Honda’s direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, driving a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but torque vectoring all-wheel drive is available on all trim levels. The fully independent suspension uses Amplitude Reactive dampers. Honda promises “class-leading” payload capacity (1,584 pounds), plus towing capacity up to 5,000 pounds. Pushbutton-actuated Intelligent Traction Management has four modes: Normal, Snow, Mud, and Sand for AWD models; or Normal and Snow for 2WD Ridgelines.
The glass fiber-reinforced composite cargo bed is 3.9 inches longer and 5.5 inches wider than the original. Honda asserts that it’s the only cargo bed in a midsize truck that can hold items that are 4 feet wide. Eight 350-pound tie-down cleats are standard.
All Ridgelines get a multi-angle rearview camera. The 60/40-split folding rear seat holds up to three passengers. With seat bottoms folded upward, a Ridgeline can carry bulky items. Under-seat storage is available, and integration of smartphone features includes navigation capabilities.
Available features include a 400-watt in-bed power outlet, LED projector headlights and daytime running lights, satellite-linked navigation, and an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The Honda Sensing group of safety and driver-assistive technologies includes collision mitigation braking, lane-departure and forward collision warnings, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.
Starting at $29,475 (plus destination charge), the base-model Ridgeline includes a dual-action tailgate, in-bed trunk, eight tie-down cleats, trunk-bed lights, 60/40-split lift-up rear seat, integrated trailer hitch, pushbutton start, seven-speaker 200-watt audio, Bluetooth, tilt/telescopic steering column, air conditioning, rear privacy glass, and 5-inch LCD screen.
All-wheel drive adds $1,800 to each price.
The RTS adds remote engine start, smart entry, tri-zone automatic climate control, foglamps, and a HomeLink remote.