2011 Honda Ridgeline Overview
For those out there that want it all: off-road capability, maximum hauling/towing, versatile storage capacity, high-tech gadgetry, and sleek style, there’s good news. You can have it all in the 2011 Honda Ridgeline.
The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is available in base RT, RTS and upscale RTL trim levels, and is powered by a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine that generates 247 pounds-feet of torque. That beast of an engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and features Honda’s variable torque management four-wheel-drive system that operates in front-wheel drive until more traction is needed in which case, additional torque is sent to the rear wheels. Other unique features include an independent front and rear suspension, and a locking rear differential. When properly equipped, the five-passenger Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. EPA estimated fuel economy ratings are 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.
Facing competition from the likes of Nissan Titan and Toyota Tacoma, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a 5-foot bed, 8.5-cubic-foot lockable in-bed trunk and dual-action tailgate that helps accommodate longer items. Eight tie-downs are located inside the bed to keep cargo secure. Additional standard exterior features include an integrated trailer hitch and daytime running lamps, while 18-inch wheels are optional.
Inside the 2011 Honda Ridgeline, leather seating is standard in the RTL and 60/40 lift-up rear seats in all models feature an additional storage area underneath. The rear seats can also be lifted up to accommodate large items, such as a mountain bike. A navigation system with voice recognition software and a backup camera, Bluetooth capability, and XM satellite radio are also available features in RTL models. More options include heated front seats, a power-sliding rear window, and a 7-speaker, six-CD changer sound system.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is among the safest in the half-ton pickup segment having with a host of standard safety features including side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, antilock brakes, front-seat active head restraints, electronic brake distribution, which adjusts brake pressure between front and rear wheels depending on cargo load, and an electronic stability system with traction control.
By achieving excellence in every aspect of performance and versatility, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline is the perfect toy for every kind of driving imaginable.