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Old 05-09-2016, 06:14 PM   #561
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I would like it more if it had the SH-AWD like the acura have. Looks wise I like it a lot
More of less, it does, just like the Pilot. It's mainly the software and tuning that are different from SH-AWD. My take is that SH-AWD focuses more on handling, while the Honda version is more about off-road capabilities.
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Reviews are fairly positive and full of features, time will tell if the selective US pickup truck market will accept another FWD based uni-body design from Honda. I like the interior alot more.
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I like it besides the silly chrome at the top of the grille. Ugh.

And is that chrome on the rear sides of the bumper? More ugh.
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More of less, it does, just like the Pilot. It's mainly the software and tuning that are different from SH-AWD. My take is that SH-AWD focuses more on handling, while the Honda version is more about off-road capabilities.
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Honda Ridgeline challenges competition

Stones dropping everywhere

Honda is trying to show up both Chevy and Ford in a video just released showing that the Ridgeline’s truck bed stands up to a load of concrete stones better than the competition.

This test is similar to the tests Chevy ran on the Silverado and F-150, but this one produced decidedly different results. Since the Ridgeline has a standard composite bed, the damage to it was minimal compared to the denting and scratching seen in the Silverado.

Chevy ran the test 12 times on their truck where Honda only shows results from one drop.

Honda filmed the drop, clean-up and results in one take, showing complete transparency in their testing. It’s a small difference from Chevy’s video, but one that we took notice of.

The test itself is but one measure to determine a truck’s toughness and durability, and it’s not necessarily something most of us would experience day to day use. Still, check the video out for yourself; it’s a worth a watch.
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Awesome video.

I really can't stand that massive "H" on the box gate though minor, but ugly.

It's nice to see Honda kept the functionality of the 1G Ridgeline box though, with the gate and the storage compartment. My brother uses both of those features a ton on his Ridgeline.
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Interesting video. Thanks for sharing!
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My dealership has several RL's on the lot. I must say that the RL Black Edition looks pretty good in person (looks like crap in photos), but no way I'm dropping $40k+ for that...
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Local dealer has an RTL in their showroom. Not a bad truck, though back seat legroom looks a little tight.
Definitely looks better in person than in photos.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-12/honda-s-pickup-truck-is-beating-ford-at-its-own-game
Honda’s Pickup Truck Is Beating Ford at Its Own Game

It took just 12 months for the Ridgeline to grab 10% of the midsize market.

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Kyle StockJuly 12, 2017, 4:00 AM EDT





Forget game theory, futurists, and cash-flow models: When it comes to product strategy in today’s auto industry, things need not be so complicated.


Just make some trucks, and Americans will buy them—lots of them.



It helps, of course, if you make a very good truck. Honda did just that when it rolled out a thoroughly redesigned version of its Ridgeline pickup in June 2016. Trailing a string of strong reviews, the carlike pickup has been hugely popular among people who buy trucks, and even among those who don’t.


“This is a very capable truck that meets the needs of a vast majority of buyers,” says Jeff Conrad, general manager of American Honda Motor Co. “For somebody who doesn’t care about towing 8,000 pounds ... it’s perfect.”



In the past 12 months, Honda has sold almost 40,000 Ridgelines in the U.S., accounting for one out of 10 vehicles in the midsize pickup segment. Not only did Honda swipe share from established rivals, but it appears to have brought in new buyers—drivers who traditionally were more inclined to buy an Accord than a Toyota Tacoma.

Conrad said Honda could have easily sold more trucks, but the Lincoln, Ala., plant where it welds them together is already operating at full capacity.

Of course, there’s a big gap in these sales statistics. Ford, the heavyweight champion of the truck game, hasn’t sold a midsize version in the U.S. since 2012. It didn’t want to cannibalize the perpetually stellar sales of its full-size F-150. Plus, it has a nifty line of vans to accommodate painters, plumbers, and other small business—at least that’s the justification former Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields offered a couple of years ago.

Ford has since changed tack. Sometime in 2019, it will unveil an “all-new” version of the Ranger, a little pickup it currently makes in Argentina, South Africa, and Thailand, and sells pretty much everywhere except the U.S. Mike Levine, head of product communications in North America, says this newest iteration of the truck, which used to sell in the U.S., will be built in Michigan.

Waiting 2 years to bring back the Ranger “is what works for us,” says Levine. “We’ve put the focus on F-Series today, including the F-150 ... making it more capable and also more fuel efficient.”

Ford may have to change its formula a bit if it wants to capture some of Honda’s appeal. Most notably, the Ridgeline features the so-called unibody construction that sedans get, giving it more of a feel for the road than most trucks, which have bodies that are bolted on to the frame.



