2006 Honda Ridgeline Wins Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award
- December 20, 2005
- Posted by George Peterson
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In an sweep of Motor Trend’s 2006 Car and Truck of the Year Awards, Honda has achieved a first. No other manufacturer has won both in the same year. VehicleVoice [(http://www.vehiclevoice.com) & (http:/.vehiclevoice.com)] has been tracking both Honda vehicles since their intro and both are special. The Ridgeline, while not a “real” truck to real trucker, has many innovative features that make traditional pickups and SUTs look like “old-think”. Similarly, the hybrid-looking 2006 Civic sets a new standard for aspirational mainstream small car design.
Torrance, Calif. 12/20/2005 — The 2006 Honda Ridgeline earned Motor Trend magazine’s prestigious 2006 “Truck of the Year” award, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced today. The Ridgeline joins the all-new 2006 Honda Civic as this year’s recipient of Motor Trend’s “Car of the year” award, marking the first time ever that a manufacturer has won both honors in the same year.
Since its introduction in March of 2005, the Ridgeline has re-defined the mid-size truck segment through its innovative and exclusive new features. Designed to meet the needs of a growing population of consumers purchasing trucks to support their active, outdoor-oriented lifestyles, the Ridgeline delivers a proportional mix of overall truck capability, towing performance, ruggedness and value in a fun-to-drive vehicle built around Honda’s standards for reliability, safety and performance. The Ridgeline was the first-ever 4-door pickup to receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-star safety rating, the highest safety rating possible, for both frontal and side impact crash test performance. It also had the distinction of achieving the best rollover resistance rating of any pickup ever tested by NHTSA. All Ridgeline models are equipped with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features, including the most comprehensive list of standard safety equipment in its class.
“This certainly validates Honda’s unique approach to the truck segment,” said John Mendel, senior vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Winning Truck of the Year with our first attempt is truly remarkable, and we couldn’t be more pleased”
In keeping with Honda’s industry-leading ‘Safety for Everyone’ initiative, all Ridgeline trucks are equipped with standard anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control, advanced dual-stage, dual-threshold driver’s and front passenger’s Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags, driver’s and front passenger’s side airbags (passenger side with Occupant Protection Detection System), two-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Standard features on all Ridgeline models include a 247-horsepower VTEC V-6 engine; 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission; advanced Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive system; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power side windows, power sliding rear window and door locks; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; 6-speaker 100-watt audio system with CD player; 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage; all-weather floor mats; 5-foot, dent-resistant composite cargo bed with six heavy duty tie down cleats and 4 bed lights; an 8.5 cubic foot secure, lockable In-Bed Trunk; and dual-action tailgate.
The Ridgeline is a weird-looking piece of work. I hear its sales aren’t up to what Honda was expecting. Probably a result of its very high price and strange styling. The specs look pretty good and it drives like a dream, but I couldn’t see one in my driveway.
This is a complete joke. The Honda Ridgeline is as ugly as an Aztek, has met with lukewarm success in the market at best, and barely even qualifies as a truck. I think that most car enthusiasts don’t recognize the Motor Trend awards as significant, and haven’t for years.