This previous weekend, I had the chance to rack up a number of hundred miles in our lengthy-time period 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Thus far, I’m quite having fun with this uncommon pickup, and there are a selection of features which might be actually standing out. So I’ve gathered a number of of the highlights to bathe some love on. Naturally, it isn’t all rainbows and puppies (the latter I imply considerably actually), so I’ve additionally dragged a couple of of the Ridgeline’s rougher edges into the daylight for a public shaming. With out additional ado, let us take a look at the great and dangerous sides.
What I love concerning the Honda Ridgeline
The size: Whereas I would not go as far as to name the Ridgeline small, it is actually fairly manageable, and I credit score a big a part of that to the brief nostril. Because the truck has a transverse-mounted engine and a entrance-drive based mostly drivetrain, it does not should have a lot size on the entrance, nor does it. As a result, it is nonetheless a 4-door truck with an honest size mattress (5.three ft to be actual), nevertheless it virtually utterly matches in parking areas. And the brief nostril means it is easy to string via tight parking tons.
The trunk: Critically, this feature is superior. I took full benefit of it this previous weekend when I hauled my canine, her meals and drugs, and my very own stuff again to my mother and father’ home, after which had a small finish desk to convey again with all of the aforementioned gadgets. None of it was actually large enough to be secure within the mattress, nor did I need it uncovered to the weather. I in all probability might have put it within the cab, however that may’ve meant stuffing stuff within the rear footwell, beneath the rear seat, and probably on the entrance passenger seat.
However as an alternative, due to the exceptional capaciousness of the trunk, I might put every part in there. The exception in fact being my little (OK, extra like medium) pup who rode within the again seat. This additionally freed up the entrance passenger seat to deal with street-journey snacks. It was straightforward to load, too, since when the tailgate is swung out, as an alternative of down, you possibly can stroll proper up subsequent to the bin and easily decrease issues in. And though it wasn’t mandatory on this journey, since I did not make any stops, the trunk provides the benefit of being locked and hidden, so it is very safe. Oh, and yet one more factor. The spare tire and jack are tucked in right here, too, so for those who have been to seek out your self caught with a flat, you will not need to crawl beneath within the chilly filth to entry the spare tire.
The consolation: The Ridgeline is a superb mileage muncher. The seats, though missing a bit in help, are thickly padded, in order that they keep snug over the lengthy haul. Experience high quality is nice as properly, reworking most bumps into mild nudges, and preserving the physique extraordinarily composed. The Ridgeline is an impressively quiet vehicle, too. Notably spectacular was the close to lack of street and tire noise. The tremendous-clean V6 additionally performs an element in retaining the cabin quiet, as does the six-velocity automated that retains the revs actually low whereas cruising round. It makes for a clean, soothing lengthy-haul hauler.
What I loathe concerning the Ridgeline
Small rear doorways: Extra particularly, I’m irritated by the small openings of the rear doorways. I’m unsure if it is as a result of the doorways themselves are on the small aspect, or if they do not open broad sufficient, nevertheless it’s harder than it ought to be to hop behind the Ridgeline. I’m not the one one who observed. My mother and father found this the final time they rode within the truck. It is also unusual contemplating that area again there is not all that tight.
Gasoline financial system: The Honda Ridgeline solely does OK when it comes to fuel financial system. On my return journey from my mother and father’ home, I managed 24.6 mpg. That is darn near the EPA score of 25 mpg, however I additionally had it in Eco mode with the cruise management set just about to the velocity restrict or barely over it. And it was nonstop driving. And this is not the worst fuel financial system on the planet, however the V6 Chevy Colorado is simply shy by a pair mpg on the freeway, and it has extra energy, in addition to higher off-street functionality. Many variations of the larger Ford F-one hundred fifty additionally match or come close to to the Ridgeline’s freeway fuel financial system. I merely anticipated extra from a extra car-like pickup truck.
No paddle shifters: I’m positive I’m within the minority right here, nevertheless it bothers me that I cannot select my very own gears on this truck. A part of it’s because I’ve skilled paddle shifters within the Honda Odyssey, and located myself having far more enjoyable hustling it round than I ever would have anticipated. However a part of it’s also as a result of there are occasions I think I might make higher shift selections than the transmission. Sometimes, the transmission does not nail the suitable gear partially throttle circumstances, and different occasions it isn’t fast sufficient at deciding. There are additionally occasions that I’m eager to be extra aggressive, however my preferences fall between the fuel financial system-oriented regular shift mode, and the overly aggressive low shift setting.
– 2018 Honda Ridgeline: What I love, what I loathe –
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