The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a distinctive choice for a midsize pickup truck. Rather than going with the crowd and opting for a traditional body-on-frame design, Honda uses a more carlike unibody construction and a fully independent suspension for the Ridgeline. These design choices give this truck class-leading ride comfort and excellent handling. You don’t miss out in terms of utility either; the Ridgeline can still tow up to 5,000 pounds (3,500 pounds with front-wheel-drive models), which should be enough for a light trailer and some gear. The Ridgeline is a solid cargo hauler inside and out. The cargo bed is longer than competitors’ and has a strong payload rating. It can also fit 4-by-8 sheets of plywood in the bed thanks to a flat load floor — a feature that no other midsize truck currently offers. It also has useful features such as an in-bed cargo storage system and two-way tailgate that doubles as a cooler and a stereo system made for tailgate parties that use the Bedliner as audio drivers.
Inside, the Ridgeline is spacious and quiet with plenty of room for passengers or cargo in the back seat. Superior ride and handling thanks to the independent rear suspension, sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that provides multisurface traction, and spacious crew cab that’s comfortable and handsomely finished. Overall this is a well-rounded package built for the majority of users. It’s one of our favorite trucks on the road today. And was Notably rated as one of Edmunds’ Best Pickup Trucks and Best Gas Mileage Trucks for this year.
Performance and Comfort
Among pickups, the Honda Ridgeline stands apart because of its unibody chassis, fully independent suspension, and torque-vectoring AWD system that improves stability on all surfaces. We like how the 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic work together. The catch: Off-road potential is limited. Ride comfort is second to none as far as pickups go. The Ridgeline’s much more settled feel comes from its crossover SUV underpinnings, which help with noise suppression too. The seats and climate control layout are comfortable and family-friendly because of the Ridgeline’s Pilot SUV roots. The Ridgeline is friendly to drivers and passengers alike. It’s easy to climb in and out, the cab is roomier than any other midsize competitor’s, and it’s easy to see out.