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2008 Honda Ridgeline Truck

4WD Crew Cab RT

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Benefits of Driving a 2008 Honda Ridgeline Truck

The Honda Ridgeline offers unique packaging for a pickup for 2008, with a half-ton payload capacity paired with room for five adults and unit-body construction for improved ride and handling versus most pickups. With its comfortable, quiet interior and good safety record it's a good choice for those who need to haul less frequently but will rely on the truck for daily passenger duty.

What's new for 2008?

For 2008, the Honda Ridgeline carries over with only a few minor changes. New 'machined styling' wheels are featured on the Ridgeline RTS and RTL, and the fabric interior in the RT, RTX, and RTS models is changed from a two-tone style to a single tone.

Model Strengths

  • Ride and refinement
  • handling relative to other pickups
  • outstanding safety
  • half-ton load capacity.

Model Review

The 4-door 2008 Honda Ridgeline pickup offers a unique configuration, with room for five and a 5-foot cargo bed with half-ton hauling capability. The bed comes with tie-downs and bed lamps, and there's also an 8.5-cubic-foot in-bed trunk that provides enough space for a large cooler or three golf bags.

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June was Honda's best sales month ever, up 17.9 percent from June 2007. The company moved a remarkable 130,083 vehicles, and dealers can't keep their economical Civic and Fit vehicles in stock. For Honda's Ridgeline pickup, as with all large trucks, sales were down, in this case 34.2 percent from last year. We all know why.

But what if you need a large pickup truck? In that case, this Honda could be a fine choice, for a number of reasons. One is the way it's built. If you look at a Ridgeline, you'll see that the body is all one piece, not a cab and a separate bed behind it. That's because it's built on a closed-box unit-body frame, different from conventional trucks with their separate body and frame. The unit-body frame adds strength and stability, and, combined with a four-wheel independent suspension, makes the Ridgeline feel like a car when you're driving it.

My Nimbus Gray Metallic text car echoed the macho, oversized feel of its Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota, and other competitors, and there was a lot of the chunky look of the company's Pilot SUV too. That's what you expect when you buy a truck.

Inside, the Ridgeline offers the right cues for a rugged working vehicle, with upsized controls, sturdy handles, and expansive panels, but quality is typical Honda perfect. The gauges look like an Accord's, magnified 50 percent. The silvery trapezoidal door grips are nothing like you'd ever see on a GM or Ford vehicle.

There are storage nooks everywhere. I found out the last day I had the truck that the entire console between the front seats slides forward, opening up a huge hidden bin. The rear seats flip up, providing copious room for boxes, bicycles, or a month's worth of groceries.

The Ridgeline comes with one engine only, a high tech 247-horsepower V6, coupled with a five-speed automatic. This further separates it from its competitors, who proudly offer V8 power (with its inevitable poor fuel economy). The 4,500-pound Ridgeline does just fine with a V6, and can tow 5,000 pounds or carry a half ton in its five-foot composite bed.

Even here, Honda goes its own way. The dual action tailgate opens down or to the side. The latter position is great for accessing its unique lockable 8.5-cubic-foot in-bed trunk, which can swallow up a 72-quart cooler or three golf bags. Lockable out-of-sight storage is a blessing in an open truck.

Every Ridgeline comes standard with Honda's Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive system, which provides front-wheel drive for normal travel on dry streets and automatically engages all-wheel drive when you need it in rain, snow, ice, sand or mud. For safety, the Ridgeline also comes with anti-lock brakes and Vehicle Stability Assist, which helps keep the truck moving the way the driver intends. There are plenty of airbags, too, including one on the passenger side that detects the passenger's position and adjusts accordingly. The Ridgeline earns top-level five-star ratings for government front and side crash tests.

The V6 is rated by the EPA at 15 City, 20 Highway, which is pretty good for a big truck. The EPA's Green Vehicle ratings reward Honda's sophisticated VTEC engine with a 7 in the Air Pollution score but the realities of size lead to a middling 4 on the Greenhouse Gas score.

There are four flavors of Ridgeline to choose from: RT, RTX, RTS and RTL. Every Ridgeline comes with air conditioning, tilt wheel, power windows and locks, cruise control, keyless entry and a 100-watt audio system. You also get a power sliding rear window that's great for a quickly cooling off the cabin.

The RTX adds a trailer hitch with 4- and 7-pin trailer wiring, alloy wheels, a different grille and body-color door handles (beats black plastic). The RTS upgrades the stereo to 160 watts with a subwoofer, six-disc CD changer and steering wheel controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, and RTS-specific alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line RTL, like my test vehicle, features leather seats, heated in front, a moonroof, XM Satellite Radio, HomeLink remote system, and a compass. If you want a navigation system, you can order one with the RTL as well.

Prices range from $28,000 for the RT to $35,090 for the RTL with Navigation. Add $635 for destination and handling (you can expect this number to increase along with gas prices).

A big truck isn't the image that springs to mind when many of us think of Hondas. The company built its reputation in the 1970's on its tiny Civic and compact first generation Accord. Honda has become a full-line manufacturer now, and wants to compete in every segment of the marketplace. It just so happens that big trucks are cold right now, but fortunately for Honda, that's not its main market, hence the record-setting month.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Fog Lamps Opt
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

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Honda Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the non-powertrain coverage by 1 year/12,000 miles from the date of purchase or expiration of new car warranty date. In addition, Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles (HCPV) Limited Warranty extends the powertrain coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 year or 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 150
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance No
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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