IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:
The Ridgeline offers the best comfort, convenience, and on-road driving dynamics of any small pickup, along with a compelling array of clever technology and utility features.
There’s only one body style and one drivetrain, and starting prices are higher than the competition’s.
Ridgeline is the only pickup truck that’s based on a unibody front-wheel-drive chassis with an independent rear suspension.
WHAT IS IT?
Ridgeline is Honda’s entry in the compact-pickup segment. After taking the 2015 and 2016 model years off, the Ridgeline was re-introduced—and completely redesigned—for 2017. Among the Ridgeline’s unique features are a handy under-floor trunk in the pickup bed that can be used as an 82-quart cooler, and a dual-hinged tailgate that can drop down like a traditional pickup’s or be opened to the side like a door. The pickup bed itself can be turned into a speaker for the audio system, thanks to “exciters” that are built into the bed walls; the bed itself becomes the speaker’s cone. Other available features include a multi-view rearview camera, keyless access and starting, heated front seats, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, adaptive cruise control, and a heated steering wheel. Available safety features include forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, blind-spot alert with rear cross-traffic alert, and front and rear obstacle detection.
All Ridgelines get a 9-speed automatic transmission in place of the previous 6-speed, and a push-button gear selector replaces the previous shift lever. The rear doors now open wider than before, and the tailgate now includes a remote-locking feature. The model lineup has been pared down, and now includes Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition trim levels. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features is now standard on all models.
Ridgelines are EPA-rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 19/24 with all-wheel drive. In Consumer Guide® testing, a top-line Black Edition model averaged 20.3 mpg in 70-percent city driving.
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 or extreme off-roaders, but should meet the needs of the vast majority of the pickup-buying public. What really secures the Ridgeline’s Best Buy status is its all-around refinement, broad trim-level lineup, and impressive list of available comfort and convenience features.