The 2018 Honda Ridgeline may not look as impressive on paper as some of its competitors, but this is the most complete mid-size truck on the market today. True, a 5,000 pound tow rating and can not crawl desert rocks as easily as specially tuned models. But it’s versatile and comfortable offers most of the utilities you’re looking for. And most importantly, it covers most of the drawbacks associated with pickup ownership.
After being redesigned a year ago, the Ridgeline came apart from its main competitor. It was built with unibody design rather than the traditional body-on-frame, and independent suspension around it. This means better handling and driving quality that is more like a car than a truck. It also has a very versatile cargo bed. There is a large trunk on the bed that you can use to store various items, can hold full 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood down flat. Inside, the Ridgeline cabin has plenty of room for you and passengers.
Overall, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline does not have a tough style or look like any other truck, this is still a smart choice for most owners.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is a four-door, crew-cab midsize pickup offered in six trim levels: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition.
Standard equipment for the base RT includes a tow hitch, 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power lock system with the dual-action tailgate, 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, a 5-inch screen interface with rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a seven-speaker sound system with a USB port.
The Sport trim adds remote engine start, keyless entry, gray-painted alloy wheels, foglights, body-color door and tailgate handles, the HomeLink remote system and tri-zone automatic climate control.
The RTL adds heated front seats, eight-way power adjustments driver seat with armrest, four-way power adjustments front passenger seat, leather upholstery. All-wheel-drive versions also get a noise-reducing windshield and heated outside mirrors.
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-T adds LED daytime running lights, Honda’s LaneWatch blind-spot camera system. an 8-inch touchscreen audio system with navigation, Android Audio, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, seven-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD radio and three USB ports.
The RTL-E adds LED headlights, a sunroof, LED cargo lights, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings, front passenger armrest, a power-sliding rear window, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, a two-prong power outlet and an upgraded sound system with a unique truck-bed speaker system.
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition includes the RTL-E features along with black trim, black-painted wheels, a black headliner, black paint and red-accented black leather seats.
All the 2018 Honda Ridgeline come standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The RT is available with front-wheel drive only, while the Sport and RTL are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The RTL-E and Black Edition are AWD only.
In performance test, an Ridgeline AWD accelerates from 0 to 60 in 7.3 seconds. EPA fuel economy ratings are 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway for FWD models and 18/25 with all-wheel drive. Properly equipped, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the all-wheel drive model can tow up to 5,000 pounds.
Inside, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is friendly to drivers and passengers. It’s easy to get in and out, this is a truck with a very nice interior. The attractive interior is well-built from quality materials and overall design have a family-friendly, which most trucks usually do not bother trying, especially in the middle class.
The large windows provide excellent front and side view. The mirror has a decent size and provides nice coverage, it gets better with its standard backup cameras. Every the 2018 Honda Ridgeline are equipped with tilt-and-telescoping steering wheels that cover a wide range and highly customized driver’s seats, especially for altitude. It’s easy for anyone to find a comfortable driving position behind the wheel.
One of the Ridgeline advantages is offering more driver and passenger space than any other midsize crew-cab truck. It was striking in terms of cabin’s width at the hip and shoulder and in the head and leg room in the back seat.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has available now at US dealers. Official pricing starts at $29,630 (include destination fee), an increase of $155 from the previous year. The Ridgeline Sport starts at $33,170, which bumps the price to $35,070 if you pick all-wheel drive.
Moving up to the RTL price start at $33,930. AWD brings the price to $35,830. The RTL-T FWD trim you can get in $36,080. Add two more driven wheels, and the price rises to $37,980. The range tops RTL-E priced at $41,620 and the Black Edition at $43,120.