• Aug 6, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the 2009 Honda Ridgeline

All we have to go on are the images and information posted on Carscoop, but it appears the redesigned 2009 Honda Ridgeline is stepping out a bit early to what may be disinterested public. The Ridgeline for '09 gets Honda's new grille that first appeared on the '09 Pilot CUV, along with a new front bumper, headlights and all that jazz in the rear. The interior, while not all-new, gets major upgrades like a new steering wheel, gauges, and HVAC controls, as well as a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, satellite navigation, a 115-volt power outlet and requisite jacks for the iPod and other MP3 players. According to Carscoop, Honda has largely left the Ridgeline's 3.5L VTEC V6 the same except for a new camshaft profile and better breathing practices that net a 3 horsepower bump to 250 at 5,700 RPM and a torque increase of 2 lb-ft to 247 at 4,000 RPM. New ratios in the 5-speed automatic transmission are said to take advantage of the new torque and improve acceleration.

We admit that Honda was smart not to dive head first into the full-size truck market in the U.S. like Toyota did with the Tundra, but the Ridgeline with its V6 and unit body has never enjoyed hot sales. It's both terrifically ugly and ill-suited for those super hard core tasks that, while rare, require a real rig. Nevertheless, this is Honda, a brand that really doesn't care what we think about its trucklet and will continue tweaking and perfecting it until we change our minds. Looks like that won't happen in 2009, though we're told to expect it in dealers as early as this September.


[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Its STILL strange looking! Whats up with that grill?
      • 6 Years Ago

      It's both terrifically ugly and ill-suited for those super hard core tasks that, while rare, require a real rig.

      Well the new Pontiac G8 Ute will be launched soon. It looks better than the Ridgeline and is built on a car platform.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Richie, like i said I dont know about more fuel efficient. The silverado gives the same gas milage, and as far as safety it received the same crash safety ratings as the honda ridgeline. So what are the advantages????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thats a major case of ugly. And then I saw the interior. Then I drew the conclusion that this is the ugliest vehicle of 2008.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That picture of it towing the boat while skimming through the "naturally flooded" water is absolutely hilarious. Of course I immediately thought of many a Baywatch moment, or possibly even a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, but alas, as soon as my eyes fixated on that horrendous looking truck, I was quickly snapped back to reality. Sigh.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't believe what I'm reading about the Interior. Are you guys kidding me!
      Who can see past the exterior which is one of the most Hideous around. I know looks are subjective but really. Really.

      UGHLE!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nope still ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is probably one of the worst interiors I have ever seen... c'mon Honda you can do better than that
        • 6 Years Ago
        If the interior too beautiful then those people who drive trucks gonna said its too SISSY not macho enough. Hey remember the guy who designed Ridgeline used to work for GM.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Max=Idiot.

      Please return when you have graduated from middle school.

      Check out the news today about the Big 3 American automakers nearing bankrupcy. Did you check Honda's sales last year?

      You are certainly not Honda's target audience.

      Dave
      • 6 Years Ago
      good work there AB
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a piece of crap truck!!! Wait it shouldnt even be called a truck. My Silverado is bigger, looks better, tows more, has more Horsepower, accelerates better, performs better, has a bigger engine and it still gives BETTER MPG!!!!!!!!!! So what would i want to buy a freakin SISSY TRUCK that doesnt even give me better gas milage. Note to import car makers: LEAVE PICK UPS to the AMERICAN car companies. At least until you can build something better. All those who actually back up this piece of crap give me 1 good reason why i would take this piece of crap over one of the american pick ups!! Just one good reason. And for those who are always complaining of the MPG in american cars, I though Honda was so fuel efficient.... Seems like its not!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Luna34,

        I think you also forgot to factor in reliability in your equation...There are a lot of 95 Accords Still running...not as many of 95 Caprices around...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, and people complain about the interior of the Dakota.

      Honda is on to something with the unibody truck, the only problem is that the Ridgeline is fugly.

      With current fuel prices, weight is the name of the game. Unibody trucks could be very popular amongst the general populace, since most of us with trucks don't do much with them except go to Home Depot and haul small stuff.

      There will always be a market for full frame trucks, but unibodies will become more common. I know Dodge is going to take the Dakota to a unibody platform. Fitting, seeing that Jeep had a unibody truck (the Comanche) back in the 80s, and it was a very durable truck.
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