2023 Honda Ridgeline front view

2023 Honda Ridgeline Review: Redesign and Hybrid Rumors

If you are looking for a midsized, sturdy, reliable truck, look no further, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline is tailored for you. Although Honda is a big name in the car industry it is not as famous in circles of truck lovers. Top dogs are Ford, Ram, Chevrolet, and GMC. The Ridgeline did receive some improvements in 2021 but a few more tweaks won’t hurt.

Nothing too extravagant is planned by the reports. Some minor interior and exterior changes will improve the style and give it a modern look. However, we heard through the grapevine about there being a hybrid version or at least some type of electrification. If this piques your interest, keep reading to learn more about the upcoming 2023 Honda Ridgeline.

2023 Honda Ridgeline interior

Interior Upgrade

Flagship model from Honda will not be receiving a lot of remodeling this time, as we previously stated. It is still going to resemble a Pilot SUV. This means it will be able to seat up to five people in its roomy cabin, and it can do it without compromising comfort. This will make you forget you are in a truck built for towing and scaling obstacles.

Seatings have great cushioning for a pickup truck and with the redesign, we can expect new fabric. Buyers will be able to choose between leather and cloth upholstery, depending on their preference. This also means a new color scheme and also contrasting stitching to add some style to your ride. The 2023 Honda Ridgeline will sport an 8-inch touchscreen and it is compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto, which is a nice improvement.

Safety on the road is always a hot topic, and Honda delivered here as well. This model will have Honda Sensing safety. This system will aid drivers to remain collision-free and keep them out of risky situations on the road. This in return will improve Honda’s safety standards and rating. The Honda Ridgeline for 2023 will have USB and Bluetooth connectivity and also a button starter, which is quite modern.

2023 Honda Ridgeline rear view

Exterior Upgrade

The Interior did change quite, but the things are going to stay put on the outside of the 2023 Honda Ridgeline. There are going to be minuscule tweaks here and there but it will share most of the characteristics of the 2021 model which is based on the Pilot crossover. Even though grills are getting big, Honda gave their truck an even bigger and more aggressive one.

This doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good, however. On the contrary, the exterior is sprinkled with a lot of chrome and with sharper lines. This is sure to make the truck look modern, slick, and aggressive. Just what it needs to win the hearts of truck lovers around the globe. Designers blessed the new Honda truck with powerful LED headlights and gave it a redesigned bumper. If we take a look at the profile, we can see the basic version comes with 17-inch wheels.

Upper trims will be sporting 18 and 19 alloy wheels. Alloy is of course made from lightweight materials, which are still sturdy and won’t break. However, they are lighter which improves the 2023 Honda Ridgeline power to weight ratio and puts a capital P in the powerful truck.

Engine Specification

There are changes brewing under the hood. The manufacturer is going to improve fuel efficiency and make some mechanical changes to improve the quality of the build. The all-wheel-drive is now standard on each trim level.

2023 Honda Ridgeline comes with a 3.5 liters V6 engine. This beast of an engine can spin up to 280 horsepower, which is more than enough. And it also produces 265-pound feet of torque to spin those wheels when you need it.

This will be connected with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which can be controlled with paddles on the wheel. This will help you with controlling this gargantuan of a truck so you don’t have to move hands between your wheel and transmission all the time.

According to the fueleconomy.gov, the Ridgeline AWD has fuel comsuption of 18 mpg at the city, and 24 mpg on the highway.

2023 Honda Hybrid Engine

2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Version

With most manufacturers going electric, Honda is bound to follow in its footsteps.

Is 2023 Honda Ridgeline coming out with a hybrid powertrain?

The truth is, we don’t know for sure. Speculations and rumors point to a tweaked version, with some design changes and obviously a hybrid engine. This engine is supposed to save the environment and save your wallet from going slim. Miles per gallon are improved greatly with hybrid versions of trucks.

Release date and Price

With the 2023 Honda Ridgeline dropping sometime during the summer of next year, the price is still up for debate. The previous model started at around $30.000 for the base trim and went upwards of  $40.000 for the tweaked versions. We can expect the hybrid one, if it happens, to be around $45.000 and the basic version to go for around $35.000.

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