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2017 Honda Ridgeline: My Favorite Midsize Truck

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline has its fair share of quirks. The touchscreen system drops out from time to time, the lack of a volume knob is irksome, and thanks to a low-hanging front air dam, the truck can't even make it up our RTI (suspension articulation) ramp. It doesn't look very truckish to my eyes either (it's probably the most common complaint about the Ridgeline), and it has a marginal tow rating that most decent crossovers can easily match. But after an 1,800-mile road trip, the Ridgeline has cemented itself as my favorite midsize pickup.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
Seven months into testing our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline and it's still a sought-after vehicle for a variety of reasons. Sure, we've got a few complaints here and there, but it's mostly praise from the team. After last month's Death Valley escapades, the Ridgeline had one of its busiest months yet, adding more than 2,300 miles to the odometer and setting a new personal best for mpg. Many of the miles were in town, but we also took the truck tailgating and on a mini road trip to the mountains.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Death Valley Post-Mortem

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Honda Ridgeline

I wasn't working for Edmunds back in May 2005 when one of our staffers drove into Death Valley National Park to see the famous "sliding stones" that mysteriously move about the surface of a remote dry lake called the Racetrack. He drove a 2006 Ridgeline we'd just bought for our long-term fleet because it seemed like the right job for the new 4WD pickup.

The 54-mile round trip on the remote washboard dirt road to the Racetrack seemed to go well enough, but once he returned to pavement it became clear something was seriously wrong. All four shocks had given out, but the dealer refused to believe the damage wasn't the result of a badly landed jump or some other imagined type of abuse. The dealer eventually replaced them under warranty anyway, but with a "one-time-only goodwill" proviso.

Fast-forward to 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, where the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was introduced to the press. There I met an engineer who'd actually dealt with the aftermath of our 2005 Racetrack trip. Those blown shocks apparently made it into his group's hands, and what they learned was incorporated into the design requirements for this new second-generation truck.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Putting a Tent in the Bed

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

When the folks from Honda dropped off our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline at the Edmunds office a few months ago, they gave us a walk-around of the vehicle. They pointed us toward cool features like the in-bed storage bin, the stereo drivers that pulse sound through the bedliner, and the side- and bottom-hinged tailgate. Toward the end of the conversation, though, something else interesting came up: camping.

I love camping. I wish I were camping right now. I think I'm going to plan a camping trip as soon as I stop typing. I wonder how hot it is in Joshua Tree this weekend? Maybe something in the mountains will be more livable. I fear I've gotten off topic. ... My interior monologue aside, our Ridgeline tour guides mentioned the available accessories for the Ridgeline, one of which is a tent that fits over the bed of the truck. I was intrigued.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Ron Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
In May, we mostly drove our 2017 Honda Ridgeline as an average owner would, around town and to work and back. There were two exceptions to this, however. First, we took the Ridgeline to our testing track to evaluate its performance, and our test driver praised its strong V6, capable brakes and surprisingly handling prowess.

Later in the month, the Ridgeline went on a special road trip that, based on what happened, merits its own post, so stay tuned for an update on this in the coming weeks. As a result of that trip, you'll notice that our logbook comments were a little thin this month.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

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A lot has changed between our first-generation, long-term 2012 Honda Ridgeline and the fully redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline. One of the biggest changes is under the hood. The old 3.5-liter V6 and its 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque were replaced by a more modern V6 with more power and torque, 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to be exact.

We spent a morning at our test track to see just how the added power has changed the Ridgeline's performance numbers. Read on for the details.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

During the last few months, our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been used around town mostly, carrying the occasional bike and hauling groceries. In other words, it hasn't exactly been getting pushed to its limits.

But that doesn't mean we haven't continued to dissect every aspect of this midsize truck. Several editors have found areas that they wish were better designed, while others have grown to like the Ridgeline's surprising level of comfort and convenience. It's a truck that doesn't reveal its character until you drive it for a few hundred miles, so in many ways we're just getting started.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
This month our 2017 Honda Ridgeline saw mostly local, in-town use. Various editors got familiar with the relatively new truck on their daily commutes, which meant plenty of stop-and-go traffic and tight parking spaces. We hauled a few things along the way, too, so the cargo bed wasn't always empty. More often than not, we were impressed with how well the Ridgeline handled daily-driver duty.

It wasn't all city traffic and coffee stops, however, as Director of Vehicle Testing Dan Edmunds took the Ridgeline on an extended run to Oregon to stretch the truck's legs a little. He got a much better idea of the Ridgeline's range and fuel economy, along with plenty of insight into how it feels after several hours in the saddle.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
A number of editors have been eyeballing our new 2017 Honda Ridgeline since the day it arrived, and there's been a lot of water-cooler talk about schemes involving camping and other outdoor activities. But January was very wet. With one exception, none of that talk has produced much real action. I expect we'll see some of those plans come to fruition in the warmer and drier months to come.

Even so, the Ridgeline has managed to accumulate nearly 3,500 miles in its first six weeks in our possession. Some of those miles came during routine commuting, of course. But it has also seen its share of day trips, at least one local canyon run in the mountains, a bit of muddy off-roading and an extended thousand-mile road trip to the north-central California coast.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Introduction

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 19, 2017

2017 Honda Ridgeline

As recently as three years ago, the midsize pickup market consisted of just two trucks:  the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, neither of which had been fully redesigned in more than a decade. But the introduction (or reintroduction, you might say) of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in 2015 and then Toyota's redesigned 2016 Tacoma breathed some life into the once-stagnant segment. For 2017, we have another reintroduction: the new Honda Ridgeline.

Like the previous-generation Ridgeline (sold from 2006 to 2014), the new model is a distinctive choice for a midsize truck. The rear seat is quite roomy, providing a nice middle ground between mid- and full-size crew-cab pickups in terms of legroom. The rest of the cabin shares its overall design and technology with Honda's Pilot crossover SUV and features materials of a higher quality than you'll get from competitors.

With our decision to get a Ridgeline cemented, we consulted the trim list to determine which features we'd want for our 12-month test.

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