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Monthly Update for January 2017 - 2017 Honda Ridgeline Long-Term Road Test

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edited February 2017 in Honda

imageMonthly Update for January 2017 - 2017 Honda Ridgeline Long-Term Road Test

Our new 2017 Honda Ridgeline arrived just before the holiday break and has already amassed a remarkable 3,500 miles.

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    s197gts197gt Member Posts: 486
    While the highway mpg is disappointing (as in most every vehicle nowadays) the lifetime mileages is only 1.1 mpg from the rated combined and it appears to be at least able to hit it's city rating.

    I'm just having trouble with the looks of the thing. I feel like they were close but not quite. Those wheels... just not feeling them, boring. The truck is very vanilla, but I they would likely argue that is what a person who is going to buy a "truck" from Honda wants.
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    jlaszlojlaszlo Member Posts: 60
    I have an RTL-E and those observations are basically spot-on to what I'm experiencing. Seats are comfortable for commuting and will get their road trip test this weekend. I've learned to use the steering wheel controls as much as possible to handle the radio.

    The only issue I've had in 3k miles also deals with the radio. Frequently, about 10 minutes into a drive, the radio gets an annoying static (regardless of source) that goes away once you restart the car. Something for the dealer to check when the first oil change is due.

    Regarding driving like an Accord....it does. I've had an Accord as well as a Ram and Sierra. It's easily the best driving truck on the market. That said, I do miss the intangibles of the "real" truck experience. I'll go ahead and say it. There's a machismo factor that piloting a full size truck brings that's just not there in the Honda. The previous gen Ridgeline, for all its' faults, had a hint of it. But like the column shifter, it's been banished in this slick machine.
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    actualsizeactualsize Member Posts: 451
    No static buzz with ours. Sounds unusual. Do have the dealer check your out.

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    g35bufg35buf Member Posts: 89
    Pretty much in sync with my experience. I have a RTL-E with 4,100 miles on it and owned a 2010 Ridgeline as well. In between I had 2 versions of the best riding half tons - a 2014 RAM 1500 Hemi and a 2015 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel. As great as the RAMs rode and handled with their coil spring rear suspensions, the Ridgeline is on a different planet.

    I'd say for ride and refinement, it's hard to find a comparable. I've driven later model X5s a lot and MB M-Class SUVs and I'm not sure they are actually a better road trip rig than the Ridgeline. I'm not even sure Honda's engineers knew that stretching the Pilot/MDX platform and changing suspension components would have resulted in this great a handling and ride combo...Maybe they just lucked out.

    I'm high 19 mpg in 90% suburban driving but can get close to 24-25 on longer highway runs. Performance off the line is great with the 3.5 and your still can have the V-tec snarl when you need a dose. No complaints and even though I bought end of November when RTL-Es were still harder to come by I was able to buy at invoice and get a great trade deal on the RAM EcoD.
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