Trucks & SUVs

Here’s What CNET Loved About the Honda Ridgeline

We’ve discussed feedback on the 2019 Honda Ridgeline before. But, some of you might be wondering what CNET’s Roadshow had to say. Often offering a Roadshow Editor’s Rating for new and emerging vehicle models, CNET can be considered an authority in the automobile review space. As they do when they’ve reviewed past vehicles, CNet takes a closer look at everything the Honda Ridgeline has to offer this year, including a few aspects they absolutely loved about it.

The Ridgeline’s competition

It’s important to recognize a few of the contenders in this midsize truck class. There are some formidable opponents with fresh faces this year, including Jeep’s Gladiator and Ford’s Ranger. Some might say these competitors have raised the bar in terms of real-world usability. Given that Honda’s 2017 Ridgeline was designed for its crowning moment and return to the stage after a two-year hiatus, some were asking if the spotlight would venture away from the Ridgeline in 2019.

Roadshow Editor’s Rating overall

Much like the Olympics, when reviewing new models, CNet takes a closer look in a few key areas. Based on the various pros and cons, along with competitive model comparisons, each vehicle is then assigned a point grade on a one to ten scale. Here’s how they graded the 2019 Honda Ridgeline.

  • Performance Score: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Design: 8
  • Media: 8

CNet cites the good, the bad, and the bottom line

CNet also likes to showcase a shortened brief for each vehicle review, to highlight the best features, the worst, and include a general recommendation to consumers. For the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, it fairs well, and according to CNet, here’s their take.

  • The Good: The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is the best in class for paved road driving.
  • The Bad: The 2019 Honda Ridgeline falls a little short on the standard availability of tech and advanced driver features.
  • The Bottom line: This midsize pickup is expected to serve the needs of most people looking to make a truck purchase in this segment.

What CNet absolutely loved about the 2019 Ridgeline

There were a substantial number of accolades, which is no small feat, considering the class competition. But, there were a few specific aspects of the Ridgeline that CNet loved and helped seal the deal for ranking and recommendations.

Crossover unibody chassis makes all the difference

It might look like the traditional body-on-frame design, but it’s not. Honda opted to share the underpinning design with that of the Honda Pilot and Passport SUVs. What does this mean to a buyer like you? It means you’ll ride like you’re driving a crossover or minivan, with all the functions of a midsize truck.

It has an in-bed trunk

This feature might have been the ultimate favorite feature on the 2019 Ridgeline. Open up the tailgate, lift a handle, and you’ll find an opening to an extra 7.3 cubic feet of storage. This in-bed trunk also has a drain plug, making it ideal for use as a cooler. It might just be the tailgaters dream perk.

The best creature comforts for five-passenger hauling

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline meets all the basic needs of class tow capacity and hauling, with payload ranges up to 1,465 and 1,580 pounds, depending on FWD and AWD options. What makes this truck ideal for most buyers there is the existence of interior creature comforts for hauling people. It will seat up to five adults comfortably, with ample legroom throughout. Comfort is the Honda Ridgeline’s middle name and offers quality cabin plastics and durable leather seating.

If you’re in the market for comparable performance and top-notch comfort, in a midsize truck, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline might just be what you need. At least, CNet thinks so.