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STYLING | 5 out of 10
It'll attract crossover owners who hanker for a cargo bed
clearly designed to look more familial with the recently released and redesigned Honda Pilot
There are some problems with the Ridgeline's styling and design
The 2010 Honda Ridgeline's styling isn't widely loved or appreciated on the outside, but some people warm up to the functionality of the interior.
Honda made a number of small changes to the Ridgeline's styling last year, but the truck's overall look remains the same. Overall, reviewers' responses are lukewarm. Motor Trend says that Honda's pickup offering is "clearly designed to look more familial with the recently released and redesigned Honda Pilot," although some of the styling cues afford "the new Ridgeline a more masculine look." Automobile Magazine reacts a bit more positively, remarking that the styling "works a lot better" than before. Cars.com states bluntly that there are "some problems with the Ridgeline's styling and design," including the fact that "a traditional bed cap or bed-mounted crossover toolbox won't fit, [and] there's a limited selection of tonneau covers." Specifically, updates last year included "a redesigned front fascia, grille, bumper, and taillight assembly," according to Car and Driver.
A number of changes were also made to the interior last year, although the actual location of controls and displays wasn't significantly changed. Automobile Magazine still feels that "whoever was in charge of control placement must have flunked human factors design," thanks to awkward elements, like a sunroof switch sitting next to the tachometer and a dome lamp switch that is isolated from all other cabin lighting controls. Motor Trend delves into the Honda Ridgeline's tiny details to spot "slight changes to the gauge shaping and to the choices of type styles for the tachometer and speedometer." Despite the changes, ConsumerGuide comments that "some radio adjustments require a stretch." On the positive side, Car and Driver points out that this 2010 Honda Ridgeline features "better switchgear throughout," and "it seems like almost everything inside has been revised in some way."
The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is odd-looking to say the least, and last year's bevy of changes doesn't take a pronounced step in the right direction.