2008 Honda Ridgeline Expert Review

You'll Like The 2008 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you're looking for a medium-sized pickup with outstanding resale and build quality, the 2008 Honda 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 2008 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you need a pickup for serious payload and towing duties, the 2008 Honda 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

No major changes for 2008.

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. 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 side-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 CrewCab. 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, there is very 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 2008 Honda 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) starting around $28,600, while the RTX is closer to $29,000. The upscale RTS pushes the price to around $31,000 and the luxurious RTL with navigation tops out close to $36,000. 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 addition to the Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive system (VTM-4), standard equipment for every trim level of Ridgeline includes air conditioning, cruise control, heated wipers, a tilt steering column, power sliding rear window, 100-watt six-speaker CD stereo, Vehicle Stability Assist, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring and Electronic Brake Distribution. Up one level, the RTX adds painted alloy wheels and a trailer hitch. Up one more level and the RTS adds machine-finish alloy wheels, a seven-speaker 160-watt stereo, eight-way power driver's seat and dual-zone climate control, while the RTL adds leather upholstery, a power moonroof, XM Satellite Radio and heated front seats. Honda claims the Ridgeline was the first pickup with standard electronic stability control.

Notable Options

The only factory option is the navigation system available on the RTL; it's equipped with voice recognition and an eight-inch screen, and can display reception details of the available XM Satellite Radio. In addition, there are dozens of available dealer-installed accessories.

Favorite Features

In-the-bed Trunk

Why 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 Tailgate

Even 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, making 247 horsepower and giving the Ridgeline good off-the-line acceleration, ample cruising power and surprisingly good fuel economy. The engine can be loud at full-throttle, but not annoyingly so, and, typically for a Honda V6, it's also quite smooth. Honda is legendary for its durable engines and the 3.5-liter unit in the Ridgeline is no exception.

3.5-liter V6

247 horsepower @ 5750 rpm

245 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

Editors' Notes

When compared to the traditional pickup truck, the 2008 Honda 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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Great all around vehicle!

I really like the Ridgeline because of its crisp sleek look. It has great acceleration. I never have any issues when I need to pass Someone quickly. It really is a great vehicle for what I need. It is like half truck half SUV. This allows me to haul trailers or boats while still having plenty of room for passenger. The bed is really nice because it doesn't have wheel wells so it is completely flat. This helps with hauling pallets or pli' wood bucks the bed is a flat 4 feet across. All in all great vehicle.

- Lance L

The 2008 Honda ridgeline has a trunk in the bed of the truck.

I have a basic package ridgeline. It is very reliable but rides a little rough. It gets on average 18-21 mpg for gas. I have no special features. It has a trunk in the bed of the truck which is very nice for extra storage. The fabric in my truck seats is pour for showing stains. It is very easy to handle for driving a pickup. It is a nice mid-size vehicle. It holds 5 people. The back seat also folds up for hauling things inside the cab if needed.

- Nancy J

The Honda Ridgeline is the best truck on the road. Good looking and reliable.

The Honda Ridgeline is a great, reliable truck. The interior is roomy and well equipped. I love the look of the Ridgeline, it has a very sleek one of a kind style. The ride is very smooth, much more like a car than a truck. I bought my 2008 Ridgeline used in 2010, and it the only thing it has needed in 9 years is new tires. I have owned a Toyota, a Chevy, and a Chrysler and not one was as reliable and well built as the Honda Ridgeline.

- Lori S

Multi use vehicle seats 5 adults comfortably.

The Honda ridgeline is a very versatile vehicle that holds 5 adults comfortable and can haul a lawnmower at the same time. It also is an excellent vehicle to travel in winter conditions as it has a computerized traction control device that transfers energy and motion to the wheel that has the most traction. Also has a hidden trunk under the bed that is airtight, secures hidden things in a locked manner.

- Christopher P

Durable and reliable. Hard to beat.

It works as a truck but feels like a car on the highway. It has a waterproof chest under the bed of the truck that includes a drain plug. Routine maintenance like oil changes are a breeze with this truck. Everything you need to get to is assessable. They are expensive, even pre-owned ones but they hold up extremely well. I am approaching 275,000 miles and it still rides well.

- Anthony J

2008 Ridgeline - great all round choice.

The ridgeline is an awesome vehicle that drives and rides like a car. It is the only truck that has a trunk(in the bed that is weatherproof. I pull a 20 foot proline center console boat and it has no issue with that weight. It has full time 4 wheel drive that is great in the rain or on dirt roads and the boat ramp. My only complaint is the lack of a Bluetooth system.

- William C

The ridgeline is an outstanding vehicle.

I have owned my ridgeline for eight years and the performance and reliability are beyond dependable. It rides like an accord and is a full size truck. The AWD feature has proven practical in the past due to flooding and other weather conditions like ice and snow. The Honda brand is by far the best choice for dependability and comfort in its price class.

- chad B

Dependable and holds all my stuff

My Honda Ridgeline is very dependable! It has over 200,000 miles on it and drives well! I love the trunk in the bed of the truck so that I can store items. It is very large and holds even large items such as my beach chair and umbrella. If the newer trucks were designed like mine I would replace it only with the same vehicle when I need to.

- Margaret B

Everything I need and more.

I love how much space come with the Honda ridgeline. It is a truck that allows you to do the most things a truck is supposed to do like hauling and driving off-road but it is smaller size allows it to also be used as an SUV or family car. The Honda ridgeline also has the gas mileage like and SUV which is very reasonable for a truck.

- David E

Speed and comfort plus style

Seats are comfortable, but they are cloth so they stain easily. The car handles amazing, more like a midsize SUV than truck so it is really fun and easy to drive. Have never had any problems with my truck. Would highly recommend for anyone. It can even tow small loads. Truck bed is perfect for a smaller family.

- Austin O

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