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Honda's new Ridgeline receives 26-mpg highway rating

The numbers are comparable to the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.

Honda's redesigned Ridgeline pickup has received official fuel-efficiency estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The 2017 front-wheel-drive package with a 3.5-liter V6 has achieved a city/highway/combined rating of 19/26/22 mpg. The numbers represent an increase of 5 mpg over the first-generation model, which was offered only in four-wheel-drive form.

The revamped four-wheel-drive variant carries only a slight penalty at the pump, with single-mpg all-around drop to 18/25/21 mpg.

The numbers are competitive in the segment, slightly higher than the six-cylinder Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Bigger trucks have brought the biggest gains in recent years, narrowing the gap with midsize pickups. The most fuel-efficient F-150, Ram 1500 or Chevy Silverado packages have earned ratings just shy of the smaller offerings.

Honda is likely hoping the Ridgeline's traditional shape, sans buttresses, will help the nameplate take a bit of market share from the more popular players in the midsize segment.

The 2017 Ridgeline is expected to arrive in showrooms this summer.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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