• Jul 15, 2008
Click above for more high-res shots of the 2009 Honda Ridgeline.

After Honda showed its new schnoz on the redesigned Pilot, we knew what was bound to happen to the Ridgeline. And it's as unfortunate as expected. These newest spy shots show Honda's unibody pickup with a similar nose job as its fully enclosed sibling, complete with an upright grille framing an angular trim piece, and new headlamps. The only other discernable difference on the outside are redesigned taillights, and here's hoping that the interior gets some much needed material love when the new Ridgeline debuts later this year.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they give the Ridgeline the Pilot's interior, in my opinion, that was the only part of the Ridgeline that fell a little flat for me.

      We were seriously considernig picking one up but decided to hold off and save the money. It's a great vehicle though, when my wife is seriously in need of her next vehicle, that would be it, for all the reasons Wally listed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder who controlled the 'Latitude' of the 'Pilot' grill. ROFL! Get it? Huh? Anyone? Wow you guys are out of the know.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i like the old one better. this one looks wimpier IMO.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. But then again, I own one.

      Hate on the styling all you want, best 4 wheel purchase I've ever made b/c of all the reasons most Ridgeline owners cite. Car-like handling, amazing foul-weather handling, interior room, dependability, inbed trunk, 4 wheel independent suspension, and Leather w/ Voice Nav. Sure it can't tow 10,000#'s. good thing i don't own anything that weighs 10,000 #'s...

      If I want to win a beauty contest, I'll take my bike since that's my baby.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I considered the Frontier and Tacoma as well but the ride quality of the Ridgeline (unibody on frame + 4 wheel independent suspension makes it far superior), the greater interior space (I fit in the backseat without touching the front seat and I'm 6'4"), better versatility (folding seats, trunk), and Honda quality (second Honda, never had a problem) made it the choice for me.

        You're right in that if I wanted an off-roader, a 'tow-er', or a mileage queen then the Ridgeline is not the best of the lot. Honda knew that and only planned for 5k per month and came pretty close to hitting that target.

        The only thing I don't get is how some people outright hate it. It's a utilitarian swiss-army knife and most Ridgeline owners love it. Most people hate the styling and I acknowledge that it's odd-ball but I happen to like the way it looks. I really hope they implement an oil-burner, it will be the perfect vehicle for me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sounds like you didn't really need a truck in the first place, It's too bad I can't even say it would look nice sitting in your driver way or at the mall.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I did. As well I test drove a Frontier, Canyon, Ranger, Tacoma and a Dakota. After trying each one and weighing the advantages I went with a fully loaded KC Nismo Frontier. Mid range in price, best mileage, most power and best off road and towing of the lot. To me it sounds like you would have been fine with a Subaru legacy and a small trailer. Awd, much better real world mileage and decent handling.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Alpha: I routinely haul mulch, branches & yard waste, rocks, and other things that wouldn't work well inside of an SUV or Sedan. I also pull my bikes and jet skis which the Ridgeline is more than capable of doing.

        Unless you meant I didn't need a LARGE truck or full-size bed which most would agree is the majority of the pick-up truck driving population. Take a drive in one, you might be surprised.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks as ugly as ever, except now when I see it in my rear view mirror, I think Bozo The Clown is chasing me down.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Clowns scare me ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      HDMI!
        • 6 Years Ago
        HDM ahhh my eyes!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would buy one if the fuel economy was better. It is not really a truck so why does it get the same MPG as a truck? Some how get it into the 20's on the combined routine and you have a customer Honda. I was very excited when this thing first came out until I looked at the EPA sticker on the window and was quickly disapointed. I was expecting Hondaish numbers and instead saw the same thing that the other pickups get.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't believe I'm saying this, but it actually looks a lot better to me now. Still fugly, but less jarring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really think that they're smoking crack at Honda for sure. Their cars are beyond ugly at this point. I can't wait for them to go ahead and ruin the next Civic. Their goal is to have the ugliest cars on the planet. I know that they weren't ever any artistic masterpieces to begin with. They were nicely designed appliances. This truck has never beeen a beauty. I just knew that they would send it to Beverly Hills for some great cosmetic work. It looks like the work was done in some third world country. She's fugly!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like the old grill much better.

      And a Silverado with a small block makes more power and gets essentially the same mpg.

      And I say this as a huge fan of my CB7 Accord and several new Hondas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @smartmlp

        jason just pointed out ridgeline is a different class. He haven't mentioned which one's better or not.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So jason, are you saying it slots below the Silverado in towing? Then what makes it appealing? What is it good at? seating? The Silverado seats the same. Let me know why anyone would want it when the Silverado offers everything it does with better fuel economy and more towing power just in case you would want it some day. You basically admitted it, you are paying the same price as you would a full size truck and getting something much less.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ... Yeah, but it's too bad the Silverado isn't in this truck's class. Contrary to popular belief among people on this site, the Ridgeline isn't a full sized truck like an F150 or Silverado. Just because it costs as much as one doesn't mean it's meant to do the same things.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Contrary to popular belief among people on this site, the Ridgeline isn't a full sized truck like an F150 or Silverado. Just because it costs as much as one doesn't mean it's meant to do the same things."

        Then why doesn't it get better, not worse gas mileage? It was also advertised as a half-ton, rugged truck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Ridgeline is still ugly. And Inteller was right, it's got a great shot at MT Truck of Year. If it doesn't win, it'll run a close second to either Ford or Dodge. Not that it'll deserve it, but MT is wrong a lot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        MT Car or Truck of the Year... like anyone gives a $h*t about MT's little yearly award! He who sends the biggest check or promises the most ad buys... WINS!

        Do people flock to their dealers after MT crowns their Car & Truck of the Year??? H*LL NO!!

        Nothing personal... just my rant of the corporate mags
      • 6 Years Ago
      Most of the haters here who swear by "real" trucks don't even need a "real" truck. Unless you're in construction or haul giant yachts, this would do fine.

      I'm betting less than half actually need a full-size. The rest need it to compensate for their small masculine endowment.
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