As a midsize pickup, the Honda Ridgeline stands out from the crowd. Unlike conventional pickups with a separate frame, like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma, the Honda Ridgeline has a unibody design. Its driving dynamics are identical to those of the unibody three-row Honda Pilot SUV.
The unconventional design of the Ridgeline combines the spacious interior of an SUV with the towing capacity and cargo space of a pickup truck. The Ridgeline’s off-road prowess is thus diminished compared to the most aggressive models from rival manufacturers, but it still impresses the city. The Ridgeline can only be had in the form of a four-door crew cab with a five-foot bed and is powered by a 280-horsepower V-6 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Pricing
The base price of a 2023 Honda Ridgeline is $38,800, plus $850 for shipping. For the base Sport model, that’s the price. The Black Edition is the most expensive option at $46.230. Almost $45,000 is required to get to the RTL-E level, where the meaningful additional equipment is located, so this treatment is primarily for cosmetic purposes.
Options could increase the price by around $4,000 for any of the four tiers.
The Ridgeline’s prices are considerably higher than average for its segment. Chevy Colorado and Jeep Gladiator both start at around $37,000, while the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma are closer to $28,000, and a Hyundai Santa Cruz (albeit smaller) with all-wheel drive is around $26,000. The Ridgeline, however, belongs to its own tiny sub-category of animals.
Honda Ridgeline EXTERIOR COLORS
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
There is only one engine option, and it’s a 3.5-liter V-6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, mated to a nine-speed automatic and driving all four wheels as standard. When you press on the accelerator pedal, the engine responds smoothly and eagerly. The Ridgeline is an unconventional pickup that will catch you off guard. It behaves itself and gives the impression of extreme competence on the road. Unlike the competition’s leaf-sprung, solid-axle setups, its coil-sprung independent rear suspension allows for a more car-like ride. Your body will lean very little into corners, and you won’t feel most bumps. The steering feels natural with the electrical assistance. The Ridgeline’s weak stopping power is its only noticeable dynamic flaw. We found the brake pedal to be too soft and have too much travel in normal use, and the stopping distance from 70 mph to zero was also on the long side.
Towing and Payload Capacity
Honda’s Ridgeline pickup may be a show car, but it can’t haul much. All Ridgelines have standard all-wheel drive and a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, making them significantly lighter than competitors like the Chevrolet Colorado and Ford Ranger. The Ridgeline’s towing capacity of nearly 1600 pounds is comparable to that of Colorado but lower than that of the Ranger.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
At 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, the Ridgeline’s V-6 engine is the most efficient in its class. An all-wheel-drive Ridgeline achieved 28 mpg on our 75-mph fuel-economy route, which is representative of real-world highway driving and is part of our extensive testing regimen.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
When it comes to usability and passenger comfort, the Ridgeline is unrivaled. Below the dashboard, the Honda, like most other mid-size pickups, has hard plastics. Everything else about the materials is above par. There is more room in the back than in any other vehicle in its class, midsize or larger. Since the center console is placed so low between the front seats, having armrests that can be folded down is a nice feature.
The Honda pickup is second-smallest in volume (34 cubic feet) and has the shortest bed length (5.3 feet) among its competitors. The bed’s locking, weather-proof in-bed trunk, which can be found beneath the bed’s floor and is accessed from above, helps to even things out. Storage space is limited to 7.3 cubic feet. One more perk is that the Ridgeline is the only mid-size pickup whose bed can accommodate a sheet of 4-by-8-foot building material laid flat on the bed floor. The distance between the bed’s wheel wells is 50.0 inches. Inside, the clever design continues. The back seat folds up in a 60/40 split and can be stowed out of the way to make room for a full-size bicycle. Due to the narrow width of the rear doors, loading bulky items may be challenging.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The Ridgeline’s standard infotainment system features a large 8.0-inch touchscreen display. According to Honda, it’s much simpler to operate than its predecessor thanks to a number of changes, including a volume knob and on-screen icons. To date, we haven’t had access to the updated Display Audio system or the opportunity to verify this claim. There’s also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built right into the Ridgeline. In addition, some makes and models offer an optional in-bed stereo that is sure to be the life of any tailgating gathering. Vibrating actuators convert the cargo area into a massive speaker.
|Ridgeline Sport HPD
|front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
|SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
|212 in3, 3471 cm3
|280 hp @ 6000 rpm
|262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
|15.0 sec @ 93 mph
|Braking, 70-0 mph
|Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad
|Observed Fuel Economy
|75-mph Highway Driving
|EPA Fuel Economy
|21/18/24 mpg (Combined/City/Highway)