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2018 Honda Ridgeline 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.
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.
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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