Americans love to tailgate, and if Honda has it their way more Americans will be tailgating in Ridgelines.
Honda Manufacturing of Alabama has begun building the 2017 Ridgeline and we should see it very soon on lots and streets across the States very soon, but that’s not what matters. We all knew we were going to be getting a new Ridgeline soon. What’s important is how the Ridgeline can be used to extend our party prowess.
Gone are the days of needing a jam box or portable Bluetooth speaker with you when you crank up the grill, crack open a beer and party in the parking lot before a Kenny Chesney concert. Instead, you can now sync up your phone to your Ridgeline and crank up the tunes on the industry-first in-bed sound system. Hidden behind the walls of the bed, away from the elements and flying cargo, are six “exciters” designed to use the walls of the bed as their sounding board, turning your truck into your very own jam box.
Along with the sound system, the Ridgeline keeps its innovative In-Bed Trunk, which not only acts as a lockable compartment for valuables, but also doubles as a place to keep your iced-down beverages – it’s equipped with a drain plug to drain the water left over after the ice melts – for tailgate libation storage. I’m just wondering when Honda will make a deal with Yeti Coolers to market an In-Bed Trunk that keeps your Bud Light and Corona cold for the entire 17-week NFL season.
The 2017 Ridgeline also retains its very versatile dual-action tailgate, which can be either lowered like a standard tailgate or swung open to the side, just like the dual-opening tailgate on a ’77 Ford LTD Station Wagon.
Expect to see the new Ridgeline within the next month, just in time for the summer concert circuit.