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2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

#1
in Midsize pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$29,630 - $43,120

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Overview

It's a car, it's a truck, Is it a truck? No, it's the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Ridgeline is a mid-size offering from the Japanese Car Marque - Honda. Although, the Ridgeline is more of an SUV, owing to its unibody construction as opposed to the more traditional truck-like Body on frame construction. Ridgeline owes its design nuances to the Honda Pilot. Considering the same, Ridgeline can also be considered Pilot's sister car.

Honda Ridgeline is more inclined towards refinement and basically built for city roads and will be an excellent mate for your weekend excursion or fishing trips with your friends and family.

Starting at $29,630, It is on the expensive side for a base model of any mid-size truck in the country. However, all the luxury and smoothness sure comes at a price. But is the Ridgeline worth it, with even the top trim priced at the top price of $43,120 with the absence of off-road features and towing capabilities? Let's find out!

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Pros

Superior ride and handling thanks to independent rear suspension

Unique two-way opening tailgate

A large lockable and sealable in-bed trunk

Sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provides multi-surface traction

Spacious crew cab is comfortable and feels luxurious

Cons

Tacky touchscreen AVN Interface with no buttons

Lacks the low-range gearing

Not as fast as competition

Low ground clearance

Maximum tow rating of 5,000-pound drops to 3,500 pounds on FWD

Sensitive driver aids are too sensitive

No choice of cab configuration or bed length

What's New?

Eliminated RTS Trims


Features

Power

280 hp

262 torq

MPG

27 city

26 hwy

Engine

v6 cyl

3.5 disp

transmission

Automatic

drivetrain

front wheel drive

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

towing capacity

3500 LBS



Styles

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in White Diamond Pearl color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Modern Steel Metallic color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Lunar Silver Metallic color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Forest Mist Metallic color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Deep Scarlet Pearl color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Crystal Black Pearl color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Modern Steel Metallic color  2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab in Lunar Silver Metallic color
White Diamond Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

8.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.6

Driving

9.3

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab RT

RT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$29,630

Configurations
RT 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (19/22/26)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Sport

Sport

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$33,170 - $35,070

Configurations
Sport 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (19/22/26)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm
Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab RTL

RTL

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$33,930 - $35,830

Configurations
RTL 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (19/22/26)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm
RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab RTL-T

RTL-T

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$36,080 - $37,980

Configurations
RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (19/22/26)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm
RTL-T 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab RTL-E

RTL-E

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$41,620

Configurations
RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2018 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Black Edition

Black Edition

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$43,120

Configurations
Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (18/21/25)
Torque: 262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 5, 2018

8.5

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

8.5/10
Engine

 

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.9/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.6/10
Safety

 
 

2018 Honda Ridgeline. Ridgeline is a mid-size offering from Honda. The Ridgeline is more of an SUV, owing to its unibody construction as opposed to the more traditional truck-like Body on frame construction. Pricing starts at $29,630 and goes up to $43,120 for higher trim levels.

Features

7.8/10

Honda Ridgeline comes in 6 different trims, starting from the base trim – RT priced at $29.630 to top Black Edition which retails at $43,120. While ABS with EBD and other passive safety features are standard on all the trims, All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is unavailable on the RT trim.

Trims RT (No AWD) Sport RTL RTL-T RTL-E Black Edition
MSRP $29,630 $33,170 $33,930 $36,080 $41,620 $43,120
Standard Features
  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines
  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Link and Streaming Audio
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
  • 200-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
  • Cap-less Fuel Filler
  • 5-Inch Color LCD ScreenPush Button Start
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System
  • Smart Entry
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Fog Lights
  • 18-Inch Gray-Painted Alloy Wheels
  • ·Plus everything on the RT Trim
  • Leather-Wrapped Interior
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Heated Front Seats
  • SiriusXM Radio
  • Apple CarPlay
  • ·Android Auto
  • HD Radio
  • HondaLink
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • SMS Text Message Function
  • 225-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer
  • 8-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen
  • Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System
  • Plus all features on RTL
  • Truck-Bed Audio System
  • 540-Watt Premium Audio System with 8 Speakers, including Subwoofer
  • ·Honda Sensing Feature Suite
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature
  • LED Headlights with Auto-On/
  • Blue Ambient LED Lighting
  • Exclusive 18-Inch Black-Painted Alloy Wheels
  • Black Side Mirrors, Door Handles, and Front Skid Plate
  • Black Leather Trim with Contrasting Red Stitching
  • Red Ambient LED Lighting
  •  

Although the car stands a firm ground with the engine that It comes with. It would also muster a gathering of free thinkers and choosers, with no engine options at all. It somewhat loses against other trucks in the category even when fully equipped and upgraded.

