Honda Automobiles: 2017 Honda Ridgeline Press Kit

Posted on 09. May, 2016 by in Honda Canada

The 2017 Ridgeline advantages from a totally reengineered powertrain and drivetrain that includes a new direct-injected i-VTEC V6 engine, a worldly 6-speed involuntary transmission, and an accessible Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD complement with Intelligent Traction Management system. Taken together, these new facilities and technologies give a new Ridgeline rarely polished and manageable opening with top-in-class acceleration and fuel economy ratings, along with a softened all-weather traction and energetic doing capabilities of accessible torque vectoring all-wheel-drive.

Powering a 2017 Ridgeline is a new 3.5-liter approach injected i-VTEC® 24-valve SOHC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) cylinder deactivation technology. The new engine is corresponding to a new, well-spoken changeable 6-speed involuntary (6AT) that offers a 20 percent wider rigging ratio widespread than a previous-generation Ridgeline 5-speed involuntary for extended acceleration, pulling energy and fuel efficiency. The Ridgeline’s new engine is rated during 280 rise horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. rise torque. Peak engine outlay is adult 30 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque over a prior Ridgeline, with increasing torque over a engine’s whole doing (rpm) range.

The new, some-more fit engine and transmission, along with a lighter and nonetheless some-more able all-wheel-drive system, in multiple with 73-pound (33 kg) rebate in car weight and an 18 percent rebate in car regulating resistance, formula in almost extended opening and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Ridgeline’s 0-60mph acceleration is quickened by 1.8 seconds compared to a prior Ridgeline, formed on inner Honda tests. EPA fuel economy ratings (city/highway/combined) are adult opposite a board:

  • +4/5/5 mpg on FWD models (compared to prior AWD model)
  • +3/4/4 mpg on AWD models

The Ridgeline’s energetic doing capabilities and all-weather opening are significantly extended by a many modernized all-wheel-drive complement in a Ridgeline’s rival class—the accessible all-new Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) all-wheel-drive complement with an electronically tranquil behind differential and energetic torque vectoring capabilities that aids both all-weather traction and energetic cornering and doing performance. Compared to a previous-generation Ridgeline AWD system, weight is reduced by 22 pounds (10 kg) and torque ability is increasing by 20 percent. To serve raise all-weather performance, both a front-wheel expostulate (FWD) and all-wheel expostulate (AWD) Ridgeline models embody Intelligent Traction Management with push-button control, permitting a motorist to name between Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand modes with AWD, and Normal and Snow with FWD for optimal opening and traction in varying highway and aspect conditions.

Key Powertrain Features


  • New 3.5-liter, SOHC V-6 engine
  • 280 rise horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. rise torque
  • i-VTEC® (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) for intake valves
  • Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®) cylinder deactivation
  • Computer-controlled Direct Injection (DI) with multi-hole fuel injectors
  • 11.5:1 application ratio
  • High-tensile strength steel crankshaft
  • Drive-by-Wire stifle system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • Maintenance Minder™ complement optimizes use intervals
  • 100,000+/- miles tune-up interval

Emissions/Fuel Economy Ratings

  • High-flow, close-coupled next-generation changed steel catalytic converters and underneath building catalytic converter
  • High ability 32-bit RISC processor emissions control territory
  • LEVIII ULEV-125  Emissions compliant5 
  • Improved U.S. EPA fuel-economy ratings (city/highway/combined)
  • 19/26/22 mpg (2WD)
  • 18/25/21 mpg (AWD)


  • New 6-speed automatic

All-Wheel-Drive System

  • New Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD complement with front-to-rear and left-to-right energetic torque vectoring
  • Capable of “overdriving” behind wheels to raise handling

Engine Architecture and Features

Cylinder Block and Crank
With a 60-degree V-angle, a Ridgeline’s V-6 engine is inherently well-spoken and has compress altogether measure that concede fit wrapping within a vehicle. The V-6 has a die-cast lightweight aluminum amalgamate retard with cast-in-place iron cylinder liners. Made with a centrifugal spin-casting process, a thin-wall liners are high in strength and low in porosity. The retard incorporates a deep-skirt pattern with 4 bolts per temperament tip for firm crankshaft support and minimized sound and vibration. The 3.5-liter V-6 uses a high-tensile strength steel crankshaft for smallest weight.

A cooling control spacer positioned in a H2O coupler surrounding a cylinders helps control warm-up and doing cylinder ship temperatures to revoke friction. Plateau honing of a cylinder backing serve reduces attrition between a piston skirts and a cylinder walls by formulating an ultra-smooth surface. This two-stage machining routine uses twin harsh processes instead of a some-more compulsory single-stage honing process. Plateau honing also enhances a long-term wear characteristics of a engine.

