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Editor's Overview

Though Toyota and Nissan jumped headlong into the compact/mid-size pickup-truck market with body-on-frame designs, Honda took a different approach and created a unit-construction crew-cab configuration based on its popular Pilot SUV. The 5-passenger Ridgeline has a car-like ride, good handling and fuel efficiency on par with most mid-size SUVs.

You'll Like The 2013 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you need the open-bed utility of a pickup truck, but you don't want the rough ride, clumsy handling and fuel-thirsty engine that often accompany such beasts, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline could be just the thing.

You May Not Like The 2013 Honda Ridgeline If...

If you need to tow more than 5,000 pounds or haul really heavy loads, you may want to look to a full-size V8-powered crew cab. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup is not ideal for serious off-road adventuring.

What's New

After a facelift last year, the Honda Ridgeline gets few changes for 2013. A rearview camera is now standard across the line.

Interior Features

While the Ridgeline's interior design is rational, the plastics Honda uses are hard and dull, devoid of any warmth. It creates a vaguely industrial feel reminiscent of designs from a decade ago. Things warm up when leather seating is added, though that's available only on the top-of-the-line RTL trim. In any case, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's interior is highly functional, with lots of little storage bins throughout the cabin and a rear seat bottom that can be folded up to create an additional cargo space.

Exterior Features

The unconventional 2013 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck shares much of its angular skin (and the platform underneath) with the Honda Pilot SUV. Most striking are the wide, flared C-pillars that add necessary rigidity to the structure but also create blind spots for the driver. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's 5-foot bed can accommodate most dirt bikes or a single ATV, while the clever lockable under-floor trunk can hide a large cooler. Adding to the Ridgeline's flexible bed is a dual-hinged rear tailgate that can be folded down normally or swung open to the left.

Driving Impressions

Because its body and frame are formed as a single unit (as opposed to a separate body bolted to a separate frame, as are other pickups in this market), the 2013 Ridgeline can easily incorporate a sophisticated independent suspension. The Ridgeline's suspension is the principal reason it drives so well, with excellent steering response, minimal body roll and a comfortable, controlled ride. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is a proven powerplant that has no problem moving the 4,500-pound truck. Occasionally, the transmission seems to hesitate before responding to full-throttle input, and shifts can sometimes feel abrupt. Fuel efficiency is on par with V6-powered trucks from Toyota and Nissan, although we should point out that Ford's current V6-powered F-Series pickup truck actually gets slightly better mileage (15/21 mpg for the Ridgeline vs. 17/23 mpg for the V6 F-150).

Pricing Notes

You might have seen domestic pickup dealers offering thousands – or tens of thousands – off window sticker prices. That's yet another way the 2013 Honda Ridgeline is not your typical pickup truck. The base RT has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $30,000, while the top-of-the-line RTL with navigation takes you past $38,000. In an era of $50,000-plus Ford F-Series, this may look like a bargain. Conversely, if your last Honda purchase was a 1989 Civic, you may blow a gasket. The point is, the Ridgeline is neither a conventional pickup truck nor a conventional Honda. Check kbb.com's Fair Purchase Price to see what consumers are paying in your area. The Ridgeline should hold its value pretty well over time, about on par with 4WD crew cabs in the category of the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and a few percentage points better than the Chevrolet Avalanche.

Notable Equipment

For active folks with a taste for adventure, Honda Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4) is the most significant feature on the 2013 Honda Ridgeline. Generous comfort and convenience amenities, of course, are also included in the window sticker, even on the base RT. Standard equipment includes A/C, cruise control, an integrated trailer hitch, power windows and door locks, power-sliding rear window and 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system.

Notable Options

Honda, as usual, keeps it simple with just four well-equipped trim levels: Base RT, new Sport, mid-level RTS and up-market RTL. The RTS adds alloy wheels, 160 watts of audio, dual-zone climate control and an 8-way power driver's seat. The RTL includes leather seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, moonroof, Sirius/XM satellite radio and HomeLink remote. On the RTL navigation with voice recognition is available. And there are dozens of available dealer-installed accessories.

Favorite Features

VARIABLE TORQUE MANAGEMENT (VTM-4) 4WD

Few technical features inspire confidence like 4WD. And, despite its lack of a low range, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's VTM-4 does an admirable job of navigating the logging trail, winter snow or seasonal downpour. Diverting up to 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels aids towing.

IN-BED TRUNK

If more trucks offered independent rear suspension (rather than a live axle), more trucks could offer an in-bed trunk. You have a cooler full of beverages? Put it back there! Need to conceal valuable items too messy to place in the cab? Put them back there!

Under the Hood

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V6 offers ample horsepower (250), but that power arrives relatively high in the engine speed range: 5,700 rpm. In the big-pickup marketplace where everyone is talking V8s, HEMIs and EcoBoost turbocharging, the Honda's modest V6 might seem inadequate. But, over the road, with your biases left behind, you'll enjoy the V6's car-like refinement and oh-so-reliable longevity. It works with a 5-speed automatic transmission and Honda's Variable Torque Management full-time 4-wheel-drive system.

3.5-liter V6

250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm

247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

Editors' Notes

Though Toyota and Nissan jumped headlong into the compact/mid-size pickup-truck market, Honda took a decidedly different approach. Rather than bringing another body-on-frame pickup to the market, Honda created a unit-construction crew-cab configuration based on its popular Pilot SUV. The Ridgeline is a 5-passenger truck with a car-like ride, good handling and fuel efficiency on par with most mid-size SUVs. The Ridgeline also features a very clever mini-trunk beneath the bed's floor, something no other pickup offers. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline continues the original Ridgeline's success, with features consumers want in a package that is the only vehicle of its kind in the segment.

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My favorite part of it is the push bar I've had put on it.

2013 Honda Ridgeline

It is the best car I ever had it has a sunroof it came with electric start, leather seats, the best thing I like is that it has a trunk and it can be used for tailgating because it has a plug that you can unplug after you are done using it the water in it drains out into the street, also has a GPS and a 5 disk CD player. Rides really smooth and it's easy to get into if your older, my 90 year old mom had no trouble getting into it. Great on gas too seeing it only has a 6 cylinder. So far I haven't had any problems with it. This is the second truck like this I've had and would only get this kind again. Just love it.

- Linda R

Reliable midsize pickup.

2013 Honda Ridgeline

My Honda ridgeline has been a very sturdy and reliable vehicle. It is a mid sized pick up that holds plenty of cargo, yet is comfortable to drive. The seats are not very comfortable for long trips. This particular vehicle does not have Bluetooth which is inconvenient in this day and age. Other than that, I have been very satisfied with the way this vehicle drives, it is reliability, appearance and performance.

- Margaret B

Honda ridgeline truck with sunroof.

2013 Honda Ridgeline RT

My Honda ridgeline truck is very durable, safe, reliable. It drives like a truck. We can haul almost anything in the truck bed. We have a cover mounted on the truck bed. The lights work well. It carries 5 people nicely. The seats fold up in the back. We have a sunroof in the cab. The gas mileage is ok. We like the navy blue color.

- Deb B

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