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Honda Ridgeline

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have a Honda Ridgeline? Does it have enough power (255 stated HP, 6 cylinder) for the mtns around some of the steeper climbs? How do like it in snow conditions?

thanks,
tf
post #2 of 20
I bought me a Honda Pilot,which I'm pretty sure shares the same engine/tranmission as the RidgeLine. Ditto the Acura MDX, tho' the MDX is treaked for more hp and it requires hi test fuel.
For my needs the Pilot has plenty of power, it flys on the highway, and it climbs with out faltering.
If you are coming from an old school 4x4 you will find the Honda strange when the roads get slick. It has all these sensors and gizmos that shift power to/from the wheels, so it can feel as if you are not entirely the master of your vehicle. So far this has only happened on a steep ice covered dirt road with wet snow dumping out of the sky. We got to the hill no problem.
When I look at the Ridgeline I think, why would any one want to let their groceries get wet?
post #3 of 20
We are looking at the Pilot too...nice SUV.

If you are a truck person the Ridgeline is nice. It would probably be tough to find a deal on one though. If I were buying a small pickup I would look at the new Tacoma (4 door). It's nice and you can negotiate more on them.
post #4 of 20
get something with a limited slip rear, that way 3 wheel will drive when it gets slick, instead of two.
post #5 of 20
255Hp is a lot of juice. It should be more than enough for anything.
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by MattL
We are looking at the Pilot too...nice SUV.

If you are a truck person the Ridgeline is nice. It would probably be tough to find a deal on one though. If I were buying a small pickup I would look at the new Tacoma (4 door). It's nice and you can negotiate more on them.

Actually, Ridgelines are not selling that great (at least not in Virginia, where pickups are popular). The local dealers are overstocked and are really cutting good deals on them. Honda even had a pretty good lease deal last month. I am a pretty dedicated wagon person, but if I needed a truck the Ridgeline would probably be my first choice. The one major flaw, in my opinion, is that the spare tire is located in the under-bed trunk, and would be hard to access if you have a load of stuff in the bed.

Craig
post #7 of 20
Also, while the Ridgeline is on the same platform as the Pilot, MDX, and previous-generation Odyssey minivan (actually, they're all minivans, who are we kidding), the Ridgeline gets a different unibody construction and subframes, giving it higher load/towing ratings. So it does have slightly more truckish DNA.
post #8 of 20
I think it's butt-ugly, but it's a Honda so it will be good.
post #9 of 20
The problem with the Ridgeline is it doesn't have a classic pick-up bed. Don't be planning on hauling a load of gravel in it.
post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all of the responses. I was thinking of the Ridgeline for my daughter so she could haul her horse, throw hay in the back of the bed, etc.
I have an SUV now and hate when they want to pile stuff into it. Wish we had some type of truck that the girls would also see as more of a car versus a truck.

The safety features versus traditional trucks make it compelling. I'm dreading this new teen driver thing. They are kinda expensive for only having 6 cyls though. Maybe a used one.

Thanks again
post #11 of 20
Good luck finding a used one at much of a discount. I have owned a number of hondas over the years and all of them purchased new. Not to say that I haven't looked at some used ones but the differential in price from new hasn't been sufficient to get me to buy used.
post #12 of 20
I'm not sure you will get the towing ability out of the Honda that you would from a larger truck. I'm not sure what the tow weight for a horse plus trailer and hay and assorted gear would be but I would imagine something close to around 3000 lbs or better. Besides horse power you also need to look at toque. my guess is that you will need a a truck with a V8 for any kind of toque for towing. Do some research online and you will get a better Idea of towing capacity of some other trucks. Most large trucks are pretty safe. I would take a hard look at the Toyota Tundra, Ford F150 or Dodge 1500 maybe even the Dodge Durango. The worse part is the gas mileage on a larger truck will kill you.
post #13 of 20
Good friend of mine manages a large Honda dealership in MA - they can't give these things away, so if you are looking to buy one you should be able to get one cheap.

Personally i think they are the ugliest truck on the road. The bed is also very short. It does have a locking trunk built into it though.
post #14 of 20
Boy i second that butt ugly comment > If you want a truck get a real one not a yuppy wanna be
post #15 of 20
Every time I see one, all I can think is "girl truck". I just don't see the purpose. I would think for pulling a horse trailer, you might need something a little more substaintial. For everyday use, there is plenty of power. I leased a MDX awhile back and it was a great truck. Very dependable, but as mentioned earlier, it was a glorified minivan. And that was all I needed.
post #16 of 20
I agree they are ugly, but because of that and (as mentioned) they aren't selling, you can probably get a good deal on one if it will do what you want. Plus, it's a Honda, so it'll be reliable.

That said, I wanted a p/u, so I bought a used Dodge Dakota Quad Cab with the 4.7L v8. You can get it with a lot more engine if you wanted, but it becomes over kill, and for a teenager would be a risk. It's a mid sized p/u, similar in size to a Tundra, but a lot cheaper, even with the 8yr/100k bumper to bumper warranty I purchased (it's a Chrysler product, and I'm a Honda guy, so I wanted a full warranty). I hate the '06 Dakota and Durango body style, so I tink the used ones are the way to go. Plus, if you go used on a Chrysler product, you can get an idea of the issues each one may have. Mine was owned by an employee of the dealership and had all of the records and got all of the required maintenance, so I felt more comfortable.
post #17 of 20
If you want something that isn't full size but has some towing capacity take a look at the Mitsubishi Raider. It's available with a V-8 and I think it's a tough looking truck.

http://www.mitsubishicars.com/06raider
post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by MattL
If you want something that isn't full size but has some towing capacity take a look at the Mitsubishi Raider. It's available with a V-8 and I think it's a tough looking truck.

http://www.mitsubishicars.com/06raider

That's just a re-styled Dakota, but basically the same underneath.
post #19 of 20
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Originally Posted by bjohansson
I think it's butt-ugly, but it's a Honda so it will be good.


You said it... BUTT ugly.
post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy
Boy i second that butt ugly comment > If you want a truck get a real one not a yuppy wanna be

I personally perfer calling the Ridgeline a "yuppy wanna be" just as this guys does. I don't know why???? Just fits I guess.
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