Pros Handles great on snow and ice. Roomy, even for tall people, I'm 6'6". Great combination of of work truck and passenger truck. The trunk under the bed is great for keeping stuff out of site and safe.
Cons Wold be nice if it had better gas mileage.
Summary Don't know what the first review is looking for, but this truck is fantastic. I have a 2006, purchased it new and have no interest in replacing it. On snow it's excellent, I grew up in Colorado, I have lots of winter driving experience. If you are looking for a heavy duty off road 4x4, this wasn't designed for it, but light duty, off road, it's just fine. I'm at 80k miles and only thing that failed was a pulley in the folding back seat. Truck rides well on rough roads, maybe the other review just got a bad truck. If you're looking for a fair review of the Ridgeline, go to Consumer Reports.
Pros Good road handling compared to its size - decent fuel economy.
Cons Too many - where do I begin? Grossly underpowered,even though the engine is good, the transmission is simply not up to the task. Higher gear ratio needed for hulling and lower gear ratio needed for highway. 4WD system is a garbage, and it's weird!
Summary The reason my people buy pickup is to have hulling and carrying capability - of course, not everyone needs to be a construction worker to own a pickup. I, myself, am a city-dweller in LA and works as a sale person in IT industry.
I use my car for camping/picnic/sport as well as daily commute. Boy I am disappointed!
First of all, this car is ok on LA Freeways, a decent acceleration - HOWEVER, you will feel all the bumps on the road transferring into your driver's seat (as well as passengers). Suspension is weak - my suspicion is that shock will go out in about 3 years once the warranty is over (which is usually the case).
Second of all, very very strange 4WD system. This so called Real Time 4WD system by Honda is simply strange - and does not help if you are going to mudtrack or off road into campsites. Once the rear wheel spins then the front wheel kicks in vice versa, but the timing of the kick-in is so odd that both wheels gets stuck eventually. And this not only happens on my car but also on 2011 Honda Pilot as well. 90% of people will not go through mud pool or extreme off roading, but I am one of those 90% of people...I was stuck in the camp trail of Sequoia park...in a small puddle of muds in front of the public resting area...
Thirdly, I am ok with the lack of tech in the interior. But I am NOT ok with foul smelling AC units. Yes, Honda don't build cars as they used to in 80s or in 90s. I had water leak problem (into the dashboard!!!), faulty windows lining, and shock giving out (all covered under warranty though). I still get some funny odor when I turn on AC, and my shock in rear is going out again...partly thanks to uneven pavement of Los Angeles freeways. So it cost me $300 to change the rear tire, and my mechanic did not want to replace the shock just yet because he wanted to see how much more the shock can absorb the hits. This is the weakest suspension system i've ever seen...a pickup's shock not lasting Los Angeles freeway.
This truck really is not for people who needs truck. It lacks on substance on every front in comparison to other trucks such as Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, and especially Ford's. It became "Do Everything but Not so Well" car that is stilling in my inventory now. As a commuter vehicle, it burns too much gas; as a recreational vehicle, it does not perform to the standard; as a worksite vehicle (which I never used it as), I dont think it will do as half as other pickups would do.
I should have bought Toyota Tundra or Ford F-150 crewcab at the same price. And yes, I've owned trucks before, I've had Chevy S10, GMC Jimmy, and Nissan Pathfinder - and I was a weekend trail blazer at local camp, skill hills, or fishing spots. They were all good, and I expected the same from Honda, which failed miserably.
BTW, I'm going for Jeep Unlimited this time.
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