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

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Ron Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

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.

What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
In the last month, the Ridgeline's lifetime fuel economy average dropped a tick, from 20.2 to 19.9 mpg. A few 16 and 18 mpg fill-ups will do that. Nevertheless, we're still in striking distance of the EPA's combined rating of 21 mpg, so this number could get better in the coming months.

Average lifetime mpg: 19.9
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (18 city/25 highway)
Best fill mpg: 24.5
Best range: 406.6 miles
Current odometer: 9,265 miles

Maintenance and Upkeep
Scheduled. More on that in the subsequent post to come.

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Logbook Highlights

Comfort
"I was very impressed with this truck over the weekend. It was more comfortable and more refined than our Toyota Tacoma. I'd definitely recommend this truck to someone looking for a light-duty truck for daily driving." — Ron Montoya, senior consumer advice editor

"Compared to our Tacoma, the Ridgeline rides like a luxury car. It doesn't have the skittish nature of the Tacoma and even the steering feels more precise. Thankfully, the brakes on the Ridgeline are more easily modulated, too. Drive the two trucks back to back, and I would be surprised if anyone preferred the Tacoma." — Ed Hellwig, senior editor

Miscellaneous
"The Ridgeline's looks might be the one thing that holds it back from greater success. It's a Honda Pilot with the rear chopped off. You can't say that about its competitors. The Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado aren't styling masterpieces, but they look like a truck should and aren't based off another vehicle." — Ron Montoya

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