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Drew Dowdell

Posted 21 May 2011 - 07:19 AM

Given my experience with Honda AWD currently, I have no confidence in it's ability to be used when needed in towing situations.


Posted 20 May 2011 - 11:39 PM

I knew having the 3.5L in the truck wasn't the greatest idea, but then again, with the numbers Honda claimed in terms of towing and hauling, I was skeptical the day my Dad fell in love with it and gave the future Avalanche a run for its money.

Hi past self! He STILL hasn't bought that Avalanche and continues to use the Sierra from 1990. Damn you GM and your dependable trucks.


Posted 20 May 2011 - 07:57 PM

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very nice. Hey out of curiousity, what if any parts of the Avalanche's interior are made with soft materials?

old gen
handle on the dash, door panel arm rests steering wheel spokes (Lots of cutlines)

New gen:
arm rest, door panel (none on the dash its self)(alot smoother)


Posted 20 May 2011 - 05:07 PM

Someone who means a lot to me drives a red Redgeline, lifted a bit with bigger tires.

Drew Dowdell

Posted 20 May 2011 - 08:51 AM

just pointing out, the avalanche still has freakishly good resale. I'm still disappointed I can't find one with the features I want with the price I want at any mileage.


Posted 07 August 2006 - 10:23 PM

and if it *could* carry sheets of drywall in poor weather <which it can't>, if you got a flat tire, you'd have to remove the cargo.

how much utility is there in that?

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LOL! i know!

my friggin aztek can carry dryall, almost all of it covered, at least more so than the ridgeline.

Drew Dowdell

Posted 07 August 2006 - 03:29 PM

one sheet might too heavy for it to carry.  drywall is heavy you know.

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and if it *could* carry sheets of drywall in poor weather <which it can't>, if you got a flat tire, you'd have to remove the cargo.

how much utility is there in that?


Posted 07 August 2006 - 12:02 PM

Also, another advantage the Chevy has is standard double entendre. For example, "Help! I'm trapped in an Avalanche!" or "An Avalanche is headed for that town!"

Honda's Ridgeline doesn't feature a double entendre.


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roof framer to his assistant....."hey buddy, we need to take that RIDGE LINE down"


Posted 07 August 2006 - 12:01 PM

I'm going to disagree on this one.  Can a Ridgeline carry a 4x8 sheet of drywall.... in bad weather?

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one sheet might too heavy for it to carry. drywall is heavy you know.


Posted 06 August 2006 - 11:41 PM

Hey Fly, you don't mind if I chime in with some stats to back you up, do you?

Appearance items (interior/exterior styling) are generally subjective - so it is hard to compare.  The gap between the Ridgeline and the Avalanche is so large between the Ridgeline's interior and the Avalanche that, in this case, you can make a definitive case for the Avalanche.  The Ridgeline's interior isn't cohesive and is built around hard plastics.  It's embarassingly bad.  Go sit in one & you'll instantly see what I mean.

As for measurables:
Acceleration (0-60):
Avalanche 5.3l = 8.5s
Avalanche 6.0l = ????
Ridgeline 3.5l = 8.0s
Winner = Undecided
Note: I'm reluctant to give this to Honda as the '06 Avalanche 2500 pulls 7.5s in the 0-60.  I can't find '07 info to declare a winner here.

Avalanche 5.3l = 325hp
Avalanche 6.0l = 366hp
Ridgeline 3.5l = 247hp
Winner = Chevrolet (in a rout I might add)

Avalanche 5.3l = 340ft-lbs
Avalanche 6.0l = 380ft-lbs
Ridgeline 3.5l = 245ft-lbs
Winner = Chevrolet (in another rout)

Fuel Economy
Avalanche 5.3l = 15/21
Avalanche 6.0l = ??
Ridgeline 3.5l = 16/21
Winner = Honda, barely - and give the award to Chev if you plan to tow

Avalanche: 1350 lbs
Ridgeline: 1100 lbs
Winner = Chevrolet

Towing Capacity
Avalanche: 7000/8000 lbs
Ridgeline: 5000 lbs
Winner = Chevrolet

Avalanche, enclosed rear bed + midgate
Honda, under-bed trunk
Winner = push, each provide unique utility

Undetermined.  This is Honda's first attempt at building a truck in the US. As witnessed by the multiple million-mile entries on GM full-size trucks @ chevy200k.com, I'd be heavily inclined to lean towards Chevy, but I'll leave this undecided.

Resale (2006my)
Avalanche: Trade in value of 22,717 - 25,589.  Sold new at 25,466 - 28,687 (89.21%-89.20%)
Ridgeline: Trade in value of 19,414 - 24,227.  Sold new at 22,365 - 27,809 (86.80%-87.11%)
Winner = Chevrolet

You certainly don't want me to go into things like ground clearance, interior volume, bed volume - I think we all know who'll handily win those comparisons too..


HP & Torque:

Mileage, Payload, Towing Capacity:

Resale values:

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well the resale values dont supprise me because Chevys trucks have the best resale values in the industry, and last i checked a Chevy's resale is also higher then a GMC...

Fords Dodges lose a massive amount of equity once they walk off the lot... the silverado on the other hand holds a resale value that of or higher then the retail value assuming proper milage...

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