BIRMINGHAM, MICH. — The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is up for anything. It's well-rounded and offers just enough capability for most pickup buyers. That's stating the obvious, but after a few weeks behind the wheel of the Ridgeline, I'm impressed with Honda's balanced approach to the ultra-competitive midsize truck segment. I call it the pocketknife pickup. It's smaller than full-sized monsters like the Ford F-150 and its rivals, but the Honda punches above its weight. Here are three observations after ruminating on the Ridgeline, which joined the Autoblog long-term fleet, this winter.
The new @therealautoblog long-term test vehicle, the @Honda Ridgeline, moved a recliner across town today. No problem. Liking this pickup a lot already. pic.twitter.com/C5pvJp7QC1 — Greg Migliore (@GregMigliore) January 1, 2018
What you're looking at is possibly the ultimate "Sleeper Prius", and at the same time, one of the quickest 1/4 mile cars present at this year's SEMA Show.
Aside from having a 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, the guys over at American Racing Headers (ARH) added a 4.5-liter Whipple supercharger and a one-off trick exhaust system, estimating over 1,000 HP as the end result.
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