This model has been known as the most road-oriented pickup truck in the class and its lineup will be expanded with the new 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. The current model is in the second generation. It is present since 2016 and the company has decided to make it even more competitive, despite the fact that it is already one of the best models among mid-size trucks. Compared to most competitors, it puts much more focus on the smooth ride, comfort, and similar things. The next year is about to bring an electrified version, which means another great benefit, called fuel economy. Expect to see 2019 Ridgeline Hybrid by the end of the year.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, this model shouldn’t be much different compared to a standard gasoline model. We are about to see a familiar layout, which is pretty unusual for these kinds of vehicles. Unlike most competitors, this one is more about comfort and convenience. On the other side, things like towing capacity and overall working capabilities are good, but not on the same level compared to other models. The reason is simple. This model rides on a car-like unibody platform. It definitely has some drawbacks in terms of capabilities. On the other side, you can count on superior comfort and ride quality, as well as on much better efficiency. These are probably the strongest points of this pickup truck.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid should feature basically the same cabin as standard gasoline model. Of course, we will see a little bit different instrument cluster, but other things will remain unchanged. This would mean the same dashboard layout and standard features. Compared to other models in the class, this one feels far more upscale. All materials feature better quality, while the list of standard equipment is much longer. When it comes to tech features, base models will come with a 5-inch screen, push-button start and a seven-speaker audio system with two USB ports, Bluetooth etc. On the other side, higher trims add a bigger 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, navigation system and much more.
Also, we expect to see a whole bunch of safety systems. Count on things like a blind-spot camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automated emergency braking, lane departure warning and intervention, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
Expect to see same equipment structure. There should be six trim levels in the offer – RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E and the Black Edition.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Powertrain
Most likely, the new 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will borrow powertrain from the new Accord hybrid. This gasoline/electric system has a combined output of 213 horsepower. It seems significantly lower compared to the base V6 engine, so further tunings are also possible. In any case, this version will feature superior fuel economy and that will be its main characteristic.
Besides new hybrid powertrain, this pickup truck will continue with a familiar V6 unit in base models. This engine delivers around 280 horsepower and comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
What mpg ratings to expect from 2019 Ridgeline Hybrid?
As we’ve already mentioned, the strongest point of this version should be fuel economy. In the Accord, this system provides amazing 50 mpg. Considering that the Ridgeline is heavier and with not so good aerodynamics, expect slightly lower results.
What will be towing capacity of Honda Ridgeline Hybrid?
The current gasoline model features max towing capacity around 5000 pounds. Due to lower output, the new hybrid version will be less capable.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Release Date and Price
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid should come by the end of the year. Base price will most likely go somewhere around 35.000 dollars.