On my first long drive in the Ridgeline, I realized the steering wheel has 20 buttons on it and looks similar to a playstation controller. The gauge cluster shows nearly 20 pieces of data. The phone is showing dozens of notifications and the nav screen is filled with Google Maps info. The center stack has another dozen buttons for climate control. The big display is only showing maps from Android Auto but it normally shows a couple dozen more options for apps along with their data.
This is all great, but then I asked myself: Do I really need to know the exact voltage of the battery at all times? Have I never needed to watch a tachometer in an automatic at any point in my life? Can some of these bits of info be hidden and only shown when looked up on the display instead?
To be honest, in my first two days of ownership I have to say this is a fairly distracting cockpit when you're new to it. I can see why some car designers simplify their cockpits, removing many options in order to not seem so overwhelming.