If your idea about pickup truck puts focus on the ride quality, fuel economy, and interior comfort and also requires more manageable size for easier urban driving but in same time don’t have big expectations for towing and hauling duties, you probably need the mid-size truck with SUV’s roots. One of the kind is 2018 Honda Ridgeline which comes a year after this model returned after short absence as the truck with new energy and strength. This SUV based model is faced with rivals like Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon but it certainly has its unique values like uni-body architecture which can make it your choice.
Is there something new?
With arrival of the current redesigned version, the Ridgeline has gained improved powertrain and fuel economy, a two-wheel drive version but also modern safety and tech features. The changes has also included upscale trims and expanded cargo bed. That of course means that upcoming version won’t introduce any substantial changes and focus will be on equipment regrouping, new body colors, and possible special edition version.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: SUV-like Styling
The design of the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline won’t preset some body sculpting or proportion changes and from the visual point of view we could expect new body color options and wheels design. Other styling elements won’t undergo any treatment for the upcoming model.
This Pilot SUV based truck, except it shares the same platform with the popular SUV also features similar body design but with added cargo bed. Its styling is balanced with soft edges and rounded surfaces. Nicely molded hood and Pilot-like door panels together with modern front side styling form design that doesn’t resemble the rugged full-size truck style yet it is closer to SUV-like look.
The same story is inside with design which is very close to Pilot’s. That means comfortable seats, good materials quality, easy to use controls, etc. The model includes 60/40 split lift-up rear seats that when folded open decent cargo space.
Wide range of configurations:
The model will be available in crew cab form only but seven trim levels will offer wide range of configurations. Even the base model will be well-equipped with features like tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, full power accessories, rear privacy glass, multi information display, touch screen interface, 7-speaker system, etc.
Stepping to the higher trim levels, available will be eight-way power adjustable and heated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, larger center touch screen interface with Smartphone integration, navigation, leather seats with unique stitching, more safety features, etc.
Impressive safety features:
The Ridgeline also benefits from many advanced safety features and it includes rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beam, rear-cross traffic alert, but also adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, etc.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: Efficiency, Ride quality, Capabilities
Under the hood of new 2018 Honda Ridgeline will be familiar but efficient 3.5 liter V-6 engine that can produce 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. It works together with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive as well as all-wheel drive will be available.
Because it rides on uni-body construction and it uses reinforced SUV’s mechanical hardware like suspension system with dual action dampers, more responsive steering system, torque vectoring all-wheel drive, etc it will provide good control and drive quality.
It will also deliver among best fuel economy in class with front-wheel drive models that return 22 mpg combined and 21 mpg combined with power on all four wheels. A towing peak will be at 5, 000 pounds while max payload will be about 1, 590 pounds.
2018 Honda Ridgeline: Arrival, Price
Expect to see the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline in late 2017. The price should stay close to the current model range with base version starting from $29, 500 and top-end version reaching $43k.