Honda unveiled today details on the 2011 Ridgeline pick-up. For 2011 it will be offered in three trim levels: RT, RTL and RTS, all available with standard anti-lock brakes; VSA; brake assist; advanced multiple-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System(OPDS); two-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front seat active head restraints; a tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights.
For 2011 Ridgeline will be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a total of 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission and delivers a fuel economy of 15/20/17.
The Ridgeline integrates an independent suspension with MacPherson struts in the front and a multi-link with trailing arm design in the rear. The VSA system with active yaw control monitors lateral (cornering) stability and can integrate traction control, four-wheel drive, anti-lock braking, throttle control and stability control functions by modulating brake power at each wheel and controlling throttle input.
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SEMA is all about showing off what accessories are available in the parts catalogue. So Honda rummaged around its box-o-fun and came up with the Ridgeline Powersports Concept.
It’s not so much enhancing the Ridgeline, but what you can do with a Ridgeline. Honda picked a product from their other line of vehicles (a CRF 450R motorcycle) and showed how it can be strapped into the back of Honda’s truck. The small back of the Ridgeline also then gets to show off the use of the bed extender. Other features include a new grille and black finish 18" wheels, which Honda is testing the market’s reaction before making available.
Honda released details on the 2009 Ridgeline, a pick-up that comes with a total of 50 significant changes and new features.
Front and rear styling updates combine to create a more-chiseled overall appearance with revisions to the grille, bumpers, and headlight and taillight color combinations. Inside, styling updates include revised three-dimensional-style meters, a new steering wheel design, and enhanced controls, buttons and displays for the air conditioning, audio, cruise control and headlights.
New technology-friendly features include the addition of a 115-volt power outlet on the Ridgeline RTL, MP3/auxiliary input jack on the Ridgeline RTS and RTL, and all audio systems become MP3/WMA compatible. New safety features include active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights. Capable of accommodating 4-foot-wide sheets of plywood between the wheel wells, the composite cargo bed, gains two cargo tie-down points.
All 2009 Ridgelines are powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine. A 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission and a Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel drive system are standard. The EPA rates city/highway/combined fuel economy at 15/20/17. Full story
Honda will unveil a redesigned version of its Ridgeline pick-up next year. The 2009 Ridgeline will take design cues from the recently released 2009 Pilot.
Up front it will feature an all new, Pilot-inspired grill, a reworked bumper cover and two extra set of lights down low. At the rear we can see a freshened set of tail lights, a new lower bumper that now flows into the fender flares and a backup camera lens next to the handle on the tailgate.
Next to the current engine line-up the future Ridgeline will also be powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine.
Introduced as a 2006 model in March 2005, the mid-sized Ridgeline brought a number of innovative and exclusive new features to the half-ton truck segment including an In-Bed Trunk(TM) and a fully independent four-wheel suspension. Recipient of both the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the Year and North American Truck of the Year in 2006, the 2007 Ridgeline receives a new value-oriented RTX trim level that comes with a standard trailer hitch and popular features such as alloy wheels, accessory grill and body-color painted door handles.
The new Honda Ridgeline is loaded with truck essentials, like rough-road capability, durable, rigid construction and plenty of versatile cargo room. Whether you throw down big payloads or rough roads, this rig can handle it. Plus, the Ridgeline is the first and only 4-door pickup to achieve the highest government crash test rating (5 stars) for both frontal and side-impact tests. And, it has the lowest chance of rollover among all pickup trucks tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Full story
The Honda Civic
was identified as the 2006 North American Car of the Year, while the Honda Ridgeline is the 2006 North American Truck of the Year.
The awards are unique in North American because instead of being given by a single outlet the winners are chosen by 49 automotive journalists representing newspapers, magazines, television shows and web sites in Canada and the United States.
It was the first time one automaker has won both awards. The winners of the awards — now in their 13th (...) > Full story