2011 Honda Ridgeline EX-L Review
Ridgeline: A different pickup line
The Ridgeline is a 4WD crew-cab pickup truck for people who don’t want a 4WD crew-cab pickup truck. That statement may not make the best sense but it’s meant to illustrate the attraction the Ridgeline has to the “less typical” pickup buyer.
|The Ridgeline remains unchanged for 2011 having undergone significant updates in 2009. (Photo: Rob Rothwell/Auto123.com)|
Pickup buyers intending to address more traditional truck needs, such as towing and heavy hauling, likely visualize themselves behind the wheel of a Ford, RAM or Chevy/GM product, and that’s all good. They shouldn’t however overlook Honda’s entry into this highly contested field; the capability of the Ridgeline may surprise them.
Less surprised but more informed on the Ridgeline’s attributes will be those non-traditional truck buyers that see it as a more versatile alternative to the SUV/crossover segment. The presence of a pickup box rather than an internal cargo bay provides them with unlimited cargo possibilities that include weekend-handyman needs such as topsoil, building materials, appliances and what-have-you.
During the week, the Ridgeline can serve as the family’s grocery-getter and kid transporter. Unlike its SUV cousin, the Honda Pilot, the Ridgeline is limited to five occupants—and therein is the rub. If third-row seating is a “must,” then so is the Pilot.
V6 power is plenty adequate
Assuming the non-traditional pickup buyer doesn’t require the towing capability of a locomotive or a payload capacity similar to that of a gravel barge, the 3.5-litre 24-valve SOHC V6 engine does a fine job of empowering Ridgeline drivers. My about-town average fuel economy was in the 15L/100km range.
|The presence of a pickup box rather than an internal cargo bay provides them with unlimited cargo possibilities. (Photo: Rob Rothwell/Auto123.com)|