Re: Does Motor Trend Know what they are talking about?
It is interesting that their test truck performed so much more poorly than C&D's tests (and it did sound like there was quite a bit of bias against it in the article). C&D pulled 0.80g on the skidpad on their tests.
M/T also mentioned the gear selector was PRND (no mention of D4, L or the different traction modes). I do agree with them that the RIDGELINE has grown too large, and their infotainment system is a bit embarrassing compared to some other trucks. Yes, a volume knob is NOT necessary, and may be totally useless for many people, but you do expect that kind of redundancy on a vehicle in this class - like it or not, it is a Honda fail.
As for pricing, it is overpriced on higher trims, but I think very competitive at the base trims when you compare vehicles of similar trim levels (you can tell folks are biased when they don't compare the same trim levels, e.g. 4wd/awd, four door, v6, etc.).