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Old 07-23-2018, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Just saw the new Ridgeline. Size wise it is perfect. It's similar to the Dakota I used to own but....it's a Honda. I just can't take it seriously. Judging by sales, I am not alone. The Honda brand is the gold standard but apparently, that hasn't helped their sole truck line. Stylistically, the first gen looked much more masculine and purposeful. This one looks a lot like the front end of the Pathfinder/Frontier. I doubt they sell more than 50,000 a year.
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Old 07-23-2018, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Funkotron, MA
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I think it'll do well in terms of sales. It consistently gets good reviews and is (somewhat objectively) a good, convenient vehicle.

Will it be accepted as a legitimate pickup? I don't think so. Even the much more brawny Chevy Avalanche wasn't considered a legit pickup in comparisons and reviews.
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Old 07-23-2018, 08:52 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Will the Ridgeline ever be accepted as a pickup?

Seriously?

Take it to the rock quarry and dump a load of rock in her... then she is a pickup...

I so want to see a commercial where they LOAD these 'pretend' pickups. with 10 yrs of ROCK!
https://www.google.com/search?q=quar...HZLhDsoQsAQIKA
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Sylmar, a part of Los Angeles
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El Caminos and Rancheros were popular
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Old 07-23-2018, 09:29 PM
 
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They made them kinda ugly. Looks like a truck for butch women if I’m honest.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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As long as the Ridgeline is a unibody, it's not a serious truck. Ford made the F100 years back as a unibody and are collectors today. But not many survived as the unibody couldn't stand up to "truck" use. Yeah, you have the old Rancheros but they also came with an available V8, even some were performance trucks. Any Honda with a turbo on it isn't going to make the Ridgeline a performance truck. It's nothing but an open air trunk car with a small interior. It's great for grocery gettin' but that's about it. Now if you want to talk about the bloated pigs we're buying today as full size trucks.....
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Outside the Big 3, only the Tundra is a serious contender. Titan has the specs but somehow can't make it.
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Old 07-23-2018, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Just saw the new Ridgeline. Size wise it is perfect. It's similar to the Dakota I used to own but....it's a Honda. I just can't take it seriously. Judging by sales, I am not alone. The Honda brand is the gold standard but apparently, that hasn't helped their sole truck line. Stylistically, the first gen looked much more masculine and purposeful. This one looks a lot like the front end of the Pathfinder/Frontier. I doubt they sell more than 50,000 a year.
Agree the size is perfect.

The payload capacity is also impressive.

It has a lot of useful nifty features.

Agree it looks too much like a car from the front for the market they are targeting.

My prediction is it's not going to pull big numbers as a new vehicle but will be highly sought after as used once they eventually end production.

My gripe with it is the price at the higher trim levels. I bet the thing is great for what it is but there is just a lot of other vehicles to choose from at around 40k.
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Old 07-25-2018, 02:11 AM
 
Location: White House, TN
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One of the problems with the Ridgeline being accepted as a legitimate truck is its perceived "toughness". Ford, Chevy, and Dodge ("Detroit 3") trucks have built a reputation as far back as the 1950s as being tough and brawny. Much of that is the look; the Detroit 3 trucks have a "stronger", more utilitarian look, while the Ridgeline looks more like a car.

Also the Detroit 3 trucks are body-on-frame, following the ideals that trucks have been built on for decades. Ridgeline is a unibody.

Detroit 3 trucks are available in literally hundreds of configurations, from regular cab work trucks to crew cab luxury trucks, 2WD or 4WD, with a choice of engines. They also have heavy duty variants available. The Ridgeline has one engine, one body style (crew cab), and only had 4WD until 2017, when they finally offered 2WD.
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Old 07-25-2018, 03:53 AM
 
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One of the problems with the Ridgeline being accepted as a legitimate truck is its perceived "toughness". Ford, Chevy, and Dodge ("Detroit 3") trucks have built a reputation as far back as the 1950s as being tough and brawny. Much of that is the look; the Detroit 3 trucks have a "stronger", more utilitarian look, while the Ridgeline looks more like a car.

Also the Detroit 3 trucks are body-on-frame, following the ideals that trucks have been built on for decades. Ridgeline is a unibody.

Detroit 3 trucks are available in literally hundreds of configurations, from regular cab work trucks to crew cab luxury trucks, 2WD or 4WD, with a choice of engines. They also have heavy duty variants available. The Ridgeline has one engine, one body style (crew cab), and only had 4WD until 2017, when they finally offered 2WD.
Also the 2wd Ridgeline is FWD unlike the RWD Detroit and Toyota/Nissan trucks
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