With a family of 5 and a house to take care of, this truck does it all. 3 kids (all under 12) fit in the back with plenty of room to spare. The trunk can fit a bag of soccer balls and lawn chairs, or a full trip's worth of bags from the grocery store. The bed is perfect for runs to the dump. You sit up high and feel safe. The wife's Odyssey will always be the go-to family vehicle, but having something I can tow the family and all of our bikes with, is a great thing indeed.
In-bed trunk (can't imagine buying a truck without it). Rainy days: kid's backpacks fit in, so I don't have to worry about cramming everything in the cab.
Radio (reception is sub-par). My civic of 12 years did a much better job than this one. Gas mileage: average 18mpg 60/40 hwy/city mix. Expecting a little better.
Purchased the Ridgeline in May '07. PROS: In-bed locking trunk, good handling and great turn radius for a truck, extremely comfortable and roomy interior with extra roomy center console, decent power from V6. CONS: Horrrible gas mileage (under suggested sticker), terrible blind spots making it very hard to see to your left, right, or rear, base stereo system lacks any mids (I have heard better quality from a ham radio), seems like you have to gas it to accelerate at a decent pace. All in all, it's a very good vehicle if you don't mind forking out loads of cash for gas or backup or change lanes often. Those two issues are enough to have me trading it in this week.
Overall a good vehicle. I just have a continuous noise from the "dash" area on the right side. The dealership had the truck for three weeks trying to solve the noise. They removed the windshield, tore apart the dash, passenger A pillar. Nothing worked. Regional rep came heard the noise and said "Normal for a truck. It is result of body flex." I have owned over 20 vehicles and never had this noise--even in a car you could see flex. Result is Honda will do nothing for me. Dealership I feel really tried to help.
Nice comfortable ride, good gas mileage for a truck.
I had an OJ Simpson 1995 Bronco for a little over 10 years. It was reliable, drank gasoline like a thirsty boozer and rode like a vehicle from hell re lack of comfort. I'm retired, fly fish, pull small boats, go off road as well as drive in town and local trips. Ride is good. The grandkids love to ride in and prefer it over my wife's Lexus. The mileage has been a disappointment with an average of about 16 per tank. I normally beat the estimated mileage, not here. The lack or real off road under vehicle protection is a pain. Apparently, that is due to the Honda lawyers. The vehicle hauls everything we have needed to haul. The lockable trunk in the bed is great. Buy one
The ride and the sure footedness of the AWD are superb. Tailgaters not paying attention to their speed on curves soon back off as I seldom hit the brakes. The AWD does a good job on river beds. Next lower range is good. Lockable trunk holds/hides expensive fly rods, reels, lines. and other gear.
Paint is worthless on an off road vehicle. Grass and leaves scratch the surface. Lack of real off road under truck protection is a pain. Apparently Honda lawyers are to blame re no aftermarket. Backing up is tough re poor vision. Vehicles need a back up tv system. Doors autolocking stink
I bought my Ridgeline in July and have not been able to pick up radio stations in my area. Dealership has changed antenna modular and the cable. Now they are trying the radio. I love this truck but not the radio. I must have gotten a lemon. The best feature is the trunk in the bed.
Trunk in bed.
Better wheels, better gas mileage and improve radio.