However, considering the features, choosing one of the trims can be a task at hand. That’s where we come to your rescue. Go through our detailed trim comparison and find out which one suits you.

Engine

8.5/10

"Among pickups, the Honda Ridgeline stands apart because of its unibody chassis, fully independent suspension and torque-vectoring AWD system that improves stability on all surfaces. We like how the 3.5-liter V6 and the six-speed automatic work together. The catch: Off-road potential is limited."-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Ridgeline shares its underpinnings with the Honda Pilot, so is the powertrain on this one. Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a 3.5L V6 i-VTEC engine that pumps out 280 HP and generates a peak torque of 262 lb-ft. peaking at 4700 rpm. The engine teamed with a 6-Speed Automatic Transmission drives almost as smooth as any luxury SUV in the market.

With no engine options available, the V6 does fare well against the competition in terms of on-road performance. Mated the 3.5L V6 is a 6-speed automatic transmission and Honda Ridgeline is not a truck with any more choices available. Other trucks in the category have taken a couple of steps more when it comes to the transmission.

Truck Engine Power Torque
Honda Ridgeline 3.5 L, V – 6, 6-Speed Automatic 280 hp 262 lb-ft at 4700 rpm
Toyota Tacoma 3.5 L, V – 6, 6-Speed Automatic 278 hp 265 lb-ft at 4600 rpm
Chevrolet Colorado 3.6 L, V – 6, 8-Speed Automatic 308 hp 275 lb-ft at 4000 rpm
GMC Canyon 3.6 L, V – 6, 8-Speed Automatic 308 hp 275 lb-ft at 4000 rpm
Nissan Frontier 4 L, V – 6, 5-Speed Automatic 261 hp 281 lb-ft at 4000 rpm

Likes of Colorado and Canyon Denali offer 8-Speed Automatics with the V-6 configurations, while Honda and the Toyota Tacoma still make do with the 6-speed transmission resulting in slower quarter-mile timings. Addition of a better transmission would have rendered Ridgeline a better vehicle in terms of pure acceleration.

Acceleration and Power

The V6 on the Ridgeline is not the best powerhouse available in the V6 setting but sure has a lot of upswept advantages over the other cars in the segment. The 3.5L Gas powered V6 is capable of delivering 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque resulting in reaching 0 to 60 mph in under 6.6 secs while a quarter-mile in 15.2 seconds while crossing the line at 93 mph.

Truck Engine 0 – 60 mph Quarter Mile Timings
Honda Ridgeline 3.5 L, V – 6 i-VTEC 6.6 secs  15.0 sec
Toyota Tacoma 3.5 L, V – 6 7.7 secs  15.2 sec
Chevrolet Colorado 3.6 L, V6 7.1 secs 14.7 sec
GMC Canyon 3.6 L, V – 6 6.3 secs  16.9 sec
Nissan Frontier 4.0 L, V – 6 7.3 secs  17.9 sec

However, Canyon aces the Ridgeline by almost 0.3 secs and does a 0-60 mph sprint in 6.3 secs which also makes the Canyon the fastest car in the segment.

Handling and Steering

Honda Ridgeline is actually a family SUV disguised as a truck on the overall driving front. When Honda decided to carve the truck out of the Pilot, they made sure that the pleasure and feel ride along with all the other features. The Ridgeline offers excellent traction on all fours, although the front wheel drive doesn’t disappoint either.

The engine is also available with 2WD (2-Wheel Drive) and AWD (All-Wheel Drive) drive options. AWD is available with Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4). The management system can deliver up to 70 percent of total engine output to either the left or right rear wheel based on the conditions. It comes with an Intelligent Traction Management System with Normal, Mud, Sand, and Snow driving modes, too.

Ridgeline offers a rack and pinion steering.Driving the Ridgeline around the corner will ascertain our recommendation if driving pleasure on a budget is what we are shopping for. When we say, it’s nothing like a truck, we mean it.

With harder suspension than the Pilot, as Honda decided to redesign suspension components for pickup duty. The Ridgeline is confident around the tightest of turns, it is firm, solid but a little bumpy at times, just a little. All thanks to the 18-inch wheels with 245/60 rubber and the high tire walls, the wheel always feel in control and the ride doesn’t become any rough even over the rougher patches.

Braking

Honda Ridgeline seriously lacks on some stopping power. Among its peers, Honda Ridgeline took the longest in the 70 Miles per hour to a standstill test (70 – 0 mph). While all the other truck stopped on the good side of 180s, the Ridgeline stopped at longer 195 ft. distance.

