An unorthodox entrant intro the mid-sized truck category, the Honda Ridgeline production vehicle arrived for the 2006 model year based on a 2004 concept. Constructed on a similar platform as the Honda Pilot crossover, the Ridgeline received a squarer, tougher-looking exterior appearance to complement the trucks enriched utility potential.
Featuring a four-door cab layout, the Ridgeline featured a 1,100-pound capacity 5-foot bed. Overall payload capacity of the 2006 Honda Ridgeline was rated at 1,500 pounds. A dual-action tailgate as well as 8.5 cubic feet of enclosed storage found with an in-bed truck was also components to the 2006 Honda Ridgeline. A 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine provided propulsion for the Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system equipped standard on the Ridgeline.
Boasting medium duty off-road capacity, the 2006 Ridgeline could also tow up to 5,000 pounds. Four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system and Hondas Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control was presented as standard safety equipment on the sport utility truck. Providing seating for five passengers inside its cabin, the Ridgeline was equipped with air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows and a stereo system with CD player as standard equipment. From 2006 to 2009, the Honda Ridgeline was offered in RT, RTS, RTL and RTX trim levels.
For 2009, the Honda Ridgeline began to wear a grille similar to the one adorning the Pilot crossover. A standard trailer hitch was one of 50 upgrades mentioned as part of the revised Ridgeline for 2009. Providing a slightly difficult personality for the Ridgeline, 2012 introduced a Sport model equipped with a blacked-out grille and 18-inch alloy wheels. After the 2014 model year, Honda put production of the Ridgeline on hiatus expressing a desire to manufacture a similar truck-like vehicle in the near future.