2013 Honda Ridgeline Overview
The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a unique pickup truck, opting for a more car-like unit-body structure rather than the body-on-frame designs of other trucks. This makes the Ridgeline less robust when it comes to off-road performance, but gives it a more comfortable ride and extra room in the cabin.
Exterior styling on the Ridgeline is similar to that of Chevrolet’s Avalanche, with its raised rear pillars slanting back diagonally to the bed. They make loading cargo from the sides practically impossible, but do give the Ridgeline a certain kind of uniqueness. There is only one cargo bed size, a five-foot bed, but it offers a few specialized tricks including a tailgate that can open in the traditional fashion (up/down) as well as left/right which grants access to a lockable storage trunk in the rear bed. The cargo area also features four exterior lights and eight tie-down spots to secure cargo. Sport versions of the Ridgeline get a few unique exterior flourishes, including 18-inch alloy wheels and a black honeycomb grille.
The 2013 Ridgeline doesn’t offer much in terms of mechanical options. There’s only one available engine, a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with variable valve timing that makes 247 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic. A four-wheel drive system with variable torque management is standard, as are a heavy-duty radiator and transmission cooler. Properly equipped, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds (premium fuel is recommended when towing). Fuel economy ratings are decent for a midsize pickup, 15/21 mpg city/highway.
As previously mentioned, the Ridgeline’s unit-body construction pays dividends when you get inside the cabin which is more SUV than pickup, and that’s a good thing. It’s more spacious than any midsize pickup has the right to be and Honda has given it plenty of useful storage compartments to boot, including a large center console with a rubber-lined storage area for phones and other small items. The rear bench is also split 60/40 and folds to provide some interior cargo space. Air conditioning, an MP3-CD stereo, cloth seats, and power windows/locks are standard. The optional navigation system adds Bluetooth connectivity. Satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input are also available.
For 2013, the Ridgeline adds a standard backup camera as a part of Honda’s movement to include this technology in all of its cars. Also standard are six airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.