Friday, July 4, 2014


The Honda Ridgeline is a mid-size sport utility truck produced by the Japanese automaker Honda. The Ridgeline was released in March 2005 as a 2006 model and is Honda's first foray into the North American pickup truck market. Until 2009, the Ridgeline was built in Alliston, Ontario, Canada alongside the Acura MDX, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Si, and Acura CSX. The Ridgeline was awarded Motor Trend's Truck of the Year for 2006.

The new Ridgeline SE essentially adds cues from the Ridgeline Sport to the luxurious RTL trim level. The means features like black-trimmed 18-inch alloys and matching interior trim arrives as a no-cost option. This new model carries the same starting price as the RTL at $37,505 (*not including $830 for destination), and all other trim level pricing is carried over unchanged from the 2013 model year. The new SE model won't be available until November.

The Ridgeline's cabin has a low, flat floor, and minimal intrusion from the transmission in the center tunnel. Although the front row has only two seats, the Ridgeline's column-mounted shifter could allow for three-across seating, if the center stack was slightly redesigned to accommodate legs and feet in the middle position. As it is, there's generous space at the base of the console for a purse, briefcase, laptop bag, or whatever else, as well as ample center console storage. The rear seat is also significantly more spacious than other current midsize crew cabs

the Ridgeline's 250 hp 3.5-liter V-6 has no problem handling the truck's 4529 pounds, although a little more low-end torque would help. The engine makes an enthusiastic growl when pushed, but comes across as a little coarse, especially in comparison to current full-size truck powertrains. In the Ridgeline's defense, neither the Tacoma or Frontier are models of hushed refinement either. Its 0-60 and quarter-mile times of 8.3 and 16.5 seconds respectively are respectable, but no better than its peers.

Technical Features of the Honda Ridgeline:
250-hp (SAE Net), 3.5-Liter, 24-Valve, SOHC VTEC® V-6 Engine
Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
Variable Torque Management® 4-Wheel Drive System (VTM-4®)
Locking Rear Differential 
High-Mounted Fresh-Air Intake
ULEV-2 CARB Emissions Rating 
Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer
Heavy-Duty Radiator with 160-Watt Fans (2)
Integrated Closed-Box Frame with Unit-Body Construction 
Fully-Boxed High-Strength Steel (HSS) Frame Rails and Crossmembers with Internal Stiffeners
Steel-Reinforced Composite (SRC) Cargo Bed 
MacPherson Strut Front Suspension
Multi-Link Rear Suspension with Trailing Arms
Front and Rear Stabilizer Bars
Variable Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Solid Rear Disc Brakes
18-Inch Special Edition Alloy Wheels

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