Truck 70 – 0 mph (in feet)
Toyota Tacoma 180
Chevrolet Canyon 183
GMC Canyon 185
Honda Ridgeline 195

Nevertheless, Honda has taken into consideration the safety leaks that the braking powers come with. Bringing in ABS with EBD along the Brake Assist (BA) somehow might help you be safer on the roads.

 

Fuel Economy

8.5/10

Fuel Efficiency

2018 Honda Ridgeline get the same engine as it had in the 2017 edition. The V-6 drives smooth and is mated to a 6 – Speed automatic transmission. The combination is almost a symphony delivering excellent fuel economy both in the city and on the highways. It wouldn’t matter if you were driving an AWD or the 2WD train, the Ridgeline delivers a flat 18/19 in the city while a 24/25 on the highways.

Truck Honda Ridgeline GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
City (mpg) 19 22 18 19 19
Highway (mpg) 26 30 26 23 23
Combined (mpg) 22 25 21 21 21

When looking at the mpg figures of the competition, you wouldn’t really be impressed with either. All the cars in the mid-size truck segment yield the same number. If you choose one, Honda Ridgeline would still deliver the best return to the price of gas in your city from the lot.

Interior

8.9/10

"This Honda’s cabin leaves little to complain about. It’s well-designed, well-appointed, and quiet, and it’s arguably the nicest interior in the class."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

The Ridgeline is a car that provides you with a lot of options even with almost 6 trims being available. Honda offers only one cabin size that is a crew can with the maximum sitting of 5 people. While the seats are comfortable and heated on the higher trims, the 60:40 split rear can also be folded for even increased cargo space on the car. However, the truck doesn’t really have a fully flat floor underneath the seats but sure helps in carrying some more weight around when the trunk is full or in case of bad weather.

Taking the ‘bad’ ground clearance into consideration, the Ridgeline has the seating height of 30.9 inches which is lowest in the class. While low seating height can be an issue for some looking for a bird’s eye view from inside of the car, getting in and out of the car is not going to be an issue for even the people with small bones.

Interior Quality

The interior of the Ridgeline is along the lines of a pilot, It’s a cockpit-like cabin with interior warped in leather upwards of the RTL trim of the vehicle. Even the base (RT) and Sport trims, you can opt for black fabric upholstery interior.

The dashboard is made out of soft plastic that meets the lines of luxury and sophistication. With a choice of 5.0 -inch non touch music control and an 8-inch HondaLink Infotainment system, the cabin sure looks upmarket. However, the music interface fails to impress, making the Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls a standard on all trims.

Infotainment System

This is an area where most people, even not-so-music-buffs are not going to be happy about. Honda has not been very effective with the HondaLink on the Ridgeline. The system is not much fun to use, it’s more on the lines of unresponsive, and takes time getting used to. Covering the bad ground are some features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a trick, optional in-bed audio system, but still not impressed.

Infotainment Features

The standard infotainment equipment on the base model is a 5.0-inch non-touch display with Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth connectivity is simple and quick, but won’t work when the truck’s ignition is off.

However, as you move up the trims, the display size increases along with the availability of touchscreen. Upwards of RTL-T trim, Honda offers an 8 – inch touchscreen HondaLink Infotainment system with Garmin-based navigation. Garmin is a third party navigation and tends to work well with most cars.

Although the increase in size doesn’t really solve any of the real-life problems faced on the Ridgeline. With touch sensitive volume slider which doesn’t really execute right and a not-so-responsive touch display, it becomes mandatory that you use on-steering controls, all power to the wheel.

 

Exterior

8.0/10

"More advanced construction techniques have let Honda remove the odd buttress-like structure from the previous Ridgeline's bed, giving it a more traditionally truck-like appearance, and significantly improving the aesthetics."-KelleyBlueBook

This is where Honda smoothly picked up the right cards with this pickup. Revamping the whole look was a smart move after all. If someone asked me about this truck? My general reaction would have been “Is that a truck at all?”.  Honda Ridgeline is now one pretty truck, a perfect city companion for some dirty jobs.

Looking at the measurements, The Ridgeline is just like any other truck in the category. The Ridgeline is almost as long and tall as the Tacoma, Colorado and the Canyon when equipped with crew/double cabs and standard beds. However, the Honda is drastically wider, it is the widest truck in the category even without in the mirrors

Bed Dimensions

Honda Ridgeline doesn’t really extend much courtesy outwards of the vehicle. Honda offers only one-bed size and single cabin size on all trims, irrespective. The 5-ft bed can hold 6-ft X 4-ft plywood with ease. It also has the highest payload rating amongst the rivals. Honda Ridgeline has a rating of 5000 lbs. (half a ton) of cargo and also features six heavy duty tie down cleats and bed lights.

