Mon. Jun 14th, 2021
2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E Drivers’ Notes Review

We’re entering the tail end of our year with the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. The different-take truck has proved to be popular among the staff, and I think just about everyone will be sad to see it go. Check out the intro to see just what we have and why we added one to our fleet. You can also check out our other long-term coverage here, including stories on the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Kia Stinger GT.

Editor-in-Chief Greg Migliore — I’ve been pleased with our long-term Ridgeline. It’s functional and looks good. It’s a truck that’s well-calibrated to my lifestyle. I’ve transported a recliner in the bed, a car seat in the back seat and stacked boxes, gear, groceries and other essentials of life throughout the cabin. The golden retriever sits wherever she pleases. It’s an ideal daily driver for pickup buyers who don’t need a full-size truck.

The powertrain is fine. There have been times where I’ve mashed the gas to secure lane position and felt like the Honda was coming up short. It’s not often and the 280-horsepower rating is more than enough most of the time. It’s competitive with the segment, though the GM mid-sizers outgun with their 308-hp V6. I think I’d like a little more torque from the Ridgeline. The 262-lb-ft leaves me underwhelmed.

Overall, I’ve enjoyed our year in the Ridgeline so far. I make it a point to sign it out once a week since it’s so agreeable and functional. Plus, I like driving a truck.

Associate Editor Reese Counts — Call me Dyson, because I’m a big fan of our Ridgeline. I was one of the most vocal about adding one to our-long-term fleet, and I’m quite glad we did. It’s the perfect multitool and a great counter to our other two long-term vehicles, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid and Kia Stinger GT. It’s all the truck most people need, even if it’s not what they want.

Hell, I might even buy one. My wife — initially put off by the so-so styling — has talked about replacing her CR-V with a Ridgeline. I don’t know if I could give it a greater compliment.

Manager of Production, Eddie Sabatini — Ah, what a year with our long-term Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup truck, aka Maroon 5idgline (no one called it that). It’s a handy vehicle with a comfortable ride and tons of interesting features, like the truck bed speakers. It also has loads of space, the center console can fit a gallon of milk, FYI.

My favorite memory with the truck is when our senior video producer Chris McGraw proved that a human can fit into the additional bed storage — check out the video below.