Honda is a world champion in the sedan and SUV segments, but the Japanese giant has never been a truck contender. The company pulled its only truck, the slow-selling Ridgeline, from the market in Now it has brought the perky pickup back to America as a model.
Sometimes referred to as a "sport utility truck," the Ridgeline compares favorably to traditional pickups in multiple ways. Unlike a lot of small- and mid-sized trucks, some of which require a stepladder to gain entry, the Ridgeline sits at slide-in height. It motors like a sedan, too, jumping from zero to 60 in a reported 6. The Ridgeline borrows its powertrain from other products in the Honda domain. Like the MDX, the Ridgeline comes in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations.
Despite its suburban SUV characteristics, the Ridgeline performed beautifully off the road as well. It climbs through the rugged Grapevine Mountains to an altitude of 5, feet before dropping via an increasingly narrow slot canyon down to the Death Valley floor — with nothing in between but abandoned mines and the ghost town of Leadfield. I left it in "normal" and let the Ridgeline work out the high interaction of coumadin and cocaine and soft sections all on its own.
The RTL-E costs quite a bit more. But it comes standard with a host of amenities. Some are for comfort, like pickup truck caps and honda leather interior, heated steering wheel, heated front seats and illuminated cup holders.
This is attractive, but what problem, exactly, does it solve? But others are for utility. The dual action tailgate swings down, like most tailgates do, but it also swings out, like a refrigerator door.
It opens to reveal a locking, in-truck "trunk," which has 7. I found that big enough for two overnight bags and a laptop. The "compact" spare tire is down there, too, pickup truck caps and honda. There is also a 2. And despite the short look of the bed, Honda says it will accommodate a 4x8 sheet of plywood, and I proved it will carry a motorcycle — with the tailgate down, anyway.
A trailer hitch is standard, and the workmanlike truck bed comes standard with an array of tie-down cleats. The bed is lighted, which is very handy for loading things at night. The interior is similarly practical. Although I had persistent difficulty getting the Ridgeline and my iPhone to get along, the audio quality was very good.
Included were a rear cross traffic monitor, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking and adaptive cruise control. When engaged, though, the cruise control and accident avoidance systems were very intrusive. The Ridgeline braked sharply when a car, perhaps eight car lengths ahead of me, pickup truck caps and honda, slowed slightly — and then accelerated sharply pickup truck caps and honda the danger had passed.
It did this multiple times. The truck also had difficulty staying in the middle of the pickup truck caps and honda, skewing from side to side within the lane, pickup truck caps and honda. The Ridgeline fares less well in comparison with traditional trucks in the cargo and towing areas, and this may hurt sales with buyers who are cross-shopping mid-sized competitors like the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado or Nissan Frontier. The F pulls three times that.
The Ridgeline, which is made in Alabama at the same plant that builds the Pilot, Odyssey and MDX, differs in one significant way from traditional trucks. Whereas Silverados, Titans and Tacomas are a two-piece body and bed on top of a frame, the Ridgeline is a "unit body" vehicle: But what the Ridgeline shares with its brother trucks, and with too many SUVs, is relatively poor gas mileage. The EPA numbers on this model are 18 miles per gallon for city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the freeway.
Honda executives have said they are not going after the F, or any of the other traditional trucks, by bringing back the Ridgeline. Honda may be getting back into this market just early enough to grab some market share. EPA fuel economy pickup truck caps and honda EPA moves to preserve gas mileage requirements before Trump takes office.
France investigating Renault on suspicion of emissions fraud. The Honda Ridgeline pickup truck comes with available all-wheel-drive. But is it really more of a big SUV than a true truck? Charles Fleming, Los Angeles Times. Jan 09, 9: Plush lightweight pickup truck. Easy to operate, fun to drive, capable off-road. Light duty capacity limits workplace applications.
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