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2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck and 2006 Honda Civic wins Best of the Year

January 3rd, 2006

2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck and 2006 Honda Civic wins Best of the Year

2006 Honda Ridgeline Truck

This is the first time that an automobile manufacturer has won both the best car and truck of the year awards in the same year.  Motor Trend magazineís 2006 Truck of the Year award was given to Hondaís Ridgeline Truck.  The Motor Trendís Car of the Year award for 2006 was the Honda Civic.

The Ridgeline truck was first introduced in March of 2005, and is a mid-size truck. It is a 4 door pickup that has received the 5 star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  This is the first time a 4 door truck has been given this safety recognition.   It also is has the recognition of having the best rating for a rollover resistance of any pickup ever tested by the NHTSA. 


The Ridgeline truck comes with many built in safety features including standard anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Assist.  It also has 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 standard features of this model include a 247 horsepower VTEC V-6 engine, 5-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, power windows and door locks, cruise control, keyless entry, heated window wipers, and a 6 speaker 100 watt stereo system with CD player.  It has under seat storage, a 5 foot cargo bed with dent resistant composite.  There are six heavy duty tie-down cleats and an in-bed lockable trunk.


The Honda Civic Sedan was the winner of the 2006 Motor Trend Car of the year.  Honda has reinvented the Honda Civic with the 2006 model by making a new aerodynamic exterior. The interior has wider more comfortable seating. The dashboard has satellite mapping and voice recognition.  There is an MP3 auxiliary input jack built in and a digital card reader for listening to music.

The Honda Civic also has improved on the engine and has achieved a clean burning engine and has attained an Ultra-Low-Emission Vehicle (ULEV) rating in all 50 states.  The fuel economy is rated at 40 mpg for highway driving and 30 mpg for city driving.

The Honda Civic has extensive safety features built in which includes, active head restraints, daytime running lights, anti-lock braking system, and dual-stage, duel threshold front airbags.  There are also side curtain airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system, outboard lower anchors and tethers for children, and side impact door beams.

Hondas manufacturer list price on the Ridgeline truck starts at $27,700 and the Civic starts at $14,560.

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By Nicole Wilson
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