For the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, the Japanese company builds a vehicle that has comfort and driving boldness of an SUV, with the pliable versatility of a midsize pickup. The new model’s open bed is better than that of the Toyota Tacoma, or Nissan Frontier. Moreover, a hidden compartment below the bed floor is excellent to put away items safely.
The 5,000-pound tow rating and a 1,500-pound payload should be enough to meet the customers’ needs. Furthermore, available all-wheel-drive will definitely help in simple off-road situations. The new Ridgeline will come in six trim levels and with important safety features, like Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Collision Mitigation Braking. Also, the Hybrid version will probably go into the production as well.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Configurations
The upcoming 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a four-door midsize pickup and it will come in six trim levels. The new models offer RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition. The base RT comes with front-wheel drive only, while the Sport and RTL will have both, AWD and FWD. The RTL-E and the Black Edition will be available only with AWD. The base RTL comes with a pretty decent amount of standard equipment.
Standard equipment includes a tow hitch, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, push-button start, air conditioning, and a power lock system. Moreover, you’ll find a 4.2-inch information screen between the gauges, a 7-speaker sound system with USB port and 5-inch screen interface that displays the rearview camera as well. All trim levels come with a 3.5-Liter V6 powertrain with a six-speed automatic transmission. Higher trims add plenty more optional equipment and gadgets.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The authentic Ridgeline design was discarded in favor of a simpler look, more correlated with a midsize pickup truck. The flying-buttress structure is removed, and it will help to easily load the large bed, which includes a two-way tailgate. This tailgate can either fold down or swing out. Furthermore, the lockable trunk beneath the floor gives an extra level of security, that no other vehicle can’t match.
Although all is very compatible, 2019 Honda Ridgeline design has a seam in the middle of the bed and the cab, to make this unit-body construction more like a familiar body-on-frame pickup. Also, with the Sport trim add brand-new foglights, body-color door, and gray-painted alloy wheels, and leaning towards more urban appearance. The RTL-T includes a revised LED daytime running lights, while the highlight of the RTL-E will be the power adjustable sunroof.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The new 2019 Honda Ridgeline comes with the interior that will make you say “hmmm this looks so familiar”. Yeah, you’re right. The new model will have an almost identical interior as the very popular Honda Pilot. This approach can only benefit the Ridgeline, taking into account what piece of art is the Pilot’s cabin. The controls, infotainment, and various switches and buttons are reasonably arranged. Moreover, comforting white backlights make them easy to find in the dark.
The higher-level trims include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, heated front seats and a power-sliding rear window for better ventilation. All of the trim levels offer fantastic room for five passengers, plus rear seats that flip up. This feature will provide more than enough space to fit anything you like. Also, the front seats have a very nice shape and supportive padding that helps in long-distance travels and provides comfort.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Drivetrain
Under the hood of 2019 Honda Ridgeline will be 3.5-liter V6 engine, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, you’ll have the choice between front- or all-wheel-drive system. The V6 brings the direct injection and cylinder deactivation, to improve fuel efficiency. This powertrain can employ 280 hp with 262 lb-ft of torque.
The all-wheel-drive system is available on all variants, except on the base pickup. With FWD you’ll get very good fuel economy, but your towing capacity gets limited to 3,500 pounds. The EPA city/highway fuel economy for front-wheel drive system is 19/26 mpg. If you choose AWD, towing capacity goes up to 5,000 and the EPA numbers are 18/25 mpg.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid
According to information around the web, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline will have a hybrid version as well. The Hybrid will use the specific system that combines a 3.0-liter V6 with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and three-motor hybrid system.
In fact, one of the motors will work together with the gearbox, while the other two will galvanize the rear wheels. This excellent all-wheel-drive system will be able to accomplish 321 hp, raising city/highway/combined fuel economy to 26/27/27 mpg.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The base 2019 Honda Ridgeline model has an MSRP of slightly under $31,000. The Sport trim level starts just above than $34,500 and adds $1,900 if you want all-wheel -drive system. The Black Edition will be the most expensive model, with the starting price around $44,500. However, if you want a pure pickup, The RTL is the right choice.
This trim adds offers the basics plus leather seats, and the price is just below $35,900, including the AWD. With these set of prices, new 2019 Honda Ridgeline is in range with V6 crew-cab rivals, like Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and GMC Canyon. The precise release date is not yet announced, but we expect that this pickup hit the streets by the end of the year.