Trim levels for the 2018 Ridgeline

August 26th, 2017 by


Changes for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

As this is the second year after the new design and reintroduction, Honda is only making a few changes, but some of them may be significant to you. See our list of changes for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline, and see for yourself.

Streamlining the Ridgeline trim levels

Previously, the 2017 Honda Ridgeline had seven total trim levels with the lower five models all featuring both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, and the top two trims only coming in all-wheel drive, but for 2018 that’s changing.


In an effort to streamline the trim levels, and perhaps make it easier to decide, Honda has made the bottom trim level, the RT, front-wheel drive only. Honda is also dropping the RTS trim, which used to sit between the RT and the Sport trim levels.

All in all, these changes should make picking between the six 2018 trim levels much simpler. The current trim levels from base to top are as follows: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition. With five of them having AWD either optional or standard and four of them having FWD standard, that’s a lot of compelling options.

Perhaps in response to this change, Honda has also added two new colors to the Sport trim. In addition to the Crystal Black Pearl that was previously the only option, Honda has added White Diamond Pearl and Lunar Silver Metallic.

Engine options for the 2018 Ridgeline

For 2018, the Ridgeline is still sticking to one great engine, and that’s the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. This engine also features variable cylinder management and is capable of providing up to 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and it all comes standard across the entire 2018 Ridgeline lineup.

2018 Honda Ridgeline availability

The latest Honda Ridgeline should make its way to dealership lots as early as this week. Check your local dealership today to see if they are in stock yet. If you live in or near Golden, Colorado, then you can check the new Ridgeline inventory that we have here at Planet Honda.

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