It’s easy to get caught in two minds these days between choosing a truck or an SUV as your next new vehicle. If a full-size pickup is more truck than you can justify, you still like the idea of a truck bed, and five seats are enough for your needs, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline might be just what you’re looking for. The Ridgeline is a midsize pickup truck that’s ruggedly stylish, versatile, capable, and highly flexible, making it a great alternative to an SUV or crossover for whatever you need to do around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro.
After its last refresh, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline has probably moved further away from looking like an SUV with a truck bed and closer to a traditional truck in terms of its exterior styling. However, it still spans the divide between pickups and SUVs in a way that makes it an attractive choice for a broad range of different new vehicle shoppers.
The 2023 Honda Ridgeline is available in four trim levels. The most affordable model is the entry-level Ridgeline Sport, and from there, the range goes to the RTL, RTL-E, and finally to the top-of-the-line Black Edition trim level. In keeping with the versatile character of the 2023 Ridgeline, there’s no such thing as a two-wheel-drive version as every 2023 Ridgeline features Honda’s Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD System and Intelligent Traction Management system that offers four different driving modes; Normal, Snow, Mud, and Rock.
Despite a smaller footprint than full-size trucks, capability is still a substantial part of what sets the Ridgeline apart from comparable crossovers. Instead of asking a small displacement engine to work very hard, the Honda Ridgeline employs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that you’ll find in every trim level. The engine produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque, which gets sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for a more engaging driving experience.
As long as the available Towing Package is specified, a 2023 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Fuel economy is a significant factor with today’s new vehicle shoppers and another reason why smaller trucks are growing in popularity. The EPA-estimated ratings for the 2023 Ridgeline are 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
To properly compete again SUVs and other pickup trucks, the Ridgeline couldn’t get away with cutting corners when it comes to its standard specification. Every model comes equipped with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. The suite includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. Every model also gets standard auto high beams, daytime running lights, and a multi-angle rearview camera to make the Ridgeline one of the safest vehicles in its class.
All models also get an excellent 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, and audio streaming. And if you’d like to enhance your chosen Ridgeline trim level, there are five upgrade packages. The available packages include the Function Package, Function+ Package, HPD Black Package, HPD Bronze package, and the Utility Package.
The 2023 Honda Ridgeline is a competent and versatile vehicle, and it’s hard to think of a role it can’t fulfill beyond those that require more than five seats or the towing and hauling capacity of larger trucks. Visit Nelson Honda here at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, VA, and put the Ridgeline through its paces yourself with a test drive today, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information and book an appointment for a time that best suits your schedule.