Tough but Sophisticated: 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

January 22nd, 2018 by

Think of the Air Force’s B-1 bomber. Handsome but completely utilitarian. Those are the same qualities you’ll see in the one-of-a-kind, specially equipped 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E here on the showroom floor at Schomp Honda in Highlands Ranch.

This is one truck that will stand apart in any parking lot – or your driveway. The first thing you’ll probably notice is that this truck has traded in its shiny finish and acres of chrome for something unexpected. While SWAT teams use Kevlar vests and helmets to protect from injury, this Ridgeline’s Kevlar finish protects it from scratches, dings and dirt. It sheds mud easily without streaking in the carwash. Coupled with deep-tinted privacy glass the effect is wickedly rugged but sleek.

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E has a 3.5-liter, V-6 offering 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and all-wheel Drive. It gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg* on the highway and 18 mpg* in town using regular unleaded gasoline. It has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds and hauling capacity of up to 1,580 pounds. The base price (including shipping and handling) is $42,560.

Fitted with the exclusive Summit Package ($12,500), our special Ridgeline comes equipped with fog lamps, an LED light bar mounted above the windshield, exclusive 18-inch machine-finished alloy wheels, protective grille guard and much more, making it ready for trips to Colorado’s back roads.

For all its rugged appearance, this unique 2018 Honda Ridgeline is refined enough for the most citified use. Its crew cab it can easily accommodate a family of five in roomy comfort with plenty of storage space, including a hidden compartment in the bed.

The interior is simply first rate: “The interior build quality is superb. Honda has certainly put a lot of thought into not only the material choices but also the location of those materials and the possibility of wear,” according to Edmunds.com’s reviewer.

This Ridgeline is also equipped with the latest Honda safety and convenience features:

• Adaptive cruise control
• Traction and stability control
• Back-up camera
• Rear parking aid
• Blind spot monitor
• Cross-traffic alert
• Lane Departure Warning
• Lane Keeping Assist

The Ridgeline received a perfect Five-Star Overall Crash Test Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and has been named a 2018 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

This 2018 Ridgeline doesn’t skimp on the latest premium infotainment and navigation features:

• HondaLink Infotainment system
• AM/FM/MP3
• HD radio & Pandora compatibility
• 540-watt premium audio system
• Eight speakers & subwoofer
• Truck-bed audio
• Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
• Siri Eyes Free
• Honda Satellite-linked navigation
• Voice recognition and HD digital traffic
• SMS text messaging
• Bluetooth HandsFreeLink

Independent reviewers rave about the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. CarandDriver.com said, “The Ridgeline’s roomy cabin, ample storage, smooth ride, and innovative touches make its rivals seem outdated—and also helped it earn back-to-back 10Best awards.”

Edmunds.com was even more complimentary: “Do you want a midsize truck that’s comfortable and well-rounded with great handling? The Honda Ridgeline is for you. It easily does Home Depot runs, comfortably seats five people, and won’t leave you feeling exhausted or sore after a long drive. You can tailgate and not bring a cooler … just use the bed trunk. We gave the Ridgeline an overall rating of 4.5 stars, which is the highest for the midsize truck class.”

Are you ready for this singular 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E? The one here in the showroom just recently sold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t order another. If you’re interested come visit us today here at Schomp Honda on Plum Valley Lane of C-470 and Lucent Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.

*19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD models. 18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD models. Use for comparison purposes only. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.