What Changed for 2008:
- RT, RTX and RTS get single-tone interior fabric
- New wheel design for RTS and RTL models
The introduction of Honda's Ridgeline in 2006 marked a new milestone in half-ton pickup truck innovation. While traditional pickup trucks use a body and bed bolted to a ladder frame, the Ridgeline employs a combination of frame and unit body with a composite bed. As a result, the Ridgeline offers typical half-ton pickup truck capabilities for towing and hauling combined with features such as a locking trunk built into the cargo bed (large enough for a 72-qt. cooler or three golf bags) and a tailgate that can be opened down or sideways. The Ridgeline has a 1500-pound payload capacity and can tow up to 5000 pounds.
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is offered in RT, RTX, RTS and RTL models. The Ridgeline RT includes air conditioning; power windows, locks, side windows and sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player; 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage; and all-weather floor mats. The Ridgeline RTX adds a standard trailer hitch with 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring; alloy wheels; signature grille; and body-color painted door handles.
The Ridgeline RTS adds a 7-speaker, 160-watt audio system with subwoofer, 6-disc CD player and steering-wheel-mounted controls; dual-zone automatic climate control; 8-way power driver's seat; and alloy wheels. The RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats; moonroof; XM satellite radio; HomeLink remote system; and a compass integrated into the rearview mirror. GPS navigation with voice recognition and MP3/auxiliary input jack is available on the RTL.
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with an output of 247 hp at 5750 rpm and 145 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels through Honda's VTM-4 Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive system. EPA fuel economy estimates are 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway.
According to Honda, the Ridgeline is the first 4-door pickup to receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) top 5-star safety rating for both front- and side-impact crash test performance. The Ridgeline earned 4 stars in the NHTSA's rollover test. Standard safety equipment on the 2008 Honda Ridgeline includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, two-row side curtain air bags, a tire-pressure-monitoring system, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is unique for its combination of ladder-frame and unit-body (or unibody) construction. Unibody construction yields more interior space with superior crash protection, according to the manufacturer. The Ridgeline's body shell is designed as a unibody, which is bolted to a boxed-steel frame for added rigidity. The Ridgeline uses a transverse-mounted engine similar to that found in a unibody crossover utility vehicle. The bed is made of a composite material strengthened by steel cross members, a method of construction that, Honda says, resists dents and rust and provides a non-slip coating without the need for a bed liner.