Honda comes at the automotive industry from all sides. In the most head-on, predictable way, Honda satisfies consumer needs with efficient, reliable, feature-rich vehicles in the most popular segments. For enthusiasts, there’s the wild-bodied, tuned-up Civic Type R hatchback. On the cutting edge, Acura’s NSX is a hybrid, all-wheel-drive supercar that’s as fast as a Ferrari. What else is left?
How about a mid-size pickup that isn’t rear-wheel-drive-based, isn’t body-on-frame, and looks as friendly as a Girl Scout? The Ridgeline is undeniably odd, but something about Honda’s track record for intelligent design suggests the quirks are really benefits. To find out, we put the 2018 Honda Ridgeline through two weeks of light- and heavy-duty tasks. Here’s what we learned.