After more than a few years debate with my self, I finally purchased a 2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL in May of 2012. As this was the very last leftover 2011 Honda Vehicle on the lot, I was able to purchase...
After more than a few years debate with my self, I finally purchased a 2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL in May of 2012. As this was the very last leftover 2011 Honda Vehicle on the lot, I was able to purchase the vehicle with an unheard price reduction. The MSRP had been one of my reasons for not buying the vehicle in the past.
I must admit to being a Honda convert since 1986 and this is my 5th new Honda since 1988. The Honda dealer located here in Leesburg, Florida provides excellent service from the point of sell all the way through the many years of ownership; their service department provides superior service. In all my years of owning Honda vehicles; I have never had to have a major auto repair performed; this is the main reason I have an ardent Honda Fan.
I waited until now to submit my review in order to be more objective. I have driven the vehicle approximately 7,000 miles thus far and I am reasonably impressed. Being up in age, I have mobility issues that did not allow me to gain access to other trucks; the Ridgeline is fairly accessible and met my needs with no modifications. The truck ride is far superior to other trucks that I have owned in the past; I have yet to experience any discomfort.
As with my past Hondas; I am unimpressed with the noise level experienced inside the vehicle; Honda Corporation would do everyone a big favor by investing a few more dollars into good sound attenuating materials. This is my only real complaint regarding the Ridgeline.
My thoughts are that the Ridgeline may not be the vehicle for those engaged in the heavy construction industry; however; for those of us that are weekend warriors; I do not believe that there is any other light duty truck that will serve our needs any better than the Ridgeline. I am sure that the boaters amongst us will find the 4-wheel drive an excellent feature when removing our boats from water at boat ramps.
I did add a few accessories to my Ridgeline mostly as a result of reading previous reviews; the accessories are as follows:
Honda OEM Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror
Honda OEM Window Vent Visors
Honda OEM Body Side Molding
Bedrug Bed Liner
Extang Solid Fold Hard Top Folding Tonneau Cover
Pop & Lock Tail Gate Lock
Weather Tech Digital Fit Floor Liners
The one item that I did not order was the Navigation System; initially I thought this was a wise decision due to the cost involved; however; the Navigation System is equipped with a rear view camera that greatly improves your visibility when backing up. I very well may end up adding some form of rearview camera system due to the limited visibility while backing up.
Several previous reviewers have expressed concern with the gas mileage; while the mileage does not reflect the 28 mpg that I receive from my 2008 Honda CRV; I have to realize that I am now driving a heavier 4-wheel drive truck. With that said I routinely average 18 mpg while driving approximately 65% rural roads and 35% city roads; however; I live in the flatlands of Florida and I am sure that my mpg would change if elevation changes were involved. I have not driven the Ridgeline on the open highway with the cruise control set yet.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review; hopefully it will assist you with your decision.