It’s a Best Buy because:
Ridgeline offers the best comfort, convenience, and driving dynamics of any small pickup.
There’s only one body style and one drivetrain, and starting prices are high.
It’s the only compact pickup offering all-wheel drive rather than part-time 4WD.
What Is It?
Ridgeline is Honda’s entry in the compact-pickup market. While other entrants offer a complex mish-mash of cab configurations, bed lengths, and features, Ridgeline is simplicity itself. There’s only one body style (4-door crew cab), one bed length (5 feet), one engine (a 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V6), one transmission (automatic), one drive-wheel configuration (all-wheel drive), and four trim levels with no factory options. Instead of the body-on-frame construction used by the other compact pickups, Ridgeline employs a car-type unibody design. The pickup bed sports a lockable under-floor “trunk,” similar in concept to the under-floor storage bins you find on many SUVs. The tailgate can drop down like on a regular truck, but it can also swing to the side, giving easier access to the aforementioned trunk.
A topline Special Edition model, with a standard navigation system and unique appearance features such as black-trimmed 18-inch wheels, is added to the Ridgeline lineup for 2014.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway on the recommended regular-grade gasoline. In Consumer Guide® testing, we averaged 16.2-18.3 mpg.
Value in Class
Ridgeline blends pickup-truck utility with carlike civility in a solid, sensible package. The light-duty design won’t suit hardcore truckers but should meet the needs of families and recreational users. Innovative pickup features, such as the lockable in-bed “trunk” and two-mode tailgate, and Honda’s solid reputation for reliability make the Ridgeline a “must see” in its class.
|BASE PRICE RANGE||$29,575 – $35,155|
|BODY STYLES||4-Door Crew Cab|
|AVAILABLE ENGINES||250-HP, 3.5-Liter V6|
|DRIVE WHEELS||All-Wheel Drive|
|EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE||15-21 MPG|
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