"No matter how it's outfitted, the Ridgeline is a no-brainer of a truck: unmatched in smoothness and comfort, and full of innovation well beyond its unibody construction." – Car & Driver
"Because of its four-wheel independent suspension, car-like interior, soft yet supportive seats, and torque-vectoring rear wheels on all-wheel drive models, the Ridgeline drives more like a well-balanced, comfort-minded sedan." – Automobile
"One other area is clearly dominated by the Ridgeline in the midsize segment: handling... The only part of the truck that felt strained with the trailer was the engine, as it has to reach high into its rev-range to access the power needed to pull the truck over hills." – Autoguide
"There’s no reverberation through the body after hitting bumps that is common on body-on-frame designs, and the chassis is taut and very responsive on twisty roads, benefiting from the rigid chassis structure, as well as all-round independent suspension." – Driving.ca
YET MORE POSITIVITY
" On worn Texas pavement, the Ridgeline absolutely erased the small-amplitude pavement ripples that juddered the Tacoma, and the body-on-frame groans that the two traditional trucks made over larger pavement imperfections were entirely absent in the Honda." – Road & Track
Car reviewers loved the first-generation Ridgeline, even if we were all put off by its styling. And it's not surprising to see car reviewers expressing admiration for the second-generation Ridgeline. For the right buyers – who number in the hundreds of thousands – this truck is more than enough, and by not going for too much, Honda crafted a pickup truck that works better as a car than its conventional truck rivals. But is it too late? Pickup truck sales are very healthy; perhaps too healthy. Can this level of sales growth continue? – Automotive News
Prefer to watch, rather than read? Here's The Car Connection's Marty Padgett's video review of the 2017 Honda Ridgeline.