The long-running second-generation Ridgeline thread: Honda Ridgeline Revival
I finally had a look at the new Ridgeline at a dealership last week, right beside a Pilot. I still like that tailgate, but having a closer look I noted a couple of interesting things about the cargo bed:
- the bed floor is quite high, noticeable mostly as the wheel wells sticking up very little above it
- one reason for the high bed floor is that the spare tire is over the axle (as it was before, and unlike the Pilot) but that spare is a space-saving compact size
The rear seat space seems to identical to the Pilot - and adult-sized - so the Ridgeline really is a Pilot with a big box instead of the smaller enclosed cargo area of the Pilot.
The hitch of the Ridgeline is not the same as that of the Pilot, and looks well-constructed.
There has been substantial discussion in other forums of the seam
between the cab and the box side panel, which did not exist in the first generation. I wondered if the box is actually separate from the structure, but I'm thinking it's probably not (it's hard to see clearly without getting underneath, and the truck in the showroom had a tent mounted on it as well). On the other hand, some people have suggested that it is just a cosmetic moulding to make the vehicle look more like a typical pickup truck, but that's not true - it is a significant gap closed by a rubber moulding. I suspect that Honda found this area to be too stressed to be one continuous side panel without the "buttress" design of the first generation, so they are allowing the box sides to move slightly when the body twists so there is no panel damage.
When GM put out their box-denting toolbox and concrete blocks advertisement I wondered how the composite box
of the Toyota Tacoma would handle this type of abuse. I still haven't seen a test of the Tacoma, but the Ridgeline's box is also composite material, and it has been tested with concrete blocks: Google search for Honda Ridgeline composite bed test
. It looks like the Honda passes with the blocks; I would be interested to see the toolbox test as well.