• Jun 23, 2008
Surprise! Honda's controversially styled Ridgeline truck is about to get the Pilot's controversial snout. First released for the '06 model year, the unibody truck has not seen any real changes to this point and it's high time for a mid-cycle model refresh. Considering that the Pilot and Ridgeline share plenty in common, it's no shocker that Honda would share styling cues between the two vehicles. Also included in the refresh are some oddly-placed dual front foglights, new tail lights and redesigned bumpers front and rear. Not much seems updated in its profile, but some new 18-inch rims have a nice, chunky look to them.
So far, nobody at Honda is talking regarding powertrain updates for the Ridgeline. As we've reported in the past, though, a new diesel V6 engine of undertermined displacement seems very possible for both the Ridgeline and Pilot. With gas prices continuing to rise, Honda's Ridgeline may continue to be a popular option for those who use their trucks only for occasional hauling or towing and don't mind being seen in one ugly mutha trucka.

[Source: Temple of VTEC]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      my first reaction was boooo
        • 6 Years Ago
        More like new front ends have been getting uglier and uglier. I hate to imagine what they have in store for the Civic, one of the few cars they have left that hasn't been whacked with the awkward stick.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree. what could possibly make honda think this frontend looks good?
      • 6 Years Ago
      MTeator:
      You missed the "bed" part... I had a car before the Ridgeline and got tired of having to smell fish slime whenever my cooler leaked into the trunk after fishing. Also try packing a weekend-worth of camping stuff into a small car and put a dog somewhere as well as the girlfriend. It worked out for a while but was a big PITA. Ridgeline fits my needs perfectly, I tow a small boat once in a while and its nice to just throw stuff in the bed without having to worry about damage/dirt to the vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Calculating for the cost of fuel today and the reduced fuel economy vs a car, that fish you're bringing home cost $107/lb. Must be tasty.

        May I suggest instead buying a nice slightly used BMW 3 series that returns about 26 mpg combined.

        This provides you with the cash savings and means to:

        1- replace average girlfriend with hotter version more into other "activities" than fishing
        2- rent a swanky hotel room for you and your now hotter girlfriend, instead of a tent
        3- kennel the dog at a luxury pet resort
        4- order "whatever fish you wish" at the hotel restaurant, cooked to your specifications.
        5- engage in an activity there all weekend that beats the hell out of fishing!

        Hopefully doing the above you will still not suffer from any "fish smell" problems!

        They don't call me "the fixer" for nuttin.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Besides the weird foglights it's an improvement overall. It looks a little meaner and wears the Pilot's grill better than the Pilot does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really don't know how you guys are getting such bad gas out of your Ridgelines, I get roughly 21 on mine. If you take your foot off that right pedal so much and turn the a/c down just a little you might see some higher numbers. It's got that sunroof for a reason, let nature cool things down for ya.
      BLBdriver
      • 6 Years Ago
      Come on, Honda. With your well-deserved reputation for innovation and forward thinking, be the first to build a series hybrid pickup.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @BLBdriver
        Too late GM already built a mild hybrid Silverado a few years ago.

        The Ridgeline has a lot of innovative features and content for their target market (off-roaders and general contracts need not apply) wrapped in an ugly interior/exterior skin. I for one welcome the Pilot front end (it's better than what we have to look at now).

        Yet with all of that, you end up compromising on quite a few things and still not coming too far ahead of traditional BOF full size pickups.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @BLBdriver
        Considering what they did with the failure Honda Accord Hybrid they will make the Ridgeline hybrid to bump towing 1000lbs and return 1mpg better over the original.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @BLBdriver
        Actually, Chevy is launching the Silverado Hybrid this year. It will be the first 2mode Hybrid Pickup to hit the market.

        http://www.chevrolet.com/pop/silverado/2008/hybrid2009_en.jsp?chevyButton=false
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whooohooo, the ugliness continues. I wonder how many lights they can stack on the rear bumper? We can get 10 lights on this baby, easy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this new front end better than the old Ridgeline front end.

      The only other problems to contend with are that despite its small bed, it's still heavier than the other midsize trucks, it can't tow as much, it doesn't have a midgate, it doesn't have a truck frame, it's not as offroad capable as the other midsize trucks and in spite of its quality and power it's still as fuel in-efficient as the other pickups but it's uglier and costs more.

      So pretty much completely imperfect in every way I can think of. I guess the ride and big backseat are nice but for a truly good ride you'd be better off buying a real car anyway and using a truck for bigger tasks.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's still odd...it doesn't deserve a new engine. AXE IT! I'm through with Honda's styling.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You: "Actually, Chevy is launching the Silverado Hybrid this year. It will be the first 2mode Hybrid Pickup to hit the market."


      That's not a "real" hybrid vehicle. So being first is nothing when it doesn't operate fully on hybrid.

      GM is whack!

      GO HONDA!
        • 6 Years Ago
        "That's not a 'real' hybrid vehicle."

        Yes it is.

        You fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It will run on full electric. Unlike any Honda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A lot of people talk a lot of trash about this truck without remembering that it is the only mid size that can hold plywood/ sheetrock flat in its bed, as well as more of it because of its higher haul rating. It offers a lot of utility for its price. It may have slightly less hp/ torque depending on who you compare it to, but standard stability control, semi 4wd, and a ulev-2 rating are pretty desirable and apples to apples costs similar to other trucks in the segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not as bad as I expected when I saw the picture after I read the post.
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