2019 Honda Ridgeline Changes

2019 Honda Ridgeline Changes

Honda released the 1st generation of the Ridgeline back in 2005 and even though it wasn’t perfect, they sold quite a few of them. Unlike any other truck in the US, the car featured a unibody design which allowed it to have the best of both worlds. It drove like a car while having the versatility of a truck. Well, in order to get things a step further, Honda released a new model back in 2016. This one is using the same principles as the original but with a bit more refinement involved. Unfortunately the truck still isn’t perfect. It is missing some essential features and it still doesn’t drive as good as it should. In order to solve all of that it looks like an update might be on its way. This should hit the market with the 2019 Honda Ridgeline

2019 Honda Ridgeline Review, Rumors

It will still use the same chassis, running gear and likely engine as the ongoing version.

If the rumors are true then this will actually be the truck’s mid-life facelift. So far it looks like the core of the truck is not going to change much from the original. It will still use the same chassis, running gear and likely engine as the ongoing version. Read about new Defender 2019….

However, Honda is more than likely going to tweak all of them in order to work a bit better.

For starters, the running gear might receive different spring rates in order to make it a bit more compliant on the road. The brakes might also get better, but this is nothing but a rumor at this point.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Image source: autoguide.com – Honda Ridgeline Spied

The biggest change we hope to be the addition of at least a couple of new trim levels. It looks like with this model Honda may released a high performance version, likely under the Type R brand.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Sport vs RTL-T

2018 Ridgeline Expert Rating

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Release and Price

Considering the truck hit the market back in 2016, it is safe to assume the update won’t arrive until 2019. This should give Honda plenty of time to get it ready for production.

Its price on the other hand should not change all that much, at least the base versions of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline.

The higher end models, and likely the new trim levels, might cost in excess of $45,000 which would make it one of the more expensive vehicles around.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Image source: autoevolution.com – 2017 Honda Ridgeline Spy shots

Colors

Deep Scarlet Pearl, Forest Mist Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, White Diamond Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Obsidian Blue Pearl


Engine, Specs

The rumored Type R on the other hand might make use of a 3.5 liter V6 hybrid

The ongoing model uses a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated J-series 3.5 liter V6 which is right around average. The engine is good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and it features a rather impressive sound note. Unfortunately it isn’t the most efficient mill in its class which is unusual.

With it the truck barely manages to be average which is a real shame. Even so, the performance is actually better than on many of its rivals, likely thanks to its really efficient transmission.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline update might bring a few new things into the mix. For starters, it should boast a new 10 speed automatic which arrived on most Honda cars earlier this year.

The all wheel drive system might also see a revision. This should be able to make better use of the engine’s torque and it should be able to selectively send the torque to each individual wheel.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Image source: nydailynews.com – 2018 Honda Ridgeline engine

The rumored Type R on the other hand might make use of a 3.5 liter V6 hybrid. While the details are scarce, it looks like this may offer around 350 to 400 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque.

Unlike the rest, it would benefit from one or two electric motors, so it would use just as much fuel as the other versions of the truck while being more efficient.


Competition

Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon


Redesign

Let’s start with the interior of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline. The only real problem with the current model has to be the fully touch-based infotainment system.

2018 Honda Ridgeline 2WD RTExterior and Interior dimensions
Wheelbase125.2 in
Height70.2 in
Width78.6 in
Front Head Room40.1 in
Second Leg Room36.7 in
Passenger Capacity5
Front Leg Room40.9 in
Second Head Room 38.8 in
Front Shoulder Room62
Second Hip Room56.6 in

We hope this will change with Honda’s new one which also boasts actual physical knobs that are so much easier to use than its predecessor. The rear might also receive slightly different seats which will fold down easier.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Image source: autoguide.com – 2017 Honda Ridgeline interior

The exterior of the truck is more than likely going to receive a new front end. With the help of a more aggressive grille, slimmer headlights and a slightly sportier bumper, the Ridgeline should easily become the best looking truck in its class, and possibly on the US market.

2019 Honda Ridgeline
Image source: autoevolution.com – Honda Ridgeline spy photo

Video

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