2006 Honda Ridgeline

2006 Honda Ridgeline Pickup truck owners tend to fall into one of two groups. There are those who genuinely need the durability, power, and capacity of a full-size, heavy-duty truck, such as landscapers, construction workers, and RV owners. Then there is the second group of owners, who tend to enjoy the durability and capacity of a truck when hauling building materials from the local home improvement store or heading off-road for weekend camping excursions with the family. This group, however, usually uses their truck to commute to and from work, or haul kids back and forth to soccer games.

It is this second group of truck owners that Honda is targeting with the 2006 Honda Ridgeline. Based on the same platform as the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX, the Ridgeline is unique in the pickup truck market.

To begin with, the Ridgeline is the first mid-sized pickup to employ an independent rear suspension. This suspension has been employed in cars and SUV’s for years, and in a light- to medium-duty pickup, it provides several advantages over a live axle. First, ride and handling are superior to what is usually provided by a live axle. Another advantage is that the stationary differential provides enough space under the bed to house an 8.5 cubic foot trunk that is lockable and weather-tight. It even features a drain plug, so you can fill it with ice and use it as a cooler. Tailgate party anyone?

The Ridgeline’s steel-reinforced composite bed is accessed via the pickup truck market’s most innovative tailgate. Honda pays homage to station wagons of the 1970’s by installing a tailgate that tilts down or swings out. This slick feature allows access to the bed without having to reach over the tailgate. The bed is wide enough to allow 4X8 sheets of plywood to lay flat on the floor; a feat that no other compact or mid-size pickup can accomplish.

Even the construction of the Ridgeline is unique. Honda mounts a uni body atop a fully boxed frame to create a vehicle that is both rigid and strong. Honda claims that the Ridgeline is more than 2.5 times stiffer that the best performing body-on-frame compact pickup. The disadvantage to this belt and suspenders approach is that it contributes to the Ridgeline’s portly 4500-pound curb weight.

The only available engine is a transversely mounted VTEC 3.5 liter V6 engine, developing 255 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque. This power helps it tow 5000 pounds, or haul 1100 pounds in its 5-foot bed. To aid in towing, the Ridgeline comes equipped with transmission and power steering coolers.

In keeping with Honda tradition, the Ridgeline is the first compact pickup to meet Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) standards in all 50 states. It also returns a rather respectable 16/21 mpg.

Power is delivered to the drive train via a 5-speed automatic transmission, and the drive train offers all of the latest gadgets as standard equipment, including VTM-4 (Variable Torque Management) and VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist).

The Ridgeline is only offered with 4 doors. The 5-passenger cabin is spacious and flexible. The seats are wide, but supportive, and the rear seats flip forward to accommodate boxes and luggage you want to keep dry. Honda claims that there is enough space available to store a full sized mountain bike with the front wheel removed.

Cloth seating surfaces are standard, but leather is available, as is a voice-activated navigation system and an XM radio receiver. Gauges and controls are typical Honda: large, logically placed and easy to read.

The Ridgeline will be available in RT, RT-S and RT-L trim levels, with prices ranging from $27,700 to $34,490. In addition to the aforementioned drive train systems, standard equipment will include a towing package, power windows and locks, an automatic heated wiper zone on the windshield, integrated bed lights with an auto-off timer, and a 100-watt, XM ready 6-speaker stereo system. Look for the Ridgeline at your Honda dealer in March of 2005.

