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

2017 Honda Ridgeline Long-Term Road Test

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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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In the last month, lifetime fuel economy average dropped just a tad, from 20.5 to 20.2 mpg. That's still hovering pretty close to the EPA's combined rating of 21 mpg, and with a few road trips in its future, we expect that number to start creeping up.

Average lifetime mpg: 20.2
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (18 city/25 highway)
Best fill mpg: 24.5
Best range: 406.6 miles
Current odometer: 7,814 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
The Ridgeline hasn't needed any maintenance yet but the "A1 Service Due Soon" light is on, so it won't be too long before its first oil change.

Logbook Highlights
Interior
"Honda needs to hire away some interior designers from Audi already. This Ridgeline steering wheel is a mess. This is approaching some unnecessary race car-level of complexity. There's a button to turn cruise control on and off. This could be relocated to the thumb paddle. You've got a button to turn on and off lane departure warning. You've got three buttons that cycle through various information screens and menus, and a reset for various metrics like trip meter. overfunction overkill." — Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Comfort
"These are probably my favorite seats in the midsize-pickup class. I love the split-heating element on the GM twins (Colorado and Canyon) but for long-distance comfort, these Honda seats are hard to beat. Seating position is good, too — you have a commanding view of the road without feeling like you're on a jacked-up barstool. This is how modern trucks should feel on the inside." — Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

Technology-Audio
"Minor-est of grievances: The Ridgeline doesn't indicate at what speed you've set cruise control. Many other systems do. When you set the speed in the Ridgeline, it tends to fluctuate plus or minus 1 mph. Don't know why this bothers me, but it does." — Dan Frio

"I think I'm becoming entitled, but if I can't have a front-mounted camera, I, at the very least, want an accurate parking sensor graphic. What constitutes a parking assistance graphic in the Ridgeline isn't very helpful in tight spaces. You get the same three lines no matter how close you are, a lot of beeping and more than enough apprehension about scratching the paint. It's not the end of the world, but if the technology exists ..." — Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

"For a feature that will be government-mandated in 2018, rearview cameras are getting surprisingly good and competitive. I'm pretty impressed with the quality and clarity of the Ridgeline's camera view, especially at night. Also cool that it gives you a choice of camera perspectives (fixed width, fish-eye, etc). I'm now curious to see how well this works while backing up to a trailer." — Dan Frio

Miscellaneous
"It's tempting to mock the Ridgeline as a faux truck, a trucklet or a 'Ridge-Lite' because it's based on a front-drive platform, with AWD an optional afterthought. One benefit to that architecture? A flat load floor in back. When paired with flip-up rear seats, the Ridgeline offers an exceptional cargo void to complement whatever else goes in the bed." — Dan Frio

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