2009 Honda Ridgeline Gets Minor Facelift, Even More Minor Power BumpS

The Honda Ridgeline has received a minor facelift for 2009 that includes cosmetic tweaks to give the truck-UV more of a shared look with its brother, the 2009 Honda Pilot. But the changes apparently aren't skin deep, as we're told there's also been improvements to the interior and under the Honda-stamped hood.

The interior revisions include such cosmetics as restyled controls and gauges. But if you don't like using your hands, we're told the Ridgeline now has Bluetooth HandsFreeLink optional. The loaded-up RTL model also has satellite navigation, a 115-volt power outlet, and an MP3/auxiliary input jack. And all Ridgelines will now receive active front seat head restraints and daytime running lights.

So what about the power? Well, the 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine now has a new camshaft and a higher-flowing dual-stage intake manifold. That means a huge bump in power. Yes, 3 HP. OK, so 250 HP at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm isn't bad, just not exactly massive. But to make the most of the grunt, Honda also played with the gears of the 5-speed slushbox to enable slightly better acceleration. If all this makes you excited, you'll be happy to know the 2009 Ridgeline is expected to go on sale next month. [via CarScoop]