Four trim levels await the 2023 Ridgeline buyer: Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. A 280 horsepower (262 lb.-ft. of torque) six-cylinder engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission to form the powertrain, and every trim gets all-wheel drive. As we said above, the Ridgeline can pull up to 5,000 pounds. The EPA’s official fuel economy rating is 18 mpg in city driving and 24 mpg on the highway.
Pickups have come a long way in terms of comfort – especially the unibody-built Ridgeline. As such, its base trim, the Sport, is well set up with nice features such as tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, LED headlights, LED taillights, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, and a hidden storage area beneath the 60/40-split flip-up second-row seat. Even its truck bed is deluxe with 33.9 cubic feet of space, a dual-action tailgate, a lockable storage trunk, and eight heavy-duty tie-down cleats.
Every Ridgeline gets automatic high beams plus Honda Sensing, the proprietary driver-assist technology suite, which contains forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The Sport also has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, an SMS text messaging assistant, and a seven-speaker sound system. Also standard are a USB charge port, a USB data port, and two 12-volt outlets, plus access to HondaLink remote vehicle services.
The RTL raises the plushness factor with leather upholstery, heated power front seats (the driver’s seat has position memory), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power sliding moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, and interior LED lights for reading. The side mirrors are heated and enhanced with position memory and integrated turn-signal indicators. Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is added to the driver-assist suite, and the infotainment system is upgraded with SiriusXM satellite radio.
Some additional upscale features make the RTL-E really attractive, starting with a heated steering wheel, illuminated beverage holders, and blue ambient interior lighting. It also has programmable remote entry, puddle lamps, a conversation mirror, front and rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging, and a 150W/400W truck-bed power outlet. The Honda also includes additional cabin speakers, including a subwoofer, as well as truck-bed speakers and two more second-row USB ports.
The Black Edition is equipped similarly to the RTL-E, but the ambient interior lighting is red rather than blue, and the exterior gets the blacked-out theme that gives the trim its name.
Honda offers a series of optional equipment groupings for the 2023 Ridgeline. The Function Package makes cargo transportation even easier by adding dividers for the in-bed trunk, plus cargo nets and a first-aid kit; the Function+ Package includes those features plus a hard cargo-area cover. Fender flares, a special grille, and package-specific wheels define the HPD Black and Bronze packages, with the names indicating the color of the wheels. The Utility Package contains running boards and roof with rails with crossbars.