ROC Rank: 3k Comma Club
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bentonville, AR
Model: *Former Ridgeline Owner
Model Year: 2009
Color: White / Beige
Re: Wait for 2018+
Honda, other than the 2013 to 2014 Civic (which Consumer's Reports failed as really bad) has never changed anything other than Federally required changes or minor performance changes until mid refresh. The 2006 to 2014 Ridgeline had the same radio all that time. They did add sensors from 2006 to 2007 for emissions and a fix for the 45-48 mph gear search the transmission did. Nothing changed much until the 2009 refresh.
If the Ridgeline was a bread and butter vehicle (Accord, Civic, CR-V and maybe the Pilot and/or Odyssey) the changes could happen between year 1 and year 2. It is a line filler and Honda Management does not worry about it ever. Line fillers are allowed to die, see here are line fillers: the Element, Prelude, DelSol, Crosstour, Insight 1 and 2 all were allowed to die.
If Honda really cared about the Ridgeline, a new model would have appeared in 2010 as a 2011. The 2nd gen Ridgeline is a Pilot with a bed. Like the Ford Ranchero was a Falcon/Torino with a bed.
My 2 cents as I have owned Honda's off and on since 1976 (that's 40 years). I have left Honda before for Subaru and probably will again as I see faulty engineering in the latest models or really sorry quality control. There are too many new Hondas at the dealers needing something fixed. Honda's used to never need anything fixed. My 1st 30 years of Honda's, Other than PDI issues, I never took one in other than for recall notices. I did get the early 2006 fuse box fixed at the St. Louis ROC meeting for free, that was the only thing that I had to fix. My 2003 Chevy Silverado required visits almost every week for minor things ( power window stuck, power fold in mirror stuck, A/C compressor failed 2 times, radio failed 3 times, passenger power seat failed. drivers lumbar failed. sunroof stuck open. )
2013 Honda CR-V Polished Metalic EX-L with Navi
The 199 fill ups on my 2009 Ridgeline with 20.6 MPG and over 60,000 miles driven- I just had 8 wonderful years in the Ridgeline but the Electronics are too many generations behind.