2017+ Honda Ridgeline vs 2016+ Pilot: Sibling differences

The second-gen Honda Ridgeline has ditched its controversial looks and unique platform. See the differences with the Pilot in this side-by-side comparison.

2017 Honda Ridgeline - frontRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
Externally, the second-generation Ridgeline and third-generation Pilot share body panels ahead of the B-pillar. Both cars are powered by a 3.5-litre V6 with 280hp (210kW) and 262 lb-ft (355Nm).
2017 Honda Ridgeline - sideRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
The Ridgeline has smaller rear doors to accommodate the pickup bed, but has a longer wheelbase (125.2-in vs 111-in / 3,180mm vs 2,819mm) than the Pilot.
2017 Honda Ridgeline - rearRidgeline
2016 Honda Pilot ElitePilot
Obviously, little is shared at the rear. Honda says that around 50 percent of the Ridgeline's chassis components are unique in order to accommodate the pickup bed and its load hauling duties.
2017 Honda Ridgeline - interior, dashboardRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
The Ridgeline shares the Pilot dashboard and tech package, although there are trim differences between the two. Notice how the Ridgeline has a traditional gear shift mechanism for its 6-speed auto. The Pilot is available with a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic.
2017 Honda RidgelineRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
While the Pilot and Ridgeline share body panels ahead of the B-pillar, the Ridgeline has a unique grille and front bumper design.
2017 Honda RidgelineRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
Gear shifter aside, the Pilot and Ridgeline share almost their entire front cabin design.
2017 Honda Ridgeline - rear seatsRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
Leg room in the second row of the Ridgeline is a little cramped compared to the Pilot.
2017 Honda Ridgeline - trayRidgeline
MY2016 Honda PilotPilot
The Pilot has fold-flat third row seats. Like the first-generation Ridgeline, the new pickup has a dual-action tailgate that can flip to the side ...
2017 Honda Ridgeline - trayRidgeline
2016 Honda Pilot ElitePilot
... or flip down. Storage in the rear of the Pilot is limited if you've got all seven seats in place.
2017 Honda Ridgeline - in bed storageRidgeline
2016 Honda Pilot Seven Passenger ConfigurationPilot
The Ridgeline again has underfloor storage, although the area is a bit smaller than the original car's. It's said to be a more practical shape, though.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]