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Old 01-17-2016, 04:42 PM   #15
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My spousal unit has a Ridgeline. Like the many Hondas we've had in the past, dating back to my 1979 'Lude, it is a wonderful vehicle. It does everything well and nothing poorly.

We're newbies. She bought a '68 Safari sight unseen two months ago and we left early from Tulsa to retrieve it in Gatesville, Texas, about 400 miles. We headed south with a full tank of gas and pulled into Gatesville several hours later, running on fumes. We hitched up, refilled the gas tank and headed north. We got home a bit before midnight, having used 4 1/2 tanks of gas for the return. 😳 At times, we were going through it at around 6 miles a gallon.

I've never had any other truck and never pulled anything to speak of. Does towing do that to all vehicles?

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Old 01-17-2016, 09:23 PM   #16
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Hi Jay and Lisa

We have set up over 1000 Honda Odysseys to tow since 1999, they are the same basic drive train as the Ridgeline and Pilot. We have also set up a couple of hundred Ridgelines and Pilots so we have plenty of experience with them. Most are towing 25 to 30' Airstreams or other brands that are harder to tow.

Your fuel economy is not normal at all unless you were trying to tow at 80 MPH. If you tow at 60-65 MPH you should be seeing 11-14 MPG quite easily. Perhaps the trailer has a bad alignment or you have an engine sensor problem, plugged catalytic convertor etc. You can improve the mileage and performance of the Ridgeline with a better tire size next time you need tires.

I saw the new Ridgeline in Detroit on Monday and it looks good! Definitely the best riding and handling pickup you can buy.

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-- snip -- We got home a bit before midnight, having used 4 1/2 tanks of gas for the return. 😳 At times, we were going through it at around 6 miles a gallon. -- snip -- Does towing do that to all vehicles? Jay & Lisa
Yes and no. Brother has a Chev 1/2 ton and gets around 20 deadheading and 8-12 when towing his SOB trailer. The 8 was against a stiff headwind. We get around 20 deadheading and about 12 when towing our 23FB. We get no worse than 6 mph on a steep climb. So, most TVs do get reduced economy when towing, but not to the extent you report. Sounds like you have excessive drag somewhere and a bit of investigation ahead of you. Good luck. Pat
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I also did not like the original styling, but the new ridgeline looks much better. As I trim volume of junk I carry in the truck bed, i could easily use the honda. If i ever get a smaller, lighter trailer, it would be on my list. Cant beat the reliability. Good camping.
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Yes, the new Ridgeline styling is great.
Never considered the 1st generation Ridgeline a game changer- not even a player-
This one is a game changer for sure.
I like it, but back seat room will determine whether I would ever consider purchasing one.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:28 PM   #21
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One of the most gifted mechanics who ever worked at my shop had a background in Honda and I called him the other day to get his thoughts on the Ridgeline..
He told me that at the original introduction of the vehicle (think new product school for technicians...) Honda had a video of the new Ridgeline being slalomed with 500 pounds in the bed. They then went on to show other trucks being treated to the same weight and slalom course...He said it was amazing to see the difference in the solid axel vehicles vs the Ridgeline...
He went on to say that the early Ridgeline's were bulletproof!
Just some more food for thought!
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I have towed with a Honda Odyssey (same engine) for the last three years. It did a fantastic job, running in eco mode (4 cylinders) for much of the time. Fuel economy was an easy 14mpg.
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I really like the tailgate on it, wish the big three would do that. It is a very handy feature. Our most recent auto purchase a 1970 Olds Cutlass wagon (with 31,000 miles on it) has a tailgate like that and it's great for loading.
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I have towed with a Honda Odyssey (same engine) for the last three years. It did a fantastic job, running in eco mode (4 cylinders) for much of the time. Fuel economy was an easy 14mpg.
I actually can hit the low 14's in my F-150 when towing if I watch the throttle...
If I'm agitated and driving carelessly it drops to the high 12's.
I am more interested in the handling and ride.
I am sure it will be a reliable vehicle!
Speaking of reliability, the word is that Honda isn't offering it with the ZF 9 speed due to reliability issues they are having in the newest Pilot.
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I really like the tailgate on it, wish the big three would do that. It is a very handy feature. Our most recent auto purchase a 1970 Olds Cutlass wagon (with 31,000 miles on it) has a tailgate like that and it's great for loading.
I believe I've seen someone doing that with one of the most recent pick ups...
GM or Ram? Can't remember where I saw it but it wasn't just Honda
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First generation Ridgelines had almost El Camino-ish body lines/contours...
That in itself has merit...
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First generation Ridgelines had almost El Camino-ish body lines/contours...
That in itself has merit...
I thought they were more like Subaru Brats on steroids.
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That, too...
Ugly, but cool in a way...
What an El Camino 4-door would look like if they ever made such a thing-
Especially in distant side profile-

No doubt an excellent, rock solid dependable car, though-
The new one is even pretty, handsome-
More traditional truck with that sleek Honda styling-
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