Honda Ridgeline Reviews
Thanks to a silky-smooth drivetrain, refined road manners and a comfortable cabin that provides ample space for five passengers, the Honda Ridgeline proves that you don’t have to make compromises to own a midsize truck as your primary vehicle.
2017 to Present: Honda Ridgeline
The second-generation Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup truck launched for the 2017 model year. Honda’s second take on the forward-thinking Ridgeline shares its drivetrain and underpinnings of the highly praised Honda Pilot, but is designed to be considerably stronger for legitimate hauling and occasional off-road adventures.
Whether front- or all-wheel drive, all Ridgelines are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The new version is more powerful than the engine found in the outgoing model. However, the engine retains its reputation as a smooth and compliant power plant that gets the job done without fuss.
Honda’s approach to the interior centers around a spacious, amenity-filled cabin that seats five passengers comfortably. Plenty of dry cargo space is available beyond the truck’s bed. A flip-up rear seat features enough space underneath for a set of golf clubs. Of course you don’t have to be a golfer to appreciate the space; groceries, book bags and backpacks are equally at home. Unique to the Ridgeline is a lockable in-bed trunk that provides additional dry storage to complement the truck’s bed.
The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, an upscale soft-touch interior, 18-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, a Class III towing hitch and more. A standard rearview camera adds to the safety features. Moving into higher grades can bring in features like an upgraded infotainment system, satellite radio, leather upholstery and a heated steering wheel. An available truck bed audio system can also turn the Ridgeline into the perfect tailgate vehicle.
Earlier Honda Ridgeline Models
The first-generation Honda Ridgeline was launched for the 2006 model year and was offered until 2014. The original Ridgeline was powered by a 247-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. Later models would feature a slightly more powerful version of the V6 engine.
Standard equipment on the base Ridgeline RT includes air conditioning, cruise control, a power sliding rear window and a 100-watt audio system. Higher trim levels add leather seating, a power moonroof, XM radio, heated front seats and more.
With the original Ridgeline, Honda took an unorthodox approach to the midsize pickup. Unlike the traditional body-on-frame design found elsewhere, the Ridgeline’s unibody construction and standard all-wheel drive set the pickup apart from the crowd. The first-generation Ridgeline was also immediately identifiable by its unique slanted cab design and SUV-inspired style.
While towing and hauling is not up to the standards that many of the Ridgeline’s competitors provide, the truck’s carlike driving dynamics and versatile interior make it a great alternative for families who need the utility of a pickup but want the comfort of a crossover.