Less lard than a ‘lade
Less gothwhore looking than a Extra Plastic Avalanche
Classy like an El Camino.
Honda Motor Co. officially entered the truck market Monday with the 2006 Ridgeline mid-size pickup.
An 8.5-cubic-foot trunk under the pickup’s bed is one feature which sets the Ridgeline apart from others in its class, including the Dodge Dakota, the Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma. The trunk even has a drain so owners can fill it with ice while tailgating.
The Ridgeline also has an innovative tailgate that can either open flat or swing open from the side.
The Ridgeline has a 3.5-liter, 255-horsepower V6 engine and can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Dick Colliver, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., said the Ridgeline also has the best fuel economy in its class, with 21 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 in the city.
Colliver said he believes the Ridgeline will attract not only pickup owners but owners of sport utility vehicles and cars who are attracted to its cargo capacity and car-like interior. The Ridgeline will be manufactured in Ontario.
Colliver estimated that Honda will sell 50,000 Ridgelines this year.
The vehicle will go on sale in March and will cost between $27,000 and $30,000.