The midsize 2019 Honda Ridgeline is arriving at dealerships nationwide this week. It’s starting price is $29,990, excluding $975 destination and handling charges.
There aren’t any big changes to the pickup since it received an overhaul in 2017. Last year, Honda dropped some trim levels and added some new colors.
New for 2019
Like range-topping Ridgeline models, RT, Sport, and RTL models now include a second USB port, while RTL and RTL-T models add a power sliding rear window and moonroof.
In the cabin, you’ll find an 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 3-zone automatic climate control, an 8-way power driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support, and ambient interior lighting.
The Ridgeline’s tailgate is unique. You can open a Dual Action Tailgate traditionally, or from the right side and swing it out. You can plug in your electronic devices to an available in-bed 115V AC power outlet. There’s also a hidden waterproof cooler, too.
Ridgeline’s cargo hauling and towing capabilities include a class-leading maximum of 1,584-pound payload capacity and up to 5,000-pound of towing. All Ridgelines incorporate a button-operated Intelligent Traction Management System that enables up to four different operating modes: Normal, Snow, Mud and Sand for the AWD models, as well as Normal and Snow for 2WD vehicles.
Ridgeline also continues to offer Honda Sensing, a suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features. It includes Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
Honda says it expects the 2019 Ridgeline receive top of class safety ratings from the NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2017, it became the first and, to date, only pickup truck to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS.
Under the Hood
A 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission deliver 280-horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s available with all-wheel drive.
The Ridgeline offers class-leading EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/26/22 (city/highway/combined) for 2WD and 18/25/21 for AWD models.
Check out our test drive of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline below.
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