As Kelley Blue Book notes, the 2008 Honda Ridgeline is designed "less for work and more with play in mind."
TheCarConnection.com finds most car reviewers like the Honda Ridgeline's 3.5-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine. It’s rated at 247 hp and 245 pound-feet of torque. The V-6 engine of the 2008 Honda Ridgeline is quite adequate for both city and highway driving, although perhaps it falls short of a true trucklike driving experience. Edmunds says, “the V6 is smooth, with plenty of power for cruising, but lacks the low-end grunt needed for bigger hauling jobs.”
Most reviewers believe the Ridgeline falls short of the standard set by some V-8-powered competitors. "Despite ample engine output, passing power isn't quite as exuberant as expected," says Cars.com.
The standard five-speed automatic transmission helps the Ridgeline accelerate from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds. ConsumerGuide reports of the Honda, 2008’s Ridgeline is "better than adequate thanks in part to a smooth, responsive transmission" and is "on par with rival compact pickups" with V-6 engines.
“Handling is relatively agile and carlike,” Edmunds says. The Ridgeline is spawned from the last-generation Honda Pilot crossover, and as a result, Edmunds adds, “the Ridgeline's four-wheel independent suspension (unique in the truck world) endows it with handling that offers un-trucklike smoothness, making it a natural fit for city streets.” Car and Driver feels that the Ridgeline “drives like a car.”
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline comes with standard four-wheel drive. However, reviewers are quick to point out Honda Ridgeline's absence of a low-range gear on rugged trails. But when the trip involves hauling lots of stuff, the Ridgeline "is an ideal road trip vehicle," says Edmunds. The Ridgeline is "tough, practical and a capable off-roader," says Car and Driver of the Honda; 2008’s can tow up to 5,000 pounds "with aplomb."
As for fuel economy, the 2008 Honda Ridgeline offers a respectable 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.