Pistons/Connecting Rods
Designed with “cavity-shaped” crowns, a 2017 Ridgeline’s pistons assistance say fast explosion and minister to stratified-charge combustion. Ion-plated piston rings assistance revoke attrition for larger doing efficiency. Heavy-duty steel joining rods are fake in one square and afterwards “crack separated” to emanate a lighter and stronger rod with an optimally propitious temperament cap.

Cylinder Head and Valvetrain
Like other Honda V-6 powerplants, a Ridgeline engine’s 12-valve cylinder heads (4 valves per cylinder) are a single-overhead-camshaft design, with a cams driven by a crankshaft around an automatically tensioned toothed belt. Made of low-pressure cast, low-porosity aluminum, any cylinder conduct incorporates a “tumble port” pattern that improves explosion potency by formulating a some-more comparable fuel-air mixture. An integrated empty plural expel into any cylinder conduct reduces tools count, saves weight, improves upsurge and optimizes a plcae of a close-coupled matter on any cylinder bank.

i-VTEC with 2-Stage Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®)
The 2017 Ridgeline’s V-6 engine combines Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) with Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (i-VTEC), that changes a lift profile, timing and lift era of a intake valves. A switching resource allows any cylinder to work with low-rpm valve lift and era or high-rpm lift and duration. While doing in 3-cylinder mode, a behind cylinder bank’s valve rigging closes all intake and empty valves to minimize pumping losses.

The “intelligent” apportionment of a complement is a ability to change valve operation formed on a pulling conditions and engine rpm. At low rpm, a i-VTEC intake valve timing and lift are optimized (low lift, brief duration) for increasing torque, that allows a far-reaching operation of 3-cylinder operation. As engine rpm builds past 5,350 rpm, a i-VTEC complement transitions to a high-lift, long-duration intake cam form for aloft high-rpm engine power.

VCM Operation
To assistance urge a fuel potency of a Ridgeline engine, a new movement of Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) is used. The i-VTEC complement combines with Active Control engine Mounts (ACM) to concede a VCM complement to work with usually 3 cylinders in a far-reaching operation of situations to maximize fuel potency and revoke emissions. When larger energy is needed, a complement switches seamlessly to 6-cylinder operation.  

During startup, assertive acceleration, or high ascents – any time high energy outlay is compulsory – a engine operates on all 6 cylinders. During moderate-speed cruising and during low or assuage engine loads, a complement operates usually a front bank of 3 cylinders while a behind bank is idle.

The VCM complement can tailor a operative banishment of a engine to compare a pulling mandate from impulse to moment. Since a complement automatically closes both a intake and empty valves of a cylinders that are not used, pumping waste compared with intake and empty are separated and fuel potency gets a serve boost. The complement combines limit opening and limit fuel efficiency—two characteristics that don’t typically coexist in compulsory engines.

VCM deactivates a behind bank of cylinders by regulating a i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve-Timing and Lift Electronic Control) complement to tighten a intake and empty valves while a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) concurrently cuts fuel to those cylinders. The hint plugs continue to glow in passed cylinders to minimize retard heat loss.

The complement is electronically controlled, and uses special integrated bobbin valves in a cylinder heads. Based on commands from a system’s Electronic Control Unit, a bobbin valves selectively approach oil vigour to a rocker arms for specific cylinders. This oil vigour in spin drives synchronizing pistons that bond and undo a rocker arms.

The VCM complement monitors stifle position, car speed, engine speed, automatic-transmission rigging preference and other factors to establish a scold cylinder activation intrigue for a doing conditions. In addition, a complement determines possibly engine oil vigour is suitable for VCM switching and possibly catalytic converter heat will sojourn in a correct range. To serve well-spoken a activating or deactivating cylinders, a complement adjusts ignition timing and stifle position and turns a torque converter lock-up on and off. As a result, a transition between 3 and 6 cylinder modes is effectively unnoticeable to a driver.

Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
The Ridgeline’s Drive-by-Wire stifle complement replaces a compulsory stifle handle with intelligent wiring that “connect” a accelerator pedal to a stifle valve inside a throttle-body. The outcome is reduction under-hood confusion and revoke weight, as good as quicker and some-more accurate stifle actuation. Plus, a specifically involuntary “gain” rate between a stifle pedal and engine offers softened drivability and optimized engine response to fit specific pulling conditions.

