The Ridgeline comes with an available i-VTMA AWD system. It includes four traction management settings for normal road conditions, and snow, mud, or sand when you need a bit more stability and control.
The front-wheel drive Ridgeline offers many advantages over the rear-wheel drive systems in competitive truck models. 2WD Ridgeline models will get a slightly better fuel economy over its AWD counterpart for drivers who want to make less frequent visits to the pump. It also has more space for passengers inside and more cargo room in the truck bed.
Unlike the other competitive truck models, the Ridgeline also comes fully equipped and ready to tow with no additional equipment to buy. Towing stability, towing pre-wiring, tow hooks, and trailer hitch are all a part of the Ridgeline’s list of standard equipment. The AWD model is ready to tow up to 5,000 pounds. To get the Colorado, Tacoma, and Frontier equipped with towing pre-wiring or a trailer hitch, you’ll have to either choose to add them as options for an extra cost or explore higher trim levels that do offer those features.
The box of the Ridgeline is also a point of departure from your average pickup truck. Designed wide with minimal wheel well housings, the floor of the bed is flat and can even accommodate 4×8-foot sheets of plywood.
Lastly, the box also comes with an available industry-first truck-bed audio system. It uses exciter technology so it won’t be damaged by cargo or weather and the sound pumping out won’t be muffled, even if the bed is full of mulch or snow.
Inside the cabin, you’ll find plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. A 60/40-split bench seat offers multiple seating and cargo configurations. You can even store items under the rear seat, tucked away from the feet of the passengers, so everybody has enough room. The Ridgeline also has armrest storage, overhead console storage, seatback storage, and an available roof rack accessory. With all that cargo space and storage, the Ridgeline still has the roomiest passenger volume, measuring at 109.7 cubic feet. For comparison, the Tacoma only has a maximum passenger volume of 56.1 cubic feet. And though the Frontier is roomier than that, it still stops short at just 101.1 cubic feet.