2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition new car reviews

You know how we love the Honda Ridgeline. For those looking for something a bit different—and don’t mind spending a few extra bucks—Honda offers their top-o-the-line Ridgeline Black Edition.

What makes it so special? Lots of blackness. It basically takes the $41,470 RTL-E model and adds blacked-out wheels, trim and leather. Why spend the extra $1500 for the Black Edition? Some of us just like black.

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Ed Higginbotham Ed Higginbotham
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It drives like a raised Accord. You hear people say that a lot, but it's true. The new Ridgeline drives like a big car, as opposed to driving like a small truck.

It certainly isn't out-trucking the Silverados and F-150s, but it does make a case for itself in utility. The under-bed trunk is a feature I specifically appreciate. Need even more room for your cargo? The rear seats fold up allowing for more space.

We've driven our project Honda Ridgeline thousands of miles now and yeah, it just keeps on going. Would I pay an extra grand for it to be completely black? No, probably not. But that's a choice in style.

I have one complaint—though it goes for all the new Hondas, and not just the Ridgeline—the navigation system is not streamlined at all. It takes a long time to enter an address as your destination.

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Billy_Bottle_Caps
Billy_Bottle_Caps Dork
5/24/17 4:09 p.m.

Saw one at the Chicago Auto Show this year... looks really good in person

iceracer
iceracer UltimaDork
5/24/17 4:57 p.m.

They should have blacked out the grill. then it would really be black.

Kreb
Kreb UltraDork
5/24/17 4:57 p.m.

If trucks were women, 90 percent of them would be wannabe Dolly Partons, and the Ridgeline's the quiet gal in the corner who's too damn sensible to get many dates. I'm afraid that the black paint doesn't quite raise her to "hot for teacher" status.

1kris06
1kris06 HalfDork
5/24/17 5:24 p.m.
iceracer wrote: They should have blacked out the grill. then it would really be black.

Its a black chrome, so it's 'mostly' blacked out.

Mike
Mike SuperDork
5/24/17 5:56 p.m.

(Obligatory Spinal Tap Reference)

irish44j
irish44j UltimaDork
5/24/17 6:00 p.m.

So, Honda is like the 4th car company that is offering a "black" or "midnight" or whatever edition this year. Apparently these guys all got on the "murdered out" bandwagon less than a decade after it was actually trendy, haha....

mazdeuce
mazdeuce MegaDork
5/24/17 6:30 p.m.

In reply to irish44j:

I don't know, Mercury did it in 2004. I have a hard time thinking of Mercury as a trend setter, but the proof is out there.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/24/17 7:10 p.m.
Mike wrote: (Obligatory Spinal Tap Reference)

Ha, beat you to it. There's a link to one in the full article. (How could I not?)

Nick (Bo) Comstock
Nick (Bo) Comstock MegaDork
5/24/17 7:48 p.m.

It looks just as hideous in Black as it does in white. I don't care how good of a vehicle it may be it's too ugly to own. I would buy a first gen in a heartbeat over that catastrophe.

Nitroracer
Nitroracer UltraDork
5/24/17 8:24 p.m.

Losing the buttresses on the back of the cab and making it look more like a traditional truck bed cleans up the look quite a bit. If I was in the market for a new truck, it could replace my Frontier with ease.

DirtyBird222
DirtyBird222 UltraDork
5/24/17 8:36 p.m.
irish44j wrote: So, Honda is like the 4th car company that is offering a "black" or "midnight" or whatever edition this year. Apparently these guys all got on the "murdered out" bandwagon less than a decade after it was actually trendy, haha....

Your beloved Subaru is doing the same thing. IrishJ's Murdered Out Subie Brand

T.J.
T.J. UltimaDork
5/24/17 9:30 p.m.

The answer is none. None more black. (except for the grille).

Brian
Brian MegaDork
5/25/17 6:05 a.m.

I hate black wheels.

Kreb
Kreb UltraDork
5/25/17 9:44 a.m.
Nick (Bo) Comstock wrote: It looks just as hideous in Black as it does in white. I don't care how good of a vehicle it may be it's too ugly to own. I would buy a first gen in a heartbeat over that catastrophe.

I disagree. More like terminal blandness. No sense of style to it. Funny how the first gen has aged well. Originally it was savaged for its looks as much as it's lack of propper body-on-frame construction. Now that design has a certain jauntiness about it. This one makes me want to give it a nose job, widen the stance and add flares - would help big time.

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