2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E: Monthly Update for October 2017
by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
After the last few months of high adventure and travel, our 2017 Honda Ridgeline spent October cruising around the city and driving editors to and from work — in other words, commuting duty. But that's the point with the Ridgeline. Everyday isn't the Rubicon, Paris-Dakar or Monster Jam, and the Ridgeline's comfortable and non-trucklike interior helps make the day-to-day slog that much better.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
Constant stop-and-go city traffic took a toll on our fuel economy this month. We filled up six times in October and drove more than 1,300 miles. With a monthly average of 18.3 mpg, it brought our average lifetime mpg down one-tenth.
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: 19,099 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"After playing with the Econ button, I'm onboard with Travis Langness' opinion. When it's enabled, you have to use a lot of throttle pedal travel to keep up with traffic. Turn it on when you're out of the city, without the constant pressure to keep up with traffic, as Econ mode can help smooth acceleration. Or, as Travis suggested, just leave it off altogether!" — Calvin Kim, road test editor
"Beeps, so many beeps. Our Ridgeline beeps when you get in, when you step out of the car with the ignition on and the parking sensors stay on, even when completely stopped and in Park. The only way to turn them off is by diving deep into the menus. At least the parking sensor warning can be easily turned off." — Calvin Kim
"I haven't been in the Ridgeline in almost six months, so it was nice to drive it again. The interior feels a lot bigger than I remember, with the rear seats being as functional as a full-size truck's. And I know this is echoing what everyone else says, but you really have to drive it around in varying conditions to appreciate that it's the most comfortable pickup on the market. But that dash is ugly and totally kills what little truck vibe there is." — Calvin Kim
"There's enough space between the tailgate and the bed so you can open the under-bed cargo space with the tailgate down, making for a large workspace. I couldn't get any pictures of it due to horrible lighting, but even with it being a bit of a reach, that setup made for a great meal prep station at a Halloween carnival." — Calvin Kim