2006 Honda Ridgeline Features

2006 Ridgeline RT RTS RTL
Four Door Cab X X X
Body-Colored 5-mph Impact-Absorbing Bumpers Black X X
Vehicle-To-Vehicle Compatibility Bumpers X X X
Power Sliding Rear Cabin Window X X X
Body-Colored Door Handles Black X X
Alloy Wheels Steel w/ Covers X X
Remote Entry System X X X
Power Moonroof . . Available
Power Sliding Rear Cabin Window Open Indicator with Reminder Chime X X X
Multi-Reflector Halogen Headlights with Auto-Off X X X
Heat-Rejecting Green-Tinted Glass X X X
Privacy Glass X X X
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers X X X
Automatic Heated Wiper Zone X X X
Hidden Roof-Mounted Antenna X X X
Heated Side Mirrors . . X
Roof Rails Accessory Accessory Accessory
Pickup Bed...
SRC Cargo Bed (Steel-Reinforced Composite) X X X
In-Bed Trunk(TM) X X X
Dual-Action Tailgate X X X
Heavy Duty Tie-Down Cleats (6) X X X
Integrated Bed Lights (4) with Auto-Off Timer X X X
Motorcycle Wheel Indents X X X
. . . .
Pre-Wired for Trailer Connection (4/7-pin) X X X
Large Foldable Side Mirrors X X X
Heavy-Duty Front and Rear Tow Hooks X X X
Safety and Security...
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Airbags (SRS) X X X
Two-Row Side Curtain Airbags X X X
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Side Airbags with OPDS X X X
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions X X X
Headrests at all Seating Positions X X X
Adjustable Front Seat Belt Anchors X X X
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) 2nd Row (3 positions) 2nd Row (3 positions) 2nd Row (3 positions)
Security System . X X
Automatic Power Locks X X X
Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System X X X
Child-Proof Rear Door Locks X X X
Comfort and Convenience...
Multifunctional Center Storage Console with Sliding Armrest X X X
All-Weather Heavy Duty Floormats X X X
Driver’s Seat Adjustment 5-Way Manual 8-way Power 8-way Power
Driver’s Seat Height Adjustment Manual Power Power
Driver’s Seat Lumbar Support . Manual Power
Front Bucket Seats X X X
Front Row Seatback Pockets . . .
60/40 Fold-Up Rear Seat with Underseat Cargo Zone X X X
2nd Row Fold-Down Armrest . . .
Leather Trimmed Front and Rear Seats . . X
Heated Front Seats . . X
Power Windows w/Auto Up/Down Driver’s Window X X X
HomeLink(R) Remote System** . . X
Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls X X X
Map Lights, Front and Rear (4) X X X
Door Mounted Entry Lights (4) X X X
Front 12V DC Outlets (2) X X X
Rear 12V DC Outlet X X X
Sunglasses Holder X X X
Rear Window Defroster X X X
Coin Storage Area X X X
Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Illuminated Vanity Mirrors X X X
Sliding Sun Visors X X X
Climate Control...
Air Conditioning with Air-Filtration System X X X
Automatic Dual-Zone Climate Control System . X X
Rear Passenger Ventilation X X X
Outside Temperature Gauge . X X
Instrumentation and Controls...
Information Display X X X
Smart Maintenance Minder X X X
Adjustable Steering Column X X X
Rearview Mirror with Compass . . Standard (non-Navi)
Column-Mounted Shift Lever X X X
Dash-Mounted Headlight Control X X X
Remote Fuel Filler Door Release X X X
Tailgate-Open Indicator Light X X X
Low-Fuel and Low-Oil Pressure Indicator Lights X X X
Digital Clock X X X
Audio / Navigation / Entertainment...
100-Watt AM/FM/XM(R)-Ready/CD Audio System with 6 Speakers X . .
160-Watt AM/FM/XM(R)-Ready/6-Disc In-Dash CD Changer Audio System with 7 Speakers including Subwoofer . X X
XM(R) Satellite Radio . . w/ Moonroof
MP3/Digital Media Auxiliary Jack . . w/ Navigation
Steering Wheel-Mounted Audio Controls . X X
Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) with Voice Recognition . . Available
Honda DVD Entertainment System . . Accessory

