Road test: 2010 Honda Ridgeline | Driving

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Honda Ridgeline

Santa Claus takes his off yet another big annual road around the world by kicking the of a 21st Century four-season — the 2010 Honda Ridgeline.

Apart from Jimmy in a Porsche Spyder, Jimmy in a Cadillac and Tiger Woods in an (or at least snoring beside is there a guy more synonymous his ride than Santa and his Sleigh?

For centuries now the jolly old man has his courage, those nine reindeer and that old reliable to circle the planet in a 12-hour race that makes the 24 of Le Mans seem like a round Stanley Park.

But a few days before this midnight run, it’s the annual global odyssey is on the old guy as we meet up in Richmond to go for a test in a new Honda Ridgeline.

“I don’t know what it is the old girl, but she just seems to not to go like she used to,” the man in red is as he climbs behind the wheel of formidable four-door pickup and in the impressive cockpit of the Ridgeline. talking about the sleigh, not Claus of course, ho ho ho.”

in a flurry of red and white, he slaps the

“You see, this is I’m talking about! Outdoor gauge! Traction control Heated seats! Is that a Nav

Boy, could I have that a few Christmases ago?” he to himself.

We’re checking out the at his request, and from that reaction to his delight in climbing a pile by the Fraser River to poking around the 3.5-litre V6 bay, it’s obvious suitably impressed by the made-in-North vehicle.

So too have been Ridgeline since the somewhat unique debuted in 2005. Combining the and comfort of a well-trimmed SUV and the utility of a truck, the Ridgeline is the only pickup in North America. Yet unibody construction and half-ton payload capability gives it the to work and play with the big

And it is play that Santa has on his

“The Missus and I still do of camping in the summertime up and around the and this seems ideal for the he notes as he scampers into the box to have a closer look. the seating for the five is really like 10 when you make the elf

He’s also impressed the unique and clever In-Bed a hidden and integrated cargo perfect to keep luggage and dry and secure.

But what impresses the man is the Honda’s technology, the bells and

“Do you know I’ve never Norad’s Santa tracking it started 50 years ago?” he as he fiddles with the GPS-based system, adding with a of indignation, “That old sleigh even have an AM radio in it, and seaters, forget about

Told that he probably had natural padding to keep warm, he turned from his twirling and, without any of a twinkle in his eye, noted “Andy McCredie, eh? You’re kid who knocked the recess teacher’s off with a snowball back in aren’t you? Been this year? Nevermind, find out?”

You know heated seats aren’t bad an idea for Santa at all, he is a man well into three and it’s got to be pretty chilly at feet.

So, could we see a 2010 Honda pulled by nine reindeer a from tonight?

“Not The elf unions make and service the and if I tried to bring in the Ridgeline, though it’s made in not only would they put up a but also the reindeer union probably balk at hauling the

“Besides, as nice and shiny new as Ridgeline is, there’s something that sleigh that no could ever replace.

it good memories.”

To track and his old reliable sleigh as he makes the run visit


First car: “It was a sleigh, and my school chums and I had good and memorable times in ride. Of course, it had nothing the grunt of my current sleigh — with its nine reindeer-power — but for a man it was all I needed. I’ve still got sleigh in my garage and every now and I think I should do something it.

You know, clean it up and get it running What kind of price do you it would fetch at the Barrett-Jackson?”

car: “Mrs. Claus it’s a bit of a beater — she wouldn’t mentioning that cash for deal this summer — but my sleigh has served me well past couple of centuries. Of I change the bridles each but other than that the old still has a lot of life in her. I should say the same goes for the

Next car: “I don’t Each summer I go down to the new lot to kick some runners on new fangled, high-tech sleighs, but I don’t see a point in a lot of the new stuff in After all, I’ve pretty good without a Nav system for some years and traction control has never an issue for me and the team.”

Dream “Believe it or not, anything but a You can’t imagine how cold my get doing my global rounds Dec. 24th. Heated and steering wheel would be too.”




4-door, 4WD pickup


Engine: 3.5-litre V6 (250 hp)

5-speed auto w/Grade Control

Fuel economy 14.1 city; 9.8 hwy

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