by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer
Where Did We Drive It?
The month kicked off with yours truly driving our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline to Las Vegas for the first look at the new Nissan Leaf. My road trip impressions are below, but in a nutshell, I found myself loving this pickup-lite the more I drove it. I spent a week and a half in the driver's seat and I could've continued forever. It's that comfortable.
But first I had to take it to the dealer, also detailed below. Can't take a 500-mile round trip with the driver information display screaming for an oil change. The Ridgeline's sheet metal barely had time to dry from the post-trip car wash before Dan Edmunds took it out to the Mojave for an overnight camping excursion.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
In the last month of summer, symbolic or otherwise, we made real use of our 2017 Honda Ridgeline, adding 3,445 miles to the odometer. Most of those came at the hands of Travis, who took it on a Los Angeles-Salt Lake City loop, with Grand Canyon camping and Vegas-avoidance backroads along the way. His trip accounted for 1,900-plus miles of the August odometer, and you can read his excellent account of that trip here.
I, too, took the Ridgeline for some camping, although nowhere as remote as Travis' destinations (although with another dad and three girls ranging from 8 to 12 years old, I'd argue just as wild. ...). And my run up to Kings Canyon National Park did not originally include the Ridgeline. It was a last-minute replacement — and lifesaver — for a trip that started with a Mazda CX-9 that proved just too small for a camp party of five.
by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing
I wasn't working for Edmunds back in May 2005 when one of our staffers drove into Death Valley National Park to see the famous "sliding stones" that mysteriously move about the surface of a remote dry lake called the Racetrack. He drove a 2006 Ridgeline we'd just bought for our long-term fleet because it seemed like the right job for the new 4WD pickup.
The 54-mile round trip on the remote washboard dirt road to the Racetrack seemed to go well enough, but once he returned to pavement it became clear something was seriously wrong. All four shocks had given out, but the dealer refused to believe the damage wasn't the result of a badly landed jump or some other imagined type of abuse. The dealer eventually replaced them under warranty anyway, but with a "one-time-only goodwill" proviso.
Fast-forward to 2016 in San Antonio, Texas, where the 2017 Honda Ridgeline was introduced to the press. There I met an engineer who'd actually dealt with the aftermath of our 2005 Racetrack trip. Those blown shocks apparently made it into his group's hands, and what they learned was incorporated into the design requirements for this new second-generation truck.
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.
by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 19, 2017
As recently as three years ago, the midsize pickup market consisted of just two trucks: the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, neither of which had been fully redesigned in more than a decade. But the introduction (or reintroduction, you might say) of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in 2015 and then Toyota's redesigned 2016 Tacoma breathed some life into the once-stagnant segment. For 2017, we have another reintroduction: the new Honda Ridgeline.
Like the previous-generation Ridgeline (sold from 2006 to 2014), the new model is a distinctive choice for a midsize truck. The rear seat is quite roomy, providing a nice middle ground between mid- and full-size crew-cab pickups in terms of legroom. The rest of the cabin shares its overall design and technology with Honda's Pilot crossover SUV and features materials of a higher quality than you'll get from competitors.
With our decision to get a Ridgeline cemented, we consulted the trim list to determine which features we'd want for our 12-month test.