Honda Enters Ridgeline, Pilot in All-Women 2018 Rebelle Rally

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For the first time in its long racing history, Honda will enter two driving teams in the all-women 2018 Rebelle Rally off-road navigation challenge. The rally will start Oct. 11 and cover approximately 1,500 miles of remote California and Nevada deserts.

Honda will enter its most "serious" off-road vehicles: the 2019 Pilot SUV and 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck. Thankfully, the rally does not require Baja racing strategies or technology since there's no low-range rock crawling, but we're told it will push driver and navigator to their map-reading, remote-camping and field-fixes-on-the-fly limits.

The Honda vehicles will be mostly stock but will be clad with slightly bigger, more aggressive mud-terrain tires, extra skid plates, auxiliary lighting, a slightly taller stance, spare tires, an onboard air compressor and an off-road jack. The Ridgeline team will be piloted by Ohio-based Honda engineers Maria Guitar and Michelle Klein, with support from California and Ohio Honda team members. Honda will be watching these vehicles closely for any fatigue points or durability problems, looking at this event as if it was a huge proving ground exercise.

We'll have more on the modified Ridgeline as the Rebelle Rally gets closer. The first-place prize for the contest, almost never won by a first-year entrant, will be $5,000 of credit toward entering the 2019 Rebelle Rally; second- and third-place winners will receive a trophy. The contest will start near Lake Tahoe in Nevada and finish near San Diego.

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A minivan with the back cut off is not a pickup. Stop covering this non relevant car on the website.

@ Q it does everything the other traditional pickup trucks do.

Everything?

@ Q what do you want to compare it against?
It's a pickup truck to it's limits can do things just like the rest.
It might not tow/haul as some. But others don't drive or handle and have ride comfort of Ridgeline. It's has a bed just like the others that makes it a pickup.

After a long history of owning full size truck since 1983.
I have been driving Ridgelines since 2009.
They do the hauling,commuting and towing I have needed in comfort with dependability.
No need for truck nutz!

Everything?

Posted by: Q | Aug 18, 2018 9:32:46 AM

Agreed, the Ridgeline can not match the F-series in its ability to:

1. Stop on the side of the road because of blowing spark plugs out of the engine.
2. Stop on the side of the road because the throttle body can't deal with high humidity conditions.
3. Stop on the side of the road because the timing chain guide failed and the chain jumped off the gears.
4. Stop on the side of the road because the cam phaser failed.
5. etc
6. etc.
7. etc.

Honda will enter its most "serious" off-road vehicles: the 2019 Pilot SUV and 2018 Ridgeline pickup truck

Is that a joke?78

Man I feel like a woman!

It still has not sunk in to the traditional pickup truck purist that many have no need or want of one. This is most to do with full size to midsize. I do not need a Fullsize truck to do things I do on a daily basis don't really need a truck. I have said the Ridgeline is in the family and I use it on occasion. When it was new the first 2 and half years I was the primary driver so accumulated most of the miles as daily driver and use for travel vehicle as I still sometimes do. Now as a replacement for a aged Acura sedan the newer Ridgeline would do well.
Q said a minivan with the back cut off. Why could you not say a Acura MDX with a bed on back or Pilot. They all use the Ridgeline platform.

This rally is good to help get some of the closed mind people away from the grocery getter thinking. You have a vehicle that you use as a daily driver why wouldn't you go to the store and buy groceries. Many people have thought of the Ridgeline as nothing but a grocery getter vehicle. If that's what you do with it clearly nothing wrong with that. I use the Ridgeline as a car or SUV but times when you want to haul things from Home Depot like mulch or stuff to dump. Use to haul furniture that would be to big for SUV like Lazy Boy love seat recliners. But with Ridgeline you have the smooth ride great handling and comfort of a unit-body SUV or crossover.

@GMS
Complete fail for being completely off topic.
Massive irrelevance.
Showing of equally massive insecurity.
Good luck in 2019, you will be needing it

Showing of equally massive insecurity...Posted by: Casual Observer of Fools | Aug 18, 2018

@COOF

Please, I beg you. Please drop the faux Phil McGraw riff. Are you a psychology professional. If yes, I apologize.

if not, you make yourself sound like the most haughty and obnoxious jerk with the psuedo-shrink attitude. If you disagree with someone's point of view, just say so. Pretending to diagnose their innermost personal issues is seriously lame.

