Oh how excited am I? I like trucks. And for the last 3 years of building CalgaryCarGuy.com I’ve driven many Hondas. There are 2 that I still (after ALL THESE CARS) have not driven. 1 is the Honda S2000… which, ended in production many years ago… but still, it looks so amazing and fans of the S2000 are SO dedicated! But, I digress. That’s not my point on this blog. Maybe I’m trying to hint at my friends a Calgary Honda… today’s blog is for the Ridgeline.
My DJ partner in my company Funky Monkey DJ Company Jeff has an 09 Ridgeline, and he loves it. It’s a small truck, but is very sleek and unique. Hello? A tub UNDER the box with a drain so you can tailgate? Honda is after my heart.
Let’s try to crush a couple of rumors first. According to my sources within Honda, question 1: Will Honda CUT the Ridgeline? Answer is reported as a definate NO. The Ridgeline has not been a massive success. It’s a smaller truck with a 5000lbs towing capacity… nothing huge in the land of trucks. In fact, there are many small SUV’s that can tow that weight. It seems Honda recognizes that there is a need for this truck in the market. Question 2: If it’s not getting cut, when is the Ridgeline getting a redesign? Sources say 2015, I’m saying 2014 for the new body. But I have no facts to back that up other that this. Civic is done, so is Accord. CRZ is done, CRV is new in 2012 and the only 2 cars left are the Pilot and Ridgeline which have essentially not changed in almost a decade.
Here’s my guess, Pilot goes in 2013 for overhaul redesign and Ridgeline in 2015. In the meantime, some notes of items that will attract you to the Ridgeline include:
Unique Styling – The Ridgeline doesn’t conform to boring modelling inside the truck. It still has unique shapes, handles and panelling inside. Mind you, good luck finding the door handle in the dark LOL. It’s definately different.
Fuel Economy – I had a friend (who drives 2008 BMW X5, like he should talk) say “Too bad it’s a pig on gas” when he passed me in an alley in downtown Calgary. Here’s where I disagree… is it good on gas? Not really, but it’s a TRUCK! It’s not aerodynamic… it’s a TRUCK! Here’s what you get though, 5000lbs towing takes care of small cargo trailers, tent trailers and hybrid RV’s. I wouldn’t pull huge on it for simply the counter balance weight facts alone. But compare it to the Tundra I drive. It’s not good on gas either, and it can pull almost 11,000lbs. Respecting the size of the vehicles in this comparison, it’s rather balanced. No, it’s not going to cause oil stocks to plummet due to efficiency. No, I wouldn’t recommend commuting in it. But, if you like small towing, mountain trips with bicycles in the back seat, tent camping or sea-dooing… it’s excellent. Yes, Fuel Economy is reasonable. Could it be better? Definately.
Technology – Honda has been slow on technology but has changed that in 2011 and 2012. Very competitive. I’ve shared my thoughts that Honda’s media consoles over the last few years as they are guilty of being TOO busy with TOO many buttons. Ridgeline doesn’t have that. Simple Console, with and without NAV.
Would Calgary Car Guy Buy It? Yes and No. Sorry for sitting on the fence. Understand, I tow a 34′ RV Trailer. That is why I say No. If you take that fact OUT of my decision, I’d be a yes. Small box, but the towing capacity allows you to take bigger things. Overall, I’m a YES for the Ridgeline
Total Rating 4/5 Easily. Can’t wait for new styling though.
To see how I base my ratings for vehicles, I base them on my life. Simple. See my perspective and understand how I see it. Thanks to Calgary Honda for the test drive. Please choose them, the customer service is second to none. Ask for Anthony or Nivi.