Performance Specifications of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

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    There’s no reason for Wisconsin’s drivers to settle for a pickup truck that can’t perform! The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has just arrived at dealerships across the area, and already plenty of folks are heaping praise on its engine and drivetrain. In this one-of-a-kind pickup, power and precision come together to offer “well mannered” and “extremely competent” handling that “makes buzzing around town or zipping down a back road a breeze,” according to Car and Driver.

    No matter where your life takes you, you’re sure to love how you feel behind the wheel of the Ridgeline. Thanks to its incredible performance specifications, it’s just as well suited to solving problems at the jobsite as it is to off-road adventuring, and that makes it a perfect vehicle for our friends and neighbors in the Wisconsin Heartland.

Drivetrain Components, Power, and Performance

No matter which of the Ridgeline’s six trim levels you select, your choice will come standard with a 3.5L V6 aluminum-alloy engine block, a 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC valvetrain, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engineers at Honda have sought to ensure this drivetrain’s optimum functioning by equipping it with additional features like direct fuel injection, a drive-by-wire throttle system, variable cylinder management, an active control engine mount system, and a high-capacity radiator with two high-power fans.


2018 Honda Ridgeline Torque AWD
2018 Honda Ridgeline heavy load in bed


Moreover, every model comes standard with active noise cancellation, so you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride no matter how hard you’re working your Ridgeline. Even remote engine start comes standard on the Sport trim and above. When we look to this pickup’s specifications, it’s easy to see why it satisfies so many drivers. Without any upgrades, the 2018 Ridgeline provides 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque!

What’s more, this year’s Ridgeline will join Honda’s celebrated lineup of all-wheel drive vehicles. The intelligent variable torque management (i-VTM4) AWD system is offered as an optional upgrade in every trim other than the RT, and it even comes standard on the RTL-E and Black Edition trims. With AWD, the Ridgeline’s intelligent traction management system expands its functioning, too: In addition to offering superior control in the snow, it functions in the mud and the sand as well! Drivers who want to maximize their Ridgeline’s staying power would be wise to consider its heavy-duty transmission cooler, optional on the Sport, RTL, and RTL-T and standard on the RTL-E and Black Edition.

Ridgeline Fuel Economy

Of course, the Ridgeline’s power isn’t the only factor that makes it so much fun to drive. Unlike many of its competitors, every Ridgeline trim offers satisfying fuel economy in the city, on the highway, and in combined settings. Ridgeline 2WD models offer an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined,* while AWD models are almost equally impressive, with an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.*

The Ridgeline’s exceptional efficiency is partially accounted for by its standard EcoAssist system, which automatically adjusts engine behavior in subtle ways in order to help the driver conserve fuel automatically. With a 19.5-gallon gas tank, you’ll rarely have to stop to fill up. You’ll be able to spend more time—and more money—on the adventures and activities that define you.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

Towing Capacity and Payloads in the Ridgeline

2018 Honda Ridgeline Cargo Truck Bed
The Ridgeline differs extensively from other pickup trucks, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the ability to handle heavy loads. Features like a dual-action tailgate, an in-bed trunk, an integrated Class III trailer hitch, and eight heavy-duty truck-bed tie-down cleats make it easy to collect and secure your cargo, while the Ridgeline’s MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, front stabilizer bar, and rear stabilizer bar help to maximize your carrying capacity.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Motor Bikes in Truck Bed
With 2WD, the Ridgeline is able to tow up to 3,500 pounds, and with AWD, that capacity increases to 5,000 pounds. The Ridgeline’s truck bed, which offers a total volume of 33.9 cubic feet, can be stocked with up to 1,580 pounds of equipment in its Sport AWD trim. Although the Ridgeline’s other trim and drivetrain configurations differ slightly in their capacities, none offers a maximum capacity lower than 1,447 pounds. Drivers should also be sure to take advantage of the Ridgeline’s innovative in-bed trunk, which offers secure storage for up to 7.3 cubic feet of your most precious cargo.

Take the Ridgeline for a Test Drive!

There’s never been a better time to experience the performance of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline for yourself! Our current offers and financing options have made the Ridgeline affordable for drivers on a budget, and when you stop by one of our easy-to-reach Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers locations, you can take this pickup for a test drive today! Contact us today to get started.


*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers

3285 S. Washburn St. Oshkosh, WI

Phone: 555-555-5555
43.9760815 -88.5833631
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Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers
Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers
3285 S. Washburn St.
Oshkosh, WI, 54904 United States
Wisconsin Heartland Honda Dealers 43.9760815, -88.5833631.