2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E: Monthly Update for November 2017
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Honda Ridgeline crossed the 20,000-mile threshold this month, a distance we try to achieve with each long-term test vehicle. Driving that many miles in a year gives us the chance to experience an aggressive first year of ownership, during which we test the vehicle's behavior in four seasons, visit the dealer a few times, and note any changes in reliability. The Ridgeline hit the number in the hands of Cameron Rogers, who took a trip down to San Diego.
It spent the rest of the month helping people run errands and get to work. I did exactly that, and in the process found it strange how carlike this compact truck behaves. As the owner of an old four-speed, V8 Chevy pickup, I'm used to a bad ride, loud interior and abysmal fuel economy. The Ridgeline has none of those things. It's so quiet and smooth, you might mistake it for a compact SUV or minivan from behind the wheel. This civility is the Ridgeline's appeal.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Our Ridgeline added 1,423 miles in November, passing the 20,000-mile mark a month before the end of its stay. Its 20.2 mpg average this month falls in line with its lifetime average and the EPA's combined fuel rating. While we weren't able to improve upon our 26.8 mpg best fill or our 406-mile best range, Cameron Rogers got close to the latter by covering 375 miles on a single fill.
Average lifetime mpg: 20.1
EPA mpg rating: 21 combined (18 city/25 highway)
Best-fill mpg: 26.8
Best range: 406.6 miles
Current odometer: 20,248 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The Ridgeline has a pretty sweet powertrain. It's so good you might even take it for granted. But there's suitable power whether you're accelerating from a stop or stomping on the gas for a pass on the highway. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and unobtrusively, too." — Brent Romans, senior writer
"Temperatures have been dropping where I live. Since I usually park our Ridgeline on my home's driveway overnight, the interior can be chilly in the mornings. It's been a good excuse to test out the heated seats and heated steering wheel. The seats only have two settings, but heating is effective. The steering wheel warms up nicely, too." — Brent Romans
"I could drive our Ridgeline across the country, no problem. The driver seat's is comfortable for hours at a time, levels of wind and road noise are low, and the ride is smooth and composed. There's also lots of small-item storage and a solid-sounding audio system." — Brent Romans
"Android Auto takes a little longer to boot up in our Honda versus what I've experienced in a Ford or a Chevy, but it works smoothly most of the time. The other time was this weekend. I left the grocery store after a day of errands, plugged my phone in, turned the car on, and nothing. The entertainment screen said the Bluetooth connection had failed, and I should reconnect. I tried multiple times, even turning my phone's Bluetooth off and on again, but nothing fixed it. Everything worked after letting the Ridgeline sit for a few hours, but these glitches are annoying." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"I honestly wish we could keep our Ridgeline longer. I realize a 2018 Ford F-150 just rolled into our garage with the plastic still on the seats, but I'd rather hang onto the Ridgeline for another year. It's just the right size, the ride and seats are exceptionally comfortable, and its under-bed trunk provides surprisingly useful secured storage. Hopefully, Honda adds a new touchscreen and revises the engine offerings so we can justify another loaner in three years." — Cameron Rogers, staff writer
"Somehow our Ridgeline made it over 20,000 miles with the clingy plastic sheet still attached to the driver side of the center console. I took great pleasure in slowly removing it this morning." — Carlos Lago