If you don’t need more than five seats, but need a vehicle that can adapt to almost any situation or application you can think of around Martinsville, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro, look no further than the 2024 Honda Ridgeline. The 2024 Ridgeline is a midsize pickup truck based on a unibody platform shared with some of Honda’s excellent crossovers. That means it combines the comfort and carlike driving characteristics of a crossover with the flexibility and versatility of a pickup truck.
If you’re one of those people who find the almost unlimited available configuration options some pickup trucks present you with a little daunting, you’ll appreciate the straightforward simplicity of the 2024 Honda Ridgeline lineup of midsize pickup trucks. This year, there are four trim levels to choose from: the entry-level Sport followed by the RTL, RTL-E, and range-topping Black Edition.
Please don’t assume the entry-level Sport model is a stripped-down fleet model because it isn’t. Standard features include all-wheel drive, Honda’s always-generous raft of crash-avoidance and driver-assistance features, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and tri-zone automatic climate control. The RTL adds leather seats, heated front seats, a power memory driver’s seat, a sunroof, and blind-spot monitors. However, the price difference between the RTL and top-of-the-line Black Edition is relatively small, so it’s always going to be tempting to opt for the top trim level.
In keeping with the simplistic model lineup, all versions of the 2024 Honda Ridgeline get exactly the same powertrain. You might expect a truck as modestly sized as the Ridgeline to feature a turbo-four, but instead, Honda has chosen to stick with a larger displacement V-6. The engine in question is a 3.5-liter V-6 with 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque available.
The engine provides an appropriate amount of power for a truck of this size, and in all cases, that power is sent to all four wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission with shift-by-wire and paddle shifters. When correctly configured, the 2024 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds and haul up to 1,500 pounds in its bed. The EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are a decent 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
The 2024 Honda Ridgeline is excellent value for money at every level, especially if you like to have plenty of crash-avoidance and driver-assistance features onboard. All models get the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features as part of their standard specification. The suite includes standard Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Auto High-Beams, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.
These combine with a raft of standard active safety features to make the Ridgeline a seriously safe truck. Those standard active safety features include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, Anti-Lock Braking System, Electronic Brake Distribution, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators, and Daytime Running Lights.
The 2024 Honda Ridgeline is an immensely flexible vehicle that can fulfill various roles and lends itself to an equally broad range of applications. Come and see for yourself what the Ridgeline could do for you with a test drive from Nelson Honda at 2500 Greensboro Rd, Martinsville, Virginia, or call us at (276) 632-9741 for more information and to book an appointment for a time that suits you.