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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How much does a 2023 Honda Ridgeline cost in Silver Spring, MD?
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