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Honda Ridgeline appeared in 2006 and became the first midsize pickup of the Japanese company. After nearly three years on the assembly line the model was freshen up. The car received over 50 changes that affected the design, interior and engine. All these features will be described in Honda Ridgeline Review.
The car differs with chopped design. It is made integral, so that the body does not stand out from the whole construction. The car has short overhangs and a long hood. The pickup design was a little updated. The most notable innovation is the radiator grille, which has become more aggressive. Now it is stylistically common to suv Honda Pilot. The front and rear light have different caps, fluorescent lights are added, the front and rear bumpers are also slightly changed.
Unlike many frame pickups Ridgeline is monocoque, which reduced the weight of the structure and increased the volume of the cargo compartment. Incidentally, it reaches 1524 mm long, 1257 mm wide and 526 mm deep. Folding tailgate can withstand the weight of 90 kg, and therefore it can be used as a bench. The carrying capacity of a pickup truck is 700 kg. The body is provided with a small compartment lid for compact cargo.
Due to the modified bumpers Ridgeline length grew by 5 mm (to 5258 mm). Its wheelbase is 3099 mm, and height - 1785 mm. The width is 1938 mm, the front track - 1704 mm, and the rear - 1699 mm. Since 2009, the 17-inch alloy wheels became standard.
Honda Ridgeline has received a new instrument cluster. The speedometer, located in the center, is separated from the other dials. The center console has new switches, and over them there is a color display. Between the front seats there is a sliding armrest with a small compartment for small luggage. The RTS version is provided with USB-port, and the RTL - Outlet 115V. The rear seats fold 40/60, the front passenger seat can also be folded. The design of the steering wheel is changed; in the RTS it has the audio control buttons. The seats are covered with a new cloth and equipped with active headrests.
Basic Ridgeline RT is equipped with an onboard computer, air conditioning, power windows, keyless access system, cruise control and a 100-watt audio system with CD-player. Safety equipment includes six airbags, anti-lock braking system ABS, the VSA stabilization system and the pressure monitoring system in tires. The RTS has additional: CD-changer, dual-zone climate control and electric driver's seat. The most expensive version the RTL includes 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery and heated seats. Among the options: navigation system, a rearview camera and Bluetooth.
Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine capacity of 250 hp. The torque 340 Nm is achieved at 4300 rev / min. Due to the modified camshaft and the intake manifold the engine became more thrust at low revs. Fuel consumption is 15.7 l / 100 km in the urban cycle, 11.7 liters / 100 km in the city and 13.8 L / 100 km in the combined cycle. Ridgeline can tow a trailer weighing 2.2 tons. By the way, since 2009, the towbar is the part of the basic equipment.
In an automatic 5-speed transmission the gear ratios of the third and fourth gear are shortened. Four-wheel drive can be switched on: in normal conditions, it is front wheel drive, but if necessary, the torque is transmitted to the rear axle.
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