Honda Ridgeline Named Motor Trend Truck of the Year
In an unprecedented move, Motor Trend has selected two vehicles from the same manufacturer to honor with its highest honors. We earlier reported on the selection of the all-new Civic as Car of the Year, but Honda’s recent entry into the already crowded truck market, the innovative Ridgeline, has been unanimously selected 2006 Truck of the Year.
“The Honda Ridgeline has taken the traditional understanding of a truck and completely redefined every aspect,” said Angus MacKenzie, editor-in-chief of Motor Trend. “The Ridgeline is filled with innovation and clever solutions to everyday issues.”
The criteria for the selection process are as follows: “exceptional value, superiority in its class, and the most significant developments in a new truck for 2006.” The other nominees competing for this award featured a variety of vehicles that ranged in price from around $17,000 to nearly $50,000. Including the Dodge Ram 1500, Dodge Ram Mega Cab, Isuzu i350, Lincoln Mark LT, and Mitsubishi Raider. Only truly new or substantially revised trucks were eligible under the condition that they be available for sale to the public by January 1, 2006.
With a roomy interior, superior handling, excellent gas mileage, and many innovate features like a locking trunk and available GPS navigation; the Ridgeline has leapfrogged the competition to become the premiere vehicle in its class.