Honda’s Drive-by-Wire stifle complement establishes a stream pulling conditions by monitoring stifle pedal position, stifle valve position, engine speed (rpm) and highway speed. This information is used to conclude a stifle control attraction that gives a Ridgeline’s stifle pedal a predicted and manageable feel.

Direct Injection System
The direct-injection complement enables increasing torque opposite a engine’s full doing operation along with aloft fuel efficiency. The complement facilities a compact, high-pressure, direct-injection siphon that allows both high fuel upsurge and tapping suppression, while non-static vigour control optimizes injector operation. A multi-hole injector delivers fuel directly into any cylinder (not to a intake port, as in compulsory pier fuel injection designs), permitting for some-more fit combustion.

The multi-hole injectors can emanate a ideal stoichiometric fuel/air reduction in a cylinders for good emissions control. Theoretically, a stoichiometric reduction has usually adequate atmosphere to totally bake a accessible fuel. Based on a doing conditions, a direct-injection complement alters a avocation for best performance. Upon cold engine startup, fuel is injected into a cylinders on a application stroke. This creates a diseased stratified assign outcome that improves engine start-up and reduces empty emissions before a normal doing heat is reached.

Once a engine is wholly warmed up, for limit energy and fuel potency fuel is injected during a intake stroke. This helps emanate a some-more comparable fuel/air brew in a cylinder that is aided by a high-tumble intake pier design. This improves volumetric efficiency, and a cooling outcome of a incoming fuel improves anti-knock performance.

High Capacity Radiator with Dual High-Power Fans
All Ridgeline models have a high ability radiator with twin high-power fans to assure adequate engine cooling opposite a extended spectrum of doing conditions. Honda engineers tested a Ridgeline in some of a toughest towing conditions found in America, enclosed hauling a vast vessel adult a high 14-degree launch ramp for over half a mile in temperatures over 100º Fahrenheit, and climbing towering grades pulling a limit trailer weight (5,000 pounds, or 2,268 kg, AWD), limit interior load (100 pounds, 45.4 kg) and twin passengers. (For some-more information on towing, see a Chassis section.)

Detonation Knock Control
The Ridgeline’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) monitors engine functions to establish a best ignition hint timing. Two engine block-mounted acoustic detonation/knock sensors “listen” to a engine, and formed on this input, a ECU can retard a ignition timing to forestall potentially deleterious detonation. The 3.5-liter V-6 has an ignition curl territory for any cylinder that is positioned within any hint plug’s entrance bore.

Close-Coupled Catalysts and High-Flow Exhaust System
The empty manifolds of a 3.5-liter V-6 are expel directly into a aluminum cylinder heads to revoke weight, diminution tools count, and emanate some-more under-hood space. The outcome of this casting pattern is that a twin primary catalytic converters are positioned most closer to a explosion chambers, enabling intensely fast converter “light-off” after engine start. A poignant weight assets is satisfied by expelling normal empty manifolds. Downstream of a close-coupled catalytic converters, a hydroformed 2-into-1 gourmet siren carries empty gases to a secondary, underfloor catalytic converter.

Emissions Control
The 2017 Ridgeline 3.5-liter V-6 engine meets a tough EPA Tier 3/Bin 125 and CARB LEVIII ULEV-125 emissions standards, and is certified, as applicable, to this spin of emissions opening for 150,000 miles. A series of modernized technologies are factors in a emissions performance. The singular cylinder head-mounted close-coupled catalytic converters light off some-more fast after engine start up, and a 32-bit RISC microprocessor within a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) boosts computing energy to urge a pointing of hint and fuel delivery.

The engine facilities approach fuel injection that ceaselessly adjusts a fuel smoothness to produce a best multiple of power, low fuel expenditure and low emissions. Multiple sensors constantly guard vicious engine doing parameters such as intake atmosphere temperature, ambient atmosphere pressure, stifle position, intake airflow volume, intake plural pressure, coolant temperature, fuel-to-air ratios, as good as a position of a crankshaft and a camshafts.

To serve urge emissions compliance, a 3.5-liter V-6 creates use of an after-catalytic-converter empty gas recirculation (EGR) complement that allows cleaner, cooler EGR gas to be fed behind into a intake system. An EGR system, generally one that delivers a cleaner, cooler charge, reduces pumping detriment for softened fuel efficiency.

Noise and Vibration Control
With a 60-degree V-angle and compact, firm and lightweight die-cast aluminum cylinder retard assembly, a 3.5-liter V-6 powerplant is unusually well-spoken during operation. Other factors that assistance revoke engine sound and quivering are a firm forged-steel crankshaft, die-cast appendage mounts, and a unbending cast-aluminum oil vessel that reduces cylinder retard flex.

