2013 Honda Ridgeline Review: Car Reviews

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What the truck? Versatile, but not a pickup.


1. The may be a Honda but it’s built in Alabama. Even its engine and were made in the USA, 70 percent of its parts content the U.S. and Canada.

2. Fuel is low at 15 MPG in city driving and 21 on the highway; works out to an average of 17 MPG.

3. the hood is a 3.5L V6 with 250 and 247 lb-ft of torque. It’s with a five-speed automatic

4. At right around $30,300 to including destination and delivery our tester stickered for more 38 grand.


The Ridgeline the functionality and comfort of a crossover the open-bed versatility of a small A boxy design gives it a interior with room for not to mention a host of clever

The vehicle’s most innovative is likely its tailgate. On other they fold down a flat, horizontal surface. Of the Ridgeline can perform this as well, but Honda engineers satisfied. They figured out a way to the gate open sideways as A hidden handle located under the vehicle badge it to swing open like a car It’s a brilliant piece of and something other trucks offer because it makes it to reach items loaded in the

Since the Ridgeline is based on a architecture there’s no bulky sending power to the rear nor is there a heavy-duty live This space-saving design enabled Honda to put a storage under the bed. This literally has a trunk, and a decent-sized one at Just don’t get a flat while carrying a heavy because the spare is buried in the bin.

Discuss this at RidgelineOwnersClub.com


Contained within the clothes dryer-shaped front end is a powertrain. The Ridgeline is hauled by a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 that a neat 250 horsepower with as much torque. It’s muscular, but an extra 30 ponies hurt. Surprisingly this is the star of the show and it really out on the road. For a mainstream vehicle a mass-market manufacturer the Ridgeline sounds like an IndyCar. on the accelerator gives the bent-six reign to sing its lungs out and she like a saber-toothed tiger.

Most automakers work to block all powertrain noise entering a vehicle’s cabin. The is a library-quiet interior, but the engine that does percolate all the sound deadener is less inspiring. Vehicles from mainstream manufacturers typically with muted indifference, like an asthmatic at a cat show. In contrast the Ridgeline sounds it was born to run, broadcasting a intake snarl for everyone’s Sure, it’s a little bit but the tradeoff is well worth it.

For grip in slippery situations the features what Honda a “Variable Torque Management Drive System.” It’s on every trim level and incorporates a locking rear which should allow the to handle some light-duty If you’re the curious type up to 70 of the engine’s torque can be transferred to the wheels.

The engine may be a winner but the transmission is not. There’s wrong with how this functions. It’s smooth, and was never caught off guard in testing. The problem is it’s a five-speed. By today’s standards at least one gear short. from competing companies more ratios to shuffle cards in a euchre deck.

The underachieving gearbox is probably a reason for the Ridgeline’s disappointing economy. The window sticker 15 miles per gallon in the city and 21 on the Those figures result in an EPA of 17, which is spot on. According to its readout the truck delivered MPG in mixed driving. Kudos to for being honest. This is a sore spot for other right now.

Despite accurate real-world fuel-economy, the falls behind some of its competition. The thriftiest Ford for instance delivers up to 23 miles per on the highway, and that’s with an 52 horsepower on tap. It’s the story with the 2013 Ram Thanks to an efficient Pentastar V6 and a eight-speed automatic transmission it knockout fuel economy of up to 25


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From its exterior styling to the layout, cubism was clearly an for Ridgeline designers… emphasis on The vehicle looks like a of boxes. And while it’s not to win any beauty pageants it does heaps of functionality and more compartments than a tackle

Continuing that hip-to-be-square the truck’s interior is a bizarre of shapes and surfaces. It almost as if the driver- and passenger-sides of the cabin designed by completely different

In typical Honda fashion the are large, clean and unambiguous. the huge center console is with storage cubbies; it slides forward and back for flexibility.

When it comes to the Honda Ridgeline is a completely vehicle. Acceleration, while far giggle-inducing, is perfectly fine. The is a little stiff but it’s by no inappropriately so. The only real about how it moves centers on the which feels a little but again this is far from a breaker. Altogether the truck is as as a granite countertop, with no jiggles, squeaks or rattles to

The Ridgeline starts at just $30,300, including shipping-and-handling The unit provided to AutoGuide for was considerably richer, a Warren $38,110. But in a world of platinum-level topping 52 grand that probably isn’t so bad. it was a top-of-the-line RTL model with Naturally in that trim it with all kinds of other including a power-sliding rear leather-clad seats and a Class III hitch allowing it to tow up to 5,000


With surprising and a car-like driving experience the Ridgeline is a vehicle that meets the needs of most buyers out there. Today’s pickups are so ridiculously capable owners never come to utilizing their full When’s the last time you saw a Silverado loaded to the gunwales crushed stone or a Toyota scraping its bumper on the asphalt a 30-foot trailer?

Today’s pickups are gross overkill for suburban truckers. All these need is a vehicle to haul of mulch home from the or schlep a few bicycles out to the trail for a ride, duties perfectly to the Ridgeline.

Honda has the right with this vehicle and be commended for entering what’s the toughest segment in the automotive Loyalties to truck brands span generations, and it’s no feat to crack this

Despite its minivan looks the is a fully functional light-duty that offers buyers levels of ingenuity and versatility. it isn’t perfect; a more transmission would be greatly as would improved fuel But with Honda’s recent overhauling the Civic and revamping the the company will probably it with the next generation

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