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Honda's smart pickup is built on the same platform as the Honda Pilot and looks more conventional than the previous generation. It retains the unit-body construction, fully independent suspension, and lockable trunk space below the bed floor. Power comes from a slick 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. We got 20 mpg overall in our tests, the best of any nondiesel pickup. Towing capacity is modest at 5,000 pounds, and the bed is shallow. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are available. Ride and handling are more refined than in conventional pickup trucks, and the cabin is quiet. The available Honda Sensing safety system includes automatic emergency braking.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 Honda Ridgeline recalls.

Road Test

With the Ridgeline, Honda has evolved the concept of the pickup, creating a smart truck aimed squarely at the actual needs of most pickup owners. The original, innovative Ridgeline turned off many buyers because of its peculiar styling. The lessons h...

Highs

  • The most car-like pickup you can buy
  • Quiet and well-finished cabin

Lows

  • 5,000-pound towing capacity falls below that of other compact trucks
  • Uplevel touch-screen radio is unintuitive and poorly designed

Best Version to Get

Value-wise, we think the RTL is the sweet spot in the Ridgeline lineup. It gets you a power driver's seat and leather, while still keeping the basic simple-to-use radio. However, we wish it had the advanced safety features--forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blin...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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