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2009 Honda Ridgeline EX-L Navi Review (video)

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Trucks exist that can tow a fifty-foot boat while hauling a quad, seating five people and leaving enough room behind for a few cases of pop and some fishing gear.

The Honda Ridgeline isn't one of these trucks-- but for the day-to-day workload many pickup owners face, it offers appreciable flexibility, convenience and comfort.

Honda's engineers have worked to ensure maximum flexibility, comfort fuel efficiency for Ridgeline drivers.

Don't expect it to haul around skids of roofing shingles or crawl down any cliffs, and you'll likely find it an ideal tool for both the daily grind and weekend family adventures. For 2009, Honda has updated the Ridgeline with a few visual revisions and a slight gain in horsepower, too.

Truck meets minivan?
Ridgeline offers towing and payload ratings around 5,000 lbs. and 1,400 lbs. respectively, and there's more than enough interior room for a 4-adult road trip. There are cubbies, compartments and cupholders at reach everywhere, and a massive re-configurable centre console storage bin adapts to hold just about anything.

There's even a divided storage area built into the dashboard itself, and no less than 3 power outlets fall within reach of front-seat passengers. If you love to keep organized on the go, you'll love this cabin.

Priced at $43,490, the loaded tester included a sunroof, upgraded stereo, Bluetooth, navigation, a backup camera, and chill-busting heated leather seats.  Topped off with an auxiliary audio input and automatic climate control, no complaints arose from the level of equipment provided for the price.

Road Trip!
Honda's engineers have worked to ensure maximum flexibility, comfort fuel efficiency for Ridgeline drivers, and an 18-hour Easter road-trip proved ideal to put their efforts to the test.

For 2009, Honda has updated the Ridgeline with a slight gain in horsepower, too.