2008 Honda Ridgeline Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$28,000-$35,090
$25,377-$31,784
15 /CITY / 20 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • RT, RTX and RTS get single-tone interior fabric

  • New wheel design for RTS and RTL models
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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.

Technology
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.

What Changed for 2008:

  • RT, RTX and RTS get single-tone interior fabric

  • New wheel design for RTS and RTL models
Overview
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.

Model Lineup
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.

Powertrain
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.

Safety
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.

Technology
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.
Available Trims for the 2008 Honda Ridgeline
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name RT (4WD Crew Cab) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28000.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name RTX (4WD Crew Cab) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29500.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name RTS (4WD Crew Cab) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 30425.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name RTL (4WD Crew Cab w/Lthr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33090.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name RTL (4WD Crew Cab w/Lthr & Navi) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35090.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
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INTERIOR
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 6-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split fold rear seat w/lift-up feature, fold-down armrest, underseat storage
  • Head restraints at all seating positions
  • Center console w/sliding armrest, storage
  • Front/rear HD all-weather floor mats
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise controls
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Warning lights-inc: low-fuel, low-oil pressure, tailgate open, bed trunk open, pwr sliding cabin window open, passenger-side air bag off
  • Maintenance Minder system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-up/down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote entry system
  • Cruise control
  • Remote fuel filler door release
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • 100-watt AM/FM stereo w/CD player-inc: (6) speakers, XM satellite-ready
  • Hidden roof-mounted antenna
  • Air conditioning w/air-filtration system
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Beverage holders-inc: (2) front & (4) rear
  • 12V pwr outlets-inc: (2) front, (1) rear
  • Door pocket storage bins
  • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors w/sliding extensions
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Front/rear grab handles
  • Front door courtesy lights
  • Front/rear map lights
  • Seatback pockets
  • 2nd row garment hooks
  • Flat rear floor
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver manual lumbar
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise/audio controls
  • Outside temp gauge
  • Security system
  • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer, XM satellite-ready
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control w/air-filtration system
  • Front leather heated bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver pwr lumbar
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • HomeLink universal garage door opener
  • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer
  • XM satellite radio w/90-day subscription
  • Rearview mirror w/compass
  • Ambient console lighting
  • Steering wheel-mounted cruise/audio/navigation controls
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation system w/voice recognition
  • 160-watt AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer, auxiliary input jack
EXTERIOR
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights w/auto-off feature
  • Pwr folding mirrors
  • Heat-rejecting green-tinted glass
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Pwr sliding rear window w/open indicator, reminder chime
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/auto heated wiper zone
  • Rear passenger doors
  • Dual-action tailgate
  • Honeycomb grille w/chrome surround
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Pwr folding body-colored mirrors
  • Pwr moonroof
  • Pwr folding body-colored heated mirrors
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L SOHC MPFI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine
  • Drive-by-wire throttle
  • Direct ignition system
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • HD transmission cooler
  • Locking rear differential
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
  • Four wheel drive
  • HD radiator w/dual 160-watt fans
  • 4-pin/7-pin trailer pre-wiring
  • HD front/rear tow hooks
  • Close-boxed frame w/unit-body construction
  • Steel-reinforced composite bed-inc: lockable in-bed trunk, dual-action tailgate, motorcycle wheel indents, (6) HD tie-down cleats, (4) bed lights w/auto-off timer
  • GVWR 6050lbs
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension w/trailing arms
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P245/65SR17 all-season tires
  • 17" x 7.5" styled steel wheels
  • Compact spare tire
  • Variable pwr rack & pinion steering
  • HD pwr steering cooler
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • Towing pkg-inc: tow hitch, wiring harness
  • 17" x 7.5" painted alloy wheels
  • 17" x 7.5" machine-finished alloy wheels
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags
    • Dual front side-impact airbags w/passenger side occupant position detection system
    • Side curtain airbags w/rollover sensor, front & rear
    • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions-inc: front automatic tensioning system, front adjustable seat belt anchors
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • 2nd row lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) w/(3) positions
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Side-impact door beams
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