You don’t necessarily think pickup truck when you think Honda, but the Ridgeline might have you reconsidering your opinions. The Ridgeline has a standard 3.5 liter V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. There’s plenty of power for the Ridgeline to move around town and on the highway, especially with a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. The one ding against the Ridgeline might be towing capacity, but with an EPA estimated 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway, it makes up for it.
Front-wheel drive is standard for the Ridgeline, with all-wheel drive being offered where others offer four-wheel drive. It’s also being heralded as one of the smoothest rides on the market today, with superb handling and braking. The all-wheel drive also means that you can take this truck off-road and it will do just fine. Intelligent Traction Management gives you different driving modes to select from.
Back to the towing issue. Unless you’re hauling enormous loads and gigantic toys, you should be just fine. Many trucks on the market can pull 7,500 pounds. The Ridgeline? 5,000. That’s still enough for fishing boats and trailers. You can also haul up to 1,580 pounds in the Ridgeline. Again, slightly less than the competition, but not a deal breaker.
If you’re hauling heavy machinery, the Ridgeline may not be your cup of tea. But if you’re looking for a versatile truck that’s a pleasure to drive—you’ve found it.