The Honda Ridgeline is the Japanese automaker’s first ever pickup truck that was launched in 2006 to join the North American pickup truck market. With its four-wheel independent suspension, unibody design, and exceptional rigidity, this mid to full size sport utility truck was able to earn a couple of “Truck of the Year” awards on its first year in the market. Since then, the Honda Ridgeline has never stopped getting better every year.
2006: Honda’s first pickup
The Honda Ridgeline was introduced in 2006 as a compact-class four-door five-passenger pickup truck that features a unique trunk. It was the first pickup truck to include an enclosed storage trunk underneath the bed. Offered in five trim levels namely RT, RTX, RTS, RTL (Moonroof), and RTL (moonroof and navigation), all models of the Honda Ridgeline were equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 247HP.
2007 – 2008: Vanity upgrades
In 2007, all Honda Ridgelines were updated with a lighted vanity mirror. A new RTX trim level was also introduced while the XM satellite radio and moonroof became standard on the RTS models. Aside from a couple of minor upgrades, the Honda Ridgeline did not go through a lot of changes in 2007.
Just like in its previous year, the Honda Ridgeline had only a minor interior revamp in 2008. From a two-tone color, the fabric used on the truck’s seats for this year was changed to a single color. Meanwhile, the RTS and RTL trim lines also got a set of new machine-finished alloy wheels.
2009: Useful upgrades
The Honda Ridgeline went through little but useful upgrades in 2009. Every model gained a standard trailer hitch and active front seat head restraints. Although it still has the same 3.5L VTEC V6 engine from the previous model years, the 2009 Honda Ridgeline has changed in camshaft, valve, and intake manifold design which helped increase the truck’s performance. Aside from the refreshed interior and exterior styling, the top-of-the-line navigation-system-equipped RTL models were also updated with a back-up camera and Bluetooth technology.
2010 – 2011: More color options
The Honda Ridgeline remained unchanged in 2010 up to 2011. Other than a few new colors available to choose from, the pickup saw no major changes in the past two models years.
2012: Better than ever
Just like the previous years, the 2012 Ridgeline is mostly unchanged for this model year except for a couple of cosmetic updates. The Sport model that was introduced in 2012 as an option and a reintroduction to the RTX model had a set of 18-inch machine finished black painted alloy wheels, a black sport grille, and a blacked out bezel surrounding the headlights.