Own a 2009 and I’m not sure a 2017 will replace it
November 18, 2017
I have a 2009 RTL( top trim ) that I bought with 73,000 km on it in 2012.
The review above is spot on. That being said , when I look at the 2017 model with its new look and suite of safety nannies ( CMBS, FCW, LDW, ACC, RDM, LKAS, ABS, EBD, TPMS, TSA, VSA) , it’s poor infotainment interface and it’s somewhat unmasculine look , I am actually wondering if a used 2014 will be a better choice for me.
If you’re considering an original Ridgeline you should know this. I’ve driven all the 4x4 midsize pickups of the same era and the Ridgeline is unbeatable in snow and winter highway driving. My Ridgeline has never failed, gotten stuck, not pulled what I asked. It’s 9 years old , driven every Canadian winter, always parked outside and it doesn’t show a single rust mark( even at the stone chip coverups ).
It’s required nothing but one set of brakes and tires in its life. It literally has never been in for an unscheduled service in 160,000 km.
Now the bad stuff you will need to live with. Guys seem to hate the looks, woman seem to like the looks...go figure. You can get a 2’ suspension spacer but that the limit for lifting it. Tire size options are very limited, so no mudder look in your future. Gas mileage is average. Highway wind noise is bad , especially with the roof rack. You get Bluetooth phone paring and an aux port on the dash above the glove box. So the Twitter generation will be annoyed by its lack of connectivity.
But in my opinion it is this generations inability to disconnect while doing the task of driving that has necessitated the addition of the aforementioned suite of electronic driving assistants now standard in the new Ridgeline.
If you want to drive your truck and not have it drive you, or at least interfere every time you plan on changing lanes or pass in traffic , then don’t have any reservations about buying a used original Ridgeline. It will be the most reliable, most useful, best handling truck you will ever own.
Those with 5th wheel trailers, 4 horse trailers or regularly tow a caterpillar need not apply.