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Default Ridgeline: 2006 Honda Ridgeline Re-Defines Truck Segment with Exclusive Features and Excellent Handl

The Honda Ridgeline re-defines what a truck can be with its half-ton bed payload
capability, an interior similar to a full-size truck and the exterior length
of a compact truck. Built on a segment-first closed box unibody frame that combines
the strength of a ladder frame with the many advantages of a unibody design,
the Ridgeline adds refinement, handling performance, an innovative In-Bed Trunk™
and packaging previously unattainable with a traditional body-on-frame truck
design.


Designed to meet the needs of a growing population of consumers purchasing
trucks to support their active, outdoor oriented lifestyles, the Ridgeline delivers
the right mix of overall truck capability, towing performance, ruggedness and
value in a fun-to-drive and responsible vehicle with Honda DNA.

The 2006 Ridgeline is available in three trim levels starting with the well
equipped RT, the fully featured RTS and the luxury-oriented RTL. All Ridgeline
models are equipped with a long list of standard comfort and convenience features
including the most comprehensive list of standard safety equipment in its class.


In keeping with Honda's industry-leading 'Safety for Everyone'
initiative, all Ridgeline trucks are equipped with standard anti-lock brakes
with Electronic Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control,
advanced dual-stage, dual-threshold driver's and front passenger's
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags, driver's and front passenger's
side airbags (passenger side with Occupant Protection Detection System), two-row
side curtain airbags with rollover sensor, and a tire pressure monitoring system.


The Ridgeline has achieved the best rollover resistance rating of any pickup
tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) earning
industry-best ratings for both the Static Stability Factor (SSF) and Dynamic
Rollover test modes. Specifically, Ridgeline earned a rating of 1.29 for the
SSF test, a higher (better) calculated result than all other pickups tested,
and experienced no "tip-up" during the dynamic test. It is also the
first-ever 4-door pickup to receive NHTSA's 5-star safety rating, the highest
safety rating possible, for both frontal and side impact crash test performance.


Standard features on all Ridgeline models include a 247-horsepower VTEC V-6
engine; 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission; advanced Variable
Torque Management four-wheel drive system; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel;
power side windows, power sliding rear window and door locks; cruise control;
keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; 6-speaker 100-watt audio system
with CD player; 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage; all-weather
floor mats; 5-foot cargo bed with six heavy duty tie down cleats and 4 bed lights;
an 8.5 cubic foot secure, lockable In-Bed Trunk0/00; and dual-action tailgate.


All models also come equipped ready to tow with standard transmission and oil
coolers, heavy duty brakes, dual radiator fans, an exclusive fresh air intake
system for improved towing performance in hot weather conditions, and pre-wiring
for 4- and 7-pin trailer hook up.


The Ridgeline RTS adds alloy wheels, a seven-speaker 160-watt audio system
with subwoofer and six-disc, in-dash audio system with steering wheel controls,
dual zone automatic climate control and an eight-way power driver's seat.


The Ridgeline RTL adds leather seating surfaces, HomeLink® remote system,
an interior compass in the rearview mirror and heated front seats and an available
power moonroof. Models with the power moonroof are equipped with standard XM®
Satellite Radio and are available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation
System.


The mid-size Ridgeline introduces a number of innovative and exclusive new
features to the half-ton truck segment including a secure, lockable In-Bed Trunk
with room enough to store a 72-quart cooler, three sets of golf bags or other
bulky items under the pickup bed; a dual action tailgate that allows for easy
loading and unloading of the In-Bed Trunk and truck bed; and the segment's first
fully independent four-wheel suspension. Its unique body architecture, featuring
two fully-boxed longitudinal frame rails and seven high strength steel cross
members in a unitized body construction, delivers vastly superior body rigidity
and provides the foundation for the Ridgeline's spacious interior cabin and
bed, outstanding safety performance and class-leading ride and handling performance.


*For the 2006 model year, all Honda horsepower and torque specifications have
been updated to reflect revised Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J1349
(Rev 8/04) net calculations that went into affect in January of 2005. These
new calculations reflect a number of significant changes in the way horsepower
and torque are measured and may cause SAE net horsepower and torque totals published
in 2006 media materials to differ from the figures published in previous years.
To avoid confusion, all 2006 Honda press materials will specify "SAE net
(Rev 8/04") after all horsepower and torque figures to denote adherence
to the new standards.

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