The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is the top-trim truck in Honda’s lineup. It gets special 18-inch Black Edition alloys, and Black Edition trim. In addition to standard collision-mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist and road-departure mitigation; Black Editions also get blind-spot information, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high-beams.
The Black Edition (and the Touring Edition) also gets acoustic glass in the front windows, but I was surprised to find an inordinate amount of wind noise. Too often while driving I would hear a lot of wind noise around the top of the driver’s door, to the point I kept checking to make sure the door was open. It wasn’t. Perhaps there was something amiss with the weather stripping in my particular tester; either way, this is something to check when you’re on a test drive.
The V6 is a decent unit, with good power and a responsive throttle. Fuel economy is officially listed at a very competitive 12.8/9.5/11.3 L/100 km city/highway/combined. I finished the week at 12.1 with a hefty amount of city shuttling and one big highway run. The Ridgeline is easy to drive, the transmission is smooth enough, and the all-wheel drive system unobtrusive. Steering is over-boosted for me, but should suit most buyers.
Inside, you get Honda’s previous-generation infotainment system. It has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay (Yay!) but no knobs for volume or tuning. This will be rectified with the next iteration, just as it has been addressed in the Civic, CR-V, and Accord. The leather interior has red stitching to add some visual flair, but the black-on-black interior was too dreary for my tastes. Also, the leather is thin, and was already beginning to crease and show the strains of wear on the seats.
The Ridgeline, then, is not a workman’s truck. As a tailgater though? It’s perfection. Want to go to the Grey Cup? Boom. Party truck is here. Beer anyone? Check the cooler (if you’re not the driver). Paired with the 400W AC power outlet and the in-bed audio system, it makes for an ideal party truck, camping truck, or beach truck.
The Ridgeline’s charm is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Where other trucks are all about work, this one is all about play.
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The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is the top-trim truck in Honda’s lineup. It gets special 18-inch Black Edition alloys, and Black Edition trim. In addition to standard collision-mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist
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