If you’re in the market for a midsize truck with car-like ride and handling, the Honda Ridgeline is nice fit. It features a closed-box, unit-body structure and independent front and rear suspension to deliver a unique combination of truck-like utility with decent driving dynamics.
The Ridgeline also has a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds and a half-ton payload rating, plus a number of unique features including the large In-Bed Trunk and dual-action tailgate.
What's New for 2014
After double-digit sales growth in 2013, Honda added a new top-of-the-line Special Edition model. The rest of the Ridgeline lineup returns without significant changes.
Choosing Your Honda Ridgeline
All Ridgeline models utilize an all-aluminum 3.5-liter V6 that produces 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy is only average, coming in at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.
The five-speed automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when going uphill or downhill. A fully automatic Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system provides confident operation in rain, snow, ice, sand and mud, while also improving on-road and towing performance by distributing torque to all four wheels as needed.
Buyers choose from five trim levels that determine how Ridgeline is equipped:
With an abundance of features at a price that isn't substantially more expensive, the RTL is our choice of the Ridgeline lineup.