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2018 Honda Ridgeline

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2018 RT Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $29,730
2018 Sport Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,270
2018 RTL Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,030
2018 Sport All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,170
2018 RTL All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,930
2018 RTL-T Front-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,180
2018 RTL-T All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,080
2018 RTL-E All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,720
2018 Black Edition All-Wheel Drive Crew Cab 5.3 ft. box 125.2 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,220

Overview

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline remains an interesting approach to the pickup, offering a capable powertrain, comfortable driving dynamics, excellent technology and safety features, and generous cargo space and cargo solutions – we're talking about you in-bed cooler and dual-opening tailgate. It returns for 2018 largely unchanged since its debut last year.

What's New for 2018

There are new paint options and Honda has simplified the trim lineup by dropping the RTS trim.

Honda Ridgeline

Choosing Your Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline has six trim levels — RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and Black Edition

But regardless of trim, every Ridgeline carries a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The entry-level RT trim is only available with front-wheel drive while the RTL and RTL-T are available with either front- or all-wheel drive, although the latter adds $1,800 to the price tag. Finally, the range-topping RTL-E and Black Edition trims get all-wheel drive as standard.

Rear-drive models return 19 miles per gallon city, 26 highway, and 22 combined, while the all-wheel-drive models are rated at 18/25/21 mpg.

The towing capacity is 3,500 pounds for rear-wheel drive variants and 5,000 pounds for the all-wheel drive.

As is typical for Honda, the only available options come from the dealer-installed accessories catalog. The only decisions Ridgeline buyers need to make is what kind of drivetrain, trim, and interior and exterior colors they want.

Honda Ridgeline

RT

The Ridgeline RT starts at $30,570 (including $940 designation charge) and standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, an in-bed trunk (which is drainable, so you can use it as a cooler), two-way opening tailgate, rear privacy-glass, a rear-view camera, cloth upholstery, cruise control, push-button start, and a five-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

Honda Ridgeline

Sport

The Ridgeline Sport, priced at $34,110, adds new exterior paint options, grey-painted 18-inch wheels, body-colored mirrors, fog-lights, three-zone climate control, an outside temperature display, a smart key with remote start, and front seat back-pockets.

Honda Ridgeline

RTL

The RTL trim comes in at $34,870 and compared to the Sport trim, it primarily gets more comfort features like leather upholstery, heated, powered front seats, a leather-wrapped steering-wheel and an acoustic windscreen that Honda claims reduces wind noise. All-wheel drive models also get heated side-view mirrors.

Honda Ridgeline

RTL-T

The Ridgeline RTL-T, listed at $37,020, gets the components on the lower trims plus LED running lights, rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines, smart-key with walkaway auto-lock, auto-dimming rear-view camera and an upgraded eight-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, navigation and satellite radio. You also have the Honda LaneWatch system, which turns on a camera on the passenger-side mirror whenever you signal right and then relays the corresponding view on the infotainment screen. Frankly, it is more of a novelty rather than a utility.Heated steering-wheel and parking sensors remain optional and the heated side-view mirrors come with the all-wheel drive models only.

Honda Ridgeline

RTL-E

The Ridgeline RTL-E demands $42,560, but this high-end trim adds LED headlights, a driver's side memory function, heated side-view mirrors, a moonroof, blue ambient lighting, a heated steering-wheel, and Honda’s nifty bed-mounted audio system. The RTL-E is also the most affordable path to the Ridgeline's most advanced active safety systems. Grabbing this trim means adding rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beams, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist with lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning with automatic braking, the latter features as part of Honda Sensing.

Honda Ridgeline

Black Edition

The Ridgeline range tops out with the Black Edition, costing $44,060. As the name suggests, it gets several cosmetic upgrades including black alloy wheels, black door handles, and black and red leather upholstery with red ambient lighting. Naturally, black paint is the only available exterior shade. The Black Edition is broadly based on the RTL-E, so aside from the black accents, its equipment lineup is mostly the same.

