Honda may be known for its great quality cars, but has been slowly breaking into the crossover, SUV, and truck market. Though not a full-size pickup, Honda’s Ridgeline is the coolest and fastest Honda truck you can buy.
But how does it stack up against the competition? Does Honda‘s fastest truck match the reliability and driveability of its best-selling cars? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, what the experts at Consumer Reports have to say, and where Honda will be headed with its fastest truck.
Everything you need to know about Honda’s fastest truck
It may not be a full-size truck, but the Honda Ridgeline is loaded with functionality and great ratings. It’s also one of the quickest pickup trucks on the market, so if you’re looking for a quick vehicle that will suit your adventurous lifestyle, the Ridgeline is a great option.
According to AutoWise, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline can get up to 60 mph in roughly 7.2 seconds. It blends together the functionality of a truck, with all the features of an SUV. Its high-walled cargo bed is coupled with an under-floor trunk to maximize storage space, and the Ridgeline has a competitive overall fuel rating of 21 mpg.
Powering the speedy Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that puts out 250 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque. Though towing capacity is lower than other pickups in its category, you can get the Ridgeline in either front- or all-wheel-drive versions.
The Ridgeline is competitively priced, starting at just under $30,000. According to U.S. News, the Ridgeline has “one of the nicest cabins in the class” and a great list of active safety features. Standard features also include USB ports, a five-inch center display screen, and Bluetooth connectivity.
How the Honda Ridgeline ranked with Consumer Reports
With a score of 83 out of 100 on the road test however, the Ridgeline performs above the competition. Its transmission shifts flawlessly, receiving a score of five out of five, and accelerates quickly, earning a four out of five. Consumer Reports’ road test finds that “Honda has evolved the concept of the pickup, creating a smart truck aimed at the actual needs of most pickup owners.”
Consumer Reports also gave the fastest Honda truck available a reliability rating of four out of five and an impressive owner satisfaction rating of five out five, meaning if you own a Ridgeline, you won’t be disappointed.
Most areas of reliability are ranked above average on all Ridgeline models, with few issues in power equipment and in-car electronics categories. But when owners were asked to rate their own Ridgelines, most would choose to purchase it again. That outstanding owner satisfaction rating of five out of five was received through the following scores (out of 100): 86 for the driving experience, 91 for comfort, 65 for value, and 84 for styling.
What’s next for the Ridgeline?
Though there have been no official confirmations from Honda yet, the Ridgeline may be getting a hybrid variant soon. According to Digital Trends, documentation was leaked by a dealership about the upcoming 2020 Ridgeline model year, including redesign ideas for a restyled front and an available hybrid powertrain.
Though the information was later deemed inaccurate by a Honda spokesperson, according to Motor 1, it does beg the question: how did the dealership get the information in the first place. If Honda can turn the already-successful Ridgeline into a hybrid competitor, Honda may have best-sellers in every corner of the market.