2009 Honda Ridgeline

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What Changed for 2009:
  • Revised front and rear styling
  • Interior gets new meters, steering wheel and buttons
  • 115-volt power outlet standard on RTL model
  • Active front head restraints now standard
  • Engine gains more power (to 250 hp) and broader torque curve
  • Transmission gets lower gear ratios
  • Tow hitch now standard on all models
  • RTL model gets 18-inch wheels and fog lights
  • RTL model with navigation system gains rearview camera
  • Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link now available
  • RTX model no longer offered
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-quart 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. For 2009, the Ridgeline receives styling and equipment enhancements, as well as a slight bump in engine power. The RTX model has been dropped.

Model Lineup
The 2009 Honda Ridgeline is offered in RT, RTX, RTS and RTL models. The Ridgeline RT includes cloth upholstery; air conditioning; power windows, locks, side windows and sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; trip computer; tilt steering wheel; automatic heated wiper zone; 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player; 60/40-split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage; trailer hitch with pre-wiring for 7-pin connector; and 17-inch steel wheels. The Ridgeline RTS adds a 7-speaker, 160-watt audio system with subwoofer, 6-disc CD player and steering-wheel-mounted controls; auxiliary input jack; dual-zone automatic climate control; 8-way power driver's seat; all-weather floor mats; and alloy wheels. The RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats; moonroof; XM satellite radio; 110-volt power outlet; HomeLink remote system; compass integrated into the rearview mirror; and 18-inch alloy wheels. The RTL is also offered with GPS navigation with voice recognition, rearview camera, and a Bluetooth hands-free cell phone link.

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that gains 3 hp and 2 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the 2008 model. Honda also says the torque curve is broader and the transmission has lower gear ratios for improved low-end power. Output is now 250 hp at 5700 rpm and 247 lb.-ft. of torque at 4300 rpm. A 5-speed automatic transmission delivers power to all four wheels through Honda's VTM-4 Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive system. VTM-4 sends most of the power to the front wheels under normal circumstances, but can send the power to the rear wheels during acceleration and in low traction situations, Honda says. A \"VTM-4 Lock\" button allows the driver to lock in a 50/50 front/rear power split for first and second gears up to 18 mph. The Ridgeline's EPA fuel-economy estimates are 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Honda Ridgeline includes dual front air bags; front-seat-mounted side air bags; two-row side curtain air bags with rollover deployment; active front head restraints; tire-pressure-monitoring system; anti-lock brakes with brake assist; and electronic stability control.

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 the driver and front passenger in front-impact crashes and 5 stars for the driver and rear passenger in side impacts. The Ridgeline has also earned 4 stars in the NHTSA's rollover test.

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline combines 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.


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