Our Favorite American Truck: the 2019 Honda Ridgeline

 
You might not expect a Japanese-branded truck at Gillman Honda San Benito to carry a Made in America label, but the 2019 Honda Ridgeline does just that. Built in Lincoln, AL, it’s the ideal antidote to many of its competitors’ oversized and inefficient models. 

The Honda Ridgeline is only in the third year of its new generation. That means the same powertrain as previous years (a 280 hp i-VTEC® V-6 engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission), the same choice of FWD and AWD drivelines, and the same towing capacity as last year (3,500 pounds in FWD, or 5,000 pounds with AWD). 

Because it shares its driveline, its platform, and its powertrain with the Honda Pilot, it provides a ride that’s more like a crossover than a truck. However, it shares another great feature with the Honda Pilot: even though both use unibody construction, both also feature perimeter rails for added strength. This allows for a bit higher towing capacity and off-road capability than would otherwise be possible. 

Of course, because this is a new Honda vehicle, you’re going to be spending a lot more time in the cabin than under the hood. So let’s take a look around. There’s an 8-way power driver’s seat, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, and a host of safety features under the Honda Sensing® umbrella, including lane keep assist, lane departure warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ with Forward Collision Warning, and adaptive cruise control. Your Honda dealer will talk you through other features, like the dual-action liftgate and in-bed trunk (which doubles as a cooler).

The original Honda Ridgeline may have been a bit too original. However, in its second generation, it looks like drivers around Harlingen are finally catching on. It’s unusual, sure. It’s also anything but dull, and it’s right here at 1801 Industrial Way, home of Gillman Honda San Benito.

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