There have been certain revelations concerning the 2016 Honda Ridgeline. First and foremost, there was a drawn up concept model released by Honda which showed in which direction they are planning to take their upcoming model. Not long after that came the confirmation that the Ridgeline is going to be offered for the upcoming year of 2016. As many expected the vehicle to come out a bit earlier, Honda decided to skip the 2015 year and concentrate all of its efforts on making a decent car for the 2016 season.
In the recent years, the Honda Ridgeline has been turning out bad sales numbers. They have even gotten close in disclosing the brand. But as the Honda Ridgeline is already and established vehicle in the pickup truck segment they managed to pull through and let the Ridgeline stick in for a while longer. Of course this needed some additional craftsmanship and new ideas from the designers to keep the Ridgeline afloat. With the upcoming 2016 design Honda is hoping to bring back some of its former glory to the car and they are doing it with a magnificent looking design that will bring back the Ridgeline back in contention.
The new 2016 Honda Ridgeline is going to retain a traditional stance of a pickup truck and will retain some of its trademark characteristics, but besides that there are many things that will enhance the new car. It will particularly be largely different from the current model which was deemed as not a very successful release. With the longer roofline and a steeper windshield rake and an overall rounded look at the front end combined with same traditional pickup truck characteristics, the 2016 Honda Ridgeline will be back in our homes in not time. Find out the latest updates and specs about this vehicle in the given review and see some exclusive pictures as the vehicle gets closer to its release date.
2016 Honda Ridgeline exterior
The 2016 Honda Ridgeline always had a good exterior design but was never a good seller. Even upon its first release the truck presented a lot of value and came out with some innovative features that even made it the truck of the year in 2006. With a hunked stance, some innovative lines and unique proportions the car was something that was not yet seen then and proposed a lot of potential for the future. But somewhere along its line the Ridgeline lost its way and the selling numbers never got going as the competition from Chevy, Ford and Toyota was too hard to tackle. But all is not lost as the designers from Honda are planning to build the car up from the beginning and establish a new line with the second generation Honda Ridgeline tuck.
The designers have managed to keep some of the characteristics that were very important for the car, but will in fact build up and advance on them with the cool new design that the car is getting. It does not only provide a handsome look for the car but it also screams functionality which is one of the primary purpose of these kinds of trucks. The roofline has been designed to be longer while the windshields are steeper and the car also gets a bit more rounded than before. Add to that the bed-integrated trunk and a 2-way opening tailgate which were already established with this car before and we get a good vehicle for the future.
As for now there is very few information available for the interior of the 2016 Honda Ridgeline. As there have been only a few pictures released till now we cannot really be sure how will the end product of the inside of the newest Ridgeline look like. We are certain that the car will have good comfort to it and quality interior design. In fact they are not going to go for a big change on the inside and will mostly keep the primary characteristics of the current model with some modern new upgrades. It can be at this point to expensive to remodel the whole inside as it will enhance the end price.
The 2016 Honda Ridgeline is going to include a similar rugged but yet comfortable inside. It will have all the features that it had before and will build up with some newest technological additions. A decent 6 speaker audio system will be added while an updated air conditioning system is going to be utilized to enable even greater comfort on the inside. Electric windows, mirrors and adjustable seats are also a part of the package.
As far as the engine specs go for the 2016 Honda Ridgeline, the car is going to come with a few available options. The naturally aspired 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine that comes with an output of 160 hp is supposed to be the standard variant for the truck. This is actually a very decent fuel economy choice as it makes 30 mpg on highway as the measured EPA rating states. There is also a choice between the 2.0-liter 240 horsepower petrol engine as well as a 2.0-liter diesel engine. These are going to be some stronger available options compared to the base one.
Additionally, there are rumors and some talks that the 2016 Ridgeline may also include a hybrid drivetrain. If so, the current estimation is that 3.5-liter 24 valve SOHC V6, will be used in that case that will be combined with the iMMD Hybrid technology. Both this and all other trims will be available with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
Price and release date
The company is yet to announce the release date for their 2016 Honda Ridgeline. The fact is that the production model is still under wraps and we are expecting the info to emerge any day now. For now we are hoping it may get to be closer to mid-2016. The price estimates sates that you will be able to own this car for a price between $ 28,000 and $ 35,000.