2006 Honda Ridgeline
There are 34 user reviews for the RTL w/ Moonroof/ XM Radio/ Nav trim shown below
- HAS GOOD POWER AND DRIVES LIKE A HONDA CAR. IT ALSO HAS THE GREAT TAIL GATE THAT OPENS EITHER WAY
- LOOKS PLASTIC, LOW TO THE GROUND AND CAN NOT TOW ALOT FOR PRICE
OVER PRICED FOR A TRUCK BUT HAS ALL KINDS OF BELLS AND WISTLES ON IT. IF YOU WANT TO BUY A HONDA CAR THAT LOOKS LIKE A PLASTIC TRUCK GO FOR IT.
1 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Super Comfortable, Most Hauling Capailities in the Smallest Package.
- Needs better fuel economy
I don't understand why so many are bashing this thing. No, it's not an F-150. To me F-150 = poor Ford quality, low-tech 1980's interior, extra weight and poor fuel economy. The Ridgeline satisfies the needs of what most people need in a cargo hauler without sacrificing comfort or efficiency. As for looks: who buys the boxy F-150 for its dated 1960's design?...read morehide
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- Comfortable, Spacious, Storage large and small, Best of All, It'a a HONDA!
- Fuel Mileage, Road Noise, A Little Rougher Ride when Towing 1000lb Waverunner
I took a risk and went against my personal rule that you never buy a first-year of production vehicle or a first-year major bodystyle change. I only took the risk because the Ridge was EXACTLY what I was looking for, and it is a Honda. Afte 8 months of ownership, I have not been disappointed. I downsized from my pickup workhorse and a car to the Ridge. It is the best of both worlds. It is the original and reigning SUT.
If you are purchasing the RTL with integrated GPS/Stereo, I would highly recommend purchasing the extended warranty for the vehicle. It will cost you @2k to replace the unit after the default warranty expires. Why not pay $1200 up front for an extra 4 years of warranty.
As a side note, my Honda Dealer's service and support has been fantastic! Certainly, a few small issues have come up. The dealer has been quick to address, fix or replace as necessary....read morehide
8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Comfort, practicality, great GPS system, power
- wife wants a lighted driver's side mirror!
We researched lots of vehicles before choosing the Ridgeline. Most of the time we need a sedan, but home projects require a truck. This is the perfect compromise. We've taken road and golf trips in style and comfort, and the in-bed trunk has been a godsend. We remodeled a rental home with the requisite trips to lumber and hardware stores. The truck feels hefty and safe, and handles beautifully. The navigation system is better than my wife's Acura's ... it's the next generation of technology, and its clarity and visibility are superior. Best vehicle I've ever owned....read morehide
6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- great ride, room and storage
- light switch a little low
Buying a new car model is a risk. I think Honda did something good when the 2007 has little changes.
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- Solid construction. Sedan-like handling. Innovative features. Perfect for my purposes. Safe!
- City mileage is disappointing. Dealer-installed options are expensive.
I'm 2 months and 4,700 miles into my '06 Ridgline RTL with Navi. I'm not a previous truck owner and could care less how this truck is viewed by owners of Ford, GM, Dodge or any other brand of truck.
For almost 6 years I've flirted with buying a cross-over "truck" in the Avalanche and Explorer Sport-Trac category. A new job where I'm hauling equipment forced the issue. My previous vehicle was an AWD 8 cylinder German sedan, which was in no way suitable for my new hauling needs. Reluctantly I did my research, test drove Ford and GM offerings, and bought the Ridgeline. Fact is, after some decent use, I couldn't be happier.
What I needed was reliability, reasonable fuel economy, space, comfort, and the ability to haul both people and cargo safely. The Ridgeline does all of these things EXTREMELY well and more.
Honda stuck its neck out there with the Ridgeline by daring to be different. Sure they could have followed Toyota and Nissan in improving upon what Ford, GM and Dodge offer without actually looking at how most people use trucks. Body on frame construction is used by each of these manufacturers, including the Avalanche, which many say the Ridgeline copies. On the surface, the Ridgline looks as though it could be a sibling of the Avalanche. Underneath, where it counts, it surely has different parents.
