Honda Ridgeline

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Honda Ridgeline
First-generation
2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS -- NHTSA 2.jpg
2006 Ridgeline RTS
Second-generation
2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-FWD.jpg
2017 Ridgeline RTL (front-wheel drive model)
Overview
ManufacturerHonda, North America
ProductionLate 2004 – early 2015
Mid 2016–present
Model years2006–2014 and 2017–present
AssemblyFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg Late 2004 – early 2009 at Honda of Canada Manufacturing
Flag of the United States.svg Late 2008 – early 2015 and 2016–present at Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
Body and chassis
ClassLight truck (mid-size)
Body style4-door pickup
Layout2006–2014: Transversely-mounted front engine, all-wheel drive
2017–present: Transversely-mounted front engine, front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
Powertrain
EngineJ-series 3.5 liter V6 (gasoline)

The Honda Ridgeline is a pickup truck by American Honda Motor Company [1] and is categorized by some as a lifestyle pickup.[2] The Ridgeline is one of only two trucks currently produced by the Honda Motor Company—the other being the Honda Acty mini-truck.[3] The Ridgeline was/is built using a unibody frame, a transverse-mounted engine, and was/is only offered in a crew-cab short-box configuration with one powertrain.[1][4] According to Honda and some automotive journalists, other noteworthy aspects of the Ridgeline include:[1][5][6][7]

Dual-action tailgate and in-bed trunk operations, as demonstrated on a first-generation Honda Ridgeline (2012 Sport)
  • An in–bed trunk (an industry first)
  • A truck bed audio system (an industry first)
  • Ultra-low emissions (an industry first for a truck in North America)
  • An all-wheel drive truck with a fully independent suspension (a segment first)
  • Advanced safety and technology earning the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) Top Safety Pick-Plus award (a segment first)
  • A dual-action tailgate
  • A scratch and dent-resistant half-ton capacity composite bed
  • A large interior for a mid-size pickup

Design[edit]

2017 Honda Ridgeline Frame Drawing.png

Contrary to some media reporting,[8][9] Honda's publications state that the first–generation (2006–2014) Ridgeline was a uniquely engineered vehicle with 7% of its components shared with other Honda vehicles. Its powertrain resembled the one used in the first–generation Acura MDX but was "extensively calibrated and strengthened" for heavier hauling and towing duties.[1] The second–generation (2017–present) (Gen2) Ridgeline took a different approach sharing Honda's new "global light truck platform"[4] found in the third–generation (Gen3) Honda Pilot, including Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure.[10][11][12] However, Honda did have to create or modify components in order to support their next generation pickup, including:

  • Extending the wheelbase[12]
  • Modifying various parts to support heavier hauling, towing, and more aggressive off-road use[13]
  • Incorporating notable features from the first–generation, such as the dual-action tailgate and in–bed trunk[1][4]
  • Adding new exclusive features, such as Honda's truck bed audio system[4]

Despite these modifications, Honda has stated that 73% of the Gen2 Ridgeline's components remain common in some way with the third–generation Pilot.[12]

Production and Sales[edit]

