Despite its car-like unit-body construction, the Ridgeline can handle off-road duty thanks to its standard Variable Torque Management 4WD system (VTM-4) and locking rear differential.
The 4 wheels are driven by a 3.5-liter 250 hp V6 engine through a 5 speed auto transmission. The EPA rates the EPA’s fuel economy at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 lbs or haul 1,100 lbs of cargo in its bed.
The biggest updates are up front with an all-new, Pilot-inspired grill, a reworked bumper cover and 2 extra sets of lights down low – 1 set acting as daytime running lights, the other as fog lights.
The rear of the refreshed Ridgeline boasts a freshened set of tail lights, a new lower bumper that now flows into the fender flares and a backup camera lens next to the handle on the tailgate.
4 trim levels are offered on the Ridgeline: base RT, Sport, RTS and top-of-the-line RTL.
Standard features on the Ridgeline RT include an integrated trailer hitch, pre-wiring for seven-pin trailer wiring, trip computer with instantaneous and average fuel economy; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power windows and door locks; power sliding rear window; cruise control; key less entry; auto heated wiper zone; a 6 speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability; and 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under seat storage.
The stygian-themed Sport brings black 18-inch aluminum wheels, a black honeycomb grille, black head-lights and tail-lights, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls and an AUX input jack.
The Ridgeline RTS adds to the RT’s features with alloy wheels; a seven-pin trailer wiring connector; body-color painted door handles; painted inner grille surfaces; a 7 speaker 160-watt audio system with sub-woofer and 6 disc in-dash audio system; steering wheel-mounted controls; an auxiliary audio input jack; dual-zone auto climate control, an 8 way power driver’s seat with lumbar support; privacy glass; and all-weather floor mats.
The RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats, 18-inch alloy wheels; fog lights, moon roof, a 110-volt power outlet, XM Satellite Radio, HomeLink remote system, carpeted floor mats, and a compass in the rear view mirror. A Honda Satellite-Linked Nav System with voice recognition is available (and replaces the rear-view mirror interior compass). Vehicles equipped with the nav system also include Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and a multi-info display.
Every Ridgeline model comes equipped with dual front, side and side curtain airbags along with traction and stability control systems, electronic brake force distribution and a tire pressure monitoring system.