There’s no limit to what you can do behind the wheel of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. In addition to offering a class-leading suite of technology features, this year’s Ridgeline provides the power, performance, and fuel economy you’ll need to take the adventures you’ve been putting off. Honda has become an expert in the world of innovative all-wheel drive automobiles, and the Ridgeline represents the best of what they have to offer. The writers at Car and Driver have been unrelenting in their praise, referring to this year’s Ridgeline as “the best mid-size pickup that money can buy,” and noting its “superb ride and handling.” We think you’ll agree once you have the chance to get behind the wheel! Read on to get a sense of what you can expect from your test drive.
Even without any upgrades, the Ridgeline’s engine and drivetrain leave little to be desired. All six of the 2018 Ridgeline’s trim levels, from the RT to the Black Edition, come equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine, a high-capacity radiator with two fans, a 6-speed automatic transmission, and a 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC valvetrain. The functioning of the Ridgeline’s drivetrain components has been optimized with variable cylinder management and an active control engine mount system. On top of all this, all models include comfort- and convenience-enhancing elements like active noise cancellation and hill start assist. By the numbers, the Ridgeline’s superiority is plain to see. Its drivetrain produces 280 hp at 6,000 rpm, and up to 262 lb-ft of torque at just 4,700 rpm! Its ability to accelerate is also sure to impress. In their review of the Ridgeline’s engine and transmission, the experts at Car and Driver found that it could go from 0 to 60 in just 6.6 seconds.
Those drivers who do decide to upgrade their Ridgeline will find plenty to get excited about! The intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4) AWD system is available on all trims other than the RT, and comes standard on RTL-E and Touring models. 2WD models allow the Ridgeline’s intelligent traction management to function only in snow, but drivers of AWD models will be able to utilize intelligent traction management in the snow, sand, and mud. Additionally, remote engine start has been included as a standard feature from the Ridgeline’s Sport trim onward.
Innovative design has made the Ridgeline well equipped to handle practically any job. Its cargo bed offers up to 33.9 cubic feet of storage space, and every model also comes equipped with a unique in-bed trunk, which itself provides 7.3 cubic feet of volume for equipment you’d rather not leave out in the open. Although the Ridgeline offers 2WD and AWD ground clearance of 7.28 inches and 7.87 inches, respectively, its dual action tailgate and truck bed lights make it easy to load and unload bulky cargo. The total carrying capacity of its bed varies from 1,447 pounds to 1,580 pounds, depending on which trim level and drivetrain setup you select, but each build comes equipped with eight heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats that can restrain up to 350 pounds. Every Ridgeline comes standard with an integrated Class III trailer hitch as well as front and rear stabilizer bars. 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2WD models can tow 3,500 pounds, while AWD models can tow 5,000 pounds.
Few drivers can have much fun at the helm of vehicle with poor fuel economy, but this won’t be a problem for folks who choose the Ridgeline! Thanks in part to the inclusion of a standard EcoAssist System, the Ridgeline offers gas mileage ratings that give it a clear edge over competitors. Ridgeline models with 2WD will get an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg on the highway.* Ridgeline builds with AWD perform nearly as well, with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.* Don’t let fuel expenses hold you back from adventure! Honda’s pickup is sure to save you money at the pump.