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All Ridgeline audio systems are now MP3/WMA capable
Car and Driver
features...something that's not standard on most so-called entry-level trucks, a power sliding rear window
New for 2009 is the coupling of a backup camera with the nav system
The 2009 Honda Ridgeline isn't cheap for a truck, but you will get a lot of desirable features for your money. TheCarConnection.com's research and driving experiences with the Honda Ridgeline show that Honda's model-year improvements are particularly noticeable in terms of available standard and optional features.
The latest and greatest version of the Honda Ridgeline offers a few more standard features than could be found on previous iterations of this 2009 Honda pickup. Car and Driver notes that "all Ridgeline audio systems are now MP3/WMA capable, and all but the entry RT model gain auxiliary-input jacks." Cars.com points out that this is one of "the most [welcome] changes" to the Honda Ridgeline, which in base RT form comes with a "trip computer...tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and something that's not standard on most so-called entry-level trucks, a power sliding rear window." TheCarConnection.com's editors find that stepping up to the mid-level 2009 Honda Ridgeline RTS trim will get you nicer wheels and door handles, as well as an upgraded 160-watt sound system. For those who want only the best, Cars.com states that the Honda Ridgeline RTL brings "leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power moonroof," as well as "satellite radio, a Homelink universal garage door opener and a 115-volt power outlet."
In addition to the standard features found on the various trims of this 2009 Honda, a number of optional features and accessories are available to consumers. Car and Driver reports that the 2009 Honda Ridgeline RTL "can now be optioned with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, and power lumbar support." Motor Trend reviewers add that the 2009 Honda Ridgeline offers a "backup camera with the nav system option," while Cars.com notes that, "in typical Honda fashion, the 2009 Ridgeline isn't available with any packages per se." However, individual accessories can be added on to the Honda Ridgeline, including a "$225 full-size spare tire that replaces the standard spare."
Individual options are available, but the 2009 Honda Ridgeline lineup comes well equipped enough in its standard trims to keep most buyers satisfied.