The second generation Ridgeline has been released not that long ago and so far it managed to impress. In fact Honda sold nearly 3 times more second generation trucks than they did with the first generation model in its late years. This is a very impressive feat, especially since the Ridgeline keeps its unconventional chassis. While it is successful, the truck is not nearly perfect. Because of that it seems an update is going to be released with the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. This could address a few of its flaws and even give it more gear in the base trim levels. If Honda manages to do it right then we see no reason for it not to succeed, especially when we take into account its main rivals.
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Unlike all those body on frame trucks on the market, the Ridgeline is the only one offering a unibody construction. This means that there is no ladder frame chassis but instead the body acts as the chassis. This has a few major advantages over the other type of construction with the main one being the increased torsional rigidity. This should allow the truck to behave better on the road, be safer and more comfortable all at the same time. The weight is also quite low for a truck with the top end models coming at under 4,500 pounds. Thanks to that the Ridgeline can offer an increased payload capacity and better tow ratings than some of its rivals. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline will likely be released at the same price point as its predecessor, so no real changes here.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The current version of the truck gets roughly the same front end as the Pilot crossover. Even though some suggested things will change for the 2018 model, we wouldn’t be so sure about it. Instead it might be possible for Honda to release a special edition of the Ridgeline. This would likely boast a sportier look, a honeycomb mesh grille in the front with LED headlights as well as a new bumper. Even though some suggested this would be an off-road model, we are not so sure about it. Instead, the new 2018 Honda Ridgeline might get a street-oriented version with a lower suspension, larger rims wrapped in high performance tires as well as bigger brakes. All of these would definitely allow it to stand out.
Inside the cabin
The current model is not only equipped quite well but it also offers great materials throughout the cabin. This is also going to be the case with the 2018 version of the truck. However, there are some missing features. For starters, the infotainment system is definitely going to be replaced by Honda’s new unit which also boasts a volume knob. On top of that, expect it to receive more features in the US. Things like a heated windscreen, vented seats as well as heated rear seats, a rear climate control system and possibly wider opening rear doors could be added into the mix. These would make it the perfect all around truck so its competitors are definitely going to struggle.
The ongoing model uses a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter engine and we don’t see this change anytime soon.
Engine 2018 Honda Ridgeline
The ongoing model uses a naturally aspirated 3.5 liter engine and we don’t see this change anytime soon. This means that the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is going to make use of the same 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque V6. While not the most powerful on the market, the engine manages to handle the truck’s weight really well. With it the new Ridgeline will be able to tow up to 6,000 pounds while having a maximum payload of over 1,000 pounds.
|2017 Honda Ridgeline Specs|
|Dimensions And Weight|
|Second Hip Room||56.6 inch|
|Weight Gross Combined Wt Rating||8201 lbs|
|Engine And Transmission|
|Engine type||Regular Unleaded V-6|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection|
|PRICE RANGE: starting at $29,000 (est)|
|Competitors: Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado|
Front wheel drive will remain standard on the base configuration while an all wheel drive system will remain available as an optional extra. The 2018 version will likely ditch the old 6 speed automatic for a new gearbox. At this point Honda could offer either the ZF 9 speed unit or their brand new 10 speed automatic. The latter is smoother, faster as well as rated for a higher torque output, so it should be the obvious choice for them. With it the payload will likely increase slightly. The fuel consumption is also expected to be improved to around 20 MPG in the city and up to 27 MPG on the highway making it one of the most fuel efficient gas-powered trucks in the US.