Many criticize the Ridgeline. Many of us also know that trucks are the most profitable segment for US auto manufacturers. Ford, GM and Dodge see up to, and sometimes in excess of $12,000 in profit for each full-size truck they sell. Try that with a midsize sedan. Won't happen. They're lucky to make $1,000 per vehicle in the family sedan market. Why? Because foreign competition has beaten them at the game.
If I'm an auto worker for the Big 3, or one of their executives, I'm scared to death of the Ridgeline. It may not be perfect, but according to Consumer Reports, it is as close to perfect as any truck they've tested to date. Honda has committed to the truck category, and that should make the US manufacturers nervous. I'm betting that many of the negative reviews here are inspired by that fear. What the Ridgeline WILL do (with certainty) is make all manufacturers build more thoughtful and better trucks. It will force them to change. Change is expensive, but also necessary for their survival.
In the end, the truck buyer will benefit.
Ridgeline, with its in-bed trunk, cargo door that opens two ways, large and comfortable passenger compartment, and excellent navigation system, is proving to be terrific at hauling equipment and passengers in comfort, and even managing through unpaved muddy pothole-ridden construction sites without getting stuck. Its exactly what I need, without the compromises of a traditional truck.
Oh, and I need safety as I haul my family from time-to-time. I won't lose sleep wondering about the result of a collision with a truck. I know how that will likely turn out (check the crash test ratings of all domestic pickups and SUVs before you buy).
In case you're wondering about mileage, city driving yields 14 MPG and highway driving within a stone's throw of the speed limit truly delivers 20.5 MPG. I do that a lot....read morehide
10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- In bed trunk, Nav unit, great ride, handles like a car.
- Gas milage could have been better, lockable tailgate, daytime running lights
I purchased my Honda a year ago this month. I traded in a 1500 Chevy Avalanche and have no regrets in doing so. When I bought my Avalanche I needed a truck of that size to tow my jet boat around. When I sold my boat I came to the realization that a truck the size of the Avalanche and with that type of power was no longer needed. So I trade her in for the Honda Ridgeline. I have been happy ever since. It is true that the bed in the Honda is some what smaller but I am not hauling a boat load of stuff any longer. As for being under powered, I can still tow 2 Jet Ski�s around just fine. The Avalanche would have been just over kill at this point. As for gas mileage, I get way better gas mileage (I average 18 � 20 mpg city/highway combined) when comparing the Honda to the Chevy. As for creature comforts, the Honda wins hands down over my Chevy. As for safety check out how many 5 star ratings the Honda got verses the big three. The Honda blows them out of the water. Finally, Honda�s reputation in reliability is at the top of the heap.
So before you go belittling the Honda Ridgeline determine what your needs are before you make any decision. The Honda is for the Urbanite with small weekend projects, runs to your favorite hardware store, tailgate parties at the beach or the stadium or jet skiing at your favorite beach or lake.
Now if you�re hauling your entire collection of tools around because you are running your construction business out the bed of your truck then consider a full size vehicle like a Chevy or Dodge....read morehide
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- Awesome Truck
This V-6 has more power then the DODGE RAM 1500 V-8, and just as much as other comparialbe models outfitted with V-8's. Excellent power plant, excellent design and very comfortable seats makes this truck a real winner.
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- Comfortable, and a nice interior.
- Mpg could be better
This is a great truck especially if you don't want a huge one. however, you should consider the LINCONLN MARK LT. Its about $50000 and they lease for $299 A MONTH. I LOVE ITS CLASSY INTERIOR. I like my Honda, but my best friend bought a LINCOLN MARK LT and it is so much better. Hate to say it. Hes paying less per month for more truck....read morehide
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- Super cute truck!
I love my truck! I have owned two Toyota Tacoma (top of the line Limited 4wd) trucks over the past several years and then drove a sedan for a little while before getting my Ridgeline a few months ago. I thought about getting another Tacoma but when I drove the Ridgeline it was too cool to pass up! I love that there is a place to plug in my I Pod. It rides super smooth, is a pleasure to drive, the sound system is superb, I think it's super cute. We haul plenty of stuff in it, as we are remodeling a house we just bought. The truck bed is smaller than a full size pick up truck to be sure. The Ridgeline is probably too small for a contractor who has to haul stuff for a living, but for me, it is *perfect!*...read morehide
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