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

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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]


*reads about engine improvements*

Oh, you mean the engine faces the right direction now? 3 HP? WTF?

@grzydj: The only handling the true truck buying public gives two craps about is load handling. Trucks aren't sports cars, I understand this, and I don't want or need a truck to handle like a sportscar. What I need a truck to handle is a 30' Gooseneck trailer and over 1000# loads of seed. Or be able to fetch a couple hundred gallons of tractor diesel.

However, it's obvious the Ridgeline isn't marketed towards my demographic. So long as the people the Ridgeline is marketed towards understand that the Ridgeline is not a truck, it's truck-like or truck-esque, we'll be cool.

One final question though, does the Ridgeline have a full-size spare?