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2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E: Monthly Update for November 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for September 2017

by Cameron Rogers, Staff Writer

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for August 2017

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
Seven months into testing our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline and it's still a sought-after vehicle for a variety of reasons. Sure, we've got a few complaints here and there, but it's mostly praise from the team. After last month's Death Valley escapades, the Ridgeline had one of its busiest months yet, adding more than 2,300 miles to the odometer and setting a new personal best for mpg. Many of the miles were in town, but we also took the truck tailgating and on a mini road trip to the mountains.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Death Valley Post-Mortem

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

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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.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Putting a Tent in the Bed

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

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When the folks from Honda dropped off our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline at the Edmunds office a few months ago, they gave us a walk-around of the vehicle. They pointed us toward cool features like the in-bed storage bin, the stereo drivers that pulse sound through the bedliner, and the side- and bottom-hinged tailgate. Toward the end of the conversation, though, something else interesting came up: camping.

I love camping. I wish I were camping right now. I think I'm going to plan a camping trip as soon as I stop typing. I wonder how hot it is in Joshua Tree this weekend? Maybe something in the mountains will be more livable. I fear I've gotten off topic. ... My interior monologue aside, our Ridgeline tour guides mentioned the available accessories for the Ridgeline, one of which is a tent that fits over the bed of the truck. I was intrigued.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Ron Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

During the last few months, our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline has been used around town mostly, carrying the occasional bike and hauling groceries. In other words, it hasn't exactly been getting pushed to its limits.

But that doesn't mean we haven't continued to dissect every aspect of this midsize truck. Several editors have found areas that they wish were better designed, while others have grown to like the Ridgeline's surprising level of comfort and convenience. It's a truck that doesn't reveal its character until you drive it for a few hundred miles, so in many ways we're just getting started.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Introduction

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on January 19, 2017

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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.

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