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The Honda Ridgeline Gets a Little Better

2009 Honda Ridgeline Image

2009 Honda Ridgeline Image

The Honda Ridgeline has certainly been in a standout model within the Honda lineup, and even within its segment. First introduced in 2005, the Honda Ridgeline was a Honda’s interpretation of a full-size truck - and a unique interpretation it was. Many saw the Ridgeline as less of a truck, and more like a crossover with a bed, and realistically, that’s exactly what it was.

Now for 2009, the Honda Ridgeline has received an update, with a reported 50 changes for the truck. From the outside, truck shoppers will certainly notice an updated front fascia, grille, and rear end. These changes share the same styling cues seen on the all-new Honda Pilot crossover as well. The dimensions of the updated Ridgeline remain nearly the same.

Changes carry over into the Ridgeline’s cabin as well. The steering wheel, instrument panel, and switchgear have all been updated.

Powering the Honda pickup is the familiar 3.5 liter V6 engine, unchanged from the previous year. The engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and offers the added traction of a four-wheel drive powertrain. The engine has received minor tweaks, including new camshafts, larger intake valves, and new dual-stage intake manifold, which all contribute to the engine’s slight power increase from 247 to 250 horsepower, and from 241 lb-ft to 245 lb-ft. Although these changes are slight, they reportedly come with a broader low-end torque curve that adds to the Ridgeline’s hauling capabilities. Another carry-over from the previous year is the Ridgeline’s EPA fuel ratings, 15 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway – not bad for a full-size pickup! Many consumers shopping at Honda Texarkana have been drawn to the Ridgeline as it offers full-size truck capabilities without sacrificing relative efficienty or Honda reliability. Interestingly, as domestic truck dealers struggle to move inventory, Louisiana Honda dealer lots are having less trouble moving Ridgelines.

The new Honda Ridgeline also receives equipment changes. Now standard on all models is a standard trailer hitch, daytime running lights, and additional tie-downs in the bed. The top-of-the-line models also receive 18-inch wheels, Bluetooth functionality, a rearview camera, and power lumbar support.

Pricing for 2009 Honda Ridgeline should begin at around $29,000 and will be available in dealer showrooms in September.

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