According to reports 2014 Honda Ridgeline will be almost the same like for a 2013 model that also did not bring any large changes. Biggest change might be the availability of the rear view camera that now comes as a standard for all trim levels.
If you’re using a pickup for a trade or major towing, then a standard pickup still is the method to go. If you only sometimes need the utility of a pickup, the 2014 Honda Ridgeline is worth considering.
There are loads of full-size pickups with beds barely longer than the 2014 Honda Ridgeline’s 5-foot box and with the same 50-inch width, so the Ridgeline’s no less capable as a freight hauler than lots of common staff cab battlewagons. At the same time, it gives you a much more manageable footprint. And while you still take pleasure in a high-set seating position and exceptional ground clearance, the Ridgeline’s fully independent suspension and lighter, car-based structure make it more nimble than most standard pickups.
2014 Honda Ridgeline Review
Honda keeps the Ridgeline simple with a single four-door body style, one engine and an all-wheel-drive system for all models. The 2014 Ridgeline’s cabin is spacious and large and loaded with versatility for cargo and passengers. For the greater driving position, you can be in any number of Honda’s automobiles or crossovers– if they also had the bed out back, handy in-floor storage locker and a tailgate that drops or swings down traditional-pickup design.
The Ridgeline has some notable downsides. Its lighter-duty suspension and structure makes it more of an urban hauler that gets you through difficult weather condition or mild off-pavement excursions than a true off-roader. The Ridgeline’s V6 power also falls short of the V8s or turbocharged V6s in full-size domestic pickups, and its fuel economy isn’t so great, either.
Stick with similar-sized traditional pickups such as the Nissan Frontier or 2013 Toyota Tacoma if you require a pickup but can’t compromise standard pickup toughness. Both provide even more body designs and heavier-duty undercarriages. The Ridgeline and its comprehensive flexibility might be finest thought of as an option to midsize crossovers beneficial in so lots of suburban houses.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a five-passenger midsize pickup truck offered in a single four-door team cab body style with four available trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS and top-of-the-line RTL.
The entry-level RT is well-equipped with standard features including 17-inch steel wheels, a power-sliding rear window, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat (with under-seat storage), a rearview camera, full power accessories, cruise control, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player.
The Sport adds 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, foglights, special outside trim, a leather-wrapped wheel and an auxiliary audio jack.
To the RT’s features list, the RTS adds 17-inch alloy wheels, rear personal privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system with a six-CD changer. The top-level RTL gets 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, a sunroof, leather upholstery, ambient console lighting, heated front seats, a 115-volt AC power outlet and satellite radio.
The Ridgeline’s factory options list is limited to a navigation system with Bluetooth, and is only readily available for the RTL.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline provides only a 3.5-liter V6 producing 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds screening, the Ridgeline accelerated from absolutely no to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, a little slower than a lot of contending trucks.
EPA estimated fuel economy is 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined– mediocre considering the Ridgeline V6’s modest power and performance. Some full-size traditional pickups with more powerful V6s are rated better. On the bright side, the Ridgeline can tow approximately 5,000 pounds, a limitation similar to some V6-powered full-size pickups. The Ridgeline’s payload and towing capability is less than many V6 midsize pickups equipped with trailer-tow packages, however.
Every Ridgeline comes standard with anti-skid brakes, security control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags (with rollover sensor) and front seat active head restraints.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Ridgeline received the organization’s highest “Good” rating in frontal-offset and side-impact crashes, as well as for roof-strength testing. In Edmunds testing, the Ridgeline required 133 feet to stop from 60 miles per hour, a little long for a midsize pickup.
Interior Design and Special Features
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline’s cabin is wide, as are its seats, and entry into the front or rear seats is simple, something we can’t always say about the rear seat of conventional midsize pickups. Secondary controls for the audio and climate-control systems are easy and useful, possibly mirroring the general age of the Ridgeline’s indoor design.
The Ridgeline’s car-type property provides a more comfy and perfectly trimmed interior than you’ll discover on a lot of contending pickups. The 60/40-split rear seat folds to make room for large products that won’t fit in the bed’s 8.5-cubic-foot lockable stowage area, although it is capable of holding a bag or two of golf clubs.
The 2014 Ridgeline’s carlike independent suspension delivers a quiet and smooth ride compared to conventional pickups and handling is more responsive, too. The Ridgeline’s 3.5-liter V6’s output is sufficient, but the truck’s extreme weight, combined with an automatic transmission with simply 5 gears, suggests frustrating fuel economy for a truck that ought to have even more of a benefit in its class.