2006 Honda Ridgeline
There are 30 user reviews for the RTS trim shown below
- I've actually gotten up to 19 mpg/city, and 23 hwy (of course, I'm a really conserative driver)
- Well-it would be nice if the mpg were higher.
Okay...I love my Ridgeline! The comparatively wide wheel-base (at least to other similiar vehicles) and independent suspension makes it more stable than anything I've ever driven! To prove a valid comparison, I've drive a few sports cars, such as a Porche 911 (1986?), Comaro (1994), several TransAms (1978-80, when they were still really TransAms), a few Mustangs of interditermnate years, and a BMW 2-seat convetible that I can't, for the life of me, remember the classification of, but it was around 2002. The Ridgeline definitely delivers close to the feel and handling of those iconic sports-machines(really hard to do, given sitting abut 2 feet higher and having a whole lot more body weight and size with which to maneuver around) . In fact, the Ridgeline's flat body-poise in hard turns, and fantastic speed control, makes it the best "mountain car" I've ever owned (compare the Ridgeline with other vehicles on US Hwy I-70, from the Chief Hosa Pass, west, to just after the Blackhawk exit, where you're fed into a two-lane, steep-incline, tight left curve that can make your knuckles white in almost any vehicle...except the Ridgeline, of course).
Then there's the storage...my Ridgline has more storage space than my house. Period. I recently helped my daughtrer move. We had a car, and a "conventional" piclup (two-seats, full bed size), besides my Ridgeline. I crammed as much...and I kid you not...into my Ridgeline as the other two vehicles combined. Oh...and, it didn't hurt my performance at all on the winding mountain roads on I-70 west of Denver...in fact, I had to continuilly slow down to let the car and pickup catch up!!
So, do I like the Ridgeline? You bet!! Will I buy another? Without hesitation! Is the price to high? The price on EVERY vehicle is too high. But, I'll pay what Honda asks when...in a few years...I move on to my next Ridgeline....read morehide
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- Trunk, looks, love it!
- blind spots
I love my Ridgeline. I drive a combo of highway and city, with the air on, and consistantly get 20.5 miles per gallon. I haven't towed with it yet. We compared prices with the avalanch and the Ridgeline came out ahead. I have no complaints so far and have had it for 10 months and 20,000 miles. We're selling our larger Dodge 4 door. although will miss the larger interior space of it. The trunk and 2-way tailgate are great. Everytime I come out of a store, people are walking around it, looking it over, and wanting to see the extra features....read morehide
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- I am very happy that I got this truck. All my needs are perfectly met.
- Gas milage mostly. Rear pillars are big so blind spots are there.
I've had my Ridgeline over a year now and am extremely pleased with my purchase. If I had my choice of 4-door trucks....this wins hands down.
I'll start off by stating that I am not a person who needs to haul the Titanic around, nor do I live in the Rubicon Valley, so for my needs, this truck has performed without fail.
The smooth ride cannot be disputed, the cabin fit and finish is outstanding, the stereo sounds awesome, the guages are very user-friendly, the console and door pockets are great, the trunk is the best ever, the space in the front and rear seats for both head and legs.... there's just way too many things to list here. The wipers automatically slow down at a stop...you can lower the windows to cool the cabin with the "key fob" and there are 4 lights to see into the bed at night.
Honda considered many things and used them all when they made this truck. The door-pulls make it much easier to close the doors when you are seated and the doors are open fully or if the wind is fighting you. The sun visors extend out to cover a larger area, the headlights are the best I've seen at night as far as brightness and coverage goes. Even the blinkers are bright, day or night. The engine has plenty of power, when running the AC or not. The defroster works very well for snow or ice.
