If you need a vehicle with a truck box, but you do not want to drive something that, well, drives like a truck, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline should be on your list. Its interior is much more refined than other mid-size trucks, offers excellent payload capacity and is driven like an SUV. Unlike traditional trucks, there is only one cabin, a bed length, an engine and a low variability. If you are looking for a true four wheel drive, whether you want a diesel engine to tow heavy loads, or a vehicle with a lower bed for easier access, a traditional truck may be a better option.
More advanced construction techniques have allowed Honda to eliminate the strange buttress structure of the old 2018 Honda Ridgeline bed, giving it a more traditional truck look and greatly improving its aesthetics. By eliminating the odd style conversation point, it allows us to enjoy things like the bed trunk, the standard composite bed and the two way hatchback without distractions. The hatchback is particularly smart, whether it’s a traditional door or opens on one side for easy access to the trunk of the bed. A note of style: the dividing line between the bed and the cabin is just to show because both are connected.
It’s easy to confuse the interior of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline with the Honda Pilot, and that’s fine. The map design is essentially the same as that of the pilot, with the same air conditioning, information and entertainment systems, indicators, buttons, switches, etc. It includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, heated seats and a large storage compartment between the front seats. It is also quiet and refined, offering comfortable seating for the five passengers. At the rear, the rear seats open to provide additional cargo space, leaving enough room for a bike or a 55 inch flat screen TV.
The current model includes a naturally aspirated, naturally aspirated, 3.5 liter V6 that is suitable for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Even if it is at the bottom of the class; With its large gearbox and lighter chassis, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline can handle the best in its class. The next 2018 Honda Ridgeline will probably have the same engine. Some have suggested a coup to power, but it is unlikely. On the other hand, fuel consumption and possibly its drag classification could be improved. How Well, the truck is currently using a six speed automatic that can be replaced by a nine speed ZF gearbox or by Honda’s all new ten speed gearbox. The latter was seen for the first time in the Odyssey and represents a considerable improvement over the previous six speeds. If this is the case, wait until 2018 Honda Ridgeline gets 5% to 10% more fuel economy under the same driving conditions as before. Some rumors have also suggested a hybrid engine for the truck. Even if it would be great, we doubt it, especially since there is currently no hybrid truck on the market.
With regard to sales, the current generation had a good start, albeit purely in the sense of 2018 Honda Ridgeline. The breakout of more than 20,000 units sold last year is still ridiculous compared to the figures obtained by Colorado or Tacoma, which are in summary almost five times and ten times higher. But, as we said, Honda is satisfied and has already raised the bar. Price one, unfortunately. However, it is not a question of greed, because the blow is rather trivial, bringing the starting price to 29.630 dollars, a modest increase of 155 dollars. In total, the different prices hardly change, while the new random adjustments do.