Honda coming with Ridgeline sticks to their own conventional layout (appeared in 2005) now with more traditional profile, surely Ridgeline looks more impressive always despite truck drivers has a different question. C pillars are more narrower and vertical, line inbetween cargo and cab, unibody as SUV, half back looks like pickup. New version larger wheelbase by three inches, but shorter to Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Length shorter than Toyota Tacoma but greater than Nissan Frontier. Honda Ridgeline has longest cargo bed. Ridgeline comes with single bed length, wheelbase and cab config.
Equipped with 3.5 liter V-6 produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, pairing with six speed automatic. 280 hp is middle range power in this segment where Frontier produces 261 hp and GM twins produces 305 hp. Ridgeline torque is lowest to Toyota and GM.
Takes 6.6 seconds to touch 60 mph, faster than Tacoma taking 7.9 seconds, and a second quicker to Colorado. Ridgeline struggles to maintain speed when shifts gets downside after putting throttle, due to gas Ridgeline becomes fast moving and marching road ahead.
Offering four wheel drive in trim level. Two wheel drive comes with lower price and better fuel economy than four wheel drive.
EPA is 19/26 mpg for two wheel drive while 18/25 mpg for four wheel drive in city/highway respectively, here Ridgeline is at top among competitors when running steady at 75 mph on highway rating.
Ridgeline wheel control remains impressive, 18 inch wheel takes 195 feet to stop from 70 mph which is 10 feet longer to Tacoma. Rear fenders is attached seperately with bolts to bedsides. No jiggling experienced during pickup due to stiffer solid body. Drive can become more enjoyable if company can provide stronger chasis. Solid axling not available but rear suspension remains independent, cargo having more height, loading becomes difficult.
Cab having more space when rear cushion seat is flipped, with 50 cubic feet storage volumne from floor to ceiling, rear doors do not open wide and are narrow. Coming with heater steering wheel , three zone automatic climate control, navigation , 8 inch display audio (RTL-T, RTL-E and Black Edition) is not good at all, having no knob buttons but only touchscreen to control functions, need to rely on audio controls available on steering wheels. Safety features as forward collision warning, automatic emergency brakes, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, lane keep assist all these available in RTL-E and Black Edition.
Ridgeline payload rating is 1499 pounds which is better than Toyota and Nissan, also provides better fuel economy, acceleration. With maximum tow of 5000 pounds truck gets suppressed enough. With non traditional layout, it can never be a choice for hard core truck.