We got to spend some time in the 2017 Honda Ridgeline AWD RTL-E. Here are our notes after several hours in the vehicle. Please note these are reviewer impressions, assembled from multiple analysts and other in-house contributors.
- Strong acceleration.
- We averaged 20.6 mpg mixed city/highway with extensive idling in the East Coast’s Polar Vortex weather.
Cool Features We Weren’t Expecting
- Remote start is *clutch* in cold weather.
- Loved the heated steering wheel.
- Ergonomic Interior: Everything makes senses.
- Rear seats fold up against rear bulkhead. Plenty of free-floating storage underneath.
- Convex mirror that stores sunglasses, just like in the Odyssey minivan, is super cool and helps parents keep an eye on the kiddos.
- Cargo bed is awesome. There are even bed speakers, LED bed lights, an in-floor, water tight cooler/storage area. Tailgate with traditional opening hinge and *house door* hinge feature is awesome and makes way more sense, especially for shorter, less muscular types.
Usability and Technology
- Since the truck is not super tall, it’s as easy as a CUV to get in/out of.
- Great visibility, not a lot of blind spots.
- Honda infotainment unit works well, though we wish it had a 360-degree camera system in addition to just the rear-view backup camera. Parking sensors on the front and back help, but a top-view camera would really slam things home.
- Very quiet, feels very premium
- Steering is our favorite among all trucks. Period. It’s tight, responsive and when you do an evasive maneuver test (sharp left-to-right dodge), the suspension doesn’t get unsettled, nor the chassis. Impressive.
- AWD system was tested in snow/ice mode during a massive ice storm that hit the DC area a week before Christmas. Vehicle handled extremely well.
- With snow tires, the Ridgeline might feel like it would be unstoppable in the snow, but we’d have to test it to be sure.
- No locking differentials since it is AWD and not 4WD, but a great truck that will be able to handle 9/10 duties.
- Smaller form factor means this truck is the best, *untruck* for suburban and urban dwellers.
- Its size and turning radius is grocery store parking lot-friendly and makes for a usable commuter (in addition to weekend DIY duties).
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