A Honda Ridgeline is All the Truck You Need – Here’s Why I Bought Mine! (Video)

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This 2014 Honda Ridgeline look sweet

In this edition of “Dude, I Love (or Hate) My New Ride – @HomeEdition,” we are featuring a first generation 2014 Honda Ridgeline. Our viewer from Birmingham, Alabama has a remarkably clean 2014 Honda Ridgeline he wants to show us.

He maintains that this is all the truck he needs. Indeed, we have covered the Ridgeline for years and we feel that it is pretty damn good, as a utilitarian pickup vehicle. It’s not for everyone and it’s not built for hard off-road or towing/loading tasks, but it’s an outstanding compromise.

We know that some of you agree.

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline came with a 250 hp V6 that made 247 lb-ft of torque. It came with a five-speed automatic transmission and Honda’s Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive System (VTM-4). It has four-wheel independent suspension and has a front-wheel drive bias layout. It’s very similar to the Honda Pilot crossover, but it has a separate subframe and other structural upgrades making it more rugged.

Its VTM-4 system works well in difficult traction situations and light off-roading; however, serious off-road terrain is its kryptonite. With low ground clearance (8.2″), minimal articulation and street-friendly tires, it’s already at a disadvantage in the rough.

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is rated to tow up to 5,000 lbs and haul a maximum of 1,537 lbs. These numbers are more than adequate for many owners. Combined with the top-notch comfort and easy-to-drive characteristics, it’s hard not to admire the thing.

Many of you disagree

We’ve noticed that a large group of viewers/readers will immediately dismiss the Ridgeline, calling it a crossover or minivan with a bed. Some blast it for its lack of a solid rear axle, frame and proper pickup truck layout. Others simply can’t stand the label truck being connected to the Ridgeline. You’re not far off, but I feel you miss the point.

I think the most elemental way to look at the Rideline is; it’s a pickup utility vehicle for people who don’t like pickup trucks. It’s not built for the jobsite, it’s built for a DIY center. The Honda Ridgeline is perfect for families who don’t need the massive capabilities of a regular pickup, and want daily driving ease.

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline in this video is a prime example of that.

In this video, you’ll see that our viewer has made a few changes to his Honda. The most notable changes come via an exhaust package and a lot of lights up-top. He takes us through a fairly comprehensive tour of his ride and even lets us hear his exhaust note.

Enjoy the video!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.