Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept is a Ridgeline-based Baja runner

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Honda doesn’t have an off-road truck to compete with the likes of the Ford Raptor or the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, but this concept vehicle is a step in the right direction. Just revealed at SEMA, Honda’s brawny “Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept” is a cross between the Honda Ridgeline and the Honda Pioneer 1000 side-by-side. Honda calls it the “ultimate open-air off-road Honda adventure vehicle,” and we agree that it looks the part.

Some of the specifics are a bit vague from Honda, but the truck uses a heavily modified Ridgeline body and suspension. The interior is Ridgeline-based — there are a lot of hard points similar to our long-term Ridgeline. The shape of the dash and the footwell area seem nearly identical, and the instrument cluster hasn’t changed one iota. Honda doesn’t mention the engine it uses, but the safe guess would be the 3.5-liter V6 out of the donor truck. If that’s the case, then this truck is probably mighty fast given all of the parts removed.

There are plenty of components donated from the Pioneer 1000, too. Production Pioneer doors fit right up, and Honda modified the bed and tailgate from it for duty here. A Pioneer steering wheel was mounted on the Ridgeline steering column as well. The interior has a few other cool features too like full weatherproofing for the outdoor elements. Our favorite part is the reskinned Civic Type R seats. Those svelte buckets look perfect for some serious sand dune destruction. A couple RAM smartphone holder mounts round out the interior modifications.

Skid plates and cladding are everywhere, with much of the design being borrowed from Pioneer 1000 styling, just blown up to truck size. It feels a bit like a Baja family truck. Chuck the kids in the rear seats, tenting gear in the bed, and point it into the desert. Sadly, it’s a concept vehicle, but that doesn’t make us want to go bombing around off-road in it any less.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Honda Ridgeline Long-Term Review | Cursing the cruise

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Our long-term 2018 Honda Ridgeline is a fine truck. It’s far from traditional, but I like what it offers. It’s quiet, comfortable and is better than many cars or crossovers in terms of storage and packaging. If you’re not concerned with towing heavy loads or tackling off-road trails, the Ridgeline is a great alternative to body-on-frame trucks. That said, I have a a few qualms, most notably its infuriating adaptive cruise control system.

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Adaptive cruise control can be a wonderful thing, especially in heavy traffic. Basically, ACC uses sensors to maintain a set distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, slowing down and speeding up as needed. The main benefit is reducing driver fatigue. Just pay attention (something that should go without saying) to make sure you don’t need to override the system. Every system functions a little differently, and I’ve just about had it with the one in our Honda.

The main and most egregious issue with the Ridgline’s ACC is that the system doesn’t work below 22 mph. It just shuts off if you drop below that speed. If you’re in traffic that’s moving between 20 and 30 mph, you have to constantly hit “Resume” or just not use the system in the situation best suited for it. Now, our Ridgeline is equipped with a collision mitigation braking system as part of the Honda Sensing suite, so you have some protection if the car in front of you slams on its brakes, but it’s frustrating nonetheless. Plenty of other systems function at low speeds.

My second issue is the gap between vehicles. The Ridgeline’s ACC leaves far too much room, even in its tightest setting. Now, I understand that you shouldn’t follow too closely, but leaving too much room is an issue, too. Cars are constantly merging in between you and the vehicle in front of you. Then the system slams on the brakes to create a gap between the Ridgeline and the new vehicle, rather than gradually widening the gap. It’s jerky and offers the same refinement as a 15-year-old in driver’s ed.

I was hoping there would be a mid-cycle update that would introduce Honda’s low-speed follow system that’s found in the Civic, Accord and Acura RDX. Low-speed follow isn’t available on the mechanically similar and recently refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot, so I’m not holding out hope for the Ridgeline.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Review | Don’t waste your money on something else

What we want and what we need are usually pretty far apart. We need shelter, food, water, transportation, and if you asked 98 percent of truck owners in this country, they’d say they need a body-on-frame pickup truck equipped with nothing less than a V8 and solid axles. Well, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. You don’t.

Enter, the Ridgeline, Honda’s entry into the mid-size pickup market, and Autoblog‘s latest long-term test vehicle.

The first-gen Ridgeline debuted back in the 2006 model year. Like this model, it shared its unibody platform with the Honda Pilot, had four-wheel independent suspension, a transversely-mounted V6 and is available in front-wheel drive. The original model also didn’t look like any other truck on the market. Though the new Ridgeline has a much more traditional appearance this time around, everything else is pretty much the same.

