Car & Driver Article: Long-Term 2019 Honda Ridgeline Review
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.
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.
Nothing can touch the Honda's refinement, not the new Ford Ranger, nor Toyota's Tacoma, Chevrolet's Colorado, or GMC's Canyon.
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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Part of the Honda Performance Development program, L.A. Honda World Racing is the official race team of L.A. Honda World, a factory-authorized Honda dealership in the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, CA.
For more information about the drivers and team, visit L.A. Honda World Racing on the Web at www.lahondaworldracing.com and www.lahondaworld.com.
About L.A. Honda World Racing
L.A. Honda World Racing is an in-house professional racing team based in Southern California and participates in the SRO / TC America and IMSA racing series exclusively racing touring cars built by Honda Performance Development. They are also a factory authorized Honda dealer for American Honda Motor Co. www.lahondaworldracing.com
About Honda Performance Development
Honda Performance Development, Inc. (HPD), has a rich heritage creating, manufacturing, and supporting Honda Racing and Acura Motorsports customers since 1993. From pinnacle racing in INDYCAR and IMSA Sports Cars to commercial racing programs, HPD powers the dreams of professional and amateur racers from age 4 to 40+. HPD is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and leads all of Honda and Acura's high-performance racing programs in North America. HPD specializes in the design and development of powertrain, chassis, electronics, and performance parts, as well as technical and race support. HPD offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura amateur and professional motorsports racers and is continually expanding its palette of racing programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing. For more information, visit www.hpd.honda.com