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Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/16/21 7:04 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

I wouldn't call them overrated, there are some things that they do better than other vehicles. That's just facts. In this case, the Silverado is a better vehicle. It is better at eating up miles of interstate than the Ridgeline is. Every vehicle is a compromise, the Chevy had them, so does the Honda. The Honda will be better in many situations and so far I prefer it over the Silverado for what I do. I run a company, I drive the Honda. Smaller, less powerful, more fuel-efficient, more car-like. I like the way it drives. The guys in the field that work for me are now driving full-size trucks. Bigger, more capable, more powerful, better load capability. We ran Colorados for several years. They got the job done and I like them enough to keep one for my youngest son as his first car, but they were a little too small to work out of. The Ridgeline suffers from the same problem. It just can't do what a full-size truck can do. That isn't an attack on Honda or the Ridgeline, it's just a statement of fact.

I don't doubt the durability of the Honda, I'm counting on getting at least 350k out of this one. I was disappointed in the durability of the Silverado so I sold it. If I'm disappointed in the Honda it will be gone as well. These vehicles are tools. I don't care who makes it, I have no emotional attachment to them, I just want the best tool for the job at a price I'm willing to pay. At the moment, I think the Ridgeline is the best tool for me. If I change my mind, I'll let you know. 

In reply to: Loweguy5 (Forum Supporter) 

I knew the mileage was going to take a hit at those speeds but I had places to be and wasn't worried about the fuel economy other than noting it was lower than I thought it would be. It's still better than the Chevy and it burns regular instead of premium. Today's run will be about 250 miles at 60 mph. I'm guessing there will be a significant jump. The Silverado at 80 mph would get around 15. At 55 it got 19. Around town, it got 12-13. It was very sensitive about the throttle pedal. 

The road noise doesn't bother me enough to do anything about it. I spend 75% of my driving beating around town where it isn't noticeable. 



TheTallOne17 New Reader
4/16/21 8:28 a.m.

I had an 06 Pilot as my first car, which should be a similar drivetrain/aerodynamic situation.

On the milage front I found that keeping the "eco" light on was doable at 60ish, and mileage fell off from 65 to 80, but came back around 85. My suspicion was that it was in the power band and needed to downshift much pess due to grades and headwinds at 85, so on long trips Id cruise at 75 or 80, get to 85 before a grade, nurse it up without a downshift and coast back down to 75 on the downhill.

That being said telling the officer you get better milage over 85 in a 65/70 would be ill advised

Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) UberDork
4/16/21 10:52 a.m.

In reply to Toyman01 + Sized and :

Your points are thoughtful and well-taken. I'm mainly responding to the truck fetishists. I've grown up with trucks, driving everything from a '48 Dodge dump truck to, well, a Ridgeline. I see them primarily as tools and have to stifle my impulse to mock those whom would be better off with a Subaru Station Wagon, yet go full bubba on their trucks. The Ridgeline is a wonderful vehicle (I've had 2) but it's not the be-all and end-all. In fact, I'm considering trading mine in for something more compact like a small SUV, and grab my companies Silverado when it's truck time. 



Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/16/21 1:40 p.m.

Today's trip through the countryside was nice. The Honda is much happier at 55-65 than it is at 80. I didn't fill it back up on the way in, so I don't know the mileage. It should be significantly better than yesterday.  

It was about 65 today, so the A/C wasn't required. I have determined that a power sliding rear window is nice to have. With it all the way open, you could open the front windows just enough to balance the airflow. That kept it from being too windy in the cab while still taking advantage of the cool air.  

Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
4/23/21 8:37 p.m.

Three weeks and 1000 miles in. Still liking this thing. It is really an outstanding vehicle. The worst tank of gas was 17 mpg. The best was 20. 

I went ahead and replaced the front struts. That took care of an uneven rebound I was feeling. Now the back feels bouncy so the rear struts are on the way as well. 

Also on the hit list is the timing belt. There is no info on the age of the belt or when it was last changed. The CarFax shows scheduled services but doesn't list what they were. At a guess, considering the condition of the vehicle, it was changed at about 200k. But that's a guess and I'll worry about it if I don't get it done myself. The shop we deal with will do the belt, water pump, and tensioner for $800. At that price, I can't spend a day with my head under the hood. It will be going in the shop for a few days to get that done. 


Toyman01 + Sized and
Toyman01 + Sized and GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
5/11/21 9:46 a.m.

I'm 2500 miles into it now. It's not a bad vehicle. It is a very good around town vehicle and it is almost perfect for what I do 95% of the time

The love list:

Power sliding rear glass. An awesome feature. I use it constantly. With it and the front windows, you can regulate the airflow through the cabin to anything from a gentle breeze to hurricane force. 

I can not say enough about the trunk. It may be enough to make me buy another one when this one is worn out.

The AWD/4WD system is very well done and seamless. I haven't done any serious off-road but I have tried to exercise the system. There has been zero wheel spin since I bought it, and trust me I have tried. The rear wheels kick in instantly. 

I really like the seating position. The driver's area is almost perfect. At 6'2", I could stand a touch more legroom but even after 5 hours behind the wheel, I don't feel too cramped. 

The storage below the rear seat is 100% better than the Silverado. Nothing would stay under the seat in the Silverado, it all ended up in the floorboard and the area was too short to actually store much. In the Honda, I have two 14" toolboxes, my daily carry bag, an air compressor, my jump pack, and a spare pair of boots under the seat. The floor in the Honda has a lip that keeps everything where it should be.

The dual swing tailgate. How the big three aren't already doing this, I don't understand. It and the trunk are big selling points for me. Like seriously, another Ridgeline is on the shortlist to replace this in the future unless this one ends up being a maintenance nightmare. 

Things I don't like:

Not enough power below 2500 rpm. Unfortunately, that's where it is geared to run so the transmission shifts constantly. While it does a fine job of shifting, if I didn't live in the flattest part of the world it would probably drive me nuts. I made a 4 hour run up into the foothills of SC last week and I bet the transmission shifted 500+ times. Every tiny incline, unlock the TC, downshift, top the hill, upshift, lock the TC. It was pretty annoying after driving high torque vehicles that almost never shift most of my life. I guess that's the price you pay for economy. 

The sides of the bed are too tall. I almost can't reach over the rail and pick up something out of the bed. They are actually taller than the Silverado was. It looks like this has been fixed on the newer model. 

The center console is a little weird. It has a short stubby armrest that slides forward for use. But to open the console you have to slide it back to get to the latch. The box under the lid is tiny and pretty much useless for anything bigger than a pen or maybe a tire gauge. There is another area under that box that is moderately sized but has no cover and looks a mess unless it's empty. I'd rather have a larger box under the lid, similar to what the Silverado did. It's not a deal-breaker, but just something that's moderately annoying. 

That's it so far. If anything changes I'll pass it on here. 


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