• Apr 9, 2010
2009 Honda Ridgeline – Click above for high-res image gallery

What will become of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck after the 2011 model year? Honda isn't saying, other than to confirm earlier reports from the Chicago Auto Show that "there would be no significant change to the Ridgeline through the 2011 model year." That said, PickupTrucks.com has apparently heard from reliable sources that Honda's innovative unibody truck won't be renewed for another go 'round after the present model's rapidly approaching expiration date.

It's no secret that the Ridgeline has failed to live up to Honda's lofty sales goals of 50,000 units per year. In 2009, Honda moved just 16,464 total units, which may not be enough to justify the expense of a major remodel. Alternatively, Honda may be taking a wait-and-see approach to the compact pickup truck market – just in case there's a rebound from the current segment-wide sales slump. Stay tuned.



[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Good, kill it. It's a hideous piece of work, inside and out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A car based truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With so few products specifically designed to appeal to the modern gay man, it's really a shame to see the Ridgeline go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It could've been great for it's intended purpose & actually does most everything except the really heavy duty stuff better than most trucks. But it has to be one of the ugliest vehicles ever designed and the poor gas mileage sucks too. Oh yeah, & its really ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ridgeline was a good theory... but poor execution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Honda and I would like to know how many people decided not to buy the Ridgeline because of it's fugliness vs. not being the right fit for consumers (in terms of not being big enough, didn't have certain features, towing capacity not high enough, etc.).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always thought it looked cool, but needed bigger wheels & tires form the factory. You wanna talk fugly? How about the original Avalanche? Aztek-amino....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Shift, the Avalanche was about 15x more useful than the Ridgeline ever was, ugly or not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Edmunds owner reviews will tell you right quick why it,s history.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Ridgeline was a niche product. A product that seemed to have been designed by committee at one of those consumer survey focus groups. On paper it had everything that everyone wanted. But when it came to buying they wanted BIGGER! It's a shame that the Ridgeline may leave us. If Honda went back the drawing board and made a unibody truckette that wasn't ugly with good gas mileage they might have something. Then again once the economy is booming people will be wanting Hummers to come back with chants of Drill, Baby Drill! How soon people forget.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I never understood why people hated on the Ridgeline. I had the first model year and loved it! As mentioned, it was never meant to be a full size frame-on-body truck. It did everything it was supposed to do well.

      It hauled my motorcycle to the track, it took my miata to the autox, and it hauled groceries back home. This truck was absolutely perfect for people who needed haul things around once in a while. It had a 5k towing capacity, i dont know many people that need to tow anything over 5k. If you have a large boat, you would obviously look elsewhere for a truck.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why do people hate it? Because it costs about as much as a fullsize truck, it uses about as much fuel as a fullsize truck, it is ugly as sin, and it doesn't do 1/2 as much as a fullsize truck.

        If you want to save gas and/or money, you get a Tacoma or Ranger. If you want capability, then you buy a fullsize truck. What is it that a Fridgeline does better than a smaller or larger truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      a failure?..come on Honda..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Shrink it a bit further and drop a diesel in it!!!!! Will be in position to take on Mihandra and WX Amock. Americans deserve a mid-sized truck with aa diesel engine making in the mid thirties on the road and at leat 30 city.

      Not every one needs a full size truck!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      With CAFE looming it is obvious there is no point in spending millions on updating this slow seller. Just let it go.

      How 'bout a Honda Integra or Prelude instead?

      You know, FWD, turbo RDX engine, tweaked Civic chassis?
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