2019 Honda Ridgeline Lengthy-Time period Replace: 4 months and 5,000 miles
Auto excessive beams weren’t the function I assumed I’d miss when our household switched from a 2018 Honda Odyssey to a 2019 Honda Ridgeline. I spent greater than three many years dwelling in city environments. Excessive beam use was restricted to holidays or weekend getaways in nation idylls.
Even after three years of rural life, auto excessive beams nonetheless appeared to me to be only a frivolous luxurious. No less than they did, till we gave them up within the swap to the Ridgeline, which isn’t the top-spec mannequin wanted to amass the auto excessive beams. It was a swap that occurred throughout a few of the longest days of the 12 months, when there are roughly 16 hours between dawn and sundown on Prince Edward Island.
Now the daylight are shrinking and I’m compelled to repeatedly push and pull a sign stalk ahead and again with the sheer energy of an index finger, like some form of penurious Suzuki Equator driver. It’s merciless and strange punishment, that’s what it’s. DIY excessive beam engagement could be an enhanced interrogation method, the main points of which haven’t but been uncovered in a David Shepardson exposé.
Thankfully, nearly every thing else in regards to the 2019 Honda Ridgeline has fostered an more and more contented possession expertise, the likes of which I’ve ever encountered in a 5,000-mile/4-month check.
That’s to not say the Ridgeline is ideal. As talked about in our long-term intro, the styling is delicate, the infotainment unit is outdated, and rear-seat legroom might be higher.
However the entire features of the Ridgeline we appreciated when our household first spent time with a 2017 model – plus the entire interesting parts we valued on a number of check drives in earlier years – are of better worth than we anticipated. 5 areas stand out.
Having owned a nine-speed-equipped Odyssey, I do know that Honda can construct a nine-speed/3.5L combo that works. And Ridgeline prospects in 2020 aren’t given any alternative within the matter anyway – the nine-speed is the Ridgeline’s new transmission. This combo, nevertheless, by which the identical 280-horsepower engine is linked to a six-speed transmission merely feels higher suited. Shifts are silky easy and sufficiently fast, and the transmission copes with towing with no psychological confusion. Furthermore, isn’t 0-60 in 6.6 seconds greater than swift sufficient?BED
Seventeen inches of depth isn’t overly beneficiant, however the Ridgeline’s flat and broad mattress is right for quite a few different causes. First, the composite development is rugged. Second, the dual-action tailgate is way extra helpful than I anticipated. Third, the ingenious trunk mattress has thus far confirmed to be waterproof. And even the liftover top, beneath three ft, makes it simple for the youngsters to leap in after we’re loading grime bikes.
Unibody development and a 125-inch wheelbase put the Ridgeline’s rough-road trip high quality in a league of its personal, not simply in comparison with different pickup vehicles however inside a lot of the general auto business, as nicely. We’ll be switching out the inventory rubber for Bridgestone Blizzaks very shortly – we acquired over 8 ft of snow final winter – so we’ll quickly choose how a tire swap the Ridgeline’s capacity to take in, nicely, every thing.
We bought a Canadian-market 2019 Honda Ridgeline EX-L, which sits above the bottom Sport however under the Touring and Black Version. The Sport lacks the EX-L’s adjustable driver’s armrest; the Touring makes each entrance armrests adjustable. The Ridgeline’s two drivers are dimensionally fairly distinct, and this small improve over our Odyssey EX has contributed to far better driver consolation. Particulars, particulars, particulars.
Pickups, not simply midsize vehicles however full-size brutes too, proceed to search out large positive aspects in gasoline financial system. A decade in the past, the 2010 Ford F-150 with a 5.4-liter V8 and four-wheel drive was rated at 14 mpg metropolis; 18 mpg freeway. The 2020 F-150 EcoBoost 3.5, with 21 p.c extra energy, is rated at 17 mpg metropolis; 21 freeway in Restricted spec. In response to the EPA, that interprets to $450 in annual financial savings. To be sincere, the Ridgeline isn’t worlds faraway from that new F-150. (It’s rated at 18 mpg metropolis; 25 freeway. In largely rural driving, we’re averaging 23.1 mpg.) But it surely’s barely higher than what we had been seeing within the 2018 Odyssey.
Adjustments in way of life eliminated the need of our van’s third row. The continuously snow-covered roads in central PEI led us to imagine all-wheel drive can be a pleasant bonus. Addictions to powersports make a truck, even whether it is extra “truck” than truck, a greater on a regular basis companion.
No, we weren’t thrilled when our first try at towing went awry. The 7-pin hookup to our trailer produced mild however no alerts or brakes, and we confirmed with a pal’s truck that the trailer wasn’t the issue. After digging sifting the fuses and the diagram, I finally wanted the seller to find a fuse that was presumably ineffective from the producer.But when that’s the fairly trivial sort of bother we’re going to search out from our Ridgeline, we are able to reside with it. To this point, we’ve solely made one change to the truck. It’s no Yakima Gatekeeper or fashionable Evoc tailgate pad, however this $149 SportRack piece from (the place else?) Canadian Tire was manner cheaper. It nonetheless has the velvety delicate inside lining, though the attachment of the accompanying straps requires extra time than on the dearer choices. For those who’re hauling mountain bikes to the paths, a tailgate pad saves plenty of bother. We will simply stand 5 or 6 bikes upright in lower than a minute and be on our manner.
There are actually three upgrades deliberate. The primary is a particular set up this fall: an aftermarket tri-fold tonneau cowl. The second, a leveling equipment, is solely pointless however fairly reasonably priced, and it helps beef up the Ridgeline’s delicate front-end styling. The third requires turning the Ridgeline’s OEM wheels into our winter wheels after we store for a extra menacing set of alloys for the April-October stretch.
In our subsequent replace, we’ll focus on winter driving, which can be upon us all too quickly.
[Images: Timothy Cain, Honda]