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2009 Honda Ridgeline Truck

4WD Crew Cab RT

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2009 Honda Ridgeline Truck

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Honda Ridgeline Truck

The Honda Ridgeline again offers unique packaging for a pickup for 2009, with a 1,100-pound payload capacity paired with room for 5 adults. Unit-body construction provides improved ride and handling compared to most pickups. With its comfortable, quiet interior and good safety record, it's an excellent choice for those who need to haul less frequently but will rely on the truck for daily passenger duty.

What's new for 2009?

The Honda Ridgeline has been given a host of exterior changes for 2009, including an updated grille, revised bumpers and new headlights and taillights. The interior gets a new steering wheel as well as updated switches and instrumentation. A trailer hitch, daytime running lights and active front-seat head restraints are now standard across the line. The RTX trim level has been discontinued. The RTS now includes a 115-volt power outlet, and the RTL now comes with fog lights, 18-inch alloy wheels and an iPod jack. Both the RTS and RTL feature a trailer harness with a 7-pin connector. When equipped with navigation, the RTL now also features a rearview camera. Gear ratios in the 5-speed automatic transmission have been modified, and the 3.5-liter V6 now sports 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque thanks to larger valves, an updated intake manifold and a revised camshaft profile. Despite the slight increase in power, fuel economy remains the same as last year. New accessories include a bed-mounted bicycle attachment and a motorcycle bed extender.

Model Strengths

  • Ride and refinement
  • handling
  • outstanding safety
  • 1,100-pound load capacity.

Model Review

The 4-door 2009 Honda Ridgeline pickup offers a unique configuration, with room for 5 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 3 golf bags.

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Source: The Car Connection

The editors of TheCarConnection.com have driven the revised 2009 Honda Ridgeline and bring you impressions and details. In addition, TheCarConnection.com has studied a wide range of reviews covering the Ridgeline, to help you make the most informed choice and make sense of differing opinions.

As pickup trucks offer more refined driving experiences and bolder styling cues, many of the attributes that made the Ridgeline seem like an outsider in the pickup field when it was first introduced in 2005 now position it as a more appealing choice to shoppers who want the comforts available in the big trucks but don't need all their capability (or cumbersome handling). For 2009, Honda incorporates more than 50 improvements that altogether give the Ridgeline a refreshed look and feel.

Although it looks almost the same as the '08, the '09 Ridgeline incorporates a number of subtle appearance changes, including a new grille, plus new headlights and tail lamps on the outside, and a revised appearance inside. But exterior styling still isn't an asset for the 2009 Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline's side silhouette is its most memorable feature; the so-called machined billet styling--with no gap between the cab and bed, and the downward sloping bed wall--gives it a very different look altogether, but the entire design still feels a little overwrought, as there are so many different creases, details, and character lines. Chunky, flared wheel wells aid the Ridgeline's proportions, and the subtle crease running from headlights to taillights is a nice detail, but the two horizontal grooves lend the design a busy feel from some angles. From the rear, the Ridgeline appears neat and tidy, but the odd new front fascia and grille--borrowing from the Pilot SUV's controversial look--don't do the design any favors.

Inside, the 2009 Honda Ridgeline has a more conventional appearance, with an upright, straightforward design--although the door panels are styled with hints of the exterior and have an awkward grab-handle arrangement. Ridgeline's look inside has changed slightly for 2009, with a different steering-wheel design and revised switchgear and finishes, and overall there's a bit less brightwork.

The Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V-6 engine gets a boost to 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque, and new gear ratios for the five-speed automatic transmission help improve acceleration. Even with this year's improvements to off-the-line torque, the engine still doesn't feel quite torquey enough from a standing start for the heaviest towing needs, but power keeps building with revs, and it feels especially able and perky in passing maneuvers, aided by quick downshifts from the transmission.

All Ridgelines come with Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive, which is better suited to slippery snow-covered roads than most ordinary truck 4WD systems. Although the system isn't designed for serious off-roading, it includes a rear diff lock (VTM-4) mode for speeds of up to 18 mph. The 2009 Honda Ridgeline can haul a 1,550-pound payload in its five-foot composite cargo bed or tow up to 5,000 pounds; all the heavy-duty components for towing, such as transmission and oil coolers, come standard.

There's much to rave about with respect to the way the 2009 Honda Ridgeline rides and handles. Those used to traditional pickups will be wowed. A fully independent suspension in the 2009 Ridgeline--including struts in front and a multilink trailing-arm setup in back--yields a smoother ride and much better handling than other compact or mid-size trucks. Well-weighted steering helps the Ridgeline handle like the more car-oriented SUVs, with a great on-center feel, and it unwinds neatly coming out of corners. The Ridgeline doesn't bang and wiggle over bumps either, as many leaf-sprung pickups do, yet the suspension feels just as secure with a moderately full load as it does when empty, and it's relatively easy to hustle along on a curvy road. TheCarConnection.com last used a test '09 Ridgeline to travel up a narrow mountain road and load about a quarter cord of firewood (nearly a half-ton); on the way back down, it was surprisingly stable in the steep curves.

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline is only offered in a five-passenger crew-cab layout, with room for up to five. Front seats are supportive, if not that soft, but there's plenty of space, and in back two adults will fit just fine. If you want to carry items--like work tools or picnic supplies--securely inside the bed, the split-folding, tumble-forward rear seat has an integrated storage area. And if that's not enough, there's also a sealed 8.5-cubic-foot compartment within the cargo bed, good enough for a large cooler. The cargo bed isn't big, at just over 5 feet long, but it will hold a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate down. The dual-action tailgate can open to the side or conventionally; it can support up to 300 pounds, even while moving; and it's designed to close with contaminates like sand or sawdust in between without damaging the setup.

The Ridgeline also bridges Honda's lines of ATVs, personal watercraft, and power equipment with its cars and SUVs, as it's capable of getting those smaller vehicles more easily to the recreation area. New for 2009 is a bed extender to fit most motorcycles, along with a bed-mount bicycle attachment; there's also a range of more specialized mounting accessories for ATVs (or even bicycles, snowboards, or surfboards), and a total of eight bed tie-downs help with other cargo.

Shoppers don't necessarily need to step up to a full-size pickup to get some of the interior conveniences and high-tech features that they appreciate in their luxury car. Now on the 2009 Honda Ridgeline's options list is a voice-recognition navigation system that includes Zagat restaurant information, an off-road tracking function, and a Bluetooth hands-free calling interface. Three trims are now offered for the Ridgeline: RT, RTS, and RTL. The RT includes air conditioning, cruise control, a power-sliding rear window, and a 100-watt, six-speaker CD sound system. The mid-level RTS brings a refined appearance with machine-finished alloy wheels, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and privacy glass, plus an upgraded 160-watt sound system; at the top of the line, the RTL adds 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, a power moonroof, heated mirrors, and XM Satellite Radio.

Honda sets a high bar for the Ridgeline early on; upon its introduction for 2006, the Ridgeline was the first four-door pickup to get straight five-star ratings from the federal government in frontal and side impacts. It maintains those scores for 2009, gets the best Good ratings from the IIHS, and is one of only three pickup models awarded the group's Top Safety Pick designation. Front side airbags, rollover-sensing side-curtain bags covering both rows, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control are included across the 2009 Honda Ridgeline model line.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline doesn't drive like any other pickup model, and for most people who commute daily and haul sometimes, that's a good thing.

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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

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

Accident Prevention

Rear Parking Aid Opt

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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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 Used Car 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 Used Car 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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