Take a Break: Honda Ridgeline Halting Production in 2014, Will Return in 2016

By Trevor Dorchies | July 12, 2013
The Honda Ridgeline has been a polarizing vehicle since its introduction in early 2005 as a 2006 model. Today, Honda announced that it will be putting Ridgeline production on hold in 2014, but it will resume in 2016 once a redesigned version is unveiled. Some have chastised it, saying the Ridgeline can't hold a candle to the Big Three's offerings, while others have rolled with it. Either way, this is a good thing for Honda's full-size pickup. Honda hasn't come out and said when, exactly, it will pull the plug on Ridgeline production, but according to WardsAuto, that'll happen in September of next year. Production of the redesigned Ridgeline is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2016. This deviates from the original production forecast that the Ridgeline would live right on through 2016. This also confirms that Honda will continue to participate in the full-size light-duty pickup truck segment for the foreseeable future. The Ridgeline is assembled at Honda's manufacturing facility in Lincoln, Alabama, alongside the Pilot and Acura MDX. Confirmation of the Ridgeline living on past 2016 assures that jobs will also be saved as well. Paragraphimage Some may question why Honda will continue to trot the Ridgeline out in one of the most competitive vehicle segments in the United States. The title for light-duty pickup truck supremacy is hotly contested, to say the least, as Ford, Chevrolet and Ram have learned firsthand. On top of that, the Blue Oval boys have owned the title for best-selling truck for over three decades. It doesn't help that the Ridgeline has seen its sales dip continuously since it sold 50,193 units in 2006. However, Honda saw its pickup truck sales spike last year to 14,068 units, a 44.2 percent increase over 2011, and the new Sport trim that bowed last year is most likely to be behind that growth. Back in 2005 when Honda first rolled the Ridgeline out, it branded it as an SUT, or sport utility truck due in part to the in-bed storage. With the SUT distinction, other automakers didn't pay much attention and brushed the Ridgeline off. Now, features like the storage box have found its way onto competing models like Chrysler Group and its Ram Box. What say you? Is Honda making the right decision by bringing the Ridgeline back in 2016? Sound off in the comments. Source: WardsAuto
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7 comments
JAWFLAPPER50
JAWFLAPPER50

I love the truck and we have been on many trips with it and it drives perfect and comfortable and the hidden trunk can not be beat. I like also that I do not need a work horse truck like many who buy them and never really need that kind of towing nor power but only because they are popular. I feel as though I am driving in a very comfortable automobile and feel very safe doing so.

sweptarea
sweptarea

We bought a 2010 Ridgeline new.  The best truck we have ever owned and if Honda reintroduces it in 2016 we will buy another one.

duke
duke

Driving my second Ridgeline.  First was 2006 RT driven daily for commuting, hauling mulch, junk, lumber and supplies on weekends.  86,000 miles on original tires and brakes!  The Ridgeline is not a RAM nor a F-150 but generally speaking most of us who live in the burbs don't need that type of vehicle.  The fact that they are bigger, trailer more and take up more space in the garage and on the roads is not a selling point of those vehicles to me.  Have my second Ridgeline now, a 2011 RTL with Navi, sunroof and such.  My daily commuter and if they keep making them I will keep buying them.  My only complaint is the noise level at highway speeds, hard to hear my XM radio or CD's on older road surfaces :-)  Ride, handling and utility are all top notch as is the durability, utility and the fact that it doesn't look like all the others is a plus in my book!

id03557
id03557

I have a 2011 Ridgeline RTL. Comfortable, quiet, easy in and out access and the trunk bed is used daily......All it needs is to be 300 lbs lighter, a 6 speed tranny, and another 5 MPG.  Otherwise leave it alone. I haul a 3000 lb boat, have hauled 1800 lbs of cement blocks and used it as a commuter in snow blocked roads.  It works great but it isn't a good old boy "Bubba" kind of truck. That's OK.

designerscott
designerscott

This is by far my favorite vehicle I've ever owned... It's also extremely practical!! I am a landscape designer and event decorator and often use my truck for business. When I clean it up it is luxurious enough with a wonderful ride quality to take clients to their project sites. I just can not say enough good things about my Ridgeline RT-L with Navi - its perfect even at 160,000 miles and I can't wait to get my next one. Wish we didn't have to wait until 2016. This truck is also perfect for the "weekend warrior" - what I call the white collar professional that enjoys a busy weekend of outdoor sports or the homeowner that likes to do their own yardwork come the weekend. Everyone that has ridden in or driven my truck absolutely LOVES it!!!

d a
d a

As far as I'm concerned the Ridgeline is as close to a perfect vehicle as I've seen. It does everything very well. Yes other vehicles perform better in most categories, ie it doesn't tow as much a say a f150 but 5000 isn't crap either and more than enough for most non pro's. It doesn't handle like a Ferrari but it handle's better than most car's I've ever driven. It's not as comfortable as limo but it's a very comfortable ride, like a large car. Try it, but OVERALL it's the best for my money. I own one, and will be buying another as soon as our second vehicle dies.

Johnny Corona
Johnny Corona

I have a few friends who use the Honda Ridgeline as their workhorse to make a living.  Their comments are mostly, no, it doesn't have the huge towing or carrying capacity of say a Ram truck. But, they go on to say, the Ridgeline is almost unbreakable.  Two of my friends have nearly 300,000 miles on their rides with very little spent on repairs.  I hope the next generation of this truck is designed to be less alienating. 

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