Honda is among the popular carmakers but it has never exactly been a top contender in pickup truck segment. Opponents like Ford and GM have managed to eclipse the Japanese car maker in this category in various markets with their more practical, value for money offerings. The Ridgeline was earlier dismissed as one of the lackluster offerings for its lack of ruggedness and focus on comfort rather than off-road capabilities. With a new model, Honda is set to change that perception. The upcoming version of 2019 Honda Ridgeline may not be a true off-road ready vehicle like Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro or Nissan Titan XD- but it does come with its share of advantages.
What is new about 2019 Ridgeline?
The new Ridgeline offers you most of the regular pickup truck features and then some more! The cabin, for example, is as comfortable as that of upmarket sedans. The cargo box is made with utility in mind and still towing capacity is where the model lags behind most segment rivals. It also features advanced safety features. The unibody design helps it stand out amidst contenders based on body-on-frame setup. The independent suspension results in carlike and smooth ride and the exterior is enticing without being too gaudy. For 2019, Honda has cut down on a number of trims and the price has received a minor bump.
2019 Honda Ridgeline – Design
The Ridgeline has an exterior styling that is not exactly aggressive like the Nissan Titan XD nor boxy and muscular like the Ford Super Duty lineup. Still, you will like the exterior styling. The exterior color choices include Lunar Silver Metallic and White Diamond Pearl. The truck is sold in crew-cab setup. The six trim levels are RT, RTL, RTL-E, Sport, RTL-T and the Black Edition. The RT is sold in front-wheel drive and Sport and RTL have AWD or FWD. Black Edition and RTL-E are AWD only.
The cabin of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is spacious and quite lavish. While top 2 trims get better quality materials, you will not be sad by buying base trims either. The seats are pretty comfortable and legroom is not going to be a problem even for tall passengers. There are plenty of small item storage places in the cabin. The bed length is 5.3 feet and its volume is 34 cubic feet. It comes with drain plug and some more useful features. The center console is quite large.
2019 Honda Ridgeline – Engine and Specs
The trims of 2019 Ridgeline get laden with a 3.5-liter V6 engine which makes an output of 280 HP. Towing capacity is just 5,000 pounds for AWD models and fuel economy is very competitive for this type of vehicle. The engine is aided by one six-speed automatic gearbox. The model is fast but nowhere as powerful as some of the rival models.
The 2019 Ridgeline comes equipped with good safety features. The weak spot is the HondaLink infotainment setup. It is nowhere as sleek or fast in response to Ford’s new Sync 3 setup or FCA’s UConnect setup. If you have used latest Smartphone models you will find the system to be sluggish and it is not very user-friendly either. The bundled 8-inch touch screen is bright enough. You get USB and Bluetooth. Support for navigation and voice control is there too. The size of infotainment screen varies across the trims.
The Black Edition and RTL-E trims get advanced features like forwarding collision alerts and adaptive cruise control. However, the sensor guided driver aid systems can be overly sensitive.
Price and Release Date
The exact price of Honda Ridgeline 2019 is yet to be declared. But expected base trim price should be around $30.000. The top-notch Black Edition price can hover around $45.000. The release date is likely to be sometimes in late 2018.
Honda Ridgeline 2019 is a nice midsized pickup truck that offers you much more than typical trucks without making your wallet bleed. The styling and amenities make it a good choice in this segment. However, average towing capacity and lack of off-road centric features can make some buyers skeptical. You get several trims and customization choices and the pricing caters to wide range of buyers- as it is.