At the heart of the Ridgeline’s performance is a dynamic 3.5L V6 engine and up up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Ridgeline produces quick and agile acceleration which makes trickier driving situations, such as merging or passing on the highway, much easier. The engine is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission which transfers the power generated under the hood to the front wheels with 2WD or to all wheels when equipped with AWD.
The reviewers at Edmunds note that the Ridgeline offers “class-leading ride comfort,” thanks in part to a unique Unibody Construction. This type of design is unique among pickups and produces a smoother ride with a more rigid structure. Other suspension features include:
The Ridgeline comes standard with a 2WD configuration. For drivers who prefer AWD or who need more towing capability, consider the Intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD System which is available on the Sport, RTL, and RTL-T models as an option. The top-tier trim levels, the RTL-E and Black Edition models, come standard with AWD.
The Ridgeline is also different from other pickups because it offers drivers an impressive fuel economy for the class. Drivers will be able to travel further with fewer visits to the pump, which is good news for your wallet and for the environment. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Ridgeline is:
The Ridgeline includes abundant safety features that help drivers stay safe, from passive to driver-assistive technology.The active safety features enhance the Ridgeline’s performance and provide more dependability despite weather or road conditions.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control – This system helps stabilize the Ridgeline during cornering and corrects oversteering or understeering. It also ensures that the Ridgeline maintains good tractive control of the road.
Anti-Lock Braking System – This system prevents the brakes from locking up, which can cause dangerous skidding across the road.
Electronic Brake Distribution – This system varies the amount of braking pressure applied to each wheel based on factors including speed, driver inputs, and road conditions.
Brake Assist – This system brings the Ridgeline to a complete stop more quickly and safely in an emergency braking situation.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System – This system monitors the pressure in each wheeland notifies drivers when they need to be inflated in order to avoid safety risks and perform as they should.
Daytime Running Lights – Ensures the Ridgeline is clearly visible to other driverswhile illuminating the way ahead, even amid changes in the weather.
The towing capacity of the Ridgeline will vary slightly depending on whether the 2WD or AWD is right for you. Attempting to tow a load that exceeds your vehicle’s limits is dangerous on the road and harmful to your vehicle, but the 2WD Ridgeline can tow an impressive 3,500 lbs., more than enough to tow a lightweight trailer, a jet ski, or something similar. For drivers who need more towing capacity, the AWD version can tow up to 5,000 lbs.
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.