The Honda Ridgeline has proven to be a go-to solution for anyone looking for a quality midsize pickup. Small, sleek, and functional, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline continues to offer—much like its generational predecessors—all of the great features that have made this one of the more popular trucks in its segment. If you're looking for a daily driver, a light towing truck, or a utility work truck, the Ridgeline will easily fulfill your expectations.
The 2023 Ridgeline carries over most of the top features from the recent previous model years, building atop the redesign from the 2021 model year, which introduced a wider track, a bolder stance, and more exciting visual flair—and the inclusion of more off-road-ready features is great for those who want a more rugged truck.
The most recent generational refresh also came with an updated infotainment suite for a more accessible center console. Additionally, the new Ridgeline generation received an all-new color in the form of Sonic Gray Pearl during the outgoing model year—which is also still available for the 2023 model year—and it joins seven other colors, which include Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, Pacific Pewter Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Radiant Red Metallic II.
With the 2023 Honda Ridgeline, you have a fully-featured midsize pickup that combines a lot of style with convenience. Its utility aspects are buffed by a competent powertrain and great towing stats for its size. The Ridgeline manages to maintain its compact design and functionality without sacrificing its utility, and this is one of its biggest selling points, especially for those looking for an affordable and reliable midsize pickup.
The Ridgeline is widely recognized as an excellent truck for various practical purposes. It sports a great powerplant that makes it a strong and smooth daily driver, as well as a lot of standard features that help make it easy to handle on the road and visually appealing for those who want a great-looking truck.
It's powered by a 3.5L i-VTEC V6 that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that comes with built-in paddle shifters for those who want to shift manually. The Ridgeline also comes with a heavy-duty transmission cooler, so you can push the truck to its limits and it'll still be ready to push a little bit further.
This powertrain also contains Honda's patented VCM—or variable cylinder management—and the proprietary Eco Assist system so that you get the best fuel efficiency possible. As an all-wheel drive vehicle that utilizes Honda's i-VTM4 intelligent variable torque management, the Ridgeline manages an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 MPG in the city and up to 24 MPG on the highway. With the active control engine mount system and active noise cancellation, the Ridgeline provides reduced vibrations and quiet riding from one destination to the next.
The Ridgeline is built on a 125.2-inch wheelbase that makes the most use of its dimensions; this includes a 64-inch long truck bed that offers 33.9 cu.ft. of cargo volume, as well as an in-bed locking trunk that provides an additional 7.3 cu.ft. of cargo capacity. You have multiple heavy-duty tie-down cleats that can secure up to 350 lbs worth of cargo and a total payload capacity of up to 1,583 lbs. When it comes to towing and trailering, you can hitch up to 5,000 lbs to the Ridgeline, making it a versatile truck for both work and play.
It has multi-link rear suspension and stabilizer bars on the front and rear; with these and its solid unibody construction, you can take the Ridgeline off-road and maintain control. The Ridgeline also rides on 18-inch wheels and is paired with 29-inch all-season tires. This truck also has a dual-action tailgate and LED lighting array with automatic on/off headlights. An integrated Class III trailer hitch comes standard across the trim line and includes a seven-pin connector. The utility of this truck is also heightened with in-bed lights and a 400-watt bed power outlet.
The 2023 Ridgeline is further indulged in functionality with its comfort and convenience features. The four-door crew cab seats up to five people—two in the front row and three in the back. The interior cabin affords a maximum passenger volume of 109.7 cu.ft., with multiple storage compartments throughout the cabin, including side pockets on the doors, cupholders, seatback storage, and a second-row under-seat storage compartment that offers 2.9 cu.ft. of additional space.
There are also useful cabin conveniences such as sunglasses holders, a lockable glove compartment, and a multi-functional center console storage. If you're dealing with winter frost, there is a standard rear-window defroster with a timer that comes with every trim, along with a rear-seat heat duct. Floor mats and both front and rear beverage holders are also standard, making it easy for those of you who do carpools and cart along those vital morning drinks.
Tri-zone automatic climate control gives the interior cabin of the Ridgeline plenty of comfort-focused convenience. Map lights, four-way power front heated seats, available leather-trimmed interior, ambient LED lighting, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel also add an extra layer of opulence to the otherwise essential basics. With additional features like a push-button start, a Homelink garage opener, and a smart entry feature with walk-away auto-lock, the Ridgeline is filled to the brim with plenty of nifty cabin features that significantly elevate its convenience.
Many of the Ridgeline's comfort and convenience features are amplified by its standard tech features, foremost of which is the 8.0-inch touchscreen display that sits in the center console stack—the nexus for all your infotainment needs. You can conveniently plug in your phone or MP3 player thanks to an auxiliary input jack, or you can take your infotainment adventures a step further with your own personalized media and apps from your smartphone thanks to the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, along with the availability of a wireless charging dock.
These features are further buffed by Bluetooth wireless streaming, as well as the patented HandsFreeLink, so you can use voice-activated commands and controls for many of the infotainment features, including phone calls and SMS text messaging, which is perfect for when you need to communicate without taking your hands off the wheel.
A radio data system combined with speed-sensitive volume compensation means that you spend less time fumbling around with controls and knobs and more time enjoying the experience of the road. HD radio and the availability of SiriusXM satellite radio also means you can tune into your favorite stations or programs, spanning loads of unique channels across the airwaves.
The Ridgeline comes standard with a 215-watt seven-speaker surround sound system, but you can take advantage of the available 540-watt premium audio system featuring eight speakers and a subwoofer. With the HondaLink, you have a satellite navigation system with voice recognition and traffic support, as well as an entire suite of safety features to help you navigate to your destination safely. The latest in this Honda Sensing suite offers everything from adaptive cruise control to collision mitigation braking and lane-keeping assistance.
There are also many active safety features, such as a multi-angle HD rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, vehicle stability assistance with active traction control, brake assistance, and a tire pressure monitoring system. You also have blind spot information monitoring with cross-traffic alerts and parking assistance in the form of front and rear sensors, making getting into and out of parking spaces a breeze with the Ridgeline. And with a complete array of airbags, child-safety locks, and seat-belt reminders, the Ridgeline is one of the more convenient and safe midsize trucks to maneuver both on and off the road.