@GMS
Complete fail for being completely off topic.
Massive irrelevance.
Showing of equally massive insecurity.
Good luck in 2019, you will be needing it

Posted by: Casual Observer of Fools | Aug 18, 2018 1:52:00 PM

You have a problem with the truth?

Finally the Ridgeline will do what is suppose to do. Bring woman to the next shopping center.

Q you are right stop talking to a Ridegeline owners he is probably in a shopping center with hes wife and thinking how great is a pick up on shopping center parking. You Q continue to tow 10,000 pound with your truck and let Q dreaming about it.
Ridgeline
1 Transmission may not shift onto fouth gear
2-Tailgate will not open because sensor rod is too long
3-Noise and judder fron rear axle
4-Chirping timing belt
5-Check engine light and hard to start
6-Fuel pump relay (on recall)
7-False coolant sensor fault code
8-
9-
10- etc...

Please, I beg you. Please drop the faux Phil McGraw riff. Are you a psychology professional. If yes, I apologize.

if not, you make yourself sound like the most haughty and obnoxious jerk with the psuedo-shrink attitude.

Posted by: papajim | Aug 18, 2018 2:01:01 PM

@papajim--This sure sounds like you are describing yourself.

"A minivan with the back cut off is not a pickup. Stop covering this non relevant car on the website." ---- Posted by: Q

First off, the Pilot is not a minivan.
Secondly, It can do anything within its weight ratings that a pickup truck can do. And possibly do it better, considering its surprising off-road chops in stock form.

"Q you are right stop talking to a Ridegeline owners he is probably in a shopping center with hes wife and thinking how great is a pick up on shopping center parking. You Q continue to tow 10,000 pound with your truck and let Q dreaming about it.
Ridgeline" ---- Posted by: JoBlow

My pickup truck can't tow 10,000# but it's still a pickup truck;
My pickup truck can't haul (legally) 2000# of gear, but it's still a pickup truck;
My pickup truck doesn't have 300 horses under the hood, but it's still a pickup truck;
My pickup truck doesn't have 200pounds/feet of torque under it, but it's still a pickup truck.

My pickup truck is a Ford.

Oh, and the Ridgeline can do a lot more than my Ford.

@jim

Geewheeez....

Keep your panties on, old man!

And stop with the hysterics.

the FAKE jeff s

The Caitlyn Jenner of trucks

Where are the swim suit pics?

@ Gms why obfuscate, you are off topic and were righlty called on it.

Why do Ridgeline owners feel so drawn to defend their choice?
I think the Ridgeline is a great idea on paper, but in typical Honda form it takes way too long to catch up to the market place and as a result sales continue to suffer.

A Ridgeline can’t do all the things I can do.
I can tow more, have a low-range, lockers front and rear, more articulation, bigger tires, more payload, more horsepower and more torque. Yeah, the Ridgeline might get better fuel economy, but I can still commute in MY truck. I can’t physically get a Ridgeline to our hunt locations. I know this because my Buddy has a Ridgeline and he rides in my truck.

....wait, Honda had to slightly lift, add skid plates, and mud tires for off-road trails that don’t require a low range?

Never mind, the Ridgeline is a joke.
This is just sad and pathetic.
The Forest Service grades those roads with a dozer, but a Ridgeline can’t make it without a little life and some mud tires?
Come on. I’m sure someone will chime in about how they passed a tricked out Jeep stuck on a trail and never had any wheel spin.

Those two Honda Engineers are exactly why the redesigned Honda Ridgeline looks like a Minivan-ElCamino.

Heavy competition for the Ford Raptor. I think the Ridgeline is capable of carrying more weight than the Ford.

It looks like the fake papajim is back again. All of them are fake.

Well, the front end is hideous, and I dont like that its unibody construction, but I did get to drive one last year, and I can say at least it handles good on ice and snow.

*Edit


I drove an older one, 2012 maybe?

@ Gms why obfuscate, you are off topic and were righlty called on it.

Posted by: Casual Observer of Fools | Aug 18, 2018 8:15:27 PM


COF, I don't mean to be impertinent , but are you menstruating?

pickup truck or not, it is a good vehicle for what it is. Only issue is it doesn't get any better MPG then any of the modern full size trucks and the Ram actually rides better.

it is a good vehicle for what it is. Only issue is it doesn't get any better MPG then any of the modern full size trucks and the Ram actually rides better....Posted by: Jim | Aug 19, 2018 6:20:45 AM

@Jim

Honda's value proposition does not work! You can buy a Hyundai Sonata for about $25k nicely equipped.