Active Control Engine Mounts
A absolute 28-volt Active Control Engine Mount complement (ACM) is used to minimize a effects of engine quivering when doing in three-cylinder mode. The 28-volt ACM is a pivotal cause in a VCM’s extended operation of operation in a new Ridgeline. Sensors warning a Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to approach ACM actuators positioned during a front and behind of a engine to cancel engine quivering regulating a reverse-phase motion. See a Interior section for some-more information.

100,000+/- Mile Tune-up Intervals
The Ridgeline’s 3.5-liter V-6 requires no scheduled upkeep for 100,000+/- miles or more, other than periodic inspections and normal liquid and filter replacements. The initial tune-up includes H2O siphon inspection, valve adjustment, deputy of a camshaft timing belt, and a designation of new hint plugs.

Battery Management System
The Battery Management System (BMS) is designed to boost a altogether use life of a battery, revoke a possibility of a passed battery and assistance urge fuel efficiency. Should a owners incidentally leave a headlights on or destroy to wholly tighten a doorway causing an interior light to sojourn on, a BMS will automatically cancel energy smoothness after a set duration of time to forestall a battery from being emptied of power. As a outcome of a liberate insurance afforded by a BMS, a battery should always have adequate haven ability left to start a engine.

The Ridgeline engine creates use of a absolute 150-amp alternator that uses linear control – from 12-14 volts. By determining a alternator assign voltage range, BMS works to keep a battery in a specific assign range, that can extend a use life of a battery by some-more than 25 percent. With BMS gripping a battery in a specific assign range, a alternator can run some-more mostly during a revoke voltage, that generates reduction drag on a engine ensuing in softened fuel efficiency. Application of countless electrical energy shortening equipment (such as a use of fit LED lighting and a special steam control complement that has an involuntary atmosphere conditioning “off” function) allows a BMS to work a alternator even some-more frequently in a some-more fit low assign mode

Maintenance Minder™ System
To discharge nonessential use stops while ensuring that a car is scrupulously maintained, a Ridgeline has a Maintenance Minder™ complement that ceaselessly monitors a vehicle’s doing condition. When upkeep is required, a motorist is alerted around a summary on a Multi-Information Display (MID).

The Maintenance Minder™ complement monitors doing conditions such as oil and coolant heat along with engine speed to establish a correct use intervals. Depending on doing conditions, oil change intervals can be extended to a limit of 10,000 miles, potentially provident a owners substantial responsibility and nuisance over a life of a vehicle. The owner-resettable complement monitors all normal use tools and systems, including oil and filter, tire rotation, air-cleaner, involuntary smoothness fluid, hint plugs, timing belt, coolant, stop pads and more. To revoke a intensity for motorist distraction, upkeep alerts are presented on a MID usually when a ignition is initial incited on, not while driving.

Drivetrain Architecture and Features

6-Speed Automatic Transmission
All Ridgeline models underline a customary 6-speed involuntary smoothness that contributes to softened acceleration and fuel efficiency, and facilities reduced attrition and softened jail purchase performance. The 6-speed involuntary offers glorious launch-feel, acceleration opening and fuel potency with an 20 percent wider rigging ratio widespread featuring a “lower” (numerically higher) initial rigging altogether ratio, and a “higher” (numerically lower) tip rigging altogether ratio than a 5-speed smoothness it replaces in a final era Ridgeline. To support a Ridgeline AWD’s 5000 bruise draw rating, a complicated avocation smoothness cooler is customary in all AWD models. The 6-speed transmission’s straight-gate shifter is an discerning and easy-to-use pattern that takes adult tiny space in a core console.

6-speed involuntary transmission

Transmission Gear Ratio Comparison

2-Wheel Drive
The Ridgeline offers customary 2-wheel drive. With a fit and lightweight design, a Ridgeline complement drives a front wheels to make a poignant grant to altogether fuel efficiency. Operation in Snow Mode, regulating a Intelligent Traction Management System, adjusts a drive-by handle map, smoothness change map and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for a best performance.

Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4™) AWD System
The Ridgeline’s accessible Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) all-wheel-drive complement includes an all-new electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated behind differential. This wholly some-more able complement gradually distributes best torque between a front and behind axles and, for a initial time ever in a Honda vehicle, boldly distributes engine torque between a left and right behind wheels. The advantages of a complement are aloft all-weather doing and neutral, accurate steering underneath energy that is unmatched by front-drive, rear-drive or compulsory all-wheel-drive systems.

