Or simply means some people are much more into customizing and tuning their cars than others. Just a matter of preference. If you love your car as is ( you must have loved it enough to buy it) but you need that extra 2-3 inches of clearance (1-2 inch drop/ 15 extra HP/cool looking wheels, etc), it's easier than buying a new vehicle. In some case a new vehicle will mean sacrificing some features for which you did buy the current vehicle.This all sounds a lot like: "How should I drive a nail with a screwdriver?"
As others have mentioned, it does NOT have an adequate auxiliary transmission cooler like every other truck does when you buy the 4WD packages. Mine overheats when pulling my boat in summer which is well below the tow limit, never mind off-roading.
Every Ridgeline with all-wheel drive comes from the factory with an auxiliary transmission cooler.As others have mentioned, it does NOT have an auxiliary transmission cooler like every other truck does when you buy the 4WD packages.
The optional final drive ratio is part of the tow package - not the off-road package.Ford earlier this week showed the right way to build a unibody truck with the new pint-sized Maverick. It comes with a true off-road package including AWD and associated driving modes, skid plates, AT tires, transmission oil cooler, heavy duty engine cooling fan, heavy duty radiator, upgraded drive ratio. Hopefully Honda engineers were paying attention.
The Ridgeline is not designed for rugged offroad use. It has low ground clearance. I bought it for its other strenghts: best ride comfort for commuting, plenty of room for storage, Home Depot runs with bed extender, kyaks and for towing my two snowmobiles. For off road or towing more than 3000lbs, look elsewhere. Mine is a 2017 T model with 60k miles… never had a problem.
The full time AWD on the Ridgeline is more of a performance feature vice meant for hard core off-roading.Quoting Honda"Intelligent Variable Torque Management feature is designed to keep you safe by maintaining traction even when road conditions get challenging." By challenging I take that to mean conditions you would encounter in normal driving. I have used my Ridgeline on crappy dirt roads and lightly muddied roads and light sand on beach accesses with no issues. I wouldn't even consider hitting the rock trails in MOAB.
If you have the new 9 speed ZF transmission you’ll have less of a problem. Torque converter goes into lockup a lot earlier and first gear is super short if you leave it in sport so less friction in the torque converter (which is where most of your heat builds up in your transmission)
Like my dad always told me, "did you learn anything". Happy Trails....That looks like it was a great escape......We spent the month of March out west off-roading in our 2017 Ridgeline pulling an off road camper, including Utah. The issue for us was definitely clearance and I got a flat tire in Copper Canyon. View attachment 414247 View attachment 414248 View attachment 414249 View attachment 414250 View attachment 414246
Hi - I have a 2019 Ridgeline Sport - my husband drove the truck out to the cow pasture (which we have always done with our GMC 4x4) but unfortunately he hit something (ditch, rock who knows) the damage was a new differential and a $3100 bill - so obviously there is not enough ground clearance and I guess I will be investing in skid plates -
I wish Ford chose a better name than “Maverick”. That name conjures up bad memories of their POS sedan years ago. LolEvery Ridgeline with all-wheel drive comes from the factory with an auxiliary transmission cooler.
The optional final drive ratio is part of the tow package - not the off-road package.
One of my father's beaters when I was a kid was a light blue Ford Maverick/Mercury Comet "hybrid" that I called the "vomit Comet" because I was embarrassed by it. It was created by welding the front half of a Ford Maverick that was rear-ended to the back half of a Mercury Comet that rear-ended another vehicle. My uncle still has his mother's dark green 1970 Maverick that she bought new and keeps it in running condition.
I suspect that most buyers of the 2022 Maverick weren't even born until after the original Maverick was discontinued and don't even know it existed.
maverick (adjective) - unorthodox, unconventional, or nonconformist