The Honda Ridgeline is ranked as the number one midsized truck for 2020. We found that to be surprising because you don’t hear much about it. The news seems to cover the Ford Ranger to or Toyota Tacoma instead, so how did the 2020 Honda Ridgeline sneak it’s way to the top of the list?
Why Is The Honda Ridgeline Ranked #1?
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline still incorporates crucial updates from 2017 that placed it at the top of the list and has continued to grow in popularity as a comfortable and capable truck.
But we don’t think part of its superiority could come from its price. The Ridgeline starts around $33k while the Raptor and Tacoma are more moderately priced around $24k.
Also, the Ridgeline is pretty average in terms of fuel efficiency. It gets up to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This is pretty much on par with its competition.
A look At Honda Ridgeline Power
Despite getting complaints for having a car-like unibody instead of a body on frame, the Ridgeline is still powerful. It can tow up to 3,500 to 5,000 pounds depending on which trim you choose.
The Ford Ranger can only tow up to 3,500 lb, which is a little embarrassing. However, the Toyota Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 lb, which attracts a variety of buyers.
You may think that the Honda Ridgeline is weak by only having an output of 280 horsepower, but it’s 3.5-liter V6 direct-injected engine is a beast with 262 lb-ft of torque. It can go 0 to 60 in 7.2 seconds. This speed is also on par with its competitors.
One thing that shocked us, though, is the fact the Honda Ridgeline isn’t offered in 4×4. It’s only available in all-wheel drive.
However, it has low traction modes that are suited for ice and snow as well as driving modes for mud and snow. Plus, it’s crossover-like body add more stability for a smoother ride.
Honda Ridgeline Features
One of the highest-ranking factors for the Ridgeline is its interior space. By having up to 108.9 cubic feet of space for passengers to enjoy.
It also has an independent rear suspension that enhances handling and provides a smoother ride. People love riding around in this comfy truck.
Its large padded leather seats, tri-zone climate for comfort, and panoramic moonroof only adds to the enjoyment.
Another popular feature is the two-way tailgate that swings open for more effortless loading and the lockable in-bed trunk to keep all your tools safe. The lockbox doesn’t take up much space, as it’s under the lay flat truck bed.
Plus, people can bring the music with them wherever they go, because the truck bed has an audio system. That’s right. It has built-in Bluetooth speakers to connect to.
On the Interior, the 8” touchscreen infotainment center can also connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The smart keyfob also automatically locks as you walk away from your truck then unlocks it as you return, allowing you to leave the fob in your pocket or a bag.
To add the cherry on top of the cake, the Honda Ridgeline is incredibly safe as well. It’s a top safety pick with advanced anti-collision features.
This truck is number one because it’s incredibly comfortable, smart, and still keeps up with its competitors with a peppy acceleration and ability to tow up to 5,000 lb.