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.
The Sport trim starts off the lineup with a good mix of standard features, highlighted by tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, LED headlights, LED taillights, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, and a well-equipped 33.9-cubic-foot truck bed featuring a lockable storage trunk, a dual-action tailgate, and eight heavy-duty tie-down cleats. For added security, there’s a hidden storage area beneath the 60/40-split flip-up second-row seat. The RTL ramps up with heated power front seats (the driver’s seat has position memory), leather upholstery, a power sliding moonroof, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirrors, and LED reading lights. Its steering wheel is wrapped in leather and the exterior mirrors are heated and have position memory and integrated turn-signal indicators. The RTL-E is even more deluxe with its heated steering wheel, programmable remote entry, puddle lamps, illuminated beverage holders, blue ambient interior lighting, and conversation mirror. A similar roster of features is found in the Black Edition, but the ambient interior lighting has a red hue and the exterior gets the blacked-out treatment that gives the trim its name.
Every Ridgeline gets automatic high beams plus Honda Sensing, the automaker’s comprehensive active-safety technology suite. Its features are forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. The RTL and higher get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and the RTL-E and Black Edition add front and rear parking sensors.
An 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system is the most basic version, as found in the Sport tri. Its other features are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, an SMS text messaging assistant, and a seven-speaker audio system. A USB charge port, a USB data port and two 12-volt outlets keep all of the devices operating, and access to HondaLink remote vehicle services is also standard. SiriusXM satellite radio gets added at the RTL level; the RTL-E and Black Edition add two second-row USB ports, wireless phone charging, and a 150W/400W truck-bed power outlet. The infotainment system in these two highest trims is bolstered with navigation, voice recognition, and HD radio. They also have some additional cabin speakers, including a subwoofer, as well as truck-bed speakers.
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.
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