• Sep 5th 2007 at 6:05PM
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If you're looking to buy a Honda Ridgeline, you might want to grab one of the remaining '07s on the lot. Honda has released the details on the 2008 models, and though not much on the award-winning truck has changed, the price on all trims goes up a little bit.

According to Honda's press release, the only thing different on 2008 Ridgelines is a wheel upgrade choice. Instead of chrome alloy wheels on the RTS and RTL tiers, customers get machine finished alloys.

The RT and RTX models get a $200 bump in price to $28,000 and $28,500. Honda adds $150 to the price of the RTS, $30,425; RTL, $33,090; and the RTL with navigation, $35,090.

The destination and handling fee also goes up, to $635, a $40 increase over the 2007 fee. EPA's new rules give the Ridgeline a slightly worse fuel economy rating, at 15/20 instead of 2007's 16/21.

Full press release after the jump, see our gallery for more photos.

As a unique entrant in the half-ton pickup truck segment, the mid-sized Honda Ridgeline provides a number of innovative and industry-exclusive features with its 8.5 cubic-foot In-Bed Trunk™, a smooth and responsive four-wheel independent suspension, and standard safety equipment that includes side-curtain airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®).

For 2008, a new wheel design with "machined styling" appears on the Ridgeline RTS and RTL, and the fabric interiors on the Ridgeline RT, RTX and RTS change from dual-tone styling to a contemporary single tone style.

"The Honda Ridgeline places a high priority on refinement, packaging and the everyday needs of pickup truck users," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Innovative functionality combined with a long list of standard equipment puts the Ridgeline in a class of its own."

The four-door, five-passenger Ridgeline is built on a closed-box unit-body frame that combines the strength characteristics of a ladder frame with the handling and packaging advantages of a unit-body design. Powertrain highlights include a 247-horsepower 3.5-liter VTEC® V-6 engine, a 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission and a Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4®) - all as standard equipment. Maximum towing capacity is rated at 5,000 pounds when properly equipped, and all Ridgelines are ready-to-tow with the addition of an available accessory trailer hitch (standard on the Ridgeline RTX). Additionally, all models come equipped with standard transmission and oil coolers, heavy duty brakes, dual radiator fans and pre-wiring for 4- and 7-pin trailer hook up (wired on RTX).

A 5-foot composite cargo bed provides half-ton payload capacity and features six heavy duty tie-down cleats and four integrated bed lights. A dual-action tailgate opens down or to the side for ease-of-access to the lockable In-Bed Trunk, which has enough space for a large 72-quart cooler or three golf bags.

Standard comfort and convenience features on the Ridgeline RT include 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; 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage; and all-weather floor mats. Based on the Ridgeline RT, the Ridgeline RTX exclusively provides a standard trailer hitch and 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring, along with alloy wheels, an accessory grille and body-color painted door handles.

The Ridgeline RTS adds a seven-speaker 160-watt audio system with subwoofer and six-disc, in-dash audio system with steering wheel-mounted controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat and alloy wheels.

The RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats, moonroof, XM® Satellite Radio, HomeLink® remote system, and an interior compass in the rearview mirror. A Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System® with voice recognition and MP3/ auxiliary input jack is available (and replaces the rear-view mirror interior compass).

The Ridgeline was the first-ever 4-door pickup to receive federal government's top 5-star safety rating, the highest safety rating possible, for both frontal and side impacts . In keeping with the Honda "Safety for Everyone" initiative, all Ridgeline trucks are equipped with standard anti-lock brakes; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), also known as electronic stability control; brake assist; advanced dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System(OPDS); and two-row side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor. A tire pressure monitoring system is also standard.

The closed box unit-body architecture delivers vastly superior rigidity compared to traditional body-on-frame designs and provides the foundation for the Ridgeline's spacious interior cabin and bed, outstanding safety performance and class-leading ride and handling performance.

The all-aluminum, 60-degree, SOHC 3.5-liter VTEC engine produces 247-horsepower at 5700 rpm and 245 lb-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) enhances low rpm torque while extending high rpm horsepower. The result is a broad torque curve that starts early at low rpms while still delivering top-end horsepower.

The fully-automatic VTM-4 system provides confident, decision-free operation in rain, snow, ice, sand and mud, while also improving on-road and towing performance by distributing torque to all four wheels as needed. The system provides front-wheel drive for dry-pavement cruising conditions and engages all-wheel drive when needed. The VSA system can apply braking force to a wheel with low traction and direct driving force to the wheel with more traction. For the rear differential, a "VTM-4" lock button located on the instrument panel allows the driver to temporarily hold engagement of both rear wheels to aid traction while in gears "1" and "2."

