I can take some kidding , but I'll still stand by my assertion that the shifter mechanism loosens up a little after some usage. My CR-V was hard to shift at first, after a few months it just slid into gear. And my Acura MDX, with a console mounted shifter as opposed to a column shifter, now glides between gears. The first month or two it was much stiffer, even knowing the sequence of when to pull towards you, etc.Desert Ridge said:I had the same concern about my Ridgeline until I studied the diagram in the owner's manual. There are several 'stages' or 'levels' that the shifter must be moved to for various purposes.
I suspect the owner, rather than the car, gets broken in after a few months.