2018 Honda Ridgeline

Interior


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2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior Review

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Interior: 8.7

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline features a nicer cabin than most compact trucks. It’s well-designed and uses plenty of soft-touch materials. It’s also quiet, even at highway speeds. Both rows of seats are spacious and supportive, and there are plenty of available tech features, including more driver assistance options than rivals. The touch-screen infotainment system is a little unwieldy, however.

The Ridgeline has one of the most useful beds in the class. It’s wider than many rivals’ beds, and it offers a number of uncommon features like an in-bed trunk, an in-bed audio system, and an in-bed power outlet.

  • "This is a very nicely trimmed truck interior. The material choices and overall design have a family-friendly sophistication that trucks usually don't even bother to attempt, especially in the midsize arena. It's a cut above the rest." -- Edmunds
  • "The Honda's cabin tech offerings are on par with my favorite Chevrolet Colorado's and head-and-shoulders better than the Tacoma's Entune setup. Factor in its much more spacious cabin, quieter ride and ability to fit bulky items inside its cabin thanks to its flexible rear seating, and the Honda starts to look pretty good." -- CNET (2017)
  • "As before, the interior of the Ridgeline positively embarrasses the competition. It feels enormous and comfortable front and rear." -- Car and Driver (2017)

Seating

Unlike other compact pickup trucks, the Ridgeline only comes in a crew cab body style. It seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a reconfigurable rear seat that lets you fold up the seat bottoms for extra storage space. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The Ridgeline has one of the most spacious cabins in the class. It’s easy to find a suitable driving position, and forward visibility is outstanding. The front seats provide all-day support, keeping you comfortable on long drives. The rear seats also have ample space for adult passengers – even taller ones. That’s uncommon in this class.

There are three full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The system is generally easy to use once you locate the anchors. The lower anchors are set deep in the seat, and the tether anchors are hard to find.

  • "The Ridgeline easily offers the driver and passengers more space than any other midsize crew-cab truck. The differences are most noticeable in terms of the cabin's interior width at the hip and shoulder and in head- and legroom in the rear seats." -- Edmunds
  • "The Ridgeline's front seats offer all-day comfort with good thigh support. There is plenty of headroom in either seat, but the dashboard does somewhat intrude on passenger foot room, though not enough to be a serious complaint. The Ridgeline offers the most passenger volume of any mid-size pickup and rear seat passengers are the biggest beneficiaries of that fact. Even those over six-feet tall will find more than enough head and legroom. … The seating position in the Ridgeline is the best in the mid-size category. You have a more commanding view of the road in the Ridgeline than in the Chevy Colorado and there's no issue of a 'chopped' roofline obstructing outward visibility like in the Toyota Tacoma." -- Left Lane News (2017)
  • "It's roomy inside, with more hip and shoulder room than the Chevy Colorado or Toyota Tacoma." -- Autoblog (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Ridgeline include a rearview camera, push-button start, and a seven-speaker audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch center stack display screen.

Available features include an in-bed power outlet, a truck bed audio system, a power sliding rear window, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, satellite radio, Honda LaneWatch (a passenger-side blind spot camera), blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and an 8-inch touch-screen audio system with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Pandora compatibility, and Siri Eyes Free, which lets you send texts, check emails, and more using voice commands.

The Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance technologies is available as well. It includes collision mitigation braking, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control.

The Ridgeline offers a number of smartphone connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. While they’re nice, the infotainment system itself is less pleasant to use because the touch screen’s interface is unwieldy. On the bright side, you can use the touch screen while wearing gloves. This Honda also has more driver assistance features than many rivals.

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  • "The Ridgeline plays well with smartphones, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto available on higher trims. However, we're not fans of the 8-inch touchscreen audio system because of the poor user-interface experience." -- Edmunds
  • "Tech features are another area in which the Ridgeline's more civilized roots place it ahead of the class's top sellers. Adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning and automatic braking, lane-departure warning and assist, and blind-spot monitors are all available. There's also Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but no matter how much tech you pack in, we're a long way from accepting Honda's touchscreen infotainment system, which is organized about as logically as the tiles on your Samsung Galaxy's home screen when you turned it on for the first time in the store." -- Car and Driver (2017)
  • "The 2017 Ridgeline is the only vehicle in its class to offer semi-autonomous features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure assist. Buyers will also appreciate convenience technologies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and available Garmin navigation." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Cargo

There are plenty of reasons to love the Ridgeline’s bed. It holds 4-foot-wide items like sheets of plywood between the wheel wells and doesn’t need a bed liner because it’s made of a reinforced composite material. However, the Ridgeline’s bed is higher off the ground than rivals’ beds, which may make loading cargo more challenging.

As for bed features, the Ridgeline has a tailgate that opens by folding down or swinging to the side and an in-bed trunk that gives you extra storage space and has a drain plug. Higher trims offer an in-bed audio system, which is a feature not offered in any other truck. There's also an AC power outlet in the bed that puts out up to 400 watts of power with the engine running – enough to power a television.

Inside, the Ridgeline provides several spaces for storing small items, and its rear seats fold up, providing room behind the front seats for larger items. There’s also a good amount of room under the rear seats – enough for a set of golf clubs.

  • "There's a downside to the bed-based tech: height. The tailgate and bed floor of the Ridgeline are noticeably higher than in the Colorado or Tacoma—about on par with a much higher-riding, heavy-duty full-size truck. This can make it tougher to get items up and into the bed, especially for shorter users." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "About that tailgate: as was the case before, the Ridgeline has the innovative combination of a traditional tailgate plus a station wagon-like side-hinged action. The in-bed trunk also returns. It's large enough to hold a big cooler or a golf bag, and is very easy to access (as long as you don't have a lot of rocks or cargo in the bed). The trunk also has a drain plug, welcome when tailgating. The Ridgeline may be the best-in-class tailgate vehicle. If you want to run an appliance, say a blender or a TV, you can use the available 400-watt AC power outlet in the bed. Just make sure you're using a device or an extension cord with two prongs. Adding to the tailgate experience is the in-bed audio, which provides clear sound and is easy to use." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Inside the cabin the Ridgeline uses flip-up rear seats, making it easier to haul bigger items like a mountain bike or flatscreen TV. Those rear seats also have permanent storage underneath, so you can stash stuff like a tool box or golf bag." -- Left Lane News (2017)
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