Confirmed, and you can check it out for yourself here.it has CarPlay/Android Auto
I think the Car Play and Android is bait to get folks to buy the Ridgeline. Personally, I'm not a fan of the pictures I have seen of the Ridgeline. Yes, it shares the same front end of the Pilot. But, the truck bed just doesn't fit as it lost the angled "pillars" of the previous generation. But, like most remodels, it may grow on me (although, never planning to buy it).Very disappointed that Honda decided to load the Ridgeline with better audio features and sound and leave the 2016 Pilot owners behind. I was scheduled for a 2015 Pilot but waited for the 2016 due to all of the changes. Should have waited a few more months and selected a Ridgeline!
I like it's looks too, but it's not on the road yet, too soon to say it is better in every way. They took the shifter off the steering post and put it in the center, sacrificed a lot of interior space. Ground clearance is suspect also. It' s not a "too big" truck. Same chassis and hence wheelbase as the Pilot, just a little more welding to beef it up. And towing is rated at 5000 pounds, many were hoping for an improvement. Insiders are saying Honda isn't too concerned about that, not the demographic they are after.The new Ridgeline may not be as unique as the first one but it is better in just about every way. I really like it but am not in the market for a pickup. They no longer make the kind of pickup I would buy. They are all too big now. A modern version of the VW pickup with a nice modern diesel getting 50 mpg would sure tempt me though.
It doesn't just look like a pilot, it is a pilot with back end cut off and replaced with a truck bed. There are a few fascia changes (bumper, grill) but I bet you could remove those and put the pilot ones on in there place without any modifications. It's the same interior as well, at least from the front seats forward. I didn't see any difference at all which gives me hope that adding android auto/carplay to the pilot really is just a firmware update....just have to make them do it>. Biggest complaint over on the Ridgeline Owners Club is that the new Gen 2 Ridgeline looks like a 2016 Pilot from the rear door forward both inside and out. Not too surprising since they are both produced at the same plant in Alabama and competing for line time.
I think the Car Play and Android is bait to get folks to buy the Ridgeline. Personally, I'm not a fan of the pictures I have seen of the Ridgeline. Yes, it shares the same front end of the Pilot. But, the truck bed just doesn't fit as it lost the angled "pillars" of the previous generation. But, like most remodels, it may grow on me (although, never planning to buy it).
There is another thread on this forum that discusses pulling the trigger on when you should buy. Don't shop for 100% features...you'll be waiting forever to buy any car.