By rotating a outward behind circle faster than a front wheels while cornering, Ridgeline’s AWD complement uses torque vectoring to emanate a bend impulse to assistance spin a car by a corner—reducing understeer and improving controllability. With cornering army some-more uniformly distributed between front and behind tires, altogether cornering energy is increasing in all highway conditions.

Vehicles with high energy ratings regulating compulsory front or behind expostulate systems mostly occupy a limited-slip differential to assistance say traction when underneath power. By joining inside and outward expostulate wheels, these systems tend to conflict turning. Conventional AWD and 4WD systems likewise work to couple a inboard and outboard wheels as good as a front and behind wheels, that can emanate additional insurgency to turning. Using dynamic, hydraulically actuated left-to-right behind circle torque vectoring to assistance spin a vehicle, a Ridgeline’s AWD complement delivers some-more responsive, neutral and predicted doing opening while providing superb all-weather traction and control.

AWD behind expostulate unit

Controls and Parameters
The i-VTM4 complement works in team-work with a Ridgeline’s Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) complement and Agile Handling Assist to optimize torque placement for aloft doing and traction utilization. The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides information on engine torque, airflow and smoothness gear-ratio selection, while a VSA ECU provides wheel-speed data. The AWD ECU also monitors steering angle, steering angle rate of change, parallel G-forces, car bend rate and hydraulic purchase vigour for a right and left behind spindle shafts. Drive torque is distributed from ECU information, and afterwards a acceleration situation, circle spin, parallel G-force, steering angle and steering angle rate-of-change are used to establish a front-to-rear torque placement and a torque separate between right and left behind wheels. i-VTM4 doing parameters include:

  • Up to 100 percent of accessible torque can be eliminated to a front wheels during normal cruising.
  • In tough cornering and underneath acceleration, adult to 70 percent of accessible torque can be destined to a behind wheels to raise car dynamics.
  • Up to 100 percent of a torque sent to a behind spindle can be practical to possibly a left or right behind wheel, depending on conditions.

System Layout
The Ridgeline AWD complement is a fulltime complement that requires no motorist communication or monitoring, interjection to a torque-transfer territory that is bolted directly to a front-mounted transaxle. The torque-transfer territory receives torque from a scrolled rigging that is trustworthy to a front differential’s ring gear, and a brief plane missile and hypoid rigging set within a torque-transfer unit’s box send energy to a behind propeller shaft, that in spin transfers energy to a behind expostulate territory that has a 20-percent larger torque capacity.

The Ridgeline’s new, lightweight behind expostulate territory is 22 lbs. (10 kg) lighter than a prior era Ridgeline territory and is constantly overdriven by 2.7 percent. The ensuing overdrive outcome is regulated by left- and right-side purchase packs (located in a behind differential) that exclusively control a energy delivered to any behind wheel. The poignant overdrive commission in a new Ridgeline means that a torque vectoring outcome is conspicuous and effective even in corners with a radius of as tiny as 49.2 feet (15 meters). This means that torque vectoring can be felt when accelerating aggressively by a standard corner.

Hydraulically operated purchase systems mounted on possibly side of a hypoid rigging that drives a behind axles control a volume of torque sent to any behind circle and yield a limited-slip differential avocation when needed. The clutches can be tranquil as a span to change front/rear torque separate or they can be tranquil exclusively to concede 100 percent of accessible behind spindle torque to go to usually one behind wheel. A singular electric engine powers a span of hydraulic pumps—one for any purchase pack. An Electronic Control Unit (ECU) tranquil linear solenoid valve selectively sends vigour to a purchase packs, that in spin control a volume of energy sent to any behind wheel. The purchase packs and their attrition element are delicately designed to withstand a tiny volume of continual trip between front and behind axles combined by a 2.7-percent speed differential—all while delivering a continuance approaching of a Honda product.

Intelligent Traction Management System
The 2017 Ridgeline facilities a new push-button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that offers 4 opposite AWD doing modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand; and twin 2WD modes: Normal and Snow.

Developed, tuned and tested during several locations in a U.S. and around a world—including Imperial Sand Dunes (“Glamis”) in California; Moscow, Russia; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates—the Intelligent Traction Management complement allows a motorist to name a doing mode that best suits a pulling conditions by simply pulling a symbol on a vehicle’s core console. System information and an charcterised comparison mode idol are shown on a tone Multi-Information Display. Based on a environment selected, a complement adjusts a drive-by-wire map, smoothness change map, i-VTM4 energy placement and Vehicle Stability Assist™ for optimal opening in varying highway or aspect conditions.

Powertrain Key Features Specifications Comparison

Powertrain Features

Fuel Economy and Emissions Ratings

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