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2011 Honda Ridgeline Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Honda Ridgeline Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, The Ridgeline has received no major upgrades since a revision in 2009 and remains unchanged for 2011. Honda is rumored to be considering canceling the Ridgeline after this year. The Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award was earned by the 2006 Honda Ridgeline; it proved a unique approach to a compact truck. The truck was clearly criticized however, because it hosted an independent suspension, a reduced payload/towing capacity, and a carlike unibody. Its price had people debating if it was a good work truck offering. Sales were poor too. This vehicle was not created for farmers/contractors however. It was made for consumers that already appreciated non-automotive offerings by the carmaker. The Ridgeline’s carlike styling, impressive storage, and four-wheel-drive proved pleasing for such consumers.

The Ridgeline was crafted to meet the needs of a niche market; it has one bed and powertrain that diminished the vehicle’s success as a dependable truck offering. As a compact, it maintained the pricing of a full sized truck. This hurt sales too. Consumers are now moving away from trucks so Honda will probably discontinue the Ridgeline soon. If you like its unique style and are waiting for the price to drop, you may soon have what you’ve been waiting for all along.

Unibody construction a short bed with sloping walls means the Ridgeline has a look all its own. Features like the drop down/swing out tailgate, lockable in-bed trunk, and power folding mirrors also make it unique. The roomy interior is loaded with standard Honda features though and instrumentation the styling has a decidedly rugged twist. Gear changes are come via Honda’s only column shifter. Navigation is only available with RTL models.

The Ridgeline powertrain consists of a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 linked to a 5-speed automatic transmission powering all four wheels via Honda’s Variable Torque Management (VTM) system. Unibody construction and independent suspension means the Ridgeline drives like car. Too bad it also hauls like one: maximum payload and towing capacities of 1100 pounds and 5000 pounds are useful, but below the competition.

Three point seat belts are standard for all passengers as is traction/stability control. Outboard passengers have side curtain airbags, while the driver and front passenger have dual stage front and front side airbags.

Bodystyle: Truck
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 5-speed automatic
Models: RT, RTS, RTL, RTL with Navigation

EPA Fuel Economy
15 mpg city/20 mpg highway

Price : $28,900 – $34,480

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