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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 RTL-E: Monthly Update for October 2017

by Calvin Kim, Road Test Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

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.

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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: My Favorite Midsize Truck

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Our long-term 2017 Honda Ridgeline has its fair share of quirks. The touchscreen system drops out from time to time, the lack of a volume knob is irksome, and thanks to a low-hanging front air dam, the truck can't even make it up our RTI (suspension articulation) ramp. It doesn't look very truckish to my eyes either (it's probably the most common complaint about the Ridgeline), and it has a marginal tow rating that most decent crossovers can easily match. But after an 1,800-mile road trip, the Ridgeline has cemented itself as my favorite midsize pickup.

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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

2017 Honda Ridgeline

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: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Honda Ridgeline

A lot has changed between our first-generation, long-term 2012 Honda Ridgeline and the fully redesigned 2017 Honda Ridgeline. One of the biggest changes is under the hood. The old 3.5-liter V6 and its 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque were replaced by a more modern V6 with more power and torque, 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque to be exact.

We spent a morning at our test track to see just how the added power has changed the Ridgeline's performance numbers. Read on for the details.

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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing

2017 Honda Ridgeline

Where Did We Drive It?
A number of editors have been eyeballing our new 2017 Honda Ridgeline since the day it arrived, and there's been a lot of water-cooler talk about schemes involving camping and other outdoor activities. But January was very wet. With one exception, none of that talk has produced much real action. I expect we'll see some of those plans come to fruition in the warmer and drier months to come.

Even so, the Ridgeline has managed to accumulate nearly 3,500 miles in its first six weeks in our possession. Some of those miles came during routine commuting, of course. But it has also seen its share of day trips, at least one local canyon run in the mountains, a bit of muddy off-roading and an extended thousand-mile road trip to the north-central California coast.

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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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