Honda Motor Co. is well known for producing reliable, affordable and efficient vehicles — from cars to SUVs, motorcycles, and ATVs. But you may be asking: has Honda ever made a pickup truck? The answer is yes!
Honda’s first foray into the world of pickups was with the Ridgeline in 2005. The Ridgeline combined the convenience of a pickup truck with the comfort and convenience of an SUV.
It featured a unibody construction, independent rear suspension, and all-wheel drive — features that were previously unheard of in pickup trucks. It also had a unique cargo bed that could expand to 8 feet in length.
The Ridgeline was met with great success when it was first released, being named “Truck of the Year” by Motor Trend Magazine in 2006. It also managed to get good fuel economy ratings thanks to its efficient V6 engine. Unfortunately, sales began to decline after 2008 due to increased competition from other automakers.
Honda decided to discontinue the Ridgeline in 2014, citing poor sales as the reason for its demise. However, they announced that they would be releasing an all-new version of the pickup truck in 2017 that would be based on their global light truck platform. This new version features a 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission as well as improved fuel efficiency.
Honda has also released two special edition models of the Ridgeline since its relaunch — the Black Edition (2017) and RTL-E (2018). These models offer additional features such as leather seating surfaces, rear entertainment system and advanced driver assistance technologies.
So there you have it — Honda has indeed made pickups before and is continuing to do so today! The Ridgeline may not have been as successful as Honda had hoped when it first came out but it still serves as a testament to their commitment to making reliable vehicles that are both comfortable and efficient.
In conclusion, Honda has indeed made pickups before and continues to produce them today with their latest model being based on their global light truck platform. With improved fuel efficiency ratings and various special editions available, it looks like Honda is here to stay when it comes to pickups!