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Old 01-06-2019, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Has anyone downsize their truck to a ridgeline? I drive a Toyota Tundra crewmax that is lifted a bit.(came that way) I also drive about 20k miles a year for work but get an auto allowance and gas card so mpg isnít a big deal for me. I love my truck But the more I drive this giant truck around the more I realize how much of a Pia it is to park and drive down narrow roads daily. I dont tow anything and use the bed for your basic weekend warrior type stuff.

I realize that buying this truck was pure emotional buy because Iíve always wanted one but I think Iíd be really satisfied with the Honda Ridgeline based on my actual needs for a truck, the overall quality, nice features(Toyota still lacks in this dept) , and ride quality. I test drove a new FWD RTL-T model today and was very impressed.

Has anyone else made this switch and if so why did you do it?
I really donít think itís downsizing since itís basically a truck with a slightly smaller sized bed, IMO.

My next thought on this would be that my two favorite manufacturers for reliability, quality and lower maintainence costs are Honda and Toyota, in that order. Honda resale values are among the highest for standard vehicles and that is another plus in my mind.

Also, I love that the Ridgeline has front wheel drive which is generally better when road conditions are less than excellent. A Ridgline would be my first choice and after that, it would be a 4 wheel drive Tacoma.

When having company vehicles for work, I did have a GMC, Ford and Dodge, so itís not like Iíve never had one.

Did I mention I love Hondaís & Toyotaís ❗️
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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How good are these agreements you may ask. How about a $50K Super Duty for $22K? That was the federal number a couple years ago.

Government does not buy the $50k version. They buy more toward the base trim. Something we would pay in the 30s for.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:07 PM
 
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There are some strong feelings about the term ďtruckĒ and what that means. For me and my needs I consider anything with a truck bed to be a truck. Except the el Camino and ranchero. Those were just weird. Lol
Tbh the Ranchero and El Camino were BOF and therefore more truck like than the Ridgeline
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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Tbh the Ranchero and El Camino were BOF and therefore more truck like than the Ridgeline
The Ridgeline looks like the Chevrolet Avalanche except the Avalanche was a body on frame rwd and a 5.3 or a 8.1 Vortec engines.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Majestic Wyoming
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We have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline and we love it. We've put over 200,000 miles on it and it's still going strong. We've driven that truck to California from Wyoming and back again several times and it's a comfortable ride for the entire family.

We spend hours and hours driving all over every single year and the Ridgeline is comfortable, it's gotta lots of storage with both the truck bed and the trunk, and it's reliable. We also tow a small Jayco trailer and the Ridgeline tows it just fine for short trips or long.

Our next vehicle will be the second generation Honda Ridgeline, we love this one so much we're going to keep it and buy another one.
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Old 01-06-2019, 10:30 PM
 
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I downsized my truck to a smaller SUV. Much happier. Parking is a breeze. How often do you need a truck bed?
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Old Yesterday, 03:38 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Government does not buy the $50k version. They buy more toward the base trim. Something we would pay in the 30s for.
Depends. They're the base models but enhanced to an extent. The base Super Duty is $36K. Add a few options that governments usually need (snowplow variants as an example) and that price creeps up.

After I posted those numbers I went back and looked at my records for the last one we bought here a couple years ago. It was a specialty version for use for the water and sewer system so has the toolbox bed. List was $47K, delivered price was a hair under $24K, so I was off a bit but the point is the same: fleet buyers get huge discounts from all the manufacturers. Fords happened to be our most recent purchases but they replaced GMC/Chevies.
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Old Yesterday, 05:11 AM
 
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Tbh the Ranchero and El Camino were BOF and therefore more truck like than the Ridgeline
Yes. But all cars (few exceptions) were body on frame back then.

The Ranchero and El Camino were sedans converted to have a bed in back. So the ride was like a sedan - not a truck.
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Old Yesterday, 05:27 AM
 
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I downsized my truck to a smaller SUV. Much happier. Parking is a breeze. How often do you need a truck bed?
Rarely. Trips to the depot for home projects, loading up bikes and lawnmowers in the summer and runs to the trash dump.
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Old Yesterday, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Metro Detroit Michigan
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I downsized my truck to a smaller SUV. Much happier. Parking is a breeze. How often do you need a truck bed?
Lots of people use a truck bed everyday just because you don’t see them don’t mean they are not useing them especially if they have a TONNEAU cover you don’t know what’s under it. And plenty of people have storage boxes also in their truck beds.
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