Honda Courts Suspense With Next-Gen Ridgeline Teaser

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Like the Master of Suspense stepping into his own silhouette in an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," the shadowy outline of the just-announced next-gen Honda Ridgeline in a teaser image is intended to titillate the audience for what comes next. Honda seems to be going out of its way to generate suspense over the redesign of the midsize pickup, offering no info about size or capabilities, and saying cryptically that it will arrive sometime in "the next two years," possibly after the scheduled mid-2014 end of the current generation's production run.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 10, 2013 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2006-2007 Honda Ridgeline

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Honda has issued a recall for 76,000 2006-07 Ridgeline pickup trucks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall is to fix a wiring harness connector for the air conditioning that could sustain damage if accidentally kicked by the front passenger’s feet. If that occurs, the connector terminal could overheat and cause the wire insulation or wire connector to melt, potentially causing a short circuit, a fire, or both. One fire has been reported to NHTSA.

Honda dealers will inspect the wiring harness and if it’s damaged, they’ll replace it at no cost to the owner. All Ridgelines will have a protective cover installed over the wiring harness to prevent future damage from kicks.

Owners can contact Honda at 1-800-999-1009 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Mike Levine, Editor, PickupTrucks.com

By David Thomas | January 11, 2010 | Comments (0)

Weekend Athlete: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

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We normally stay away from trucks so our colleagues at PickupTrucks.com can have all the fun, but I snuck out with the Honda Ridgeline while nobody was looking. Why? Because I always doubted the picture Honda has on its website of a bicycle standing upright behind the driver's seat. I thought there was no way that was an adult's bicycle.

I was wrong.

By William Jackson | December 18, 2008 | Comments (3)

Ch-Ch-Changes: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

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As full-size pickups take a hit from high gas prices, a vehicle like Honda’s Ridgeline should be perfectly placed as an alternative for truck buyers. That’s why Honda has given the Ridgeline some subtle updates for 2009, with minor design tweaks to the front end and interior. Most of the changes, however, won’t make or break a buying decision between an ‘08 and an ‘09. In fact, we’re not sure anyone will even notice there were changes made.

There’s a full photo gallery of the 2009 model below, including a few pics of the ‘08 for comparison purposes. The biggest change inside is to the instrument cluster, it seems, and there’s a new steering wheel. Black is a new interior color as well.

On the power front, the 2009 gets three — yes, three — more horsepower than the 2008, up to 250 hp, but towing capacity remains the same at 5,000 pounds, as does its mileage rating, at 15/20 mpg city/highway. Oddly enough, you can buy a GMC Sierra Crew Cab with a 295 hp V-8 engine and get 15/20 mpg and tow 8,000 pounds. But we digress.

The Ridgeline comes in four trims: RT, RTS, RTL and RTL with Navigation.

We’ve picked out the most interesting of the 50 changes Honda provided us with below. Six of those 50 were accessories.

By David Thomas | August 7, 2008 | Comments (36)

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