Toyota would with a full size here.

    ​Now I would be affraid of the coming Hyundai truck. Styling alone will sell it as it is sharp looking I hate to say. Word is in the artical I read that it is a matter of when not if that it is built. That one if it has any real capacity it could make an impact on the future of trucks. It has that look GM played with in show trucks but just never had the nerve to pull off.

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    I am no fan of this truck but I would pay attention to it.

     

    This is the kind of vehicle that could start a new movment easy. The past model even with FWD and a crappy interior did well enought to continue here. This one is closer to where it needs to be.

     

    There are many in rhe CUV maket that this truck appeals to and it does all they like with a litlte better MPG and they like it. It is more of a more useful UTE than than a truck and they are ok with it. This is not a VW pick up as this one will carrly larger items with more ease. It will carry the bulky items better than a CUV.

     

    As for AWD GMC has offered it on the Denalu trucks as in full time AWD in the past and I think it is still offered but I would have to check.

     

    To be honest this truck may do better for what it's not than what it is. This is the Anti truck and some like that.

    ​Also you have the blind Honda buying factor. I think Honda may do better than Nissan and Toyota would with a full size here.

    ​Now I would be affraid of the coming Hyundai truck. Styling alone will sell it as it is sharp looking I hate to say. Word is in the artical I read that it is a matter of when not if that it is built. That one if it has any real capacity it could make an impact on the future of trucks. It has that look GM played with in show trucks but just never had the nerve to pull off.

    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

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    I am no fan of this truck but I would pay attention to it.

     

    This is the kind of vehicle that could start a new movment easy. The past model even with FWD and a crappy interior did well enought to continue here. This one is closer to where it needs to be.

     

    There are many in rhe CUV maket that this truck appeals to and it does all they like with a litlte better MPG and they like it. It is more of a more useful UTE than than a truck and they are ok with it. This is not a VW pick up as this one will carrly larger items with more ease. It will carry the bulky items better than a CUV.

     

    As for AWD GMC has offered it on the Denalu trucks as in full time AWD in the past and I think it is still offered but I would have to check.

     

    To be honest this truck may do better for what it's not than what it is. This is the Anti truck and some like that.

    ​Also you have the blind Honda buying factor. I think Honda may do better than Nissan and Toyota would with a full size here.

    ​Now I would be affraid of the coming Hyundai truck. Styling alone will sell it as it is sharp looking I hate to say. Word is in the artical I read that it is a matter of when not if that it is built. That one if it has any real capacity it could make an impact on the future of trucks. It has that look GM played with in show trucks but just never had the nerve to pull off.

    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

     

     

    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

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    The full size GMC Denali truck is offered in 1/2 as a AWD that is not available on the Chevy. Or at least that was the way it was. I drove one a couple years ago and it had the bigger engine and AWD standard along with a Power sun roof. But for $70K it should have had that.

    The Canyon at this point is just regular shift on the fly 4 wheel drive. At least that is all I have seen and I did not see AWD on the Denali Canyon.

    The Full size Serra is what I was referring too. To be honest GMC should make AWD standard on all Denali models but it is what it is.

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    The full size GMC Denali truck is offered in 1/2 as a AWD that is not available on the Chevy. Or at least that was the way it was. I drove one a couple years ago and it had the bigger engine and AWD standard along with a Power sun roof. But for $70K it should have had that.

    The Canyon at this point is just regular shift on the fly 4 wheel drive. At least that is all I have seen and I did not see AWD on the Denali Canyon.

    The Full size Serra is what I was referring too. To be honest GMC should make AWD standard on all Denali models but it is what it is.

     

    I think there is a hit to capability if they do AWD instead of 4x4.  There is also a hit on fuel economy when running AWD all the time, disconnect the drive from the front wheels and get a MPG boost.  People in southern states don't need 4x4 like us northerners do, so no point in forcing it on them at additional cost.

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    I am no fan of this truck but I would pay attention to it.

     

    This is the kind of vehicle that could start a new movment easy. The past model even with FWD and a crappy interior did well enought to continue here. This one is closer to where it needs to be.

     

    There are many in rhe CUV maket that this truck appeals to and it does all they like with a litlte better MPG and they like it. It is more of a more useful UTE than than a truck and they are ok with it. This is not a VW pick up as this one will carrly larger items with more ease. It will carry the bulky items better than a CUV.

     

    As for AWD GMC has offered it on the Denalu trucks as in full time AWD in the past and I think it is still offered but I would have to check.

     

    To be honest this truck may do better for what it's not than what it is. This is the Anti truck and some like that.

    ​Also you have the blind Honda buying factor. I think Honda may do better than Nissan and Toyota would with a full size here.

    ​Now I would be affraid of the coming Hyundai truck. Styling alone will sell it as it is sharp looking I hate to say. Word is in the artical I read that it is a matter of when not if that it is built. That one if it has any real capacity it could make an impact on the future of trucks. It has that look GM played with in show trucks but just never had the nerve to pull off.

    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

     

     

    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

     

    See that makes sense but I could have sworn I read something about an AWD system. Ohhhhh well. Thanks! 

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    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

     

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

     

     

    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

     

    See that makes sense but I could have sworn I read something about an AWD system. Ohhhhh well. Thanks! 

     

    Okay, FOUND IT!

     

    Well.. what I was talking about...

