It looks like we are getting another refresh, it is the 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. This doesn’t come as a surprise as other manufacturers are updating their flagship trucks. The Ridgeline did receive an update recently, back in 2021. So it is quite soon, but in order to keep up with the big boys, Honda needs to step up their game. What does this mean exactly? Well, constant improvement is one way to keep buyers happy and get their share of the market. Now there are too many players at this game and you have to always be on your toes. The mid-size segment is probably the most populated category in all automotive markets.
So it doesn’t come as a surprise that everyone is constantly looking for new things and ways to make their pickups better. The cabin will probably receive some styling changes. For the better, we hope. And perhaps more customization options when it comes to the interior. The outside of the pickup is fine, but modernizing it is needed to stay relevant. Under the hood, we might receive a new powertrain. Perhaps electrification is about to happen for the Ridgeline. Let’s see in more detail what Honda prepared for us this time around.
On the inside, not much is changing. The new 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid is receiving only minor updates. We get better seating with more cushioning. This is also done to ensure the best possible comfort. Also, lumbar support should not be neglected. Heated and ventilated seats are standard nowadays. Infotainment is standard with a single touchscreen of 12 inches in size. This controls everything connected to a battery and has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The sunroof is present, which is a nice amenity. The steering wheel has a lot of buttons to keep drivers focused on the road ahead.
Other safety features include: a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, and vehicle stability assist with traction control. These are all important for keeping everyone safe on the road. Electrically assisted steering is also present. The overall body language looks modern and sleek. Front fascia is not too big but has a big mesh for air intake. Some air intakes on the bumper as well. Bumpers on the other hand are protruding a bit and are eye-catching. Ride height is 8 inches which are enough so nothing gets stuck underneath. The hood has a bit of a sporty look with protruding middle. Cargo bed is standard 5.5 feet long which is just enough for your everyday hauling. The winch feature is not present, but can probably be added as an extra amenity on some trims.
On the outside, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid looks smooth. It has nice curves and a less blocky look. This is done to make it ergonomic and aerodynamic. In return, we get improved fuel economy, better handling and amazing steering on and off the paved road. We get 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels, in the Black edition trim, they are colored black. All-season and all terrain tires for a bit of off-roading fun. We get MacPherson strut front suspension as well as multi-link independent rear suspension.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Engine Specs
So far there is only one option for the 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. This is of course not a bad thing as some would think it is. Having one good reliable engine is excellent and you don’t have to make up your mind when you are spoiled for choice. It is a 3.5 liter V6 that is just one piece of the puzzle. The hybrid puzzle, if you will, will be combined with an electric motor. This engine on its own produces 280 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the hybrid version is a bit stronger – probably around 300 horsepower. The system pairs the engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission which is quite the industry standard.
And we also get all-wheel drive with the new Ridgeline. This proves our suspicion about this being a bit off-road centric truck. Towing capabilities are improved with the hybrid version. It is 5000 pounds with ease. We get the ECON mode button in the new Ridgeline. The traction management system is present. It makes driving much easier in snow, mud or sand. If the pickup is overwhelmed it has a heavy-duty automatic transmission cooler. A trailer brake controller is pre-wired so don’t worry about that. It has idle stop as well, Eco assist system, active control engine mount and variable cylinder management. All features improve performance and make this engine quite durable and sturdy. Full electrification is not happening this time around.
Future Electric Truck
We are baffled by this information. Hopefully, Honda changes their mind and puts a battery pack in one of its Ridgeline trucks. Many manufacturers are racing to go green as soon as possible. To save the environment and to save people money on gas. Because we all know how expensive gasoline is today. A battery pack of 150 kwh or more should suffice. This gives the truck a good range and good horsepower. Perhaps a tri-motor setup like the Tesla Cybertruck has. This is the future obviously and hopefully, Honda realizes that before it is too late. Otherwise, they might lose a lot of the market share.
2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Fuel Economy
All trims of the 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid have the same fuel consumption. We get 20 mpg in the city, 29 on the open road and 25 mpg combined driving. This is a bit lower than expected and not on par with its competitors. So improving this issue could secure some sales.
Price and Release Date
Expect to see the new 2023 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid on the road later this year. Early 2023 at the latest. Starting price is $47435 for the basic trim. There are of course Sport, EX-L, Touring and Black Edition.
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