The 2014 Honda Ridgeline carries over unchanged from the outgoing model. It is available in four trim levels, each of which are available in 2WD or 4WD variants- LX, EX, EX-L and Touring.
The standard engine of choice across the board is a 3.5-liter V6 that delivers 250 horsepower and returns an estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway on front-wheel drive models. All-wheel drive models return an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds for front-wheel drive models, which isn’t much but all-wheel drive models are rated for up to 4,500 lbs.
The entry level LX comes equipped with standard 17-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, full power accessories, tri-zone automatic climate control, 60/40 split-folding second- and third-row seats, an 8-inch color multi-informational center stack display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth® and a 7-speaker sound system with an iPod®/USB interface and an auxiliary input jack.
The EX gets those features plus 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, auto on/off headlights, heated mirrors and an eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat and HomeLink®. The heated mirrors are only standard on AWD variants only.
Stepping up to the EX-L will get you a sunroof, a power lift tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power adjustable front passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and satellite radio. Options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a navigation system with voice activated controls and an upgraded sound system.
Choosing the Touring model will get you all of the above mentioned features and options plus roof rails, parking sensors and a premium 650-watt 10-speaker sound system.
2014 Honda Pilot
Prices for the 2014 Honda Pilot start at $29,670 for an entry level front-wheel drive LX. If you want all the bells and whistles be prepared to shell out almost $48 grand for a fully loaded Touring.
Seating for eight, comfortable interior, decent fuel economy for its size, smooth handling
Pricey upper trim levels, slower than its competitors, limited towing capacity