Our truck is a 2018 Ridgeline RTL-E in Deep Scarlet. The RTL-E trim is second only to the Black Edition trim, meaning our truck’s price tag is pretty steep, almost $12 grand higher than base at $42,695. There is only one powertrain available on the Ridgeline, a 280 horsepower 3.5 liter V6 paired with a 6 speed automatic. On the RTL-E, all wheel drive is standard. Our fully loaded truck features every creature comfort imaginable, including leather, heated and powered front seats, a heated steering wheel, keyless ignition with remote start, navigation, a moonroof, LED headlights, parking sensors, the truck bed audio system, a class III trailer hitch and the Honda Sensing safety suite. This seems like a good time to remind everyone that the F-150 I drove last week that cost $10 grand more didn’t include keyless entry. Moving on.

With a smaller truck comes better gas mileage. Or at least that was the idea. The Ridgeline is rated at 18 city, 25 highway mpg, which isn’t great, and over the last 2000 or so miles we’ve averaged just above 22 mpg. For the size I’d hoped for more.

The comfort of the Ridgeline is where this truck truly shines. I’ve put quite a few miles on this truck and the seats are supportive and comfortable, as is the ride quality. Dirt roads are no match for the Ridgeline, which keeps the ride quiet and comfortable, pavement or no. The six-speed transmission is miles better than the transmission in the Tacoma TRD Pro, which seems to like hunting more than most pickup owners themselves.

The bed is 5.3 feet long, which isn’t terrible, but it’s the hidden features that really stand out. Aside from the truck bed speaker, which in the six months we’ve had the truck hasn’t been used outside of seeing if it actually works, there is an additional truck space under the bed, which not only houses a spare tire, but is large enough to fit a human body in. The tailgate also has some voodoo trickery, with the ability to open traditionally as well as swing open like a door. These two features are by far my favorite of this truck.

Let’s talk looks. This truck isn’t the best looking out there, but it seems like all of the mid-size pickups out there today seem to be suffering from some growing pains, short of the top tier trims like the ZR2, TRD Pro and Ranger Raptor. That being said of the four trucks I just mentioned, the Ridgeline looks the worst.

What bugs me the most though, other than the fuel economy are the rear doors. They are tiny! I was barely able to fit small end tables in the back of the truck when I was moving in the rain. Once I got them in the truck, there was plenty of space, but getting in was a pain.

The amount of people who think they need to harken back to some kind of rancher cowboy roots by spending $60 grand on a truck that they’ll only use to drive around the city is rising. Last year the average transaction price of a pickup was pushing $50 grand. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard earned money like 2008 never happened. You can pickup a Ridgeline for less than $30 grand, and we promise it’ll be just as capable on the streets of Chicago, New York, or LA, as that Chevy Silverado.

[Source: Autoblog]

Honda Ridgeline in Portland soon, making debut in Detroit

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Looking for a truck for sale in Portland? You might want to think about the all-new Honda Ridgeline, for sale in Portland at Beaverton area Honda dealer, Dick’s Hillsboro Honda! For further information, please contact us at (855) 867-6668.

So what do we have in store with this new truck from Honda? Honda will challenge conventional thinking in the midsize pickup segment with the Ridgeline, which is set to make its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday, January 11 at 1:15 p.m. EST. Designed, developed and manufactured in America, the all-new Ridgeline is the fourth new or significantly refreshed light truck model introduced by Honda in the past 18 months and will hit roads nationwide in the first half of next year.

“We developed this new Honda Ridgeline to offer something new and fundamentally better suited to the way many buyers use their truck,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president and general manager of the Honda Division. “Ridgeline will deliver everything you’d expect in a Honda from incredible packaging and fuel-efficiency to top safety technologies and innovative, segment-first features. We’re honored to once again debut the Ridgeline in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show.”

Honda began the complete remake of its light-truck lineup in the fall of 2014 with the freshened 2015 Honda CR-V, America’s best selling SUV. Earlier this year, Honda launched the all-new HR-V crossover, gateway to the Honda truck lineup, and the third generation of its popular Pilot three-row SUV. In 2016, Honda will continue the strengthening of its light-truck family of vehicles with the new Ridgeline and a fully redesigned Odyssey minivan.

Calendar year 2015 sales of Honda light trucks are up 11.8 percent to 599,507 vehicles through the end of November and are on track to set a new all-time sales record for the brand, beating the previous best of 602,123 units in 2006.

Like the first generation Ridgeline, which also debuted at NAIAS in 2005, the all-new Ridgeline was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., in its Torrance, California design studio and Raymond, Ohio, research and development center. The Ridgeline and its engine will be producedi by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Inc., in Lincoln, Alabama.