After a two model-year hiatus, Honda's compact pickup has returned as a 2017 model. Still built on the same platform as the Honda Pilot, the new Ridgeline looks more conventional. It retains the unit-body construction and the dual-action tailgate that can swing sideways for easier bed access or fold down in traditional fashion. It also keeps the lockable "trunk" space below the bed floor. The only powertrain is a slick 280-hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front- or all-wheel drive is available. The cabin is quiet. Ride and handling are more civilized than conventional pickup trucks. Towing capability is modest at 5,000 pounds. The available Honda Sensing safety system includes forward-collision warning with automatic braking.