What’s more attractive about the bed is that it comes with a two-way opening tailgate, which lets you reach the bed with ease. The bed also has a hidden in-bed trunk with a lockable opening, and also acts as an opening to the spare wheel and tool hatch.

Truck Bed Dimensions (L X B) Additional Features
Honda Ridgeline 64 in X 60 in In-bed trunk
Toyota Tacoma 60.5 in X 41.5 in/ 73.7 in X 41.5 in 2 Bed Sizes and an excellent payload rating of 1620 lbs. (Class Leading)
Chevy Colorado 74 in X 57.8 in/ 61.7 in X 57.8 in 2 Bed Sizes

Trunk Volume

The bed has an in-bed trunk with the lockable and sealable opening. You will also need to open it in case you want to access the tools and the spare tire. The trunk has a flusher at the bottom, which means that the trunk can be used as an icebox.

At 7.3 cubic feet of space, you can store anything from tools, fishing gear to ice and beverages. The trunk is quite big in size, so big that it can accommodate a full-grown male in it.

However, the clever Honda feature seems to pose a problem when the bed is fully loaded. Since you can’t access the spare wheel in case of a flat in the middle of nowhere. So, either you unload and then reach the spare wheel or secure the spare wheel in the cabin before plan on loading the vehicle.

Lighting

Look at the Ridgeline from the front and I bet, you can’t make out if it’s a truck or a family SUV. For simplest of the reasons, Ridgeline is based on the Pilot. The Ridgeline has LED Headlights for trims upwards from RTL-E while LED Taillights have been offered as standard lamps on the rear.

Towing Capacity

Built for toughness, we can’t say for sure. All we can say, this is one refined machine that has a limited towing capacity In the 2WD option the Ridgeline can tow a maximum of 3500 pounds while when equipped with AWD functionality, you may be towing as much as 5000 lbs. Here’s a quick suggestion, go by the numbers and DO NOT test the vehicle for towing capacity. With the number on the Ridgeline’s board, you can probably haul a small boat or a pop up camper. You can sure load a motorcycle or an ATV on the back of your Ridgeline.

If towing capacity along with off-road capability is what you are looking for, you are in the wrong area. 

Truck Maximum Towing Capacity (Configuration)
Toyota Tacoma 6800 lbs. (4WD)
Chevrolet Colorado 7000 lbs. (4WD)
GMC Canyon 7700 lbs. (4WD)
Honda Ridgeline 5000 lbs. (AWD)

Safety

8.6/10

Honda Ridgeline is one of the safest truck around. Honda Ridgeline has been rated as Good on safety measure, as rated by IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The icing on this pound cake is being listed for IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award.

Testing Body

Rating(s)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 

5 Stars

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Good (Also Top Safety Pick+)


However, the competition is not far behind in terms of safety. Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, and Chevy Colorado have received four stars from NHTSA while Honda’s offering scored a composite five stars. Overall, Honda Ridgeline can easily pass for being the safest pickup from the lot, or in the category.

Safety Features

Honda has carefully decided that Ridgeline should be the clear pick for anyone who is looking forward to buying a safer truck, if not the safest, which it might pass for. Several Active safety features can be found as standard on the spec list of Honda Ridgeline.

Standard Active Safety Standard Features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Multi-Angle Rear View Camera with Guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)*with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)

Keeping Active Safety on point, Honda also takes care of passenger on the passive fronts. Honda has left no stone unturned in order make the Ridgeline, the safer car it is. All the passive safety features have been made standard on all the trims. The passive safety features include Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) Body Structure, and Front, Side and Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensors.

Final Verdict

Honda Ridgeline is one powerful contender when the city roads are where you spend most of your time and there are chores that you have to run around for, often. Ridgeline is one comfortable truck with enough power on tap.

However, for the wilder ones, who hit the trails more often, Ridgeline doesn't check the right boxes. Those who tow their belongings around on a regular, this truck might fail you. There are other trucks in the market that are more utilitarian and are more truck-like, unlike the unibody Ridgeline.

For those who carry deep pockets and are city runners, the truck would fit right in the bill. With all the luxury and space, also features like the in-bed trunk and bed speakers, this is surely a rocker for the modern buyers, looking at SUV-like trucks.

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