The 2019 Honda Ridgeline may not be the main choice of every truck owner, but it brings Honda’s reliability, versatility and practicality to the pickups world – and that’s not a bad thing. The Ridgeline returns largely unchanged for 2019, with only a few updates to standard features in the lower trim.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup offered in six trim levels: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition. The base RT standard equipment is more like an SUV. Its include hill-start assist, active noise cancellation, power windows with auto-up/down (front), a rearview camera, push-button start, cruise control, air conditioning with filtration, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a 200-watt audio system with a subwoofer, a USB port, Bluetooth for phone and music streaming. On the truck end of things are the useful truck bed lights, eight tie-down cleats, dual-action tailgate, an in-bed trunk, and Intelligent Traction Management.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline offers only one choice of engine. It’s a 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Those figures are mid-pack among midsize pickups. This engine features direct injection and cylinder deactivation to improve fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive is standard on all except the RTL-E and Black Edition, which get AWD as standard. AWD is available as an option on all models except the base RT.
In testing, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E Crew Cab accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7 seconds, which is tops in the midsize truck category. Towing capacity is up to 3,500 pounds for FWD models and goes up to 5,000 pounds with AWD models.
3.5-liter V6 with 6-speed automatic
280 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 19/26 mpg (FWD) and 18/25 mpg (AWD)
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base RT model has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $30,965 (all prices include the $975 destination fee). The Sport model starts at a little more than $34,300, and the RTL with $35,845 will gets you leather trim. Adding all-wheel drive is an extra $1,950. Starting at $37,975, the RTL-T adds Honda’s safety and technology features. The RTL-E with all-wheel drive it’s just under $43,000. At the end of the spectrum is the Black Edition, which starts at $44,395.