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Honda Ridgeline

February 4, 2009

Review and by Bob McHugh

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British Columbia #8211; A base price, new trim and better fuel economy are of the 2009 Honda Ridgeline, the The Ridgeline is not a truck in the traditional as it#8217;s not a body-on-frame vehicle a separate cab and cargo box. And its independent rear suspension is you won#8217;t find in a traditional truck.

That said, the can do almost anything a traditional pickup truck can do, and more. primarily at the recreational truck it offers a more comfortable and is a more passenger-oriented vehicle. Its tailgate and a large lockable box under the cargo bed are prime of its unique user-friendly features.

Under its chunky pickup is a one-piece body with an steel ladder frame, all together. The Ridgeline#8217;s cab and cargo bed are as one piece, with separate and rear sub-frames that the engine and hang the front and suspensions.

Honda claims makes the Ridgeline 20 times resistant to twisting and about 3.5 more resistant to bending a typical pickup truck.

Its bed is made of a steel-reinforced SRC plastic-composite that#8217;s both rust and resistant. The cargo bed is 1.5 metres (5 long with the tailgate up, when folded down can a 137-kg (300 lb.) An extender gate is also Inside the bed are eight tie-down and four bed-lights with an off timer, and under the bed floor is a (8.5 cu. ft.) hidden area.

The two-way tailgate can also be like a door that right to left, when a latch on the right side is

Pricing and standard equipment

Honda Ridgeline EX-L Click image to enlarge

year, Honda Canada the Ridgeline in both LX ($35,820) and ($40,520) trim levels. For the LX trim has been deleted and are now three trims: DX ($34,490), VP Package #8211; $35,790 which is exclusive to Canada), and ($40,790).

The base DX trim has steel wheels, but is otherwise equipped with such as cloth seats, air conditioning, windows, remote keyless cruise control, tilt wheel, and a 100-watt sound with six speakers.

A move up to the VP adds 17-inch wheels, fog lights, a trip heated/folding side mirrors, a privacy glass, and auxiliary jack.

The top-line EX-L with 18-inch tires and wheels, a power sunroof, climate-control air conditioning, a six-disc CD changer and subwoofer, a leather interior, power adjustable and a 115-volt power outlet. You can add a navigation system and a back-up package to this edition of the

Interior impressions

2009 Ridgeline EX-L Navi. image to enlarge

The generally theme of the Ridgeline’s interior is typified in the prominent over-sized pulls. They don#8217;t out of place, as the front doors are big, and they do come in when you have to heave a shut.

There’s no shortage of storage and the most impressive one is between the seats. It#8217;s an extra-large console with a pull-out tray and all sorts of compartments.

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Honda Ridgeline EX-L Click image to enlarge

Honda Ridgeline EX-L Click image to enlarge

The is impressively smooth and quiet and it has power at low revs, although torque (247 lb-ft) is at a high 4,300 r.p.m. to 100 km/h is under 10 seconds and economy (14.1/9.8 L/100 km is pretty good for this and type of vehicle. That’s an over last year’s L/100 km (city/hwy) rating.

While not in the same league as a pickup, the Ridgeline can haul a (1554 lb) payload and tow 2,268 kg lb). It also comes for towing (including trailer and has an integrated chassis hitch all the heavy-duty components needed for

As you might expect, the driver’s position is higher and more than in a car. The steering tilts but does not have a feature and I would have a little more rearward in the seat. Vision is generally aided by good-sized side but the large C-pillars can be a little in some driving situations.

A sliding rear-cabin window is an but handy feature; its control is on the driver#8217;s armrest with the window switches.

The Ridgeline delivers a very driving experience and its body has a tight and solid feel noticeable on rough roads. The is more responsive than in trucks and has a strong centering to ensure it tracks a straight

Ride quality is possibly the best attribute. The absence of a rigid rear axle about under the vehicle is a factor. That said, are truck-type driving situations a fixed rear axle be preferred.


The versatile Ridgeline is more than truck for most owners, when it also has to do double-duty as a vehicle.

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