The Honda Ridgeline is a combination sport utility crossover and pickup truck. It entered the market in 2006. Production of the Ridgeline ended in 2014, but a new Honda Ridgeline was introduced as a 2017 model for the North American market. The four-door utility was manufactured in Canada and then Alabama in the United States. The Ridgeline was considered a hybrid between a traditional half-ton pickup truck and a sport utility crossover (or CUV, crossover utility vehicle). The unibody Ridgeline has been both derided and praised as being simultaneously an eyesore and ahead of its time. Most Honda Ridgeline owners are more than happy with their purchase and its ergonomic innovations such as the two-way tailgate (opens to the side or down), under-bed cargo space, etc. The new Honda Ridgeline entering showrooms for the 2017 model year retains those beloved design aspects. The first-generation Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, a five-speed automatic transmission, and has both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. The cargo bed is five feet long with a 4.1-foot width between wheel wells. The in-bed trunk underneath the cargo bed is 8.5 cubic feet. The Ridgeline had total sales averaging 3,000 units per year in Canada and 14,500 per year in the United States. The second-generation Honda Ridgeline was introduced for the 2017 model year with a complete restyling of the exterior and interior, but retains the in-bed "trunk," dual-action tailgate, and unibody design. A new-generation 3.5-liter V6 powers the truck through a six-speed automatic transmission. Nearly all major complaints about the Honda Ridgeline are from its introductory year in 2006. Blown engines and cylinder blowouts are top complaints and usually happen at high mileage (over 100,000). This first-generation engine was changed to a new-generation engine midcycle in the Ridgeline's early lifespan, alleviating those problems.
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2017 Honda Ridgeline
When is a truck not a truck? A bit of an odd question, but one we find ourselves asking with the Honda Ridgeline. When the first-generation model was introduced in 2005, it was a unique entrant in the midsize truck class.
Unlike most competitors that used a body-on-frame platform, Honda went with a unibody layout. This caused many truck fans to say the Ridgeline wasn't a real truck because it couldn't tow or haul as much as a regular truck. But those who went for it loved how the Ridgeline offered most of the capability of a truck, while bringing some clever ideas and balanced performance.
For 2017 Honda introduced the second-generation Ridgeline. The model became more truck-like in looks and capability. But it would retain a number of features that many owners of the previous model loved.