Mid-size truck sales in the US and CA 2005-2018.png

The first Honda Ridgeline went on sale in March 2005 as a 2006 model year vehicle.[14] Production of the first–generation Ridgeline ended in early 2015. After a one-year hiatus in production, the Gen2 Ridgeline went on sale in June 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle.[15] According to Honda, the Ridgeline was not designed to steal sales from the more traditional trucks sold in North America, but was developed to "give the 18% of Honda owners who also own pickups a chance to make their garages a Honda-only parking area."[16] Despite the first–generation Ridgeline's poor sales,[15] according to the author of Driving Honda, this mid-size pickup was one of the more profitable vehicles for Honda[17] with reported sales in over 20 countries.[18]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e 2006 Honda Ridgeline Press Kit (complete document), Canadian version, Honda Canada Finance Inc., dated 22 March 2005, last accessed 18 January 2018
  2. ^ Lifestyle Pickups, Let the tradesmen keep their body-on-frame trucks; before long, other enthusiasts will switch to lighter, more fuel-efficient, carlike models, Automotive News, dated 21 April 2008, last accessed 25 March 2017
  3. ^ 新規格の軽商用車: 新型「アクティ・トラック/バン」を発売 [Launch a new light commercial vehicle "Acty Truck / Van" new standard] (Press Information) (in Japanese). Honda Motor Co., Ltd. 27 May 1999. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d 2017 Honda Ridgeline Press Kit (complete document), American Honda Motor Company Inc., dated 9 May 2016, last accessed 18 January 2018
  5. ^ Honda Ridgeline Pickup Truck Makes Canadian Debut in Montreal, Auto123.com, dated 13 January 2005, last accessed 8 March 2019
  6. ^ 2017 Honda Ridgeline Named North American Truck of the Year in Detroit, The News Wheel, dated 10 January 2017, last accessed 8 March 2019
  7. ^ 2017 Honda Ridgeline Only Pickup Truck to Achieve Top Safety Pick+ Rating, The News Wheel, dated 8 December 2016, last accessed 14 March 2019
  8. ^ 2017 Honda Ridgeline Spy Photos, Breaking out of its mold-breaking mold, by Car and Driver, by Alexander Stoklosa, dated November 2015, last accessed 31 March 2018
  9. ^ Honda commits to second–generation Ridgeline pickup, Automotive News, dated 10 December 2013, last accessed 31 March 2018
  10. ^ 2017-2018 Honda Ridgeline, Honda’s pickup for the non-pickup types, TopSpeed.com, by Mark McNabb, dated 24 July 2017, last accessed 2 March 2019
  11. ^ 2019 Honda Passport already rolling off the assembly line in Alabama, c/net, by Andrew Krok, dated 7 December 2018, last accessed 2 March 2019
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  13. ^ 2017 Honda Ridgeline Review, the cool stuff with Tips & Tricks, HondaPro Jason YouTube channel, dated 10 May 2016, last accessed 9 September 2018
  14. ^ Honda Ridgeline Truck Unveiled at 2005 North American International Auto Show, All-new 4WD Honda truck will debut as 2006 model, hondanews.com, dated 10 January 2005, last accessed 11 September 2016
  15. ^ a b Honda 2018 Digital FactBook, Honda News & Views, dated 31 July 2018, last accessed 1 August 2018
  16. ^ Honda re-thinks the pickup: the Ridgeline comes closer to merging the virtues of both cars and pickup trucks than any other vehicle. Honda calls it the first next generation pickup, but will others follow its lead?, Automotive Design & Production, dated 1 April 2005, last accessed 1 December 2014
  17. ^ Driving Honda: Inside the World's Most Innovative Car Company, by Jeffrey Rothfeder, 1st published 2014, paperback with "afterword" published 2015, ISBN 9780141970769, last accessed 18 August 2018
  18. ^ Honda Appeals After Chile Disqualifies Pickup for Tax Credit, Bloomberg BNA, by Tom Azzopardi, dated 19 January 2017, last accessed 12 February 2017
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  20. ^ Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, 2006 Best New Pick-up, Previous Winners (Vehicle Comparisons)/Canadian Car of the Year, last accessed 11 October 2015
  21. ^ Automobile Journalists Association of Canada, 2006 Canadian Truck of the Year, Previous Winners (Vehicle Comparisons)/Canadian Car of the Year, last accessed 11 October 2015
  22. ^ 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTS, First Place: Do-It-All Compact Pickups, Car & Driver, by Larry Webster, dated June 2005, last accessed 26 November 2016
  23. ^ Medium Done Well: Mid-Size Pickups Ranked-#1 Honda Ridgeline, Car and Driver magazine, last accessed 15 August 2016
  24. ^ Unique and Highly Capable Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2018 10Best Trucks and SUVs, Hondanews.com, dated 10 January 2018, last accessed 5 March 2018
  25. ^ Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs, Hondanews.com, dated 16 January 2019, last accessed 19 January 2019
  26. ^ a b c d 2006–2007 Honda Award List, hondanews.com, dated 29 August 2006, last accessed 6 August 2017
  27. ^ 2017 AUTO123.COM AWARDS: MEET THE WINNERS!, Auto123.com, dated 23 November 2016, last accessed 7 January 2018
  28. ^ Honda CR-V and Ridgeline J.D. Power & Associates “2017 APEAL Award” Winners; Honda Brand Places Highly in APEAL Study Rankings, Honda Media Newsroom, dated 23 August 2017, last accessed 26 August 2017
  29. ^ Honda Accord and Ridgeline Named as J.D. Power & Associates "2018 APEAL Award" Winners with CR-V and Odyssey Also Highly Ranked, hondanews.com, dated 27 July 2018, last accessed 1 August 2018
  30. ^ San Antonio Auto Show Green Car Awards, Green Car Journal, dated 15 November 2016, last accessed 28 July 2018
  31. ^ 2018 Honda Ridgeline Best Buy Review, Consumer Guide Automotive, last accessed 18 January 2018
  32. ^ 2019 Honda Ridgeline Best Buy Review, Consumer Guide Automotive, last accessed 8 December 2018
  33. ^ 2017 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars, Kelley Blue Book, last accessed 7 January 2018
  34. ^ 2018 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars, Kelley Blue Book, last accessed 3 February 2018
  35. ^ 2019 Best Resale Value Awards: Top Ten Cars, Kelley Blue Book, last accessed 23 January 2019
  36. ^ 2018 Honda Ridgeline Named as The Car Connection Best Pickup to Buy, Hondanews.com, dated 20 November 2017, last accessed 5 March 2018
  37. ^ Seven Honda Vehicles Earn Multiple Women’s Choice Awards, hondanews.com, dated 29 November 2017, last accessed 15 July 2018
  38. ^ 35th-Anniversary Innovation Awards Gala, "License To Thrill", Automotive Plastics News, dated January 2006 (Volume 35, Issue 2), last accessed 26 November 2016
  39. ^ Top Safety Picks, Large pickup (go to "Other years" and select the one you want to view), IIHS.org, last accessed 29 June 2019
  40. ^ Honda Ridgeline Grabs First-Ever Baja 1000 Win, PickupTrucks.com, by Mike Levine, dated 22 November 2008, last accessed 20 September 2015
  41. ^ Honda Ridgeline Wins Again at Baja, Honda News & Views, dated 23 November 2010, last accessed 20 September 2015
  42. ^ Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Conquers Baja 1000, Hondanews.com, dated 22 November 2015, last accessed 27 November 2015
  43. ^ Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Takes Class Victory at Baja 500, hondanews.com, dated 7 June 2016, last accessed 5 November 2017
  44. ^ Honda Picks Up a 2018 Baja 500 Class Win With Ridgeline, PickupTrucks.com, by Mark Williams, dated 15 June 2018, last accessed 23 June 2018
  45. ^ New Ridgeline Baja Race Truck Debuts With Baja 500 Victory, hondanews.com, dated 2 June 2019
  46. ^ The Longest-Lasting Cars to Reach 200,000 Miles and Beyond, iSeeCars.com, by Julie Blackley, last accessed 8 March 2019

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