What we wish and what we want are often fairly far aside. We’d like shelter, meals, water, transportation, and in the event you requested 98 p.c of truck homeowners on this nation, they’d say they want a body-on-frame pickup truck geared up with nothing lower than a V8 and stable axles. Properly, I will allow you to in on somewhat secret. You do not.
The primary-gen Ridgeline debuted again within the 2006 mannequin yr. Like this mannequin, it shared its unibody platform with the Honda Pilot, had four-wheel impartial suspension, a transversely-mounted V6 and is offered in front-wheel drive. The unique mannequin additionally did not appear like another truck available on the market. Although the brand new Ridgeline has a way more conventional look this time round, the whole lot else is just about the identical.
Our truck is a 2018 Ridgeline RTL-E in Deep Scarlet. The RTL-E trim is second solely to the Black Version trim, that means our truck’s price ticket is fairly steep, nearly $12 grand increased than base at $42,695. There is just one powertrain accessible on the Ridgeline, a 280 horsepower three.5 liter V6 paired with a 6 velocity computerized. On the RTL-E, all wheel drive is normal. Our absolutely loaded truck options each creature consolation conceivable, together with leather-based, heated and powered entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless ignition with distant begin, navigation, a moonroof, LED headlights, parking sensors, the truck mattress audio system, a category III trailer hitch and the Honda Sensing security suite. This looks like a very good time to remind everybody that the F-150 I drove final week that value $10 grand extra did not embody keyless entry. Shifting on.
With a smaller truck comes higher fuel mileage. Or a minimum of that was the concept. The Ridgeline is rated at 18 metropolis, 25 freeway mpg, which is not nice, and during the last 2000 or so miles we have averaged simply above 22 mpg. For the dimensions I might hoped for extra.
The consolation of the Ridgeline is the place this truck really shines. I’ve put fairly a number of miles on this truck and the seats are supportive and cozy, as is the trip high quality. Filth roads aren’t any match for the Ridgeline, which retains the trip quiet and cozy, pavement or no. The six-speed transmission is miles higher than the transmission within the Tacoma TRD Professional, which appears to love looking greater than most pickup homeowners themselves.
The mattress is 5.three toes lengthy, which is not horrible, nevertheless it’s the hidden options that actually stand out. Apart from the truck mattress speaker, which within the six months we have had the truck hasn’t been used outdoors of seeing if it really works, there may be an extra truck house beneath the mattress, which not solely homes a spare tire, however is massive sufficient to suit a human physique in. The tailgate additionally has some voodoo trickery, with the power to open historically in addition to swing open like a door. These two options are by far my favourite of this truck.
Let’s discuss appears. This truck is not the very best trying on the market, nevertheless it looks like all the mid-size pickups on the market at this time appear to be affected by some rising pains, in need of the highest tier trims just like the ZR2, TRD Professional and Ranger Raptor. That being mentioned of the 4 vans I simply talked about, the Ridgeline appears the worst.
What bugs me essentially the most although, aside from the gasoline financial system are the rear doorways. They’re tiny! I used to be barely in a position to match small finish tables behind the truck after I was transferring within the rain. As soon as I bought them within the truck, there was loads of house, however getting in was a ache.
The quantity of people that assume they should harken again to some form of rancher cowboy roots by spending $60 grand on a truck that they’re going to solely use to drive across the metropolis is rising. Final yr the typical transaction worth of a pickup was pushing $50 grand. However that does not imply it’s a must to spend your hard-earned cash like 2008 by no means occurred. You possibly can pickup a Ridgeline for lower than $30 grand, and we promise it’s going to be simply as succesful on the streets of Chicago, New York, or LA, as that Chevy Silverado.
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