At the heart of the performance of the Ridgeline is an animated and dynamic 3.5L V6 engine that produces up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft of torque. Working in tandem with the engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission that transfers the energy generated under the hood to either the front wheels or to all four wheels, depending on your choice of 2WD or AWD. Whichever configuration you choose, the Ridgeline offers quick and zesty acceleration which can make trickier driving situations, such as merging or passing on the highway, much easier and more controlled.
The reviewers at Edmunds note that the Ridgeline offers “class-leading ride comfort,” thanks, in part, to a unique Unibody Construction. This design choice creates a more rigid structure than other pickups and produces a smoother ride. Other suspension features include:
The Ridgeline comes standard with a 2WD configuration. For drivers who prefer AWD or who need a greater towing capability, the Sport, RTL, and RTL-T models all come with an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD System. The RTL-E and Black Edition models at the top of the line see the AWD system as the standard.
The Ridgeline is also set apart by other pickup options on the road with an impressively efficient fuel economy. That means that drivers can travel longer distances with the Ridgeline with less visits to the pump – that’s good news for your wallet and for the environment. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Ridgeline is:
19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg*
The Ridgeline comes equipped with a number of safety features, including driver-assistive technology to help drivers stay safe. The active safety features alsoenhance its performance through challenging weather and road conditions.
Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control – This system helps stabilize the Ridgeline during cornering while correcting oversteering or understeering. It also ensures the Ridgeline maintains good tractive control of the road.
Anti-Lock Braking System – Prevents the brakes from locking up, which can cause dangerous skidding across the road.
Electronic Brake Distribution – Varies the braking pressure applied to the wheels depending on factors such as speed and road conditions.
Brake Assist – Helps bring the Ridgeline to a complete stop more quickly and safely in an emergency braking situation.
Tire Pressure Monitoring System – Monitors the pressure in each of the tires and notifies drivers when one needs to be inflated to avoid safety risks.
Daytime Running Lights – Ensure that the Ridgeline is clearly visible to other drivers while illuminating the wayamid changes in the weather.
The towing capacity of the Ridgeline will be different for the 2WD and AWD. It’s unsafe to try to exceed the load of your vehicle’s towing capacity, but even the 2WD Ridgeline can haul up to 3,500 lbs., which is enough for many drivers’ needs. For larger towing capability, consider the AWD which can tow up to 5,000 lbs.
3,500 lbs. with 2WD
5,000 lbs. with AWD
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.