It will do EVERYTHING your Ridgeline does except haul the mulch.

Instead, buy a Sonata, and pay the local landscaping guy to deliver a few bags of mulch to your house twice a year.

Buying the Sonata will save you and easy 15 grand, and provide a better car, and better FE. You might even save money on your car insurance and tag.

The guy who hauls the mulch won't charge you more than a couple of benjamins annually.

Sexual discrimination is allowed on this site and with Honda!

Why are no men allowed to compete? Definition of discrimination!

Wow, Ridgeline-haters continue to post mis-information about the truck.  Then you wonder why Ridgeline owners defend their ride so passionately? 

Yes, you can cherry-pick various trims of other mid-size trucks, and eventually find a trim that beats the Ridgeline in one category, then another trim that beats the Ridgeline in a different category, but you won't find any trims that beat the Ridgeline in many categories.

As an example:
" Honda claims that a 2018 AWD Ridgeline can carry 1,569 pounds of payload, which is better than all other six-cylinder four-door four-wheel drive short-bed versions of mid-sized pickup trucks you can currently buy in America."
https://jalopnik.com/the-2018-honda-ridgeline-proved-itself-on-a-700-mile-ca-1828175665

Those that spew the most misinformation about the Ridgeline are also the most clueless about it.

@oxi

Please make an appt to see you doctor. Not every problem facing us is about Fox News or liberal/conservative bias.

The Honda story they wrote here is a fun little story about Ridgelines. For some reason that always seems to bring out the worst in PUTC commenters. Including me.

@ James not really defending Ridgeline just information that other fail to realize. The truck is a tool the Ridgeline is multi-functional for a midsize truck. I am sure your truck doesn't ride or handle as good as Ridgeline on-road with crossover or SUV car type ride. It can haul a motor bike, boat or ATV in it's bed has some towing ability it can go off-road. The ride is smooth better than other trucks. It handles well very practical. So it might not fit your needs a full-size body on frame truck does not fit mine.
They don't say full size body on frame pickup trucks ride near. rival or beat SUv or some crossovers.

Each week I see another article or write up that some tester take a Ridgeline on a trip or long term test and their impression changes from not liking to like. I have said this time and time again Big Truck Big RV, Road Show now Jalopnik Motor Trend
Car & Driver has it for 40,000 miles long term.
So minds change from not like to like wonder why?

Honda claims that a 2018 AWD Ridgeline can carry 1,569 pounds of payload

@longboat

PUTC evaluated the Ridgeline and put 1000 pounds in the back. Rear was badly sagged. Front was damn near in the air. It looked like it was doing a wheelie. You should buy a Ridgeline because they will soon be dropped by Honda. It will become a museum piece, just like the Element and the S2000

@papajim clearly you again did not read Big Truck Big RV review of Ridgeline. He changed his mind after a week of driving it. Now a person that has a youtube channel that has a Big truck towing 5th wheel campers is a good judge as to what buyer might see in Ridgeline. It's not for his crowd but he said the unit-body construction was best for the mid-sized and that the Ridgeline was practical.
Everybody keeps pushing this off-road stuff to make a truck.
If I want to load take a long trip 500miles plus o a time share at beach area for week. What if you want to go offshore fishing on a charter or head boat and need to travel in the truck a few hundred miles to get there. I did that many times in a car for years. The Ridgeline would be perfect for that.

@ GMS, impertinent yes.
There is no need to be aspirational to the gutter. That last post attempt at gaining some traction or crowd support is demeaning to women and is beneath you. I frankly think an imposter GMS.

Separately from the above, as I think GMS to be a good person.
I think collectively we all can do better than a lot of the posts that for the past few months have shown a serious slide from good banter, comparative analysis, brand support, brand opposition and good jab in the ribs to beyond the pale moronic,mean spirited and banal howling.

@Ridgeline

When PUTC tested mid size trucks, the Ridgeline looked hideous with 1000 pound in the back. I'll stand behind my earlier statement that a Hyunda Sonata would give most Ridgeline shoppers WAY more value for the dollar, and the typical Ridgeline buyer instead could occasionally pay to have something delivered than pay the much higher price of a Honda pretend pickup.

