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You'll Like The 2007 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you’re looking for a medium-sized pickup with outstanding resale and build quality, the Ridgeline may be just the ticket. A locking weather-resistant trunk positioned in the cargo bed floor is easily accessed via the dual-action tailgate, which flips down in the normal way or swings open like a door.

You May Not Like The 2007 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you need a pickup for serious payload and towing duties, the Ridgeline will not be your first choice. Towing capacity and offroad capabilities, while suitable for target buyers, fall short of many traditional body-on-frame pickups.

What's New

A new trim level, the RTX, is added to the line and includes a trailer hitch as well as gray alloy wheels and color-keyed door handles. All models receive a driver’s-side illuminated vanity mirror and four new colors.

Interior Features

Five passengers can ride in the Ridgeline, though rear knee space is marginal. Handy storage spots are all over the front compartment, including a huge, easy-to-reach glovebox. Immense grab handles on the front doors are helpful. In the rear, the 24-degree seatback angle matches that of an Accord sedan. Under the rear seat is 2.6 cubic feet of storage, and a mountain bike can fit inside with the rear seat flipped down. Engineers have concentrated on neat details, like heater elements in the windshield that turn on automatically when needed, to prepare the wipers in cold weather. Side-impact airbags and curtain airbags with rollover sensing are also standard and Honda claims a five-star rating in government crash-testing.

Exterior Features

Even up front, the Ridgeline is different, with a look Honda refers to as a "modern technical appearance." Built on a relatively long (122-inch) wheelbase, the Ridgeline is a foot-and-a-half shorter than a Ford F-Series Crew Cab. Fitted with four lights, the five-foot cargo bed is made of SRC composite, and the In-Bed Trunk holds 8.5 cubic feet. Honda claims bending rigidity is 2.5 times that of a traditional pickup, while torsional rigidity is 20 times stiffer. Up to 1,100 pounds of cargo can go into the bed, and the Ridgeline can tow a 5,000-pound trailer.

Driving Impressions

Refined solidity is the byword, along with a comfortable highway ride. On some rougher surfaces, though, quite a bit of road commotion is transmitted. Except for louder-than-expected engine sounds when accelerating, you get little truck-like sensation inside. The Ridgeline handles moderate off-road treks with ease and, when towing a maximum-weight trailer, or with its bed filled, you hardly realize you’re pulling a load.Still, the Ridgeline has a heavy overall feel, due in part to its all-wheel-drive componentry, which cuts a bit into agility. Passing power is adequate, but not wholly energetic at all speeds. Four-channel anti-lock braking (ABS) incorporates electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist for more effective "panic" stops.

Pricing Notes

The Ridgeline is offered in four trim levels: RT, RTX, RTS and top-of-the-line RTL. The RT has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $28,395, the new RTX is $28,895, the RTS is $30,870 and the RTL has an MSRP of $33,535, with navigation adding another $2,000. Before you set out shopping for your new Ridgeline be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price, which shows what others in your area are paying for their trucks. As with all Honda products, the Ridgeline is expected to retain excellent resale value, better than the Ford Explorer Sport Trac and on par with the Nissan Frontier King Cab and Toyota Tacoma Double Cab.

Notable Equipment

In the base RT model, air conditioning, cruise control, heated wipers, a tilt steering column and six-speaker CD stereo are standard. The RTS adds alloy wheels, a 100-watt stereo and dual-zone climate control, while the RTX receives a trailer hitch and gray alloy wheels. Leather upholstery, a power moonroof, XM Satellite Radio and heated front seats go into the RTL edition. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine develops 247 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque, driving a five-speed automatic transmission. A power sliding rear window is standard, and Honda claims the Ridgeline was the first pickup with standard Vehicle Stability Assist.

Notable Options

Except for the navigation system on the RTL, no factory options are expected. However, dealers can install dozens of accessories. Equipped with voice recognition and an eight-inch screen, the navigation system can display reception details of the available XM Satellite Radio.

Favorite Features

In-the-bed TrunkWhy didn’t anyone think of this common-sense idea before? On the down side, if you plan to load up the cargo bed, don’t put important items inside the trunk because they won’t be accessible.Dual-Action TailgateEven if you’re not reaching for the trunk, the ability to open the tailgate to the side rather than flipping it downward can be handy.

Under the Hood

The Ridgeline’s 3.5-liter V6 is plenty strong, affording the Ridgeline good off-the-line acceleration and surprisingly good fuel economy. The engine can be loud at full-throttle, but not annoyingly so. Honda is legendary for its durable engines and the 3.5-liter unit in the Ridgeline is no exception.3.5-liter V6247 horsepower @ 5750 rpm245 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpmEPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21

Editors' Notes

When compared to the traditional pickup truck, Honda’s Ridgeline may look a bit quirky. From its flying-buttress sheetmetal connecting the cab to the bed to its unit-body construction and four-wheel independent suspension, the Ridgeline is anything but conventional. Intended to appeal to younger buyers with an appetite for weekend adventures, the Ridgeline is designed less for work and more with play in mind. It offers a roomy cabin for four with a great set of front bucket seats and a unique storage compartment below the bed that’s perfect for hiding valuables. The Ridgeline’s eight inches of ground clearance and advanced VTM-4 all-wheel-drive system can tackle just about any obstacle, making it ideal for traversing deep snow as well as going off-road.

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Honda thinks of all the details

2007 Honda Ridgeline RTX

My Honda Ridgeline is exactly what I want and need. It was handed down to me by my parents, but for a vehicle that is 12 years old, it runs great. Smooth, reliable ride that I know I can always count on, no matter the weather, distance, terrain, or any other factor that would stop other cars. I also love many of the features, such as the well in the back, the swivel tailgate, and that the back window can open electronically. In addition, Honda really thought of the little things, such as when you hold the unlock button on the key fob, all of the windows automatically open, releasing all of the hot air from the inside of the vehicle before you step in. This is a life saver in Southern Georgia. The heated leather seats and the sunroof are just bonus features that make me love this truck. In addition, having 4 wheel drive and a big enough bed in the back to haul what I need makes this an extremely functional pick up truck. At the same time, my wife loves driving this truck because it feels like an SUV to her. That's the beauty of the ridgeline is that it looks like a pickup truck but drives and feels like an SUV. The interior cabin is roomy and comfortable, and it is easy to forget that you could easily be towing something like a boat or camper behind you. That's what makes this truck such a perfect family vacation truck. All in all, I hope to continue driving this truck for many years to come, and I would very gladly recommend my to anyone who asks. Hopefully one day my children will be able to call themselves Honda Ridgeline owners, as I can call myself one now.

- Josh D

It is comfortable and drives...

2007 Honda Ridgeline

Pros: comfortable size to drive (drives like a car), feels spacious, large windshield range of view for driving (blind spots), ample amount of trunk space, many options for plugging/syncing phone/devices, bluetooth compatible, comfortable seating, quiet engine. Cons: 2wd not snow-friendly, lights are very dim at night even with brights, battery in impossible spot ( you will have to take it in as they have to take everything above it out, very hard to find someone with experience, not a quick change).

- Caitlin D

Biggest selling points for Honda Ridgeline

2007 Honda Ridgeline RT

I love the Honda Ridgeline because it has the feel of a regular car but has the cab for hauling when needed. The back seat is roomy enough for tall adults and the seats lift so have plenty of room for other items when traveling. I was worried about not having a truck for grocery or other items that you don't want people to see, but in the cab, there is a compartment that is easy accessible that can fit tons of groceries or other items that can locked away and kept out of site.

- Cindy H

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