Inside the vehicle, much remains identical but there have been some slight changes to the gauge shaping and to the choices of type styles for the tachometer and speedometer. Honda has also done a better job of integrating bigger temperature and fan controls for the HVAC system and nav screen. Also new for 2009 is the coupling of a backup camera with the nav system option for all Ridgeline buyers. Also helping make the Ridgeline an even safer choice is a new front seat active head restraints that will instantly snap forward to reduce excessive head recoil from a rearend collision.

In the bed of the Ridgeline, nothing much has changed with the exception of adding two more tie-down points. 2009 models will keep the in-bed storage box and dual-open tailgate. Other changes, such as new colors, an MP3 input jack, a new floormat, are minor at best but do offer the needed upgrades to address certain in-market buyers. Although exact pricing has not been announced, new Ridgelines won't change much, ranging from $28,000 for the base RT model, on up to $36,000 for base RTL models. All Ridgelines will be offered in RT, RTS, or RTL trim (gone is the RTX package). Look for the '09 models to go on sale later this fall.


2009 HONDA RIDGELINE
Base price $28,000
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD 5-pass, 4-door pickup
Engine 3.5L/250-hp /247-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve
Transmission 5-speed automatic
Curb weight 4500 lb (mfr)
Wheelbase 122.0 in
Length x width x height 207.0 x 77.8 x 70.3 in
0-60 mph 8.4 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 15/20 mpg (est)
CO2 emissions 1.15 lb/mile (est)
On sale in U.S. September 2008