For its second model year, Honda's Ridgeline half-ton pickup truck adds an illuminated driver's-side vanity mirror, four new exterior colors-Aberdeen Green Metallic, Nimbus Gray Metallic, Dark Cherry Pearl, and Formal Black-as well as a new value-oriented RTX trim level with a standard trailer hitch, alloy wheels, and accessory grill and body-color exterior door handles.
The introduction of Honda's Ridgeline marked a new plateau in innovation in half-ton pickup trucks. While the Ridgeline offered typical pickup truck capabilities for towing and hauling, it added a much more upscale interior and a coupee of unique and popular features, including a locking trunk built into the cargo bed and a tailgate that could be opened either using the normal hinge system across the back of the bed or like a door using the alternate vertically-mounted hinge. The Ridgeline also was the first 4-door pickup to receive the federal government's top five-star safety rating for both frontal- and side-impact crash test performance.
The Honda truck comes with standard anti-lock brakes with Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control, brake assist, driver's and front passenger's front and side air bags, two-row side curtain air bags with a rollover sensor, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system. All Ridgelines are equipped with a 247-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 5-speed automatic transmission that feeds a four-wheel-drive system. Also standard is seating for five and a 5-foot cargo bed with four lights and six tie-down cleats, as well as the lockable In-Bed Trunk and dual-action tailgate.
Standard comfort and convenience features on the Ridgeline RT include air conditioning; a tilt steering wheel; power windows and door locks; a power sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; an automatic heated wiper zone; a 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player; a 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage; and all-weather floor mats. The RTS version adds alloy wheels, a 160-watt audio system with a 6-disc CD changer, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, dual-zone climate controls, and an 8-way power driver's seat. The RTL trim level adds a moonroof and XM Satellite Radio as well as a leather seating option, navigation system, and more.
The Honda Ridgeline competes in the Midsize Pickup segment, which consists of 11 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, quality, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Tacoma (178,351 units sold), Chevrolet Colorado (93,876), and Ford Ranger (92,420). The Honda Ridgeline sold 50,193 units in 2006, an increase of 17.8 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Pickup segment include the Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, GMC Canyon, and Mitsubishi Raider.
|RT (A5)||5 speed automatic||$27,800||247-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||16/21|
|RTX (A5)||5 speed automatic||$28,300||247-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||16/21|
|RTS (A5)||5 speed automatic||$30,275||247-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||16/21|
|RTL w/Leather (A5)||5 speed automatic||$32,940||247-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl||16/21|