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Edmunds Torture Test 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road – Blown Shocks Galore


In the first installment of a 2-part video, Edmunds shows us what its like to drive to the Death Valley race track for an upcoming torture test of a 2017 Honda Ridgeline and a 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road with a 2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X providing support. Yet, the road out was brutal enough with two trucks completely destroying a variety of shocks. And no, the Ridgeline wasn’t one of them.

Honda Ridgeline EdmundsFor most truck fans, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was a ho-hum addition to the marketplace. With its uni-body construction, lack of ground clearance and the odd in-bed trunk, it doesn’t exactly scream truck. Instead, it is a much more subtle version of a truck which many journalists have claimed is perfect for the vast majority of consumers.

Those consumers though haven’t exactly gone crazy over the Ridgeline with last month’s sales barely topping 2,700 units sold. In comparison, the top-selling F-150 sold 77,895 units. 

While the consumers have been a bit shy on it, the Ridgeline is actually more surprising than it first looks. Sure the in-bed trunk is unusual, but it is handy. The in-bed speakers are great for tailgating and the uni-body construction along with independent rear suspension delivers a surprisingly good off-road feel. 

Don’t ask us. Check out this video by Edmunds.com. They took three trucks out to Death Valley to find a hard-packed sandy race track to really test them out. Also, they had the goal of seeing how much Honda had improved their product over the past 10 years when the prior generation lost all of its shocks. 

Woah right? All that driving over dirt roads resulted in blown shocks on the vaunted Mr. Reliable Toyota Tacoma or how about the Nissan Titan Pro 4-X losing parts? Crazy!

What do you think? Did you expect the carnage from just driving out to the desert?

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. John D July 21, 2017

    I actually wanted to buy this vehicle, but my wife has had it in her mind for years that she needs a Z71 Silverado, so that is what we got. I could have saved ten grand, got a smoother ride, and just as much usability (from the “what I will do with it” department), and all I would have really given up was looks (like most people, I don’t find it very attractive).

  2. ricqik July 24, 2017

    While the F150 did sell enormously more than the ridgeline’s mere 2730 units, it was definitely not 77,895. Many writers out there are quick to claim F’series sales number as F150’s sales number.

  3. NoQDRTundra November 28, 2017

    So,the Tacoma with an off road package broke a shock when the streetish Ridgeline did not? Whoa


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