I addressed all of these issues except number seven by buying a RT model. I didn’t want to deal with all of the electronic issues that I had read about. And I got a volume knob! 😁Great Truck, but there are a few things that I think are not worth the extra cost for the RTL-E.
1: The BSI is ok but my previous Honda had lane watch and you get a really wide view of the left side with lane watch. The BSI on the E lights up to warn you there is someone in your left side blind stop but you can clearly see them in the mirror anyway. So lane watch any day over BSI for the left side. The good old stick on spot view mirror works great if not better than BSI on the right side. So lane watch Yes and BSI UUUgh.
2: On board Garmin maps. Why is it even there. The E has Apple & Android car play. Google maps on my android are way easier to use than the Garmin. Try verbally searching an address on the Garmin. It can't understand a word I say and I speak very clearly. I can tell Google maps to take me to the nearest Walmart or whatever and it finds it right away. Try that with the Garmin. I will give the Garmin points for a nicer display however.
3: Truck bed audio system. How useful is this feature really? Althought the 540 watt audio system is awesome!
4: Auto Dimming rear view mirror. I believe this is on the L also but I find it worthless mainly because it don't work in the daytime. Things like early morning sun or bright lights behind you have no effect on the dimming. And you can't manually dim the mirror. At least I haven't figured out how if there is a way.
5: Adaptive cruise control. Great feature on the open road but it becomes annoying otherwise. Some fine tuning is in order and I'm sure Honda is working on it.
6: Honda link. Need I say more?
7: This issue is on all Ridgelines. The rear doors don't open near far enough. However there is a fix but it's at the owners expense.
Never the less I do still consider the Ridgeline by far the best midsize truck on the market and even though all isn't perfect (in my opinion) the good by far out weighs the bad.
Oh one more thing while I'm venting. Honda please bring back the volume control knob in all of you vehicles!!!!!!
Took 30 minutes to get those rear doors fixed. Ha ha all is good