2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for February 2017
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Dan's road trip to Oregon helped boost the Ridgeline's overall average above the 20-mpg mark. That trip also resulted in two other milestones. First, Dan logged our first tank of over 400 miles, which is a pretty solid achievement. That same tank registered an average of 24.5 mpg, so this truck is definitely capable of hitting its EPA highway rating under the right circumstances.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.5
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (18 city/25 highway)
Best fill mpg: 24.5
Best range: 406.6
Current odometer: 7,079
Maintenance and Upkeep
"Photo Editor Kurt Niebuhr has an older Yamaha motorcycle that needed transporting from our photo/video studio in Marina del Rey. According to Honda when it dropped the Ridgeline off, this is exactly what this truck is made for. We arrived without incident and the Ridgeline performed as expected. We did have one strap casualty, though we chalked that up to cheap manufacturing of the strap. It's easy to imagine loading a bike and heading to the desert for a weekend excursion without concerns about space." — Mike Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
"I was all set to transport this 4-by-8 plexi sheet in our long-term Titan XD, but it had already been spoken for. Thankfully, the Ridgeline was available and, as it turns out, better suited for the job. The lack of protruding wheelwells into the bed allowed the sheet to lay flat and the smart placement of tie-down anchors made the job even easier." — Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
"Took the Ridgeline on a golf outing with a couple friends to a course about an hour from home. Needless to say, it was easy to throw three sets of clubs in the back. Even easier than in an SUV, since we could just toss them over the side. Along the way, the poor sap who had to ride in the back actually didn't have it so bad, as he remarked that there was plenty of room to stretch out. Along the way my passengers noticed that the ride quality is about as smooth as you could ask for from a truck. It's also exceptionally quiet. So quiet that one of the guys was able to call in for an impromptu conference call on the way home. None of his colleagues seemed to notice that he was cruising down the notoriously bumpy 405 freeway." — Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
"The infotainment screen in our Honda Ridgeline is covered with a plethora of fingerprints. It's almost impossible to see the screen in direct sunlight. It would take constant maintenance to prevent this buildup. Or if you prefer, you could live on the edge and play a guessing game as to what function you're manipulating on the screen." — Mike Massey
"Love the storage compartment under the cargo bed floor. I put three Trader Joe's bags in there tonight and could have fit six, and the flip-up cover is lightweight and easy to use. You get both a truck and a trunk with the Ridgeline. Pretty cool." — Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager, Content Strategy