@papajim clearly you are taking nonsense again why not an Accord if you want to bring a car into it. People buy crossovers and SUVs. I don't see anything wrong with Ridgeline that's why writers say they hate to give it back after testing because it rides and handles better then other trucks. If I wanted something that would haul or tow large amounts then I would look at something else. I want the multi-function of a crossover or midsized SUV.
The pickup truck bed adds to the function over extra seating.
The lockable in-bed truck adds to the multifunction.
Don't need no big fullsized truck that you can't park everywhere and don't ride as good as Ridgeline.
You forget this is what the current GM midsize Canyon & Colorado were selling when they came out.

The only problem I have with the new ridgeline is its front end. Its to minivan looking. The older model was tough and rugged looking. It resembled a truck. New one not so much.

But, I will say they drive, ride, and get MPGs like a van/sedan. They ride really well! Not my choice, but for those who have them love them, is what I have heard around here.

I see this rally is 1,500miles I bet when it's over they will talk about how comfortable the rally was. A body-on frame pickup truck would beat you up compared to a Ridgeline doing this.
You see a Tacoma or Silverado F-150 flaunting off-road prowess but the smoothness of Ridgeline/Pilot they can't compare. This is what I am saying I want something I can take on a long road trip not just to some hunting hole around the corner.

@PapaJim -- i wouldn't put too much stock into one review. Plenty of Ridgeline owners have overloaded their trucks. One guy carried a yard of bull rock, that's at least 2500lbs. Another guy hauled 2000lb of wood pellets for his stove. Yeah, they both could tell they had a heavy load in the bed, but the truck did not bottom out. Another ROC member has been towing his 4500lb boat, and it drops the hitch on his Ridgeline 1.5" compared to 1.25" on his full-size truck. Another guy says it tows much better than his Tahoe does. Another claims it is the best truck for towing a 4500lb boat, and his other truck is a Titan (he is not basing his opinion solely on towing ability, btw). Lots of real world examples out there that, based on some folks' comments on here, would probably blow their minds.

Will that Sonata leave you feeling refreshed at the end of the day after a ten-hour drive?

Btw, Honda is still selling every Ridgeline they build, and probably faster than most trucks. You are still making the assumption that low sales = poor seller. You have to build high numbers in order to sell high numbers, and that just isn't happening here. Honda can afford to sell so few because of the shared platform, and they make more profit from Pilot sales, which displaces Ridgeline build numbers since they are built in the same plant in Alabama.

A lot of people don't like the Ridgeline because it is not 'fun' enough. It doesn't throw you around and make you work to control the truck. It just quietly does its job. That's fine, and i understand why many people don't like that. But that doesn't mean it is not a real truck. It is just different from what they are used to, they can't quite figure out why, so they bash it. Just say it isn't what you want and move on. Ridgeline is all the truck most people need, just not what most people want. First-world problems, for sure.

Probably my next truck. But I don't understand why they can't make the front end a bit more rugged looking, lift it just a bit, and add a more aggressive tire option. Little to no cost in that... But since they sell all they're willing to make.... Not much chance they'll listen.

But since they sell all they're willing to make not much chance they'll listen...Posted by: Jeff | Aug 19, 2018

@Jeff

If I worked at Honda HQ and our truck couldn't handle 1000 pounds in the bed without looking like it's doing a wheelie (or we were in last place for truck sales?) I'd be making up stories too. Beware of the Honda koolaide.

@papajim do you see any of the videos of the Ridgeline hauling ATVs in bed or towing. Just as I said you didn't watch or read Big Truck Big RV review. He said somebody buying a Ridgeline would not put weight as much weight in the vehicle like full size truck but it would be fine for paving stone gravel loads at Home Depot. Watch the youtube others have said what they did and how Ridgeline handled it. Just like I said the new Silverado is not mention as it can ride as good as new Arcadia.
This is the Ridgeline strong point you can go to Home Depot or big Box store you can put your ATV in bed or tow it on a trailer it can give you that car like crossover ride. It can haul furniture or make a dump run.

you can go to Home Depot ... put your ATV in bed or tow it on a trailer.

@Ridgeline

I've been to Home Depot many times. Never once did I see a customer pull into the lot with an ATV in the back of their Ridgeline. Why would someone do that?



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