Please welcome our long-term tester, the! We're excited to get this all-wheel drive truck into our garage, none more so than I.
At first glance, I hated the Ridgeline. "It's not a truck!" I exclaimed to anyone who would listen. "It's awith a bed. It's a fake truck!"
However, I came to realize that, while it might have the unibody of a crossover, it certainly meets the needs of many folks looking to get into a truck. And it has some advantages that other "real trucks" can't beat.
The first is the ride. With its independent suspension all the way around, the Ridgeline drives much easier than a truck with a solid rear axle. Sure, without a real 4x4 system you lose some off-road capability, but as much as I loathe admitting it, most buyers aren't looking to be desert warriors.
However, with the stock Firestone Destination LE2 all-season road tires swapped out for more aggressive Nitto Terra Grapplers, a Ridgeline took the podium in its class at thein 2016, conquering dirt tracks from Lake Tahoe, Nevada, to the dunes of Glamis, California.
The unibody of the Ridgeline gives it flexibility in bed configuration. Its in-bed cooler is genius and the multiway tailgate makes for easy loading. Add the in-bed speaker system and power outlet and you have the makings of a great tailgate party.
The Ridgeline gives drivers the utility and space of a truck while driving like a crossover and partying like a rockstar. Expect to see our Ridgeline in the dunes of Pismo Beach and adventuring out to remote camping destinations. We'll also put it through its payload and towing paces and report on our real-world fuel economy.
Stay tuned for monthly updates!