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Top Features of Base Model
- Industry-exclusive reinforced polymer bed resists dents
- Special locker underneath the bed provides secure storage
- Great ride and handling courtesy of SUV-style suspension
- 5,000-pound towing capacity covers 94 percent of midsize buyer needs
- Comfortable interior with full technology and infotainment package
2019 Honda Ridgeline: Everything You Need to Know
About the Honda Ridgeline
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a light-duty midsize pickup truck designed to be more comfortable than other trucks on the market. The Ridgeline is available only in a four-door crew cab body style with a 5.0-foot, 3.0-inch long bed. Honda powers the Ridgeline with its proven 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an automatic transmission. Unlike most trucks, the Ridgeline is built with unibody construction like an SUV. The Ridgeline is a front-wheel-drive vehicle, with all-wheel-drive available as an option.
The Honda Ridgeline is an excellent choice for buyers who are looking for a comfortable light-duty truck. The Ridgeline will tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with all-wheel-drive and can carry up to 1,584 pounds in the bed.
What’s New in the 2019 Honda Ridgeline?
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is largely unchanged from the prior year. Sport, and RTL models now get a second USB port. RTL and RTL-T models add a power sliding rear window and a moonroof.
There are six trim levels to choose from.
- RT: The base trim includes a multi-angle rearview camera, push-button start, Bluetooth phone support, and streaming audio. This trim is front-wheel drive only.
- Sport: This trim adds 18-inch wheels, fog lights, zoned climate control, remote engine start, and a programmable garage door opener.
- RTL: Adds leather interior, heated front seats, ten-way power driver’s seat, power moonroof, power sliding rear window, and a sound-reducing windshield.
- RTL-T: This trim adds navigation, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind-spot camera, and an auto-dimming mirror.
- RTL-E: Features added in this trim include blind spot monitoring, 540-watt premium audio, a truck-bed audio system, and adaptive cruise control.
- Black Edition: The top Ridgeline includes special exterior trim, fine leather interior, red ambient lighting, and special alloy wheels.
What Does the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Compete With?
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline competes in the midsize pickup truck class alongside these contenders:
The Ridgeline is better on ride and handling, interior space, cabin noise, and safety features than most rivals. Other brands beat the Ridgeline on towing and payload capacity, as well as off-road capability, ground clearance, and engine power.
The Ridgeline received a Top Safety Pick-Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Exterior Design of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline looks pretty much like a traditional midsize pickup truck. Differences between the Ridgeline and other trucks are mostly found under the surface. The Ridgeline’s design is similar to the Honda Pilot midsize crossover SUV.
Every Ridgeline comes with halogen headlights, LED taillights, two-way tailgate, in-bed trunk, eight tie-down cleats, and a Class-3 towing hitch. Higher trim levels get LED headlights and bed lights, fog lights, heated side mirrors, and special exterior trim.
The Ridgeline’s bed is more than four feet wide between the wheel wells. And with the tailgate down, the bed measures seven feet long. The bed lighting system, two-way tailgate, and in-bed trunk make the Ridgeline more flexible than many other trucks.
Interior Style in the 2019 Honda Ridgeline
The cabin of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is better than average among pickup trucks. Honda was able to use the same soft-touch surfaces found in the Pilot SUV. At the Ridgeline’s price point, the interior offers good quality and value, as buyers expect from Honda.
The Ridgeline’s cockpit is among the best-designed in the business, with comfortable seats and easily accessible controls. Both smaller and larger drivers will have no trouble adjusting the Ridgeline for a good fit.
The Ridgeline seats five adults in comfort. This is one area where the it consistently beats other midsize trucks. Rear-seat space is better than average, and you could easily fit luggage or a large flat-screen TV into the back-seat area. There are LATCH attachments for child seats. Finally, there’s enough space under the seats to store some emergency supplies or a few items you’d rather keep out of sight.
What kinds of Technology comes in the Honda Ridgeline?
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has a good standard technology package, but advanced features, like navigation and a larger touchscreen are available only in the upper trim levels.
Standard technology includes:
- Five-inch color LCD display
- 200-watt audio system with seven speakers
- Bluetooth phone integration and streaming audio
- Two USB ports
Higher trim levels add such features as:
- Eight-inch touchscreen display
- 540-watt sound system with eight speakers
- Satellite and HD radio
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration
- Navigation with voice recognition
- Truck-bed audio system
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Honda Ridgeline?
Every Ridgeline includes such safety items as a full set of airbags and child safety features, as well as a multi-angle rearview camera and daytime running lights.
Higher trim levels add advanced active safety features that include:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
- Blind-spot warning
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keeping assist
- Road-departure mitigation
What is the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Like to Drive?