     

    "Rear drive is standard, but our tester was equipped with the optional full-time four-wheel-drive system. "

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-gmc-canyon-duramax-diesel-4x4-first-test-review/

     

    I guess when I read "full-time four-wheel-drive system." It made me think AWD. 

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    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

     

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

     

     

    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

     

    See that makes sense but I could have sworn I read something about an AWD system. Ohhhhh well. Thanks! 

     

    Okay, FOUND IT!

     

    Well.. what I was talking about...

     

    "Rear drive is standard, but our tester was equipped with the optional full-time four-wheel-drive system. "

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-gmc-canyon-duramax-diesel-4x4-first-test-review/

     

    I guess when I read "full-time four-wheel-drive system." It made me think AWD. 

     

     

    That is a mistake on MotorTrend's part.  It is not full time.

     

    In this picture, look through the steering wheel on the lower left side.  That's the dial that lets you turn the truck to 2wd mode... thus, not "full-time".

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    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

     

     

    So the Escalade and Denali full-size SUVs are not AWD anymore!

     

    FAILURE!!!  Sorry call me a snob, call me what you will but AWD is what is expected on Luxury SUV's and not a 4WD system with a Low Range. 

     

    I now have to go test drive the new Escalade as I love my 2006 Escalade ESV Platinum and I love the new body and was excited to finally upgrade as I did not like the 3rd generation Escalade at all. But Cadillac does not indicate if it is an all the time 4WD system so in essence like AWD or if you only drive in 2WD till you are on rain or snow or off road. So does anyone know if the 4WD mode is like AWD 4HI working all the time or is this a RWD Bias that you have to put into 4WD?

     

    AWD is what set Cadillac apart from Chevy and most GMC except the Denali. 

     

    AWD is and should be standard on the Cadillac Escalade. This makes me think some old Fart from the old days is screwing up Cadillac again or did the new Cadillac leader screw this up?

     

    If the new SRX has AWD, why not Escalade?

     

    :fiery:  :censored:  :fiery:

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    Okay, I thought when I was reading one of the new Canyon reviews in the past few weeks that I read something like "active all wheel drive" or "full time all wheel drive" in one of the reviews but I couldn't find it later when I had time. I was confused. I thought it was 2WD or 4WD not an AWD-anything.

     

     

     

    Anyway anybody could confirm yes or no to this?

     

     

    The Canyon is not AWD, it is 2WD or 4WD like most trucks. There is no difference in the Denali. 

     

    The Denali trucks and full-size SUVs, and Escalade used to come with active full-time AWD, but they are now 2wd/4wd. 

     

    See that makes sense but I could have sworn I read something about an AWD system. Ohhhhh well. Thanks! 

     

    Okay, FOUND IT!

     

    Well.. what I was talking about...

     

    "Rear drive is standard, but our tester was equipped with the optional full-time four-wheel-drive system. "

    http://www.motortrend.com/news/2016-gmc-canyon-duramax-diesel-4x4-first-test-review/

     

    I guess when I read "full-time four-wheel-drive system." It made me think AWD. 

     

     

    That is a mistake on MotorTrend's part.  It is not full time.

     

    In this picture, look through the steering wheel on the lower left side.  That's the dial that lets you turn the truck to 2wd mode... thus, not "full-time".

     

    Awesome, that's what I figured. It sounds really odd for a mid-size truck to be AWD to begin with. 

     

    Thanks for the clarification, and I'm glad I found what "caught my eye" and got it cleared up. 

     

    Oh yeah, Ridgeline.

     

    Uhhh... Looks decent.. worse than the other 4 mid-sizers. FWD better return spectacular fuel economy. Buy a Tacoma or a Canyon Duramax. 

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    What is really the difference between a full time 4wd and AWD?  My 99 Z71 has a multimode 4wd hat includes 2WD, high, low, and full-time.  And in the fulltime mode it will transfer power between axles for traction.  03-04 Dakotas also offered a fulltime 4wd system with full-time, 4 high, and 4 low.  I am pretty sure the Canyon is available with a fulltime 4wd system as well.  it is one of the things I liked in the Canyon vs the Colorado.  It would still have a 2WD setting btw. 

     

    The only thing really special is the torque vectoring in the Honda system and one has to think what ood is that gonna be on a truck?

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    What is really the difference between a full time 4wd and AWD?  My 99 Z71 has a multimode 4wd hat includes 2WD, high, low, and full-time.  And in the fulltime mode it will transfer power between axles for traction.  03-04 Dakotas also offered a fulltime 4wd system with full-time, 4 high, and 4 low.  I am pretty sure the Canyon is available with a fulltime 4wd system as well.  it is one of the things I liked in the Canyon vs the Colorado.  It would still have a 2WD setting btw. 

     

    The only thing really special is the torque vectoring in the Honda system and one has to think what ood is that gonna be on a truck?

     

    "Full time 4WD, also called permanent 4WD, (not to be confused with:part time 4WD ) is a system that powers all four wheels at all times and it can be used full time on all surfaces including pavement. The additional feature of a differential incorporated into the transfer case makes it possible to use 4WD all the time.

    2WD is not available (only part time 4WD offers that option)"

     

     http://www.rubicon-trail.com/4WD101/difference_4WD_awd.html

     

    The system the "auto" system that Chevy does, my Avalanche had it, leaves the front wheels on partially.   In Auto, I could drive it normally.  In 4Hi, the front wheels would bind up if I tried to take too tight of a turn. It was more of a "locked front end" when in 4Hi.

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