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New Honda Ridgeline in the Works

Honda Ridgeline
Honda gives a peek at what the new Ridgeline will look like. (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

The Honda Ridgeline is getting a complete overhaul and will go on sale “in less than two years,” Honda announced this week. The automaker says the current generation Ridgeline truck will stop being built halfway through 2014.

The Ridgeline debuted for the 2006 model year and though Honda points out in a statement that its sales so far this year through November are up 29 percent compared to the same time period in 2012, the automaker sold only 1,353 Ridgeline units in November. Compare that with the Toyota Tacoma, which sold 12,601 units in November, and the 6,003 Nissan Frontiers that were sold in November.   

2014 Honda Ridgeline
2014 Honda Ridgeline (American Honda Motor Co., Inc.)

“The Ridgeline has never been a hot seller, but the redesign may make it a compelling choice for car shoppers seeking a reliable compact truck for lifestyle activities,” Edmunds reports.

Automotive.com points out that the all-new Ridgeline will have some stiff competition when it hits the market. “But the Ridgeline will undoubtedly need a refresh to compete with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado, a fellow midsize truck and perhaps its most threatening competitor. GM's new truck will debut for the 2015 model year, putting it in sync with Honda's competitor.”

Honda has released a teaser image of the new Ridgeline, but no information on its powertrain, features or specs. The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is currently ranked first in our compact pickup truck rankings. Do you think an overhaul will keep it at the top?

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