Michigan drivers don’t have to look very far for a great truck that has what it takes under the hood to provide an exciting driving experience each and every time. That’s right, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline has made its way to dealerships around Michigan, and its performance potential is causing quite a stir. Stay with us while we explore Ridgeline performance to see what the fuss is about.
The powerhouse of the Ridgeline performance center starts with the engine and what kind of potential is lurking under there. There are various trim levels of the Ridgeline to choose from, but one of the great perks is that they all come equipped with the same hardcore 3.5L V6 engine with the power to deliver up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
As with the engine, the setup for the transmission and drivetrain are universal throughout the trim levels. The 6-speed automatic transmission makes it easy for the driver to take complete control over ride handling without worrying about things getting too heated with the help of a heavy-duty transmission cooler. As far as drivetrains go, drivers of the Ridgeline have the luxury of choosing between a two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive experience.
With so much power available under the hood, many might assume that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is destined to be another gas-guzzling truck. However, the Ridgeline manages to stay quite economical with some impressive mileage estimates. When cruising the city streets in 2WD Ridgeline models, drivers can get up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg, and when zooming down the highway that number increases to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg.* And all-wheel drive models barely take a hit in gas mileage, getting an EPA-estimated 18 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.*
All of this available power doesn’t mean anything if the vehicle doesn’t have a good support system. To keep the Ridgeline easy to maneuver and steady on the path ahead of you, a handful of suspension components come into play. Some of these include a MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and front and rear stabilizer bars.
To bring the entire Ridgeline performance package together are the wheels and tires. The 18-inch silver-painted alloy wheels with all-season tires give the vehicle a nice set of durable and stylish shoes.
The areas mentioned above are largely responsible for keeping the Ridgeline performance suite running, but that doesn’t mean it can’t get a little help from friends. The following features and systems play essential roles in boosting and maintaining the Ridgeline’s potential performance.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System – To ensure that you’re always enjoying the best driving experience possible, this system lets you know when your tire’s air pressure is getting low so that you can refill them promptly.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control – In addition to the vehicle’s suspension setup, the VSA system provides a bit of extra traction and stability to make it possible to handle sharp turns, unexpected acceleration, and fast braking.
Brake Assist – If the vehicle detects that the driver has begun applying hard and quick braking pressure, the brake assist system will kick in and work to bring the vehicle to a quicker and safer stop.
Anti-Lock Braking System – To keep the tires on the Ridgeline from locking up, skidding, or swerving, the ABS kicks in when needed to keep drivers safe and in control.
Electronic Brake Distribution – To make braking and keeping proper traction simpler and faster, this system has the ability to deliver braking power to each individual tire.
Now it’s crystal clear why the 2018 Honda Ridgeline performance has been receiving so much praise, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about other astounding areas of this new truck. We recommend checking out the highly rated safety suite and the innovative technology departments before making a trip down to your local West Michigan Honda Dealer. You can also contact us online before your visit to talk more about scheduling a test drive, financing options, and current offers.
*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.