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2014 Honda Ridgeline

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Day by Day Review: 2014 Honda Ridgeline Touring trucks car test drives honda daily car reviews
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Is it throw-back Thursday already? You see the Honda Ridgeline is certainly nothing new and I feel like I’m having a deja vu big time here. You see on April 16th 2006 I drove this same vehicle in red instead of blue (see article here: 2006 Honda Ridgeline).

Let’s just say that’s a little bit freaky to say the least. But that is my point — not much has changed since 2006. A little nip here, a little tuck there, and the 2014 Honda Ridgeline is basically the same truck that it was back in 2006 when it debuted and was highly debated on Autos.ca as not being a “real” truck.

Day by Day Review: 2014 Honda Ridgeline Touring trucks car test drives honda daily car reviews
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But now here we have a vehicle that was potentially ahead of its time. More trucks are now using coilover suspensions (RAM 1500) and smaller displacement engines and smaller trucks are now becoming more desirable as fuel prices rise and urbanites realize they don’t really need a full size truck.

Although inflation should result in a vehicle raising in price over time the Ridgeline has lowered slightly in price over the years. To me this does make sense, especially if you do very little to your vehicle. As technology and interior refinements improve over time and your vehicle stays stagnant, one would think you may have to lower your price to compete.

My tester is a loaded Touring version — very similar to the EX-L Navi I drove back in 2006. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with 250 hp and 247 lb-ft of torque the Ridgeline is rated to tow 2,268 kg pre-equipped with a hitch and pre-wired with seven-pin trailer connector brake controller (sold separately).

Pricing: 2014 Honda Ridgeline Touring
Base price (Touring): $39,450
Destination & PDI: $1,729
A/C Tax: $100
Price as tested: $41,279

Competitors:
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma

For more information on Honda and the Ridgeline visit Honda Canada




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.