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5 out of 5 stars

The perfect truck for simple cargo hauling

thockman64, 03/17/2023
updated 10/19/2023
2023 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
35 of 35 people found this review helpful

I went into a dealer to trade in an Accord for a new Accord coming off lease, but was diverted to the 2023 Ridgeline. I had long considered getting one, so I wasn't totally opposed to the idea. Once I took the test drive I was hooked as the buttery smooth, unibody experience and ample creature comforts of the RTL trim level. The Ridgeline is Honda's hardest product to sell and there were plenty on the lot to choose from. I'm not sure why it's not more popular, but for people with only simple hauling needs or trailering, the Ridgeline is the perfect balance of truck and comfortable daily driver. I've had Toyota Tacoma's in the past, but I'm not interested in the rough handling of that truck line anymore. The look and feel of the Toyota is aggressive and tough, but I'm at the age I don't care how I look driving a Ridgeline as long as I can be comfortable in the cabin and transport furniture, garden materials, or other hardware around whenever I need to. The 2023 model doesn't have any new features compared to the 2021 refresh, but the RTL has some key features I wanted like memory seats, leather, built-in Sirius XM, and a sunroof.I can live without the 540 watt indoor/outdoor stereo and other amenities of the RTL-E. The radio has a volume control, so consumer demand got that returned to the Ridgeline. The gas mileage is the biggest sacrifice on a 6-cylinder, 9-speed transmission truck. If you are coming down from something in the 30's mpg range, 18-24 feels like a big drop. However, I won't drive it so much I go broke filling it with gasoline. I didn't buy the Function+ package with the tonneau hardcover, but may purchase it aftermarket because I want the ability to cover the cargo bed for materials that I want to hide or protect from rain (although the tonneau cover is not waterproof). I've only drive it a few hundred miles so far, but will update this review with real world experience as I put miles on it. So far, so good. Update October 2023: I’ve had the Ridgeline 6 months and still love the truck. It’s been reliable and fun to drive. A few weeks ago I had Honda install an OEM tonneau cover to be able to load cargo without tying everything down. The hard cover is very solid and easy to open and strap down for open travel, but a warning: this OEM cover is not waterproof and you will still need to cover items with a tarp or plastic container to ensure dryness. I leased mine and didn’t want to install a cheap 3rd party cover, but in hindsight should have worried more about my needs than the dealers upon lease return. I will say the cover reduces drag and has improved my mixed driving mpg to 23 mpg from 20-21. I will take the truck on a road trip soon and see how it does with mostly highway miles. I wouldn’t want any other mid-size truck currently on the market but am disappointed Honda hasn’t added a hybrid option to any of its truck products yet. That probably won’t come until 2025. Due to the low 20’s mileage I’ve limited my driving somewhat and only have 2800 miles after six months. The auto shutoff feature during stops can be annoying as it shuts off power steering until the engine restarts. Since this is an industry-wide trend to have auto shutoff, I can’t blame Honda. I’ve heard that the auto shutoff and 6-cylinder Variable Cylinder Management are bad for the engine over the long term. For now I still recommend the truck. No problems at all so far.

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5 out of 5 stars

All the truck that almost everyone needs.

Honest Chuck, 12/17/2022
2023 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
28 of 28 people found this review helpful

I bought the 2023 Honda Ridgeline RTLE after carefully researching all mid size trucks. My son has a 2022 Toyota TRD off-road, so I was very familiar with the Toyota. For me, daily driving comfort is way more important than being able to off road rough terrain. My Ridgeline gets me anywhere off the path that I want to go and can tow most anything that I need very comfortably. It looks better than past models of the Ridgeline, as they did a great job of updating it to resemble what a truck should look like. I actually get compliments regularly from people while I am out and about. It has so many features that are standard that you are charged extra for with other brands. All with legendary Honda reliability, and their proven six cylinder engine. This truck is a wise choice for those who must get the most bang for their buying dollar. Ask yourself honestly, Will I risk tearing my new expensive truck up,by going off into rough terrain? Will I need to tow over 5000 pounds? If the answer is yes, they buy a different truck. If the answer is no, then buy this truck.

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5 out of 5 stars

Love this truck!!

Lenrn55, 12/30/2022
2023 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
25 of 25 people found this review helpful

I purchased a 2023 Ridgeline Black Edition on August 31 and have no regrets!!! I drove a Toyota Tacoma Limited, interior was too tight and lack luster, a Nissan Frontier and wasn’t like the 2010 Frontier I was trading but with terrible gas mileage, Ford Ranger no fun and very choppy ride, interior last tight. I drove the Ridgeline and was not sure about it initially but it’s the most comfortable, average combined mpg is 23.5 at 5k mileage, I LOVE THE TRUCK!!! Price was similar to all the other brands, high 40k, but I have enjoyed the ride on long and short trips! More than enough power, flex open tailgate a big plus and the trunk in bed is priceless!!! Finish is flawless seats are very comfortable, climate control is nice, voice commands are good but we still have a learning curve…… The back seats flip up and are great for my dogs, floor is flat and with a blanket down they are quiet and comfortable, a great feature!!! I can go on for ever but I have nothing negative to say about this truck.

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5 out of 5 stars

No Brainer

Ben, 10/18/2022
2023 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
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I was looking at the Honda Ridgeline for quite a few years, every opportunity I got I would ask owners what they thought. All emphatically said it was great, I will be doing the same. Cannot find any faults and it continues to amaze

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2023 Honda Ridgeline RTL is awesome

LoveLife, 01/22/2023
2023 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
22 of 23 people found this review helpful

We sold our Chevy 2019 3500 Diesel as we no longer needed it. Instead of waiting for the 2023 Colorado to be released, we decided to look at the Ridgeline. After the 1st test drive, we knew this was our new vehicle. It already had the tonneau cover and all the amenities and safety features that we wanted at a very good price point. It is so comfortable, AWD is great especially in the snow, it trailered our boat with no issues and the fit and finish is awesome. We have never had a Honda before and already know we won't be looking at buying a chevy in the future. We love this vehicle!

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