The 2018 Honda Ridgeline delivers traditional truck looks with its powerful front fascia, broad grille, strong shoulders and upright roof pillars. The Ridgeline takes traditional slab-sided styling and adds tasteful sculpting and handsome character lines. From the rear is its dual-action tailgate — it opens in the regular way, dropping down as you need it. But it can also open from the side. The best feature, however, may be the in-bed trunk offering a place to lock away what you want to keep out of view. The bed, too, offers a nifty design no competitors can claim — the wheel wells are hidden, making it easier for you to carry your stuff. Further, the composite bed supplies standard bed-mounted tie downs to secure heavy and odd-sized cargo with a cargo net or bungee cords.
Pickup truck shoppers are often pleasantly surprised when they enter the Ridgeline’s cabin. This four-door truck offers an interior befitting the Pilot SUV. Indeed, the two vehicles share a common interior with a lovely wing-shape dashboard, broad instrument panel and either a standard or large touchscreen in the centre console. The one difference is the transmission shifter — the Ridgeline has a lever, while the Pilot operates with buttons. The seats are quite comfortable front and back with standard heated seats up front and available outboard heated seats in the second row. Ventilated front seats are also available. There’s also a nifty storage area under the rear seat, ideal for holding tools.
Honda’s recognizable and laudable 3.5-litre V6 engine powers the 2018 Ridgeline and comes paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powerful engine produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 12.8L/100 KM city and 9.5L/100 KM highway for a combined 11.3L/100 KM.
The Ridgeline’s powertrain is entirely suited for this truck, delivering superior off-the-mark acceleration and passing power. Steering is firm with engaged handling, easily outpacing its chief rivals. The Honda also delivers a car-like ride on the road; for trucks equipped with all-wheel drive, it can navigate gravel roads and well-worn trails with ease.
You’re not going to find a safer pickup truck than the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Its car-like structure ensures that it does well in crash testing. Standard driver assist technology includes lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Also available is blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert.
Standard technologies include a seven-inch colour display, Bluetooth connectivity, a seven-speaker audio system, two USB ports, an auxiliary input jack, and smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Available equipment includes an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio and a truck-bed audio system.
The 2018 Ridgeline just may be everything you want in a pickup truck with unexpected features making it a compelling shopping decision. Speak with your Alberta Honda professional to learn more and to schedule your test drive.