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The mid-level models arguably provide the best value for money, especially the RTL-T trim, which features several upscale amenities and of course, the option for all-wheel drive. We are really impressed by the safety items on the RTL-E variant but at nearly $43,000, it feels a bit too expensive.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The Honda Ridgeline is the only crossover truck on the market, utilizing a car-based platform to deliver a surprisingly strong product. Its robust payload and competitive towing capabilities underscore how drivers will use it.

Best Value

Narrowing the model choice you want begins with choosing front- or all-wheel drive. If you plan to tow, then go with the latter as it provides a 5,000-pound towing capacity (versus the standard 3,500 pounds) with its integrated tow hitch and seven-pin connector. All-wheel drive adds $1,900 to the cost, but it isn't available on the base trim.

We chose the all-wheel drive Ridgeline RTL with a starting price of $36,805 (including the $975 destination charge and $1,900 AWD premium) as our "best value" of the six trims offered. For $760 more than the Sport model, the RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

  • Model: 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 280 hp/262 lb.-ft.
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 18 city/25 highway
  • Options: None. Additional features come bundled with each trim
  • Base Price: $36,805 (including $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $34,731

Performance

Honda Ridgeline

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline delivers 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque from its capable 3.5-liter V6 engine. This is the lone powertrain combination for the Ridgeline, but it's also sufficient for the vehicle at hand.

Honda’s Ridgeline drives like a car, delivering a comfortable ride and sharp handling. On the flip side, we found the 7.9-inch ground clearance as measured at its highest point won’t cut it for most off-roaders. If you’re a Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado maven, then stick with those models.

The Ridgeline’s strong suits include its generous cabin space, delivering room for five. We also like the clever dual-action tailgate hinged at both the bottom and left side. What clinches it for many shoppers is the under-the-bed floor trunk with a flat bottom and drain plug. Although the bed is smaller than the competition, it still holds sheets of plywood or drywall, provided you don’t mind some overhang with the tailgate dropped down.

Interior and Exterior

Unlike the first-generation Ridgeline, this one fits in better with the competition. Straight off, the Ridgeline looks like a truck from the front, although its outline still evokes reminders of the Honda Pilot SUV, its platform mate. The four-door-only cabin is a plus – it's the only choice you’re given, but it's the most popular one among pickup truck buyers.

As for the interior, you can fit five people, although we think making room for four is best. Otherwise, the Ridgeline’s interior is similar to the Pilot, with the transmission shifter a welcome change from the Pilot’s push-button arrangement.

Our best value model comes with leather covering the seats and wrapping the steering wheel. The broad instrument panel is also similar to the Pilot and features analog gauges with a digital readout centered between. Beyond the base model’s small touchscreen is a larger one, measuring eight inches.

The Best and Worst Things

The truck-like front fascia is a design winner, although some will find the profile too tame for their tastes.

Right For...

Honda Ridgeline

People who will use their pickup trucks for gardening, trips to the dump, shopping, and for pulling a boat or camper. In other words, individuals who aren’t lulled into buying more truck than what they need for some unclear bragging rights.

Wrong For...

Individuals who plan to take their trucks far off road and play in the mud. Although only a small number of enthusiasts buy pickup trucks with such adventuring in mind, you’re not buying the Ridgeline for robust off-road pursuits. Light to moderate duty…yes, rock crawling…no.

The Bottom Line

Honda’s approach to the pickup truck market is unique, aiming for consumers who have realistic expectations on how they'll use their trucks. Its stout engine, spacious interior, and nifty in-bed trunk are features only enhance its appeal.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 280 HP / 262 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$75
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
110 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
210.0 "
Exterior Width
78.6 "
Exterior Height
70.2 "
Front Headroom
40.1 "
Rear Headroom
38.8 "
Front Legroom
40.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
62.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,242 Lbs.
Wheel Base
125 "
Turning Radius
22.2 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Chrome Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Power Remote Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Front Body-colored / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar / Black W/metal-look Accents
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan
Speakers
7
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles

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