Honda's Ridgeline looks like a modern interpretation of a pickup truck, but the cabin electronics don't follow through on that promise.
Honda, known for economy cars, was a surprise entrant to the pickup truck market when it launched the Ridgeline in 2005. With a unibody design and a V-6 engine, the Ridgeline introduced car-style construction to the pickup truck, defying traditional American trucks. This new Sport trim, with its painted grille and custom wheels, is new for 2012.
The Ridgeline is a mix of styles, tough but modern. The middle of the hood is lifted and the fenders are flared, making for a stronger look. But the buttresses leading down to the cargo bed lend a modern design to the Ridgeline.
Honda equips the Ridgeline with its 3.5-liter V-6, which uses VTEC variable valve timing and lift to improve efficiency. This engine produces 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, and is transversely mounted in a configuration that primarily drives the front wheels, although the Ridgeline is a four-wheel-drive truck.
The Ridgeline is only sold in four-wheel-drive format, although the drive is biased toward the front wheels to help fuel economy. There is a lock button to maintain power at the rear wheels, but only at low speeds.