Honda is great at filling in the niches within the niches. Case in point, Honda’s Ridgeline pickup truck neatly gathers the finest attributes of its cars and SUVs, and then adds a pickup truck bed to create a vehicle oozing with familiarity, yet completely new.
That said, a lot of people still don’t “get” the Ridgeline. They look at the size and power of a traditional pickup truck and say the Honda Ridgeline is a poor substitute for one. However, Honda didn’t build the Ridgeline to compete with, or supplant the F-150—well—in the traditional sense anyway. Ridgeline is a casual pickup for urban/suburban drivers who occasionally need the utility, but don’t need the bulk and power of a traditional body on frame pickup truck.
In other words, if you’re an avid gardener, or a jet-ski enthusiast, or dirt bike rider, or have some other light duty need for a truck, but you really prefer the comfort and driving attributes (as well as the fuel economy) of a car, Honda’s Ridgeline is the vehicle you need.
Introduced in 2005, as a 2006 model, there has been but one generation of the Ridgeline to date.