Honda Ridgeline Engine
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The Ridgeline is a first jump into the truck market for the automaker. The engine used is a tried and true 3.5 liter J35A91 transverse mount. This engine has been proven in the Odyssey, Pilot, Accord and the Acura MDX. The transmission is a 5 speed automatic. It was first released in March of 2005 as a 2006 model vehicle. The Ridgeline is based on the Acura MDX which is the same as the Honda Pilot. However, the Ridgeline uses a ladder frame/unibody hybrid chassis that is 20 times more torsional ridged than the standard ladder frame.
The Ridgeline is unique in design because it is the only truck on the market with a functioning trunk. The tailgate will swing to the side like an older Ford station wagon or let down like a regular tailgate. The downside to the truck is the spare tire is stored there making it a big issue if the truck is carrying a load in the bed and you have a flat.
The all-wheel drive system runs in front wheel drive mode under normal conditions. However, when the system senses a loss of power, the vehicle transfer power to rear wheels as needed. The VTM-4 which is a rear differential locking system will activate ion full power mode up to 6 miles per hour then it graduates the power up to the front of the truck and unlocks the rear differential at 18 mph.
The Ridgeline won the Baja 1000 in the Stock Mini Class competing with a stock engine, transmission and 4 wheel drive system. This truck has other rivals like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma in the foreign truck market. Some people want it to offer a V8 as well as the 6 cylinder motor. Honda made the decision not to advertise the Ridgeling with the class of the Chevy Avalanche, Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado or the Toyota Tundra.