The locking trunk and tailgate, as far as I'm concerned, are one of the best things in this truck. It's so nice to have that space for my stuff. The lights turn off automatically, even the interior light if you forget and leave it on. The space in the rear of the cab when you flip up the seats is awesome, too. The kids have plenty of space back in the back seat and with the flip down armrest, have more cupholders to park GI Joes and stuffed animals than you can imagine. Safety features abound, as well. 5-star crash ratings, 6 air bags, traction control, vehicle stability assist, ABS, top-rated Michelins all around, and enough sensors to monitor the vehicle that NASA would be jealous.
Now, of course, not everything is perfect. The rear pillars are pretty big and make it a little harder to see out of the truck but after putting spot mirrors on the side mirrors, I have no problem with being able to see. The MPG could be better but a truck isn't a gas sipper anyway. I still get almost double what some of the "bigger" trucks get so I won't complain too much. I find it annoying that the trucks beeps at me to tell me I left the lights on even though it turns them off for me automatically. The bed is like 5 feet long with the tailgate up and 6.5 feet with it down but this really isn't a problem for me either. I rarely carry long items anyhow but when I do, it's only a minor inconvenience and really, the shorter bed still carries a 4x8 sheet of whatever without problem. I use straps to secure anything I haul because it's just safer to do so anyhow. If you carry anything in your truck that is oversized or heavy, you should always secure your load, regardless.
As far as off-road goes, I live in Southern California and I've taken this thing down Jeep trails and quad-runner trails and a few I've turned back or not attempted due to approach or departure angles but I have yet to get this thing stuck, and that includes dry washes, silt beds, and very fluffy sand. This thing is awesome out in the high desert....read morehide
4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Room, versatility, trunk, fold up rear bench seat, all-wheel drive, great tires
- snapping wipers to clear ice off can be difficult, no step-n-tow bumper
Reading the immature reviews for this vehicle prompted me to write a review from an actual owner. I've owned a Toyota pickup, full size bronco, ford ranger, ford f-150, and a 2003 Chevy s-10 crew cab. The Chevy was the worst vehicle I ever owned with regards to initial quality and for the two years I owned it (rear passenger power window burned out, anti-freeze leaks from thermostat housing, transmission fluid contaminated the vacuum lines for the heat selector..I guess it routes to the 4wd vacuum powered shifter on the transfer case, drivers side window wouldn't full close at highway speeds) and the solid rear axle sure made it ride like a "real truck". Not to mention sticker price in 2003 $25,000 (I did not pay that much though, was around $18 or 19,000 due to employee pricing and $4000 rebate) and when I traded it in the trade in value was around $11,000 July 2005. There seems to be some insecure "real truck" owners and immature individuals that feel the need to badmouth a vehicle they have limited knowledge about for fear it might make their trucks extinct or something. They typically spew out "It can't tow and haul like my locomotive powered F350 and if I'm-a carry big 'ol heap a bark dust I won't be able to get the socks I stuff in my pants out of the trunk". I doubt I could "haul" or "tow" a mountain or mobile home, but I bought the vehicle for what I expected and moved from a comparable vehicle (s-10 crew cab) and I expect it to be comparable in capabilities. I guess it's hard for some to imagine using "thought" with regards to "hauling" and where the spare tire is located. This doesn't bother me, as the spare can be intentionally relocated to be fastened to the bed side if desired. Acceleration and passing is comparable, if not better when VTEC kicks in. There is a closed box frame AND unitbody construction for strength. The ridgeline is about a foot wider than my s10, but similar in most other dimensions. The s-10 had a 4.3l v6 with about 190 hp and averaged 16-18mpg. The ridgeline has a 3.5l v6 rated around 245hp and the mileage gets better as the vehicle builds miles. I have 15,000 and now averages around 19-22 mpg driving rt 128/rt 24 around Boston in traffic (initially was around 15-18 average). Every day I appreciate the better ride, increased versatility, storage space, all-wheel drive (no more spinning the right rear tire while trying to pull out from a side street in the rain like the s10), and 15-20% increase in gas mileage. I carry my dogs and luggage on trips to Maine and used to have a Rubbermaid bin in the back with tie-down straps to keep my luggage dry and would worry about it's security, with the trunk I have no worries and the dogs don't get crowded in the back seat anymore because everything fits in the trunk and bed now. I almost purchased a cap to keep things dry, and the trunk saved me the need for this. Also, the ride goes by much faster due to the better ride, increased space and comfort, and lower road/wind noise. I do wish there was a step and tow bumper though....read morehide
17 out of 28 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- trunk in bed, very comfortable, very roomy on inside, 2 way opening tailgate.
