I recently spent some time with a top-of-the-line Honda Ridgeline RTL with the optional hard drive-based navigation system, which retails for about $34,480. For the most part, I agree with reviewers, who say that the Ridgeline’s utility and driving dynamics are improved over many full-size pickups. There is lots of small-items storage in the front seats, it rides more smoothly than the average pickup truck and the back seat is relatively spacious.
However, I had issues with the Ridgeline’s navigation system. I work in Washington, D.C., and to get there, I use a winding road through the woods in Rock Creek Park. I was surprised when the Ridgeline’s navigation system suddenly deleted my directions and refused to recalculate until I was in another location. At first, I assumed tall trees had blocked out the satellite connection, but the navigation screen still showed my exact location. For the next two miles, I tried to get the Ridgeline to recalculate, but it didn’t until I was almost in Georgetown.
This wasn’t a game-changer for me, since I knew my way around, but if you’re considering navigation in any car, test it out thoroughly before you buy. While some automakers integrate audio, climate control and other features into their navigation systems, the Ridgeline’s is purely for directions. Instead of paying an extra $2,350 for the in-dash navigation system, consider a separate handheld one like a Garmin or TomTom you can mount on your dashboard. Those can cost between $100 and $500. That’s significantly less than Honda’s navigation system. Plus, they’re portable and can be easier to update. If you have your heart set on a factory-installed navigation system in your new pickup truck, reviewers say the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali’s system is accurate and easy to use.