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Stick a diesel in it. Trucks with gasoline engines are just stupid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dang- I guess I will have to hope for a diesel in 09.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The real problem with Ridgeline is that they classify it as a 1/2 ton truck (oh yeah, plus it's unibody and fugly). They should really call it a 3/8 ton truck, maybe even 5/16 ton.

      They are being very deceptive in their marketing game. I'm not saying that it's not good for those who don't need a real 1/2 ton truck and like a dose of ugly as a wake up slap in the face when they leave their house, but it's no comparison to an F150, Silverado, Ram, Titan, or new Tundra.

      If your looking for a vehicle like this, the Sport Trac, Colorado, etc are your competition. Not real 1/2 tons.
      • 8 Years Ago
      fearless prediction.. sales on this lifted minivan meets truck will continue to slide as incentives on it continue to grow..

      • 8 Years Ago
      What a pitiful excuse for a pickup truck. It should be called the Honda Accord Stealthmobile immitation truck for CDNHs.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I'm also a Ridgeline owner. When I bought it, I wasn't looking for a truck. I still don't think of it as a truck, but a vehicle that fits what I need it to do. The most this thing will see is a cab full of people (large rear seating), a couple of kayaks and a quad in the back. It's independant suspension won't be crawing the Rubicon, but it's enough for the occasional service road (actually quite a smooth ride on dirt roads). These things are very popular in New England where I live. While looking at the Ridgeline I also looked at the Tacoma and SportTrac, but found I wanted something w/o the live axle. (I absolutely hated my Silverado and will never buy another GM out of spite). The Tacoma, equally equipped was more expensive (no factory GPS). The SportTrac's rear was smaller at the time and was not competitively priced. The Colorado was GM and also a joke with its anemic 5 cyl.

        If I wanted off-road I'd get a Jeep (love the Unlimited)

        If I wanted a truck I'd probably pick up an F250 (if you NEED a truck, 1/2 ton is too small).

        My only gripe is that it aint diesel
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mr. poopy head, your comments have absolutely no merit and you're an arrogant dimwitted uninformed tool.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ridgeline is awesome. Does everything I would expect it to do. Convenient, perfect, just the right fit.

      I love it compared to my Chevy Z71 I had for 6 years (which had huge Ranchhand grill and bumper - mainly used for scraping up other cars when trying to park the freakin' thing) I rarely made it out of the city...which is stupid to have if 90% of your driving is in the city.

      I'm not pulling with my Ridgeline daily. I didn't expect to be or I would have bought something with higher towing capacity. But, if I ever needed to pull it would "get the job done" the once or twice a year that I do.

      It also kicks the crap out of the Chevy 4wd driving in any hazardous road condition...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I find it funny to read all the things said about the ridgeline (bad) to the person who has a friend who has all these problems why isnt he the one complaining about THE RIDGELINE HE BOUGHT. FUNNY......you all fail to realize that just because honda refused to follow the others as far as looks engine size ect..... they made WHAT THEY FEEL CONSUMERS COULD REALY USE it works for me and lots of other people. no other TRUCK IN THE HISTORY OF AUTO MAKING HAD EARNED THE HIGHEST SAFETY RATING EVER NOT FORD, CHEVY, TOYOTA.............YES HONDA & they are selling just fine for all the people who want to say it cant tow.... LOL its all that i need & in years to come will out last all the others.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I fail to see how this qualifies as news, or even something of note. The 2008 Ridgeline has had no changes other than one style of wheels, and it's had a small price increase. What about all the other carryover models? You know, the Ford Ranger has a redesigned front bumper for 2008.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Aztek of little trucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda....please just get this eye sore off the road already. Are people even buying them anymore? And to call something that has the exact same tow capacity as a Ford Crown Vic a truck, then you know going in that it is nothing but a Home Depot shopping cart. With a Fisher Price interior BTW.

        • 8 Years Ago
        I didn't know the crown vic could tow a 5000 lb boat.

        If you are going to pan this honda thing, do it for the craptastic headlights.
        or the idiotic transmission selector D5, button for D3, 2 (second gear start) 1

        Honda should have used D5 I (2nd, 3rd, 4th) L (lowest possible gear for maximum throttle braking), with a button for top gear lockout. I would rather not have to trust honda's grade logic, and use my own eyes and brain to avoid the 5-4-3-4-5-4-3, for 4------------4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a PRIME example but why is every Honda out now UGLY? I'm being dead serious ... they all look retarded.
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