The all-new 2018 Honda Ridgeline has been redesigned from the ground up to offer work and recreational users a top-notch level of versatility and utility in one package. Some of the compelling reasons that make the 2018 Ridgeline distinct include impressive fuel economy, a roomy and spacious interior, a class-leading handling and ride, and an advanced all-wheel drive system. Release date and pricing estimates are out, continue reading on to what to expect.
Well, for 2018, the Ridgeline not only the same rugged and workhorse capabilities that it has been known for, but also goes a notch higher to offer a refined, dynamic, and confident ride quality. In fact, the newest model offers the largest and the most flexible cabin in the midsize pickup truck segment. Additionally, towing and payload capacities are among the best you can get in its class. To wit, it offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds for the RT AWD models, and a payload capacity of 1,584 pounds.
Again, it comes with a vastly superior handling precision and ride comfort relative to other body-on-frame rivals, in addition to best-in-class advanced safety systems, and cabin quietness. According to Honda, the new vehicle will be based on the Honda’s Global Light Truck platform. This means that the vehicle will have fully independent front and rear suspension systems, ACE body structure, and a highly tightly-sealed, aerodynamic, and rigid body structure.
Besides the superior technologies the new Ridgeline offers, the pickup truck will also come equipped with a brawny 3.5L VTEC direct injected V6 engine mated to the most advanced AWD technology in its class, and a six-speed automatic transmission system. This combination will be able to work in cohort to offer an output of 280 hp – an improvement of around 30 horsepower over the old motor.
See, the Ridgeline has been missing in action for two years, and the new model comes to resuscitate its dwindling popularity that had been taken over by its traditional rivals. There’s no doubt that the new improvements that it comes with will definitely send shivers across the entire segment. But even so, it’ll definitely be no walk in the park given the excellence of other trucks such as the Toyota Tacoma. Another solid rival is the Chevrolet Colorado.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Release Date & Price
The price, to start off with, is dependent on your choice of FWD/AWD, and the trim level. For 2018, buyers have up to seven trim models to choose from. All models are available in Crew Cab body style only. The Ridgeline RT Crew Cab goes for sale for an MSRP starting from $29,475. The Ridgeline RTL-T (AWD) – $37,730, the Ridgeline RTL (AWD) – $35,580, the Ridgeline Sport – $33,015, the Ridgeline RTS – $31,515, and the Ridgeline Black Edition (AWD) – $42,870. Its release date has been set for the 1st Q of 2018.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The Ridgeline’s exterior is stylish and modern, hands down! The functionality and design, without a doubt, advances Honda’s midsize pickup to the forefront. It gains a greater cargo-carrying capability, an even more comfortable ride, and a more commanding presence thanks to the notably longer wheelbase, length, and width. Furthermore, the new truck also makes head way in terms of the aerodynamic efficiency through slightly lowering the body height and improving utility.
The all-new design now incorporates a slew of numerous class-executive features such as an available 400-watt AC inverter, World’s first available Truck Bed Audi System, and a Dual-Action Tailgate. The exterior also features adaptive LED headlights, and LED daytime running lights.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The interior furthers the exterior’s clean-slate design by offering new levels of technologies, convenience accessories, and premium quality materials in a spacious and easy-to-use interface. Than ever before, the Honda Ridgeline interior comes with upscale features such as memory seating, a heated steering wheel, and heated front seats. Connected-car technologies include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone app compatibility features.
As previously mentioned, seven trims are available for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline: Black Edition, RTL-E, RTL-T, RTL, Sport, RTS, and RT. All save for the Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition which are exclusively AWD, are available in either FWD or AWD choices.
Wheelbase: 10 ft. 5.2 in. (125.2 in.)
Length: 17 ft. 6 in. (210 in.)
Width: 78.6 in.
Passenger volume: 110 ft³
Cargo volume (in-bed trunk): 7 ft³
Curb weight: 4250-4500 lb
Top Speed: 110 mph
0-60: 6.4 sec
MPG: 19/26 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A lbs
Under the hood of the Honda Ridgeline 2018 is a 3.5L V6 engine able to generate 280 horsepower. Normal, Mud, Snow, and Sand are the available driver-selectable terrain settings. Fuel economy for the FWD Ridgeline stands at 22 mpg in combined city/highway cruising.
With additional driver-assistance features such as collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, and adaptive cruise control available, it is apparent that the new-look Ridgeline is poised get a five out five star rating for overall crash impact safety protection. Results by the NHTSA will be updated on this space once they’re offered during its release date.
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