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2013 Honda Ridgeline: What You Need to Know

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Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Honda Ridgeline distinguishes itself with its car-like ride, as well as its unique bed and tailgate design.

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is ranked:

When it was new, automotive critics wrote that the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's standard V6 engine delivers adequate power in most situations, though some mentioned that it doesn't feel especially strong off the line. A five-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The Ridgeline's EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway is comparable with the fuel economy of similarly equipped rivals. Test drivers found that the Ridgeline has a comfortable ride over bumps. Some said that it leans a bit in turns, but others noted that it has generally composed handling and is easy to pilot through tight quarters. The 2013 Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is about 1,500 pounds less than the maximum towing capacities of rival compact trucks.

Critics commented that the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's cabin is built with a number of hard plastics and has a plain design, but most said that it is well-built and has an abundance of storage areas for smaller items. The Ridgeline is a crew cab that seats five, and auto journalists wrote that its front seats offer ample headroom and sufficient legroom for most, though some mentioned that thick roof pillars inhibit outward visibility. Rear-seat legroom is good for the class, they added. The 2013 Ridgeline has a lockable trunk built into the bottom of the truck bed and its tailgate can be opened down or swung open to the side, and reviewers liked the versatility these unique features add. A rearview camera and a six-speaker stereo are standard on the Ridgeline. Available features include Bluetooth, a seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, leather seats, heated front seats, navigation, a power sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Other Trucks to Consider

Test drivers agreed that the 2013 Toyota Tacoma's cabin is constructed with the highest-quality materials in the 2013 compact pickup truck segment. The Tacoma can tow more than the Ridgeline when properly equipped, and reviewers liked its standard adjustable tie-down anchors, as well as its bed, which is made of a dent-resistant material.

According to auto reviewers, the 2013 Nissan Frontier has lively acceleration with its available V6 engine, and they added that it has agile handling for a pickup truck. Like the Tacoma, the Frontier can tow 1,500 pounds more than the Ridgeline when properly equipped.

Read the full 2013 Honda Ridgeline reviewon U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

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