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2018 Honda Ridgeline comes with fewer variants this time, price starts at $35,070

The Honda Ridgeline pickup turned out to be a success when it first came out in the market. In the first half of 2017, the company has already delivered over 18,000 units. So to keep customers interested in the model, Honda gave the 2018 model year some upgrades.

Instead of the twelve trims that Honda offered for the Ridgeline before, they have reduced this to just nine variants for the 2018 model year. The company took out the base RT with the all-wheel-drive setup, as well as the RTS with AWD too. So now, the new entry level model has become the Ridgeline Sport with the all-wheel-drive setup that has a starting price of $35,070 - that already is a $3,695 increase from the lowest-priced model you could get of the previous generation.

If you fancy a front-wheel-drive, then you can go for the cheaper $29,630 model. For the sake of comparison, it is $155 more expensive than the 2017 model. The most expensive trim one could get is the Black Edition AWD that has a $43,120 price tag.

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Honda reveals 2017 Ridgeline pickup truck at 2016 Detroit Auto Show

Honda has revealed at the 2016 North American International Auto Show its latest offering, the 2017 Ridgeline truck. With this offering, Honda again hopes to defy traditional thinking when it comes to pickup trucks. In addition to having features exclusive to Honda, it carries the technology, as well as the design, that ensures this newest line will establish new standards for midsize pickups in terms of capability, comfort, and even versatility.

According to John Mendel, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.’s executive vice president, “original thinking” paired with exclusive technology is what the company will be bringing to the market with the new Honda pickup. Mendel says that the company this time has a better idea and that this is a truck that comes equipped with Honda packaging with a unibody structure.

This combination enables the company to provide the needs and preferences of truck customers and to exclude the features that don’t appeal to them. All aspects of the 2017 Ridgeline had been done in America, from the design, to the development, and even the manufacturing.

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Honda marks return to off-road racing with launch of Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at 2015 SEMA Show

Honda has unveiled its Ridgeline Baja Race Truck at the 2015 SEMA Show, marking the carmaker’s comeback in the world of off-road truck racing. The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck – featured in red, white and black Honda Racing livery – also previews the styling direction for the 2017 Honda Ridgeline pickup that will be available starting in the first half of 2016.

This tube-frame off-road racer is set to take part in the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 and is being developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) in collaboration with the Proctor Racing Group. HPD is Honda's motorsports engineering unit in the United States.

Its body was designed by Honda R&D Americas' Los Angeles Design Studio and inspired by the next-generation Ridgeline truck. It features certain cues from the MY2017 Honda Ridgeline, particularly on the front fascia, hood, side profile, roof and bed.

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2015 Chicago Auto Show: 2017 Honda Ridgeline gets previewed

At the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, Honda revealed the first sketch with the next-generation Ridgeline pickup, which means we should expect the new vehicle as a 2017MY. According to Honda, the 2017 Ridgeline promises to take the original’s award-winning performance, comfort and utility to a new level with completely new styling that will communicate unmistakably that it is a pickup.

Looking at the photo, we can see that the new truck will abandon lots of the unique styling elements found on the previous version and will also feature more dedicated three-box styling.

Under the hood, we expect to see a 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine that could return an impressive fuel economy of 27 mpg on the highway. The Ridgeline will compete with the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier.

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Honda officially confirmed the next-generation Ridgeline pickup track and announced that this new vehicle will arrive in less than two years. The Japanese carmaker released the first sketch with the new Ridgeline and said that it is currently being designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc. at its Los Angeles and Ohio R&D centers.

According to Honda, the Ridgeline was the first truck to be built on a closed-box unibody platform and introduced innovative features to its segment, such as large In-Bed Trunk and dual-action tailgate.

"The next generation Ridgeline will build on Honda's role in creating new value with a new take on advancing form and function in the truck segment," said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president of automobile operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "With a clear path forward, Ridgeline will play an even more important role in our future product portfolio and strengthen an already class-leading lineup of light trucks."

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Honda introduced today the 2012 Ridgeline, an upgraded version of its four-door, five-passenger pickup which promises to offer improved fuel economy on the highway as well as some styling upgrades. According to Honda, the 2012 Ridge line will be available in four flavors: the Ridgeline RT, new Ridgeline Sport, Ridgeline RTS and Ridgeline RTL. All the receive for the 2012MY a new grille design, aerodynamic improvements, friction reduction measures in the engine and a new EPA fuel rating estimated of 15/21/17 city/highway/combined mpg, up 1 mpg in the highway rating.

The most important will be the addition of the Ridgeline Sport model which adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: new black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings. Under the hood we find a standard all-aluminum, 60-degree, SOHC 3.5-liter VTEC engine delivering 250 hp @ 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission featuring Grade Logic Control in order to help maintain the most appropriate gear when the car is going uphill or downhill to avoid gear "hunting." Moreover, the fully automatic Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4) is perfect when driving in rain, snow, ice, sand and mud. Still, the system is operating predominately in front-wheel-drive during dry-pavement cruising conditions and continuously proportions torque to the rear wheels during acceleration and low traction situations.

Some of the standard features found on the 2012 Honda Ridgeline RT include: : integrated trailer hitch; pre-wiring for seven-pin trailer wiring; trip computer with instantaneous and average fuel economy; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power windows and door locks; power sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; six-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player and MP3/WMA playback capability; and 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage.

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Sales of the Honda Ridgeline plunged by 49% through August to 5,776 vehicles. There was much optimism about the mid-sized pickup when it was launched in 2005 but since then, not much was done to upgrade it. The fact that its sales have declined isn’t very surprising since there really aren’t any sheet metal changes and improvements in engineering to speak of for the last seven years. The model’s best year was in 2006, the year that it sold 50,193 units. From then on, sales had been dropping.

Only 16,142 units were sold in the full 12-month period, lower by 2% compared to the previous year, according to Autonews.

The Ridgeline is a credible pickup but it does not meet most people’s needs and it really wasn’t meant to do so. It was created off a front-drive platform but it features a 1,500-pound-plus payload capacity and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive is standard. Ridgeline owners have nothing but good things to say about the pickup.

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Although pricing has yet to be announced, Honda has provided details of its 2010 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck. The 2010 model is the upgraded version to the 2006 Ridgeline, the first 4-door pickup to get a 5-star crash safety rating.

Two trim levels will be available: RT and RTS. Erik Berkman, vice president of American Honda Motor, in a statement, said that the maximum tow rating of the new Ridgeline is 5,000 pounds, making the new Ridgeline excel at "hauling motorcycles, towing a boat or even taking the curvy road home." '

The model comes with standard equipment for towing including an integrated tow hitch, transmission and oil coolers, heavy duty brakes, dual radiator fans and a wiring harness for a 7-pin trailer hook up (pre-wiring only on RT).

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