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Everyman Driver: 2014 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline will end production mid-year with an all-new Honda Ridgeline pickup truck arriving in less than two years. The Ridgeline comes in 5 trim levels, the RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and the SE each with the same engine, a 3.5 liter, V6 with a 5 speed automatic transmission that produces 250 horsepower and 247 lb.-ft of torque.

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This is the first area Honda needs to work on to be competitive in the future; more engine options. Fuel economy is rated at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway and the recommended fuel type is Regular Unleaded.

What’s most impressive about driving the Ridgeline is the overall feel on the road on-road or off. Honestly, it feels like a heavy duty car with a smooth ride and responsive handling. You could even say it’s on the verge of being agile. And even though the Ridgeline features a fully automatic Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system, which you can switch to with the push of a single button on the instrument panel, I never needed it during both of my snowy off-road adventure tests. I tackled some very challenging climbs and descents during those tests and left feeling confident in the Ridgeline’s ability to handling almost any terrain. Depending on which trim level you go with, you’re looking at 17 or 18 inch wheels. Ground clearance is 8.2 inches.

2014-honda-ridgelineThe interior layout and presentation is another area where the Ridgeline really needs help. I feel like there’s plenty of room for both the driver and passenger and lots of cubby holes and compartments for storage but the instrument cluster and center stack comes off antiquated and not very intuitive. The information screen for the radio and navigation which is a touch screen, looks like a throwback to the 80’s or 90’s at best. It really seems like this was an afterthought. And it’s not driver centric, in fact it feels like it’s closer to the passenger than the driver .

The beginning MSRP on the base model RT is $29,575 and $37,505 for the SE. There is so much that needs to improve on the Ridgeline over the next two years if Honda wants to be competitive. I’ll give you three: More than one engine choice, a greater towing capcity and last but not least, an updated interior layout design.

Below is my review of the 2014 Ridgeline.

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