Car & Driver Article: Long-Term 2019 Honda Ridgeline Review

January 30, 2020

Seriously, drop the nonsense that the Ridgeline is a weeny pickup. Mid-size trucks are supposed to be more every-day friendly than today's gargantuan full-size pickups. Placed in that context, rather than in comparison with burlier mid-size trucks that can tow 7000 pounds or more (reaching for full-size territory), the Honda is class leading.

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Throughout the Ridgeline's stay, our staffers repeatedly praised its segment-best ride and handling, both of which are direct results of the unibody construction, which allows for the class-exclusive independent rear suspension and a relatively light curb weight.

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Nothing can touch the Honda's refinement, not the new Ford Ranger, nor Toyota's Tacoma, Chevrolet's Colorado, or GMC's Canyon.

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The fancy suspension—by pickup standards—seemingly had no effect on the Ridgeline's towing and hauling capabilities.

After fully loading the Honda's back seat and bed with a workshop's worth of tools in New Jersey and nosing the Ridgeline west toward our Ann Arbor, Michigan, headquarters, technical assistant Harry Granito remarked, "The return trip with the extra weight of the equipment felt the same as the trip out empty.

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