A scratch and dent-resistant half-ton capacity composite bed
A large interior for a mid-size pickup
Advanced safety and technology in a mid-size truck
Contrary to some media reporting, Honda's publications state that the first–generation (2006–2014) Ridgeline was a uniquely engineered vehicle with 7% of its components shared with other Honda vehicles. Its powertrain resembled the one used in the first–generation Acura MDX but was "extensively calibrated and strengthened" for heavier hauling and towing duties. The second–generation (2017–present) Ridgeline took a different approach sharing Honda's new "global light truck platform," found in the third–generation Honda Pilot as well as other large Honda vehicles. However, Honda did have to create or modify components in order to support their next generation pickup, including:
Modifying various parts to support heavier hauling, towing, and more aggressive off-road use
Incorporating notable features from the first–generation, such as the dual-action tailgate and in–bed trunk
Adding new exclusive features, such as Honda's truck bed audio system
Despite these modifications, Honda has stated that 73% of the second–generation Ridgeline's components remain common in some way with the third–generation Pilot.
The first Honda Ridgeline went on sale in March 2005 as a 2006 model year vehicle. Production of the first–generation Ridgeline ended in early 2015. After a one-year hiatus in production, the second–generation Ridgeline went on sale in June 2016 as a 2017 model year vehicle. According to Honda, the Ridgeline was not designed to steal sales from the more traditional trucks sold in North America, but was developed to "give the 18% of Honda owners who also own pickups a chance to make their garages a Honda-only parking area." Despite the first–generation Ridgeline's poor sales, according to the author of Driving Honda, this mid-size pickup was one of the more profitable vehicles for Honda with reported sales in over 20 countries.
Sales figures for the Honda Ridgeline in the United States and Canada