Sometimes it can be difficult to find a vehicle that is both functional and fashionable. When it comes to functionality, a pickup truck is about as functional as a vehicle can come. Unfortunately, though, pickups are often given an erroneous image of being old, worn-out, and beaten-up. This false image comes from user error (or user intentionality, if that’s your thing) because pickups, especially in recent years, have proven to be top of the class in terms of sleek design, both externally and internally. One pickup which sets an example for all other pickups in terms of design is the 2022 Honda Ridgeline.
The Ridgeline combines bold exterior features with sleek, livable, and well-crafted interior features. All of this is taken to a new level in the Ridgeline Black Edition, which makes this already bold vehicle even bolder, making for a more versatile experience on all fronts. Yes, when it comes to interior and exterior design, the Honda Ridgeline certainly is a role model for all of its peers. So, take a look for yourself and see the design elements that are waiting for you in the 2022 Honda Ridgeline.
The 2022 Honda Ridgeline Ridgeline exudes strength of performance by its exterior appearance. The whole vehicle is accented by rigid body lines, giving the truck a dynamic appearance that intrigues the eye and embeds the vehicle’s capability into its design. A restyled front end helps to accomplish this, with its grille, hood, and bumper all serving to give the vehicle a personality all its own. To add to this personality is the front-end LED lighting system, which includes auto on/off low-beam headlights, fog lights, and daytime running lights.
Switching to the opposite end, the vehicle's rear is home to dual exhaust outlets, which gives the vehicle a strong, personality-oriented backside. The dual exhaust outlets almost replicate the large nostrils of a bull in the ring, ready for action. The high bumper in the rear provides good ground clearance, but it also elevates the vehicle, accentuating its features. The rear does, of course, also feature LED lights just like the front. Even for all of this, though, the Ridgeline does not show off; it does not tout its features or attempt to gain attention through flashy features. It simply maintains a strong, dark (unless you go with the White Pearl color scheme, of course) and simple appearance, which makes it much more intriguing than any amount of flashiness could.
For many pickup buyers, it is not the looks that matter as much as the capabilities. But, even if you’re hauling stuff around on the farm day in and day out, there may be a time when you want to go into the city for date night but don’t want to buy a separate car just to have a romantic in-vehicle experience. The wonderful thing about the Ridgeline is that its simplicity makes it versatile externally, allowing it to please the eye not just off the road at work but also on urban streets for all manner of occasions.
The vehicle's seven color schemes allow you to customize the truck so that it will look just the part wherever you intend to drive. While the White Pearl color scheme certainly makes the vehicle pop in its brightness, the other six color schemes bring out the vehicle’s beauty through its darkness and focus on shadows, contrast, and sharpness. Notable among the color schemes is Obsidian Blue Pearl, which looks just like it sounds; the bright navy on top fades as it goes down to a navy so dark that it tests the boundary between navy and black. So, pick a color–any color–and make the Ridgeline truly your own.
The 2022 Honda Ridgeline sets a precedent for what a pickup truck interior should be. The cabin, which seats five, possesses sleek and modern features with available leather-trimmed seats, making for a high-quality in-car experience. Of course, when buying a pickup, you want to make sure that all of the cargo you are loading on the bed will have an easy, secure ride, but you also want to make sure that your passengers have an easy, enjoyable ride.
The leather-trimmed interior makes the Ridgeline a versatile vehicle, capable of serious work but also capable of providing an elegant, romantic interior experience depending on the occasion. To add to the leather-trimmed aesthetic is the option of a leather-wrapped steering wheel which makes for a more comfortable grip on the wheel and also makes the interior just that much more high-quality. The driving experience is enhanced not only by the leather-wrapped steering wheel but also by the available 10-way power driver’s seat that includes lumbar support (a very welcome feature if you intend to hit the road for long periods of time - your back will thank you for it) and two-position memory.
Remarkably, the Ridgeline provides comfort not only for the driver but also for the passenger, with a 4-way power seat for the front passenger. The comfort of both the driver and front passenger seat will be greatly enhanced by the fact that both seats are heated. So, no more chilly morning drives. Add to that an available heated steering wheel and cold morning breezes will be a non-issue for you inside the 2022 Ridgeline. If you want a nice contrast, turn on those heated seats and then open the one-touch power moonroof to get a nice night time breeze running in while experiencing the warmth of the seats and steering wheel. Then use the 8-inch display audio touchscreen to crank the tunes, and you’ll be in for a good night’s drive. Nobody says you need to be hauling stuff around to enjoy the Ridgeline, and sometimes you just have to hit the road for a joyride.
It’s not just the looks and joyriding capabilities that make the interior of the 2022 Ridgeline remarkable; it’s the functionality. At this point in automotive history, you are probably familiar with the concept of 60/40 split rear folding seats. The Ridgeline provides this (a unique and classy move for a pickup) but does so in an intuitive fashion; the 60/40 split lift-up rear seats cause the seat bottoms to fold up rather than the seatbacks to fold down, adding more floor cargo storage space in the actual cabin of the truck. This provides a significant benefit over some of the traditional 60/40 split rear folding designs in that it provides honest floor-height storage rather than the elevated and crammed storage space that a traditional fold might offer. Including the bed, the grand total for cargo space in the 2022 Honda Ridgeline is 33.9 cubic feet, making it a great entry-level pickup truck.
If you want a 2022 Honda Ridgeline, but you want to make it even better, you need not daydream any longer because that is now a very real possibility with the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition. In case you couldn’t tell from the model trim’s name, the Ridgeline Black Edition has a very dark complexion, owning a sleek and smooth black exterior from head to toe (with the exception of LED lights, of course). Blacked-out exterior moldings and mirrors give the Black Edition a rich, dynamic appearance that finds an ideal balance between refined, stylish vehicles and seasoned work trucks.
The Black Edition badge placed right on the grille will help you to identify your Black Edition separate from all other ridgelines, though you certainly don’t need the badge to know that you’re driving something special. The Black Edition’s exclusive, all-black 18-inch alloy wheels are, in large part, what gives the vehicle its intriguing look without the spectator even noticing. They work to draw in the eye without making it obvious why the eye is being drawn, adding to the overall mystery of the vehicle.
While the rich black of the exterior exudes mystery, the interior is really what will pull you into the 2022 Ridgeline Black Edition. The interior does, of course, maintain the dark black complexion of the exterior, but it adds to it by the heavy use of red to add elegance to the vehicle. Leather-appointed seats with red and black contrast make the seats feel futuristic and inviting, topped off by the Black Edition label embedded into the seatback. Red steering wheel accents, in addition to (subtle) red LED lighting accentuating the center beverage holders, footwells, and door pulls, will give the interior a luminous, dark, and mysterious look. It’s the kind of car that will make you want to keep it clean and tidy. What’s more, the audio touch screen features red lighting, so the interior maintains its red and black theme all throughout. You will be in for a stylish, sleek ride.
Keep in mind that these are the design features of a pickup truck; these are the kind of design elements you would expect to find in a compact sports car, so the opportunity to combine excellent style features with pickup capabilities is unique. You certainly will not want to pass on this opportunity. The Black Edition reinforces one of the 2022 Honda Ridgeline’s strongest points: it is not a choice of fashionable car vs pickup; it is about choosing a fashionable pickup.