June 8, 2005

Consumer Reports names the Honda Ridgeline its new top-rated pickup truck

2006 Honda Ridgeline
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Yonkers, New York – Consumer Reports has named the new-for-2006 Honda Ridgeline as its top-rated pickup following in-depth tests of five compact pickups. Previously, the Toyota Tundra held the title of top-rated vehicle in the pickup category.

Consumer Reports tested the Ridgeline against the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma, Dodge Dakota and Chevrolet Colorado. The Ridgeline achieved an “Excellent” overall score in tests.

“Honda’s Ridgeline rewrites the book on pickups,” said David Champion, senior director of Consumer Reports’ Auto Test Center. “The Ridgeline has a car-like ride, a well-designed interior, and the highest payload capacity in our test group. It scores points in handling, comfort, and versatility, besting all other pickups we’ve tested in these categories.”

The Frontier finished with a Very Good overall score, as did the Tacoma. The Dakota achieved a Good overall score. The newly-introduced Chevrolet Colorado ranked last, with a Good overall score.

Of the vehicles tested, Consumer Reports recommends only the Ridgeline and the Tacoma. The magazine predicts the Ridgeline will provide good reliability based on the similar Honda Pilot. The Colorado scored too low in tests to be recommended; the redesigned Frontier and Dakota are too new to have a reliability record and cannot yet be recommended. Consumer Reports will only recommend vehicles that have performed well in its tests, have at least average predicted reliability based on subscriber surveys, and performed at least adequately if crash-tested or included in a government rollover test.

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