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With 49.5 inches between the wheelhouses, the Ridgeline is the only midsize pickup in which 4x8 building materials can lie flat on the floor. Because the Ridgeline's independent rear suspension takes up far less space than a live axle, Honda was able to add a large compartment under the truck bed, providing a clean and dry home to the spare tire (either the standard mini-spare or available full-size) and, more significant, an 8.5-cubic-foot trunk. At last: secure, weatherproof, outside-the-cab cargo space in a pickup. Stability control and four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard. And while this wouldn't be your first choice as an autocrosser, you might pick it ahead of any other offering in the class for on-road cornering stability. It might be the most car-like pickup ever made. Inside you find the Honda ambience you'd expect. The Ridgeline seats five as comfortably as a [Honda] Pilot and comes with as many features, from dual-zone climate control and power moonroof to available DVD entertainment and satellite nav with voice recognition. Unhindered by rocks or trailers, the Ridgeline felt nearly sprightly, by truck standards. Its independent front and rear suspension (yes, an independent rear) kept all four wheels on the ground very nicely. Towing, at 5,000 pounds, tops what Toyota offers in its basic Tacoma models. The ride is comfortably quiet, rubber isolates front and rear subframes to help keep road harshness out of the cabin. Lightweight, noise-absorbing materials are used for the dashboard insulation, carpet and behind the rear seats. The incredibly high stiffness and strength of this body and chassis combination and the isolation of the drivetrain and suspension from the cab make the Ridgeline a joy to drive. The cargo bed features a tailgate that opens normally but also opens like a door, with a hidden latch on the lower right side and hinges on the left, so users don't have to lean across the tailgate to store or retrieve items in the bed or in the storage trunk. The Ridgeline is one of the nicest midsize trucks we've driven in terms of comfort and ease of use. We found the driver and front passenger seats to be roomy, comfortable and supportive, with plenty of adjustment range for rake and travel.
Recognized as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.