Driving the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a big step up from the driving experience in a traditional pickup truck. Where a body-on-frame design can be rough and bouncy, the Ridgeline is smooth and quiet. The Ridgeline gets consistently good grades for comfort and handling. One area that could be improved is braking performance, especially when there’s a lot of weight in the bed or a trailer behind the vehicle.
The V6 engine and six-speed transmission are well matched for the needs of most drivers, providing plenty of power and the right gear at all times. You don’t have to think about the all-wheel-drive system at all. It’s always on, and it just works. The Ridgeline is EPA-rated to return up to 19 MPG in city driving and 26 MPG on the highway when equipped with front-wheel drive, and 18 MPG city, 25 MPG highway with all-wheel drive.
Should I Buy a New Honda Ridgeline?
Buyers should consider the 2019 Honda Ridgeline if they need a light-duty pickup truck that seats five people in comfort. Just be sure that the shorter bed and 5,000-pound towing capacity are sufficient to meet all hauling and pulling needs. If that’s enough truck for you, the Honda Ridgeline is a great choice.
Should I buy a Used Honda Ridgeline? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
All Honda Ridgeline models made since 2017 are covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty, with coverage for five years and 60,000 miles on the drivetrain. Virtually all Ridgeline models of the current generation are still under some part of the factory warranty, making them a smart choice.
Older Ridgeline models can still be a good pick. Just be sure to have a thorough pre-purchase inspection performed.
How Much Does the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Cost?
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline starts at $31,035 for the base RT trim, and rises to $44,465 for the luxury Black Edition trim. Adding all-wheel drive costs $1,900 on the Sport, RTL, and RTL-T trims. All-wheel drive is standard on RTL-E and Black Edition trims. Prices include a $1,045 destination charge.
Pros and Cons of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline
- Unique chassis design gives great ride and handling
- 3.5-liter V6 engine offers plenty of power
- Reinforced polymer bed resists damage
- Two-way tailgate opens down or from the side
- Comfortable, quiet interior
- Lower towing and payload ratings than many other trucks
- No options for a longer bed or standard cab
- No dual-range four-wheel drive available
- Slightly more expensive than many rival trucks
The History of the Honda Ridgeline: More Than a Decade of Midsize Truck Comfort
The Honda Ridgeline was introduced for the 2006 model year. The idea was to make a pickup truck that was more like an SUV in space, ride, and comfort. The first generation had an unusual sloping bed wall connected to the cab, which was later eliminated. That generation Ridgeline was produced through the 2015 model year.
After a one-year pause in production, Honda introduced the 2017 Ridgeline. This second-generation model used an entirely new chassis platform. It was a bit more like a truck-like in appearance but still offered ride and handling that were similar to an SUV. Only minor changes have been made to the Ridgeline since 2017.
Specs & Key Features of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline
- Body Style
- Crew Cab
- 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6
- 280 hp
- 6-Speed Automatic
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Back Up Camera
- Cruise Control
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.5L 24V SOHC i-VTEC V6 -inc: direct fuel injection and Eco Assist system
- Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
- 4.25 Axle Ratio
- GVWR: 5,710 lbs
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
- Front-Wheel Drive
- Battery w/Run Down Protection
- Class III Towing Equipment -inc: Hitch and Trailer Sway Control
- 1465lbs. Maximum Payload
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 19.5 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 18" Silver-Painted Alloy
- Tires: 245/60R18 105H AS
- Regular Composite Box Style
- Drop-In Bed Liner
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire w/Box Carrier
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Rear Step Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
- Black Bodyside Cladding and Black Wheel Well Trim
- Chrome Side Windows Trim, Black Front Windshield Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
- Black Door Handles
- Black Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Deep Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Grille w/Chrome Bar
- Tailgate w/Swing-Out Rear Cargo Access
- Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
- Integrated Storage
- Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Cargo Lamp w/High Mount Stop Light
- LED Brakelights
- Radio: AM/FM/MP3 -inc: 200-watt audio system, 5" color LCD screen, 7 speakers including subwoofer, Bluetooth streaming audio, auxiliary input jack, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive volume control (SVC), 1.0-amp port in front console and 2.5-amp charging port
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
- Audio Theft Deterrent
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Front Bucket Seats
- 6-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline, Height Adjustment and Fore/Aft Movement
- 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
- 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Manual Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Cloth Seat Trim
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Pickup Cargo Box Lights
- FOB Controls -inc: Windows
- Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
- Instrument Panel Bin, Driver And Passenger Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Digital/Analog Display
- Seats w/Cloth Back Material
- Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Driver And Front Passenger Armrests and Rear Center Armrest
- 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
- Perimeter Alarm
- Engine Immobilizer
- 2 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera