Honda Ridgeline is the best mid-size pick-up truck! Recently the editors at Car and Driver named their list of the 10best SUV’s and trucks. The editorial staff evaluated 54 vehicles including all new or substantially revised models alongside last year’s winners, spending a week driving each of the vehicles. The staff tests the vehicles on rigorous roads that can include lots of twists and potholes as well as specified off-road sections. Beyond evaluating handling, factors such as rear-seat accommodations and technology are considered when determining the winners.
For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named the Best in the Mid-Size Pickup category. But what made this truck stand out from the competition. The editors share that “The Honda Ridgeline proves that different can be better. A unibody pickup based on the same platform that underpins Honda’s Odyssey and Pilot, the Ridgeline is an anomaly. It’s the only pickup on the market with a transverse-mounted engine (a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6), and in its base configuration, it drives the front wheels. Scandalous!
And while the Ridgeline’s towing and payload ratings are lower than some of the competition’s, this mid-sizer more than compensates with its unique features: a lockable in-bed weatherproof trunk, a dual-hinged tailgate, and a composite bed that can double as a big speaker. The Ridgeline’s outside-the-mainstream design imbues it with real versatility, and make it something more than merely a shrunken version of a full-size pickup. Furthermore, it boasts a roomy and comfortable cabin, and its superior ride and handling are befitting a sedan. The Honda also boasts excellent fuel economy and robust acceleration.
It’s enough to earn the Ridgeline our accolades as the best mid-size truck for a third consecutive year—although we should make it absolutely clear that the Ridgeline ran unopposed at this year’s event, owing to a lack of fresh competition. With the mid-size-pickup segment drawing more entrants—including the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator—that won’t be the case for 2020. But we expect the iconoclastic Ridgeline will still be a strong contender even in an expanded field.”