Flash Drive — Honda Ridgeline

By Bruce Caldwell

Model Tested: Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Engine: 3.5-liter SOHC V-6, 250 hp, 253 lb/ft 

Transmission: 5-speed automatic, all-wheel drive 

EPA Ratings: 15 city/21 highway 

Base Price: $37,180 

As Tested: $37,990

Performance:  Typically excellent Honda engine and drivetrain
Smooth, car-like highway ride
Automatic transmission has a tow mode
Locking differential for severe 4×4 conditions
Independent rear suspension
Good maneuverability

Comfort: Quality interior construction and components for quiet ride
Good legroom; excellent headroom
Big back seat
Heated seats

Utility: It’s a pickup with a 5-foot cargo bed
5,000-pound towing capacity
Ample, substantial cargo cleats
Great interior storage bins
Rear seats fold up for outstanding interior cargo capacity

WOW Factors:  Has the ability to carry passengers and cargo in all type of weather
Standard AWD
Multi-configurable, oversized center console

Whines:Sunroof is extra small
No rear door bins

Bottom Line: The Honda Ridgeline is a truck for car people. The crew cab configuration and five-foot bed offer an ideal compromise between passengers and cargo. The Ridgeline is great for active families that are more into outdoor fun than heavy-duty hauling.