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2008 Honda Ridgeline Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Honda Ridgeline was new.

The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is appreciated for providing a spacious five-seat cabin with good storage possibilities. As Kelley Blue Book states, the Ridgeline has "a great set of front bucket seats and a unique storage compartment below the bed that's perfect for hiding valuables." But many are disappointed with seat comfort and material quality.

For optimum luxury, several recommend upgrading to the top-of-the-line RTL. The Orlando Sentinel has "no complaints" concerning the interior, while the Washington Post writer likes the "comfort and seating space of a luxury sedan designed for five people; an array of cleverly located storage bins, nooks and crannies, reminiscent of a well-executed minivan or station wagon; and, of course, it has Honda's legendary high-quality fit and finish."

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Seating

Most say the Ridgeline's seats could be more comfortable. Cars.com thinks they "deliver excellent support," but Consumer Guide represents those who find "padding is a bit thin for best comfort, the cushion is rather flat, the backrest too upright."

Edmunds describes the front row's bucket seats as "firm, well shaped and comfortable," while Motor Trend likes that "the driving position is commanding." For all the reports on comfort, the Detroit News' female reviewer is concerned with how the expansive space up front will affect women drivers. "There are no adjustable pedals on the Honda truck and while the steering wheel tilts, it does not telescope," she says. "Both of these features would have gone a long way toward helping short women get comfortable behind the wheel and as far away as possible from the air bag in the steering wheel." Newsday also worries that "smaller people might find the reach for the stereo switches uncomfortably long."

Reviews also notice pros and cons to the second-row seating. MarketWatch thinks "two passengers, and in a pinch three, can be seated to the rear in good comfort," but others place a time limit on comfort. Forbes explains that "while three riders can fit in the fairly spacious rear seat, thin cushions might prove uncomfortable for longer trips."

Interior Features

Like all Hondas, the Ridgeline has abundant standard features. These include power windows for the front and rear cabin, a HomeLink® remote system and a multifunctional center console with sliding armrests. Consumer Guide describes the Ridgeline's gauges as "large, simple," while U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman is appreciative of climate controls that are "grippable, just right for a truck."

However, not all first impressions hold up. MSN notices that "there's obvious cost-cutting. For instance, the steering wheel tilts, but has no telescopic feature." Newsday is also disappointed. "The Ridgeline's dashboard is a similarly uncoordinated affair, aesthetically, looking like it was cobbled together with leftover parts," its reviewer groans. The Detroit News is particularly disgusted with the Ridgeline's matte metal cabin door handles. "They look like the metal safety rails you see in hospital bathrooms," the reviewer writes.

For the most features and luxury, reviewers like Edmunds recommend the highest level RTL, "which includes extras like leather, seat heaters, a moonroof, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat and an outstanding XM-equipped stereo."

Navigation

Reviews are generally pleased with the 2008 Ridgeline's Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition, which is available for the RTL trim. Consumer Guide thinks the system is "easy to use," and appreciates that it "doesn't absorb climate controls." Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star likes that the system "lists restaurants according to the Zagat Survey."

Cargo

Reviewers find that the Ridgeline's in-bed trunk is not the only location for inventive storage. The 2008 Ridgeline's seats "flip up effortlessly with the pull of a handle to let you stash gear," the Detroit News reports. Once the rear seats have been secured against the back of the cabin, Motor Trend anticipates that you could even store a big-screen television in the new space. If you prefer to leave the rear seats down, the Ridgeline has 2.6 cubic feet of storage space provided beneath them, the perfect size for a mountain bike, says Kelley Blue Book.

As Consumer Guide notes, there's "ample small-item storage, too." The Ridgeline has door pocket storage bins, seatback pockets and a passenger-side storage tray, in addition to six cupholders and three 12-volt power outlets. The Ridgeline's sliding center console is also a favorite. When out of the way it "creates a big space next to the driver for a bulky purse," the Detroit News remarks, while Automobile Magazine calls the area "so labyrinthine you could easily lose a Big Mac in there for weeks."

Some do note a potential problem in the Ridgeline's storage setup: Not providing access to the in-bed trunk from the cabin. Motor Trend predicts that "if you've got a kid or two, a dog, and a weekend's supply of luggage, diapers and toys, something is going to make the trek outside the cabin in the rain."

Review Last Updated: 3/11/09

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