The 2023 Honda Ridgeline is presented in a quartet of trim levels: Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Their powertrain is a 3.5-liter V6 with an output of 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque that’s linked to a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive comes standard, and – as we mentioned – the towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The EPA has officially estimated the Ridgeline’s fuel economy at 18 mpg around town and 24 mpg on the open road.
The entry-level Sport is well equipped, getting tri-zone automatic climate control, LED headlights, LED taillights, Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock, push-button ignition, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, and an overhead console holder for sunglasses. It’s set up with cargo carrying in mind, with a truck bed that fits 33.9 cubic feet of stuff that’s accessed with a useful dual-action tailgate; a locking trunk within the bed provides extra security, and there are eight heavy-duty tie-down cleats included. The 60/40-split flip-up rear seat in the second row also has a secret storage bin.
The RTL adds leather upholstery, heated front seats that are also power-adjustable, a power moonroof, a power sliding rear window, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors with integrated turn-signal indicators, illuminated vanity mirrors, LED reading lights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and position memory for the driver’s seat and exterior mirrors. The RTL-E gets even more: a heated steering wheel, programmable remote entry, a conversation mirror, puddle lamps, illuminated beverage holders, and blue ambient interior lighting. The Black Edition is equipped similarly, but its exterior elements are blacked out and the ambient interior lighting is done in red.
The Honda Sensing driver-assist technology suite comes standard on all trims. It contains adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Although they’re not technically a part of Honda Sensing, automatic high beams are also standard equipment. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is added at the RTL level, while the RTL-E and Black Edition also get front and rear parking sensors.
The Sport trim has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring smartphone integration (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, SMS text messaging, and a sound system with seven speakers. It also gets a USB charge port, a USB data port, two 12V outlets, and access to HondaLink remote vehicle services. The RTL and higher trims also get SiriusXM satellite radio. Two additional USB charge ports go into the second row of the RTL-E and Black Edition, which both also get a 150W/400W truck-bed power outlet, wireless phone charging, and an infotainment system that’s improved with voice recognition, HD radio, navigation, and additional speakers (including some in the truck bed) and a subwoofer.
All 2023 Ridgelines are eligible for some optional factory packages. The Function and Function+ packages both maximize versatility with cargo nets, in-bed trunk dividers, and a first-aid kit, but the Function+ Package also adds a hard cargo-area cover. The HPD Black and Bronze packages will outfit the Ridgeline with fender flares and a package-specific grille and badging, with the only difference being the color of the wheels: black or bronze. Finally, the Utility Package will add running boards and equip the roof with rails with crossbars.
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