2010 Honda Ridgeline
Honda's Ridgeline is based on the same chassis that underpins its Pilot SUV, but we find the pickup to be a bit more versatile. With four doors, seating for five, and respectable fuel economy, the Ridgeline is one of the more comfortable offerings in the segment.
On the inside, available dual-zone climate control makes the drive much more comfortable. Optional navigation and Bluetooth keep the driver headed in the right direction and focused on the road. Three 12-volt power outlets come standard, and a 115-volt outlet offers power for small electronics. However the attribute most helpful for tailgating is the truck's bed and its features. Underneath the five-foot composite bed liner, lies the first lockable trunk under a truck bed. The 8.5-cubic feet trunk can carry tools or other equipment, but is best used to carry ice and beverages, acting as a cooler. Drain plugs allow the trunk to be cleaned easily. The Ridgeline's tailgate swings down or to the side, offering multiple ways to get at the bed's contents.