While, the front of the Ridgeline is all business—planted on the road—in the back, it’s a party. The tailgate swings out horizontally, like a door, in addition to dropping down traditionally. There’s a 400-watt outlet for plugging in something like a large-screen television, a series of speakers in the bed, and a compartment under the liner that just happens to be the size and shape of a large cooler. Honda calls it an “in-bed trunk,” though perhaps with a wink, because unlike most trunks, it has a drain.

The Ridgeline's “in-bed trunk” for your refreshments.Source: Honda


At recent car shows, Honda has thrown pretense out the window and filled these tubs with ice and booze, albeit fine champagne rather than light beer. And that’s the real clue to where Honda is headed with the Ridgeline while Ford waits for 2019: “We didn’t want to try to out-tough the tough guys,” Conrad says. “Ford and GM have been doing their type of advertising for many, many years. It’s not really the nature of our truck—or our buyers.”

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^ that's a impressive sales increase over the 1G Ridgeline
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I bet the 2017 Ridgeline drives and handles great but exterior wise, it looks very feminine with soft lines and non aggressive at all, reminds me of the soft front end of the NSX
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I think they made a mistake plastering the Pilot's front end on it, but it is an improvement over the 1G. I really like the features though, makes it really stand out from its competitors.

I still remember helping somebody load up like a 60" TV back in the day, it fit in the back with the seat folded up, and had room to spare.

If I were looking for a truck but didn't care about off road capability or towing something heavy, it would be first on my list.
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As weird looking as the 1G was... i actually think 1G looks better (for a truck) than the 2G.

Every time i see a new one on the road, i keep thinking it is a Pilot with half the roof cut off.
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I think they made a mistake plastering the Pilot's front end on it, but it is an improvement over the 1G. I really like the features though, makes it really stand out from its competitors.

I still remember helping somebody load up like a 60" TV back in the day, it fit in the back with the seat folded up, and had room to spare.

If I were looking for a truck but didn't care about off road capability or towing something heavy, it would be first on my list.
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As weird looking as the 1G was... i actually think 1G looks better (for a truck) than the 2G.

Every time i see a new one on the road, i keep thinking it is a Pilot with half the roof cut off.
Overall, I like the 2G, but the front kills it for me. If it had a more aggressive front end like the 1G I think it would work better.
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^ for a trunk, the front end is pretty much all there is to it. There is usually not much to see from the side or the back, you know.
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Honda probably choose a simple plain exterior design for the 2G since the 1G was kinda polarizing with it's Tonka Truck styling which didn't appeal much to construction workers and traditional work truck users.
The interior with the big control knobs and switches for workers with gloves on didn't work much either despite the marketing attempt.
The Ridgeline is still a transverse V6 FWD/AWD drivetrain with a unibody frame, might as well go for the real target buyers which are people who aren't mainstream truck buyers who want the Honda convenience and truck like utility..
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2017 Honda Ridgeline: Death Valley Post-Mortem

This was a huge improvement, even though one shock was a little worse for wear. In isolation, the result may have been dulled by a tinge of disappointment, but the other two trucks our long-term 2016 Nissan Titan XD and 2016 Toyota Tacoma that came along to support the effort fared much, much worse. Next to them, this seemed like a clear win.

The new 2017 Ridgeline has something the first-generation truck did not: amplitude reactive damping. In short, this means the new truck's shocks contain two internal valve circuits: one that operates when wheel motions are small and another that joins in as they grow larger.

This difference expands the performance envelope of the shock absorber. With this extra variable in play, the tuning engineer isn't forced to make as many compromises. Trust me, this is a big deal. I was the guy tuning shock valves in my last two jobs before coming to Edmunds. The process is a black art that boils down to managing compromises imposed by hardware limitations particularly when you're tuning a truck, which is expected to work on a wide range of surfaces.

The precise details of how the second-generation Ridgeline engineers took advantage of this added functionality are not known to me, but I can hazard an educated guess. Our washboard road inputs, vicious as they were in terms of sheer unrelenting repetitiveness, were not terribly large a little more than an inch at the tire. The shock, in turn, only experiences three-quarters of an inch or so because of its motion ratio, its specific mounting position along the length of the suspension's lower control arm.
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^ too bad Hyundai doesn't make a truck.
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From the Edmunds 2G Ridgeline long term road test series. Pretty cool purpose built tent from REI. Nifty way to go camping.

https://www.edmunds.com/honda/ridgel...n-the-bed.html
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