Trucks are different than they used to be. In their beginnings, these were a vehicle for work, which can load big items in the bed. During recent years, pickup segment is growing into a new direction. Race in developing interior features, safety systems, and of course, visual appearance never stops.
That makes entire segment stylish and elegant. However, they must stay powerful and functional. So it is with 2018 Honda Ridgeline. When we compare it to its predecessors, the evolution of the truck is obvious. Although we can’t see what is under the hood, performance is on another level with every new edition.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance
The new truck has a single drivetrain for this season. It is a V-6 unit, and according to early reports, drivetrain meets all requirements. It is a 3.5-l displacement. Base models are coming with front-wheel drive configuration, and AWD is also available. The only transmission box is a 6-speed automatic.
How much can Honda Ridgeline tow?
Nevertheless, 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque are enough to tow just 5000 pounds. Comparing to the competition, this is a bad result. For example, Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon can tow 7700 pounds. Also, Toyota and Nissan have models in the same class which is way ahead of 2018 Ridgeline.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy and Hybrid
The towing capacity might not be the highlight of 2018 Honda Ridgeline, but it proves itself in mileage. This truck is a leader in its class, with a combined rating better for 2-3 mpg from main rivals. That is one of the reasons why this pickup is so popular.
On the other hand, Honda is a leader in innovations, and rumors about the Hybrid model are louder. With it, the Japanese company would establish itself as the best company in truck division. Then, Ridgeline will get a boost in power output, leading to better towing capacity. Also, its advantage in mileage would create an even larger gap.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Trims
Comparing to the previous edition, changes on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline are minor. New colors are part of refreshment. Also, we see the return of most of the trim levels. Nevertheless, chief decides to drop RTS, while RT and Sport model are still there in 2018. Top of the class Black Edition could arrive later, with hi-tech features inside the cabin, and performance boosters under the hood.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Changes
There are only a few other changes on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline comparing to its predecessor. Besides colors and trim levels, we will see different AWD configuration. The RT model is not coming again with it. On the other hand, Sport adds two more colors to its base black edition.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Release Date
Fans can’t wait to see 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Its spacious cabin and maneuverability are an advantage on the new model, which we will see very soon. Nevertheless, there are already some lacks that enthusiasts are not going to like. Some of them are not so clever infotainment and low towing capacity.
How much Honda Ridgeline cost?
The base model of the 2018 Ridgeline is RT, and it will cost around $30,000. Since RTS is dropped, we won’t see mid-range trim. Unfortunately, Sport model in AWD system is significantly higher. To get this performance model, buyers will have to spend at least $36,000.
Did you know that unlike most pickup trucks, the Ridgeline is built on the front-drive unibody platform? Yes, and not just that, it shares the same platform with Honda Pilot SUV and Odyssey minivan and with the Accord sedan (source: Forbes). We can conclude that it belongs to a special category of so-called crossover pickup trucks together with 2018 Hyundai Santa Cruz.