** HomeLink(R) is a registered trademark of Price Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson Controls(TM).


2006 Honda Ridgeline Specifications


2006 Ridgeline RT RTS RTL
Identification J35A91 J35A91 J35A91
Type: 60-degree Aluminum V-6 60-degree Aluminum V-6 60-degree Aluminum V-6
Displacement (liters/cc) 3.5/3471 3.5/3471 3.5/3471
Bore x Stroke (mm) 89×93 89×93 89×93
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net) 255 @ 5750 255 @ 5750 255 @ 5750
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm) 252 @ 4500 252 @ 4500 252 @ 4500
Maximum RPM 6300 6300 6300
Compression Ratio 10.0:1 10.0:1 10.0:1
Cylinder Head Construction Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Valvetrain SOHC 24-Valve 3-Rocker VTEC(TM) SOHC 24-Valve 3-Rocker VTEC(TM) SOHC 24-Valve 3-Rocker VTEC(TM)
Fuel System Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) Multi-Point Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Ignition System Direct Ignition with Immobilizer Direct Ignition with Immobilizer Direct Ignition with Immobilizer
Throttle Control Drive-By-Wire Drive-By-Wire Drive-By-Wire
Intake Manifold Dual Stage (Aluminum) Dual Stage (Aluminum) Dual Stage (Aluminum)
Air Induction Fresh Air Intake Fresh Air Intake Fresh Air Intake
Alternator 12 Volt 130 Amp 12 Volt 130 Amp 12 Volt 130 Amp
Heavy Duty Radiator with Dual Fans Electric Fans Electric Fans Electric Fans
Drive Belt Single Serpentine with Auto Tensioner Single Serpentine with Auto Tensioner Single Serpentine with Auto Tensioner
Battery 12 Volt 70 AH 12 Volt 70 AH 12 Volt 70 AH
Emissions (Federal/California/Application) Tier 2 Bin 5 / ULEV-2/50 State Tier 2 Bin 5 / ULEV-2/50 State Tier 2 Bin 5 / ULEV-2/50 State
Automatic Transmission 5-speed 5-speed 5-speed
Grade Logic Control X X X
Heavy-Duty Power Automatic Transmission Cooler X X X
Ratios: 1st gear 2.693 2.693 2.693
-2nd gear 1.566 1.566 1.566
-3rd gear 1.023 1.023 1.023
-4th gear 0.729 0.729 0.729
-5th gear 0.531 0.531 0.531
-Reverse 1.889 1.889 1.889
Final Drive Ratio (Front Differential) 4.533 4.533 4.533
Transfer Case 0.537 0.537 0.537
Four-Wheel Drive VTM-4 VTM-4 VTM-4
Rear Differential Ratio 3.384 3.384 3.384
Locking Rear Differential X X X
Maximum Rear Torque Transfer 70-percent 70-percent 70-percent
Body Type Integrated Closed-Box Frame with Unibody Construction Integrated Closed-Box Frame with Unibody Construction Integrated Closed-Box Frame with Unibody Construction
Body Construction Boxed Ladder Frame with Unibody Boxed Ladder Frame with Unibody Boxed Ladder Frame with Unibody
Independent Front Suspension Type MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Independent Rear Suspension Type Multi-Link with Trailing Arm Multi-Link with Trailing Arm Multi-Link with Trailing Arm
Stabilizer Bars (mm) (front/rear) 23.0 (solid) /25.0 x 3.5 (tube) 23.0 (solid) /25.0 x 3.5 (tube) 23.0 (solid) /25.0 x 3.5 (tube)
Steering Variable Assist Power Rack-and-Pinion Variable Assist Power Rack-and-Pinion Variable Assist Power Rack-and-Pinion
Heavy-Duty Power Steering Cooler X X X
Turning Circle Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.) 42.6 42.6 42.6
Turns Lock-to-Lock 3.38 3.38 3.38
Gear Ratio 18.5:1 18.5:1 18.5:1
Front Disc Brakes (diameter/thickness, in.) 12.6 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.1
Rear Disc Brakes (diameter/thickness, in.) 13.1 x .04 13.1 x .04 13.1 x .04
Brake Caliper Pistons Front/Rear Dual/Single Dual/Single Dual/Single
Parking Brake Rear Drum-In-Disc Rear Drum-In-Disc Rear Drum-In-Disc
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) X X X
Electronic Brake Distribution System (EBD) X X X
Brake Assist X X X
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA(R)) withTraction Control 4-Channel 4-Channel 4-Channel
Wheels 17 x 7.5 J Styled Steel 17 x 7.5 J Aluminum Alloy 17 x 7.5 J Aluminum Alloy
Tires: All-Season P245/65 R17 105S P245/65 R17 105S P245/65 R17 105S
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Location and Pressure Indicators X X X
Wheelbase (in.) 122 122 122
Length (in.) 206.8 206.8 206.8
Height (in.) 70.3 70.3 70.3/71.2 with Moonroof
Overall Width (in.) (No Mirrors/Mirrors) 76.3/87.3 76.3/87.3 76.3/87.3
Wheel Track (in.) (front/rear) 67.1/66.9 67.1/66.9 67.1/66.9
Approach/Rampover/Departure Angles 24.5 / 21 / 22 24.5 / 21 / 22 24.5 / 21 / 22
Ground Clearance (in.) 8.2 8.2 8.2
Length (in.) 60.0 60.0 60.0
Depth (in.) 20.7 20.7 20.7
Width (in.) (wheel well to wheel well) 49.5 49.5 49.5
Length Tailgate Down (in.) 79.0 79.0 79.0
In-Bed Trunk(tm) Volume (cu. ft.) 8.5 8.5 8.5
Heavy Duty Tiedown Cleats 6 6 6
Headroom (in.) (front/2nd row) 40.7/39.1 40.7/39.1 40.7/39.1 (38.7/39.0 w/ Moonroof)
Legroom (in.) (front/2nd row) 40.8/36.4 40.8/36.4 40.8/36.4
Shoulder Room (in.) (front/2nd row) 63.2/62.6 63.2/62.6 63.2/62.6
Hiproom (in.) (front/2nd row) 57.6/57.2 57.6/57.2 57.6/57.2
EPA Passenger Volume


112.0 112.0/108.9 (moonroof)
Cargo Volume (cu. ft., underneath 2nd Row Seat) 2.6 2.6 2.6
Cargo Volume (cu. ft., 2nd row folded) 41.4 41.4 41.4/39.5 (moonroof)
Seating Capacity 5 5 5
GVWR (lbs.) 6,050 6,050 6,050
GCVR (lbs.) 10,085 10,085 10,085
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4503 4494 4498
Weight Distrubution (percent, front/rear) 58/42 58/42 58/42
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 5000 5000 5000
Payload Capacity (lbs.) 1549 1558 1554
Trailer Pre-Wiring 4-pin/7-pin 4-pin/7-pin 4-pin/7-pin
5-Speed Automatic (City/Highway) 16/21 16/21 16/21
Fuel (gal.) 22 22 22
Maximum Driving Range 462 462 462



* Based on 2006 EPA Mileage Estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary.

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