When I first heard about the Truck Bed Audio System in the new Ridgeline's options, it was pitched towards tailgating at football games but my first thought was it'd make the Ridgeline the ultimate vehicle to enjoy a movie at a Drive-In. I'd only been to a couple drive-ins in my entire life, but getting comfortable and also getting good sound at the same time was a challenge for a whole family in most cars and trucks. Usually the front seat passengers get the best sound and view, and if you turn around and pile everyone in the back of an SUV you usually have substandard sound.
We set out for a Saturday night double feature on the last weekend of Summer: Labor Day weekend. The truck was loaded with blankets, sleeping pads, food, and drinks. After an hour or so waiting for the sun to go down, we all settled into the bed of the truck and fired up the truck bed audio tuned to the drive-in's FM channel.
Everyone was warm and comfortable in the back of the truck, the audio sounded great and was loud enough to "feel" on the sides of the truck bed. About the only feature I wished for was being able to somehow adjust the volume from inside the bed, but otherwise it was great. The Ridgeline pumped out audio for five hours while parked and at the end it not only fired up easily, I also ended up jump-starting another car with a dead battery before leaving.
I know I thought this feature was silly when I first heard about it, and I didn't get Black Edition to get that option included, but I couldn't be happier with the truck bed audio for drive-in movies. It worked absolutely perfectly.