2011 Honda Ridgeline

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2011 Honda Ridgeline Review

Nice little truck of yesteryear

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is a compact truck with just one bed and power train, designed to fit a niche market. Powered by a 3.5 liter V-6 engine attached to a five-speed automatic transmission, the four-wheel drive Ridgeline exhibits unique styling, car-like handling, and versatile storage.

With three trims -- RT Crew Cab Pickup, RTS Crew Cab Pickup, RTL Crew Cab Pickup -- the Ridgeline has seen its days of glory. Not enough standard features and not good enough 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway fuel economy can save it now.

New for 2011

With no major upgrades for the Ridgeline again for 2011, it may soon be history.

Essentials

Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Body Style: Truck
Trims: RT Crew Cab Pickup, RTS Crew Cab Pickup, RTL Crew Cab Pickup

On the Outside

The Honda Ridgeline has a unique style of its own, characterized by unibody construction, a short bed with sloping walls, drop down/swing out tailgate, lockable in-bed trunk, and power folding mirrors.

From the Inside

Inside the Ridgline's roomy interior are standard Honda features, including instrumentation with a decidedly rugged twist, a column shifter, and a navigation system that is only available with RTL trims.

Driving Performance

Equipped with 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine linked to a 5-speed automatic transmission powering all four wheels via Honda's Variable Torque Management (VTM) system, the Ridgeline drives like a car, due to its unibody construction and independent suspension. Hauling is definitely its shortfall, with maximum payload and towing capacities of 1100 pounds and 5000 pounds, respectively.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the Ridgeline are three point seat belts, traction/stability control, outboard passenger side curtain airbags, and driver and front passenger dual stage front and front side airbags.

Gas Mileage

All trims: 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Car-like driving
  • Versatile storage options

Minuses

  • Dinosaur fuel economy
  • Limited towing capabilities

Rating

Nice little truck of yesteryear

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