- could have better fuel mileage, miss the torque of a V-8
Over all I am very pleased with this truck. It has great features and an excellent ride. Some people complain that it is not a "real truck" for you I say get a clue. I have owned these so called real trucks and I wouldn't trade my ridgeline for any of them. I could care less about having a body on frame with all it rattles, squeekes, and lumber wagon ride. The unibody gives the ridgeline an excellent ride on the road which is where 99.9% of your driving will be. If you want to go off roading get an old Willys. I will start caring what rednecks at a truck convention think when they start making my car payment. For those who want a bed but want the ablility to haul people around, want a vehicle that is a joy to drive on the road and is capable enough for basic off roading, this is the truck for you. Personally I'm not going to go rock crawling with any vehicle worth $30,000. Fuel mileage could be better but it's not bad coming from a ford f-150 FX4. I am averaging about 18mpg mixed use. I have hauled a 4,300lbs travel trailer in 100 degree heat with no problems whatsoever. My biggest problem so far has been I can't stop driving it. 3900 miles in the first month, ouch....read morehide
7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
My wife (of 35 years) and I left Springfield, Illinois at 7:00am last Sunday and arrived in Austin, Texas at 11:00pm. We averaged 20.9mpg with the AC on. And after 16 hours on the road, we were still speaking to each other. I'd say the truck rode pretty well.
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- very comfortable, right size and has everything we needed in it
- needed telescoping steering wheel
We wanted a truck with enough room to seat 4 people, and either 4 wheel drive or limited slip rear end. We got both. We also wanted to tow a boat and have the hauling space for camping, flea marketing, etc. We love the truck and with HONDA dependability we were sold. Also if you want a better deal go shop last business day of the month and late in the afternoon. They need to sell for their quota for the month and are ready to deal. We got fantastic deal. God blessed us greatly....read morehide
4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
Looks small but is not
It is a very good car.
I'm a Honda person.
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- Just a pleasure to drive. Top quality. Plenty of utility and power.
Had it 5 months now, everything works perfectly. Extremely refreshing to drive every day, highway, city, towing, and look great on my circle driveway. Amazing the power (255hp) out of a V6 on regular gas. The 17" tires, independent suspension, 5 speed AWD, low axle ratio, create an very capable truck without beating up the driver. It pulls our 24ft 4200lb Travel Trailer just fine! The bed truck and 2 way tailgate is well used and appriecated. My last highway trip a 75MPH, A/C, family & dog, clocked 22.1 mpg. If you're gonna have a "can do" family truck, this one pretty much say "Family Truck" all over it. Oh, this is my 3rd Honda, former GM owner....read morehide
5 out of 15 people found this review helpful.Was this review helpful to you?
- Very comfortable ride, very responsive, inbed storage, great handling.
- Very few, low beams terrible, engine not big enough...
The 2006 Honda Ridgeline initially made its debut in early 2005. A radical new comer to the field of medium pickups, with its brand new look it was clear it was going to be hard to fit in. This was Honda�s first attempt at a pickup truck, putting the emphasis on quality over ruggedness. Starting at around $24,000 it was defiantly geared toward the suburban warrior. The Ridgeline by far has the largest bed, but at the same time the lowest ground clearance. None the less this new truck, while brand new and for many hard to accept, is clearly making an impression on its competitors. This truck is by far the best truck in its category, I own one, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants quality and dependability, all in a very modern truck. The RTS is currently the most well rounded and has a good amount of gears and features. 4.8 out of 5 stars....read morehide
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