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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CarsDirect Tip

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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