Two Guys and a Ride – Our Review of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline – One of the rare car-based pickup trucks is approximately to come past major updates as 2020 Honda Ridgeline. This mid-size truck is on the make known before 2005, though the current generation is present for very nearly two years. It came with significant improvements, but there is more to come in virtually a year. It looks in imitation of we are going to a classic facelift, but several further changes as well.
Besides additional styling, the upcoming model is not quite getting a hybrid powertrain and most likely even a hi-performance version, below the Type R badge. Expect to look the extra model in the second half of next-door year.
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The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a distinctive choice for a midsize pickup truck. The Ridgeline design choices give this truck class-leading ride comfort and excellent handling.
The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds (3,500 pounds with front-wheel-drive models). It can also fit 4-by-8 sheets of plywood in the bed thanks to a flat load floor — a feature that no other midsize truck currently offers. It also has useful features such as an in-bed cargo storage system that doubles as a cooler and a stereo system made for tailgate parties that uses the bedliner as audio drivers.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a four-door, crew-cab-only midsize pickup that is offered in six trim levels: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition. The RT is available with front-wheel drive only, while the Sport and the RTL are available with front- or all-wheel drive. The RTL-E and the Black Edition are AWD only. All come with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (280 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque) and a six-speed automatic transmission.
The base trim level RT has a decent amount of standard equipment, including 18-inch alloy wheels, a tow hitch, cruise control, air conditioning, push-button start, and a power lock system that includes the dual-action tailgate. There’s a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, Bluetooth connectivity, and a seven-speaker sound system that includes a USB port and a 5-inch screen interface that also displays the rear view camera.
Step up to the Sport and you’ll get fog lights, gray-painted alloy wheels, body-color door and tailgate handles, keyless entry, remote engine start and tri-zone automatic climate control.
Next up is the RTL, which has leather seating. The front seats are heated, with an armrest and eight-way power adjustments for the driver and four-way power adjustments for the passenger. All-wheel-drive versions have heated outside mirrors and a noise-reducing windshield.
Our pick is the RTL-T, which adds LED daytime running lights and Honda’s LaneWatch passenger-side blind-spot camera system. It also upgrades to the 8-inch touchscreen audio system that brings along a more powerful seven-speaker audio system, navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, three more USB ports, and Apple CarPlay and Android Audio smartphone integration.
Move up to the RTL-E if you want advanced safety gear such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Functional differences include a sunroof, LED headlights, driver-seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a front passenger armrest, a power-sliding rear window, parking sensors, and a two-prong power outlet and LED cargo lights in the bed. It also has an upgraded sound system with a unique truck-bed speaker system.
Finally, there’s the Black Edition, which is essentially an RTL-E with black paint, black-painted wheels, black trim, a black headliner and red-accented black leather seats.
The Ridgeline is very friendly to the driver and passengers alike. It’s easy to climb in and out of, the cab is roomier than that of any other midsize competitor, and it’s easy to see out. The attractive interior is well-built from quality materials, and the controls are well-thought-out.
Special thanks to our friends at Luther Mankato Honda – https://www.luthermankatohonda.com/
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