The 2017 Honda Ridgeline isn’t like other trucks.

Well, it is, but it isn’t. It’ll haul stuff like other trucks, sure, and it has the same basic shape as other trucks. But step inside and spend some time with Honda’s second version of the Ridgeline and you’ll start to recognize how different it is than the competition.

It makes sense, then, that the types of drivers the new unibody truck attracts are a little different than your typical pickup truck drivers.

Here are 8 ways you can tell a Ridgeline owner from a typical truck owner.

Their boots aren’t ALWAYS muddy

Seriously, why is it that, in every truck ad ever, the guys riding in it are wearing the muddiest, filthiest boots? We’re pretty sure a pair of driving loafers will also work on most trucks’ pedals…

And neither is their Ridgeline

For the record, it is still a pickup if it’s not covered in mud.


They don’t ALWAYS need a truck. Sometimes they just need a vehicle.

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline comes with a front-wheel-primary drive, meaning if you don’t need 4WD, you don’t have to have it.

They may not be wearing a cowboy hat

The pickup has long been seen as a very Western product…western in the sense of cowboy boots and horse trailers. The fact is, all types of people use trucks…despite what most truck ads will tell you.


And they might want to transport something other than rocks

Although, it could totally do the rock thing no problem.

In fact, they use their trucks for all sorts of things

The Ridgeline driver leads a diverse life. From hauling ice for a BBQ, to wood for a backyard project, to the kids’ hockey equipment, the 2017 Ridgeline’s box is for carrying life, whatever that looks like.


And mileage is important to them

Most truck ads lead with the hauling stats and off-road capabilities over gas mileage, but the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, though capable of towing up to 5,000lbs and plenty comfortable off road, understands that not everyone needs a towing beast. Gas mileage is also an important consideration, and the Ridgeline’s unibody frame helps addresses that.

They listen to all voices, not just those that sound like Bob Seger

When did we decide that all truck commercials had to be voiced by the same guys who do the beer ads? We know trucks are tough vehicles, but surely “tough” has more than one voice…