2020 Honda Ridgeline MID Model Refresh
2020 Honda Ridgeline MID Model Refresh Last weekend I had the opportunity to collect a few hundred miles in our longtime 2018 Honda Ridgeline. So far I enjoy this unusual pickup rather, and there are a number of features that really stand out. So I collected a few of the highlights to shower some love. Of course it is not all rainbows and puppies (the latter I mean something literally), so I also pulled a few of the rougher edges of the Ridgeline into the sunlight to allow a public abuse. Let us easily look at the good and bad sides.
The size: While I would not go so far as to call the Ridgeline small, it is really quite manageable, and I pay a large portion of it to the short nose. Since the truck has a cross-mounted motor and a front drive train, it does not have to have a lot of length and neither. As a result, it is still a four-door truck with a decent length bed (5.3 feet to be exact), but it fits almost completely into parking spaces. And the short nose means that it is easy to thread through tight parking spaces.
The tribe: Seriously, this feature is awesome. I took full advantage of it last weekend when I had my dog, food and medicine and my own things back in my parents ‘ house and then had a small table to bring back with all the above items. None of this was really big enough to be stable in bed, and I didn’t want it to be exposed to the elements either. I probably could have put it in the cabin, but that would have meant that you had to cram in the back of the seat, under the backseat and possibly on the front passenger.
But instead, I was able to put everything into it because of the remarkable antics of the tribe. The exception is of course my little (ok, more like medium) puppy who rode in the backseat. This also frees the passenger seat to accommodate road-trip snacks. It was also easy to load, because when the tailgate is panned out, instead of down, you can walk right next to the dustbin and just lower things. And although it was not necessary on this trip, since I could not make stops, the tribe offers the advantage that it is locked and hidden, so it is very safe. Oh, and another one. The spare tyre and the jack are also trapped here, so if you were to sit down with an apartment, you wouldn’t have to crawl down in the cold dirt to access the spare tyre.
The comfort: The Ridgeline is a great mileage muncher. The seats are not very supportive, but thick padded so they stay comfortable on the long haul. The ride quality is also great by transforming the most unevenness into gentle Nudges and putting the body together extremely. The Ridgeline is also an impressively quiet vehicle. The near-lack of road and tyre noise was particularly impressive. The super slick V6 also helps keep the cab quiet, as well as the six-speed automatic, which keeps the speeds really low during the ride. It ensures a smooth, soothing long-distance runner.
Little rear Doors: More specifically, I resent the small openings of the rear doors. I’m not sure if it’s because the doors themselves are on the small side, or if they don’t open far enough, but it’s more difficult than it should be to bounce in the back of the Ridgeline. I’m not the only one who has noticed. My parents discovered this the last time they drove in the truck. It is also strange, considering that the room back is not so tight.
2020 Honda Ridgeline MID Model Refresh
Fuel consumption: The Honda Ridgeline is only OK when it comes to fuel consumption. On my return from my parents ‘ house I managed 24.6 mpg. That’s close to the EPA rating of 25 mpg, but I also had it in Eco mode with the cruise control set pretty much on the speed limit or barely on it. And it was nonstop driving. And that’s not the worst fuel consumption in the world, but the V6 Chevy Colorado is just shy of a couple of mpg on the freeway, and it has more power, as well as better off-road capability. Many versions of the larger Ford F-150 also fit or approach the road fuel consumption of the Ridgeline. I just expected more from a car-like pickup truck.
No paddle shifters: I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but it bothers me that I can’t choose my own gears in this truck. Part of it is because I’ve experienced paddle sliders in the Honda Odyssey, and found myself much more fun in hugging it around than I ever expected. But part of it is also because there are times, I think that I could make better shift decisions than the transfer. Occasionally, the transfer does not nail the right gear in partial throttle flaps, and sometimes it is not fast enough to decide. There are also times when I want to be more aggressive, but my preferences fall between the fuel economy-oriented normal-shift mode and the overly aggressive low-shift setting.