2018 Honda Ridgeline Overview
Every pickup truck claims to be the best, but Honda’s highly-rated, award-winning compact pickup continues to lead the segment year after year. The latest Ridgeline offers versatility in a well-rounded, dependable package at a price that’s—admittedly—above average. Of course, for a ride that’s this comfortable, safe, and capable, cost shouldn’t matter.
What’s New for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?
The 2018 Ridgeline’s biggest change is the reworking of its trim levels. It’s base-level RT trim is now only available in front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive used to be an option). Additionally, the RTS trim is no longer offered, with its additional features being absorbed into the higher Sport trim. Now, the Honda Ridgeline is available in six trims: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition; the highest trims only come in all-wheel drive.
This year, the Sport trim offers two new color choices to buyers: a dazzling White Diamond Pearl and a sleek Lunar Silver Metallic.
Ultimately, the price jump is around $150 above last year’s prices.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is a confident-looking pickup with smooth body lines and an attractive fascia, thanks to the angled headlamps and raised ground clearance. The truck’s total length measures 210 inches, with a height of 70.2 inches. Its bed length is 64 inches, which can be extended to 83 with the tailgate down.
Available body colors for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline are limited, starting with the basic palate of Modern Steel and Lunar Silver, and adding shades of blue, green, red, and white in higher trim packages.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior Photos:
Exterior features included on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline
- RT Trim: Eco Assist™ System, 18-inch silver-painted alloy wheels, Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Dual-action tailgate, In-bed trunk, Eight heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, LED taillights, Integrated Class III trailer hitch, Truck-bed lights, Black power side mirrors, Remote fuel filler door release
- Sport Trim: 18-inch gray-painted alloy wheels, Body-color power side mirrors, Fog lights
- RTL Trim: 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, Acoustic windshield
- RTL-T Trim: Exclusive 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
- RTL-E Trim: Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD System, Exclusive 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, LED truck-bed lights, Heated power side mirrors with memory, One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature, Power sliding rear window
- Black Edition: Exclusive 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels
2018 Honda Ridgeline Performance
All versions of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline carry a hefty 5.0-liter V6 direct-injection engine with 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC®. It’s further bolstered by an Eco-Assist System™ and Variable Cylinder ManagementTM. Paired to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, this motor can achieve performance levels of 280 horsepower, 262 lb-ft of torque, and towing capacity ranging from 3,500 pounds (2WD) to 5,000 pounds (AWD). It can also handle a heavy payload thanks to the support of MacPherson Strut front suspension and Multi-Link rear suspension. The Ridgeline’s turning radius measures 44.4 feet, and its steering ratio is 15.59:1.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Efficiency
Thanks to Honda’s engineering and the Eco-Assist System™, the Ridgeline’s 5.0-liter V6 direct-injection engine averages (according to EPA estimates) 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpy combined (2WD). Adding an all-wheel drive system slightly reduces efficiency to 18 mpg city and 25 mpg on the highway. Either way, you can travel a long distance with the Ridgeline’s 19.5-gallon fuel tank.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior
The cabin of the 2018 Ridgeline certainly has the versatility of a pickup truck, with the ability to fold the rear seats up for extra storage, but it also carries many fine touches to raise its elegance. Available sunroof, heated seats, leather upholstery, and such make it a comfortable vehicle to travel in. In total, the 2018 Ridgeline offers 109 cubic feet of interior space and seating for up to five people—quite a lot for a compact pickup!
2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior Photos:
Interior features included on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline
- RT Trim: Push button start, Cruise control, Multi-functional center console storage, Rear-seat heater ducts, Active Noise Cancellation™, Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Remote Entry, 5-inch color LCD screen, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack
- Sport Trim: Tri-zone automatic climate control system with humidity control and air filtration, Remote Engine Start, Smart entry, HomeLink® Remote System
- RTL Trim: Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar support, Leather-trimmed interior, Heated front seats
- RTL-T Trim: Dynamic rearview camera with guidelines, Honda LaneWatch™, Programmable remote entry, Smart entry with walk-away auto lock, 8-Inch Display Audio with High-Resolution WVGA Electrostatic Touch-Screen and Customizable Feature Settings
- RTL-E Trim: Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, Conversation mirror with sunglasses holder, Blue ambient LED lighting, Driver’s seat with 10-way power adjustment including power lumbar support and two-position memory, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Information System (BSI) with Cross Traffic Monitor
- Black Edition: No changes
2018 Honda Ridgeline Safety
The Honda Ridgeline is known for being a safe pickup truck, not just for its construction but its many cutting-edge driver assist features. All versions of the 2018 Ridgeline carry a rearview camera, and higher trims (RTL-E and above) include tools like Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
The NHTSA’s crash tests revealed that the 2018 Ridgeline was constructed to endure messy crashes. It received full 5-star scores in all but one category, garnering 4 stars in the overall rollover rating. That’s easily enough to earn it a 5-star overall rating. Similarly, the 2018 Ridgeline scored top ranks (“Good” qualification) in all five of the IIHS’ tests.
Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Honda Ridgeline
- Hill Start Assist
- Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
- Brake Assist
- Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Tire Fill Assist and location and pressure indicators
Ways to Improve Fuel Efficiency Simple tips for getting more gas out of your Ridgeline truck