Honda is planning on taking advantage of recently revived compact pickup truck market in the U.S. and they’ll do that by returning the new Ridgeline to our shores. 2016 Honda Ridgeline should offer completely revised design, and plenty of new features and specs, but overall, shouldn’t be anything unexpected. After all, it’s an affordable mid-size truck and there isn’t much one can do in order to make it stand out.
Under the Hood
There are still no info on Ridgeline’s future powertrain, but Pilot’s own 3.5L V-6 looks like the most likely candidate to fill the spot. Whether it will generate the same 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque or a little bit less, remains to be seen. All available models, or rather most of them should be offered with both rear and all-wheel drive configurations, and it seems that 2016 Honda Ridgeline might benefit from the new 9-speed automatic transmission. If that doesn’t happen, however, 6-speed unit is certain.
Ridgeline Redesign – Inside and Outside look
There are opposite rumors about the available cab configurations for the new Ridgeline. Honda’s compact truck used to be offered exclusively with 4-door crew cab config in years past, but it could finally mix things up and offer other two cabin styles as well. As far as design goes, we have finally managed to catch a glimpse of the truck in progress since Ridgeline’s mule has been caught testing. Rendering picture which Japanese manufacturer had released at the time when they had announced the 2016 Honda Ridgeline always seemed way too futuristic to happen.
After taking a look at the mule, everyone will notice that the pickup will be much more conservative compared to the rendering. However, it won’t be as boxy as the older models, and should offer us a few nice details; especially up front. There are also talks about the two-way tailgate, but this we’ll have to wait and see.
Interior of the new 2016 Honda Ridgeline is still a wild card. For starters, we don’t know if other cab configs will appear, hence we don’t know how much space might be available across the respective choices. Then, we still haven’t seen the mule’s cabin so cabin arrangements are anyone’s guess. Finally, while exact materials aren’t known as well, it can be expected that the Japanese will offer some more refined leather options for their top tiers. After all, U.S. market demands that from pretty much every nameplate these days.
Apart from that, Ridgeline should be offered with Bluetooth, USB port and infotainment system with touch screen display. Climate control, heated front seats and onboard charger should also be offered; either as standard equipment or optional features.
As far as safety goes, mid-size pickup trucks aren’t known to be the most prolific options. Honda, too, likely won’t use this category to their advantage. This means that Ridgeline should offer a rearview camera, and possibly blind-spot monitors or parking assist. Apart from that, expect certain airbag system, stability control, anti-lock brakes and trailer-sway control.
2016 Honda Ridgeline Price and MPG
Fuel economy ratings should benefit slightly from cylinder deactivation feature and possible 9-speed transmission. However, don’t expect class-leading figures from strong 3.5L V-6 engine. Combined ratings in low twenties will be more than good, but even that is questionable. When 2016 Honda Ridgeline arrives, expect it to start with a price tag of $30,000 – more or less.
2016 Honda Ridgeline should definitely be able to stir some trouble in the U.S. mid-size truck market, but first Japanese will have to play their cards right. It looks like fuel efficiency won’t be their primary concern which leaves precious few categories in which Ridgeline might excel. These might be performance and towing rates, but then again, it might be nothing in the end.
Competition: Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.