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Old 04-14-2007, 10:39 PM
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Honda Ridgeline is a "truck"?

You got to laugh when you read this from the official Honda web site:

"The Truck
By now, you've seen the Honda Ridgeline, the half-ton truck that loves rough roads and offers plenty of versatile cargo room. But maybe it's time for a closer look. Because whether you're hauling big payloads or tackling the rugged terrain, the 2007 Ridgeline is ready to impress.

A 5,000-lb. towing capacity and 1,550-lb. total payload capacity will never leave you wanting more. The Ridgeline boasts this exceptional strength from an integrated closed-box frame with unit-body construction and powerful, 247-hp, V-6 engine with 4-wheel independent suspension. Plus, this one-of-a-kind truck comes fully equipped with a five-passenger crew cab, lockable In-Bed Trunk™ and a dual-action tailgate. After all, it's a Honda."

Someone needs to explain to Honda what the definition of a truck is. The Ridgeline is more like a Ford Explorer Sport Trac; a crossover (small suv/compact pickup) rather than a half-ton truck. Even the 2007 Ford Ranger has a 6,000 lb towing & 1,620 lb payload capacity. I would like to see the Ridgeline added to www.thetruthabouttrucks.com

http://automobiles.honda.com/models/...Name=Ridgeline

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Old 04-15-2007, 12:11 AM
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A 5,000-lb. towing capacity and 1,550-lb. total payload capacity will never leave you wanting more.

They got you right there, all your even need. my trucsk rated at 5800 pounds towing, and 1600. payload. but I can push my truck better than that Honda can.
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Old 04-15-2007, 12:26 AM
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The "ton" ratings are worthless now anyway. The 1/2 tons of today are rated more than the 1 tons of yesterday and so on and so forth. The Ranger and Ridgeline are probably the real 1/2 tons, even though I can't say that I like the Ridgeline.

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Ridgeline is a joke.
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i don't care what the stupid thing is rated for......its ugly.
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What I want to know is, what makes it a truck and not just a car with a trailer hitch. It's got uni-body construction like a car. It has independent suspension like a car. It comes with 4 ply tires like a car. It has crisp nimble handling and a soft ride like a car. Girls think it cute....like a car. No self respecting tradesman would bring one on a jobsite. It's a car made to look like a truck. Sorry Honda, not foolin real truck drivers.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:29 AM
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I have to agree, the Ridgeline is ugly. It does not offer the same utility as the trucks from GM, Ford, Dodge, Nissan, or Toyota. It looks like a car with the back cut off.
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Old 04-15-2007, 01:31 AM
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I should add that big engine Honda uses, NOT. All the major truck companies offer V8 engines of different sizes for all kind of work and towing.
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Honda is developing 4.2L - 4.4L V8 engine which will be used in Ridgeline and Acura RL.
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I looked at a Ridgeline when they first came out. No frame seating sucks, hard and uncomfortable. They put the engine in sideways. Not something I'm going to run out and buy. It was made for the true Honda fans, so they could buy a Honda "want-a-be-truck"

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Here in LA LA Land, they're the grocery hauler of choice for soccer moms. I have yet to see any male driving one.
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I'm almost tempted to search for a Honda Ridgeline Forum and see what some of these owners are using them for, and what they are bragging they can do with their "trucks".

Naaaaawwwwww, I'm sure they get enough people laughing at them anyways.
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If Honda can get by with calling the Ridgeline a "truck", then they can get by with calling a Honda Metropolitan (scooter) a "motorcycle".

http://powersports.honda.com/scooter...ModelId=CHF507

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While it's not my cup of tea, I'm sure there is a market for it. It is just like the Avalanche, Escalade EXT only smaller. I do realize thet the GM's are full frame, have V8's etc, but they about the same usefullness.
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