Honda 2018 Ridgeline Concept

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Transcending pickup-truck tropes, the Ridgeline tosses tradition to the wind with unconventional comfort and ingenious features. Looking for a quintessential crossover? It has a comfortable cabin and refined road manners. Yet its towing capability and its innovative cargo box, which has an in-bed trunk as well as an available audio system, exploit and enhance truck tradition. A speedy 280-hp V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission comprise the sole powertrain; front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. Honda’s pickup not only compares with class competitors, it excels with exclusively available features such as automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. Although it’s only built as a crew cab with a 5.3-foot bed, the Ridgeline caters to and satisfies a wider society than its rivals—a key reason it was named one of our 2017 10Best Trucks and SUVs.

What’s New for 2018?

The Ridgeline lineup is subtly reshuffled for 2018, with one less trim, different all-wheel-drive availability, and two new exterior paint colors. Gone is the RTS trim that slotted between the base RT and Sport models. The RT is now front-wheel drive only. This means a Ridgeline Sport with all-wheel drive starts at $36,010—that’s $3695 more than a 2017 RT AWD. At least the Sport trim is no longer available only in black exterior paint—White Diamond Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic are new choices.

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What Was New for 2017?

The all-new Ridgeline made its debut for 2017, after last appearing in Honda showrooms in 2014. Unlike its competitors, the redesigned pickup still used passenger-car-style unibody construction and an independent rear suspension, resulting in a smooth and controlled ride. The 2017 design was dialed back to a more traditional, trucky look; its proportions grew to improve passenger and cargo space; and it was engineered to be one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size pickups on the road.

 

Honda 2018 Ridgeline Review and Specs

Trims and Options We’d Choose

Honda Ridgelines come in a single body style (a four-door crew cab) and six trim levels, all with one powertrain: a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available for $1900 on all but the base RT trim; it’s standard on the top-tier RTL-E and Black Edition. We’d choose the mid-level RTL and opt for all-wheel drive, as it increases the tow rating from 3500 to 5000 pounds. For $760, the RTL adds a number of features versus the lower Sport trim, including:

• Leather-trimmed interior
• Heated front seats
• 10-way-power-adjustable driver’s seat and four-way-power-adjustable passenger seat

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