2011 Honda Ridgeline Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

Other big pickups come in a wide variety of body styles and bed lengths. The Honda Ridgeline only comes one way--as a crew-cab pickup with space for five in front and a short bed in back.

The Ridgeline's one of the best trucks to sit in, even if you fold in the luxurious Ram Longhorns and F-150 Platinums and Sierra Denalis. The Honda's hront seats are supportive, though not that soft. The cabin has plenty of spread-out space, and the adults in the back are nearly as comfortable as those in front. And if no one's riding in back, the Ridgeline's back bench splits, folds and tumbles forward to reveal a storage area for smaller cargo than needs a weatherproof home.

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline can't compete with real full-size pickups in raw cargo capacity, but it has one of the most comfortable cabins for four adults.
The Ridgeline's bed has some nifty truck tricks of its own, but the cargo bed itself is just over five feet long. It will hold a 4x8 sheet of plywood with the tailgate down, but that wood will need the optional bed extender to stay firmly in place. The Ridgeline does better when it's used for lighter duty, or as the primary transport for Honda-built ATVs, snowboards, surfboards, bikes, and the like--Honda makes its own bed accessories and mounts specifically for this purpose.

Under the bed floor is the Ridgeline's secret. A sealed 8.5-cubic-foot compartment is concealed below the cargo bed, and it's large enough to hold a large cooler. Another neat piece of engineering is the tailgate's dual-swing mode: it can open to the side or fold down, when it can also support up to 300 pounds, even while moving.

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