2019 Honda Ridgeline Review
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline targets truck buyers who need to haul, sometimes tow, but don’t want to give up the refinement they’ve grown accustomed to in their SUV. The specs work in the Ridgeline’s favor, with 1,500 pounds of payload capacity and 5,000 pounds of towing ability, along with available all-wheel drive. But it goes a step further than traditional midsize pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, with clever features like the In-Bed Trunk, and luxurious and tech-savvy interior refinements. It also looks worlds better than the original Ridgeline. Fine, those competitors offer models with better towing or off-road ability, but for light-duty truck owners, the Ridgeline makes a compelling alternative.
If you need a vehicle with a truck bed, but don’t want to drive something that, well, drives like a truck, then the 2019 Honda Ridgeline should be on your list. Its interior is far more refined than other midsize trucks, it offers excellent payload capacity, and it drives like an SUV.
Unlike traditional trucks, there’s only one cab, one bed length, one engine and not a lot of variability. If you’re looking for true 4-wheel-drive capability, want a diesel engine for towing big loads, or something with a lower bed for easier access, a traditional truck may be a better choice.
The Ridgeline’s In-Bed Trunk comes with a drain, meaning it’s also an In-Bed Cooler. Combine that with the 2-way tailgate that either flips down or swings open, in-bed audio, and a 2-pronged AC outlet in the bed, and the Ridgeline is a tailgate party looking for a place to happen.
INTELLIGENT TRACTION MANAGEMENT
Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management lets Ridgeline drivers customize the truck’s power and traction systems to different kinds of terrain. With the push of a button the Ridgeline is ready to tackle snow, mud and sand, adjusting the throttle, transmission, torque distribution and more to best suit the conditions.