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Old Today, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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My coworkers have expressed very loud opinions about the Ridgeline being called a "truck". They all own Chevy / GMC / Ford trucks.

Their issues with calling it a truck are that it has front-biased AWD rather than a fixed rear axle with leaf springs, and that it's a reinforced unibody rather than body-on-frame. Both of these design choices make the Ridgeline more comfortable, faster, and handle better. And guess what? The towing capacity is actually competitive with other mid-sized trucks if you look at similarly optioned vehicles from competitors.

Frankly so long as someone doesn't need the towing capacity of a full sized truck, I have no idea why a Ridgeline wouldn't be top of their list.
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Old Today, 08:05 AM
 
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My coworkers have expressed very loud opinions about the Ridgeline being called a "truck". They all own Chevy / GMC / Ford trucks.

Their issues with calling it a truck are that it has front-biased AWD rather than a fixed rear axle with leaf springs, and that it's a reinforced unibody rather than body-on-frame. Both of these design choices make the Ridgeline more comfortable, faster, and handle better. And guess what? The towing capacity is actually competitive with other mid-sized trucks if you look at similarly optioned vehicles from competitors.

Frankly so long as someone doesn't need the towing capacity of a full sized truck, I have no idea why a Ridgeline wouldn't be top of their list.
The egos behind the majority of truck owners are hilarious. He who has the biggest truck has the smallest peter! Lol.

The ridgeline tows up to 5k lbs and is plenty for your basic recreational use. TBH, the 5ft bed is actually more useful than my crewmax with the under bed storage and low profile wheel wells.

I’m not sure I’m quite there yet to make the switch as I do love the look and feel of the tundra. I’d also rather sell my tundra private party instead of being low balled and playing the game for hours on end.

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Old Today, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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For what you do with a truck you would love the Honda Ridgeline. Go for it.

I agree with this 100%.

The Ridgeline seems to be ideal and being a Honda it's not going to fall apart. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Ridgeline if it was what I needed.

20 years from now I can imagine it appearing on lists of vehicles that came before their time or great vehicles that "no one" bought.
The things are just loaded with cool, functional features.
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Old Today, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Coastal, NC
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I saw a new Ridgeline the other day. I was coming out of Hobby Lobby and walked right past it. I stopped and looked. The front of it reminds me of my new Civic. Should drive ok as a light duty truck. just about all the new trucks I see in my area, Fords and Chevy's, are optioned out and will probably never see anything in the bed that will scratch it.
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Old Today, 09:52 AM
 
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The Ridgeline is fine for it's intended purpose...light duty hauling and towing and it is comfortable. I did not buy one because I needed a little extra towing capacity and toughness. And Hondas aren't known for having durable transmissions under stressful conditions. Thus I bought a Nissan Frontier.
I think Nissan has a worse reputation for transmissions than Honda.....
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Old Today, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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I saw a new Ridgeline the other day. I was coming out of Hobby Lobby and walked right past it. I stopped and looked. The front of it reminds me of my new Civic. Should drive ok as a light duty truck. just about all the new trucks I see in my area, Fords and Chevy's, are optioned out and will probably never see anything in the bed that will scratch it.
The Ridgeline is not true pickup it’s a unibody and a front wheel and 4 wheel drive SUT with a bed, not a body on frame like a real pickup, and it can only tow 5,000 lbs max unlike a real pickup. But hey this is America drive what you want and enjoy it and don’t worry what others think or say.

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Old Today, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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The Ridgeline is not true pickup it’s a unibody not a body on frame so it’s a cuv with a bed.
Sure.

I guess a bed and towing capacity are not what make a pickup truck a truck then, but rather a pickup is any vehicle that has a transverse engine, H frame, rear wheel drive, a solid axle and leaf springs?

Personally I don't give a crap how it gets it done, it does what other trucks (in its class) do but better. Maybe we don't need pickups anymore if "CUVs with beds" do pickup-things better than pickups.
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Old Today, 10:26 AM
 
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Whoa, the OP said he is looking at a FWD Ridgeline.

FWD = FRONT wheel drive, not AWD.

Is it really front wheel drive? I would steer clear. There is a reason trucks have RWD or 4WD, and it has nothing to do with ego or manhood size.
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Old Today, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Sure.

I guess a bed and towing capacity are not what make a pickup truck a truck then, but rather a pickup is any vehicle that has a transverse engine, H frame, rear wheel drive, a solid axle and leaf springs?

Personally I don't give a crap how it gets it done, it does what other trucks (in its class) do but better. Maybe we don't need pickups anymore if "CUVs with beds" do pickup-things better than pickups.
What does the Ridgeline do “better” than a Tacoma, Frontier, or Colorado?
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Old Today, 10:40 AM
 
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If you don’t need a giant truck downsize.

If I didn’t need the cargo carry and power of my diesel I would downsize to a Tacoma.
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