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2014 Honda Ridgeline: A different kind of truck, still functional

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Honda Ridgeline

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The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a five-seat pickup with unibody construction that is unlike the body-on-frame configuration of most pickups. But this model, which has been on the market for a number of years now, can still help you get your jobs done with its cargo capacity and neat features.

The Ridgeline has a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that makes 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque. The power plant is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.

Four-wheel drive is standard.

On the outside, the Ridgeline has 17-inch wheels standard, with 18-inchers available. There are eight tie down locations in the cargo bed, which also has four cargo lights.The bed is five feet long and for additional carrying capacity, features an 8.5 cubic foot trunk.

The tailgate can be opened by dropping it down or by opening it to the side like a gate.

A power moonroof is optional.

On the inside, you'll find seating for five with a 60/40 split rear seat. That can be folded up to add more carrying area.

Leather seats and heated seats are optional.

Dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and navigation system are also options.

So-called "real truck" aficionados might scoff at the Ridgeline. But hey, not everyone needs a double cab, bazillion horsepower behemoth. Some people want the functionality of a truck so they can haul a few things, without the impracticality of having to drive a huge vehicle that guzzles fuel by the Olympic-size pool quantity.

The Ridgeline gets a modest 15 mpg city, 21 highway, by the way, but that's still better than a lot of larger trucks.

The sticker price of the Ridgeline starts at around $30,000 and ranges to about $38,000.

If you have pickup truck wants or needs, but they are relatively modest, check out the Ridgeline. It might be the perfect fit.

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