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Spied: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

Honda's Ridgeline pickup truck is due for an update, and spy photos prove that an overhaul is on the way. A new front-end design consists of a new grille and a revised front bumper, which looks similar to an early prototype of the next-generation Honda Pilot.

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Looks like they're trying even harder to make that silly POS appear to be a truck. :rolleyes:

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FTA:

What this means to you: The truck business is highly competitive, and Honda knows it needs to keep the Ridgeline fresh in order to play with the big boys.

Fixed:

What this means to you: The truck business is highly competitive, and Honda knows it can't play with the big boys.

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The aren't fixing the bed design, which is what really makes it ugly.

It's still 100x better than the Tundra, even if it's not a true truck.

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100% of the cost of an Avalanche with 30% of the utility.

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I was hopeful for more of an update to the Ridgeline--maybe the changes will be under the hood with a diesel or a hybrid???

I've owned my Ridgeline RTL for over a year now with 21,000 trouble-free miles. Prior to me owning my Ridgeline, I owned 6 Chevy Silverados (circa 1991 through 2004) and the Ridgeline's versatility, car-like driving, and awesome utility are far superior to the Silverado. Honda is not afraid to think and build outside of the box. Where oh where is the in-bed trunk in the Chevy and Fords?

I live in small town Americana (rural Minnesota--the heart of Chevy and Ford truck country) and I still get a lot of looks and "wow, that pickup is cool" comments.

The Honda is a very fine pickup--the other pickup manufacturers can learn a lot from Honda. Innovation sold me on the Honda. Lets see some serious innovation from the US pickup manufacturers now!

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I was hopeful for more of an update to the Ridgeline--maybe the changes will be under the hood with a diesel or a hybrid???

I've owned my Ridgeline RTL for over a year now with 21,000 trouble-free miles. Prior to me owning my Ridgeline, I owned 6 Chevy Silverados (circa 1991 through 2004) and the Ridgeline's versatility, car-like driving, and awesome utility are far superior to the Silverado. Honda is not afraid to think and build outside of the box. Where oh where is the in-bed trunk in the Chevy and Fords?

I live in small town Americana (rural Minnesota--the heart of Chevy and Ford truck country) and I still get a lot of looks and "wow, that pickup is cool" comments.

The Honda is a very fine pickup--the other pickup manufacturers can learn a lot from Honda. Innovation sold me on the Honda. Lets see some serious innovation from the US pickup manufacturers now!

You've got to be kidding me, and if not then pass whatever it is that you're smoking....cause I gotta get me some of that :lol:

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I was hopeful for more of an update to the Ridgeline--maybe the changes will be under the hood with a diesel or a hybrid???

I've owned my Ridgeline RTL for over a year now with 21,000 trouble-free miles. Prior to me owning my Ridgeline, I owned 6 Chevy Silverados (circa 1991 through 2004) and the Ridgeline's versatility, car-like driving, and awesome utility are far superior to the Silverado. Honda is not afraid to think and build outside of the box. Where oh where is the in-bed trunk in the Chevy and Fords?

I live in small town Americana (rural Minnesota--the heart of Chevy and Ford truck country) and I still get a lot of looks and "wow, that pickup is cool" comments.

The Honda is a very fine pickup--the other pickup manufacturers can learn a lot from Honda. Innovation sold me on the Honda. Lets see some serious innovation from the US pickup manufacturers now!

Where are the in bed trunks in the Chevys? In an infinitely more convenient location.

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I keep an air mattress, pillow, and sheets in one side, and there is enough room for a small duffel bag on the other side. It locks. It can be used as a cooler if you fill it with ice. It has a drain hole for said ice. It's lighted and weather proof.

Where is the innovation from Honda I ask you? Why didn't they make the Ridgeline with a midgate that folds down to allow a full 4x8 bed?

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Why doesn't the rear window come out... and still have a rear defroster?

Why does the Ridgeline with 247hp and 245ft/lbs only get 16/21 with a 5,000lbs tow rating when an Avalanche with 320hp and 340 ft/lbs gets 15/20 AND runs on an Alternative fuel with an 8,000lbs tow rating......

Where is the innovation indeed?

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Where are the in bed trunks in the Chevys? In an infinitely more convenient location.

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I keep an air mattress, pillow, and sheets in one side, and there is enough room for a small duffel bag on the other side. It locks. It can be used as a cooler if you fill it with ice. It has a drain hole for said ice. It's lighted and weather proof.

Where is the innovation from Honda I ask you? Why didn't they make the Ridgeline with a midgate that folds down to allow a full 4x8 bed?

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Why doesn't the rear window come out... and still have a rear defroster?

Why does the Ridgeline with 247hp and 245ft/lbs only get 16/21 with a 5,000lbs tow rating when an Avalanche with 320hp and 340 ft/lbs gets 15/20 AND runs on an Alternative fuel with an 8,000lbs tow rating......

Where is the innovation indeed?

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Thanks for saving me the effort, Oldsmoboi!

I don't know what exactly the Ridgeline is, but it isn't a truck.

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81,000 trouble free mile actually hauling heavy $h! ftw

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I was hopeful for more of an update to the Ridgeline--maybe the changes will be under the hood with a diesel or a hybrid???

I've owned my Ridgeline RTL for over a year now with 21,000 trouble-free miles. Prior to me owning my Ridgeline, I owned 6 Chevy Silverados (circa 1991 through 2004) and the Ridgeline's versatility, car-like driving, and awesome utility are far superior to the Silverado. Honda is not afraid to think and build outside of the box. Where oh where is the in-bed trunk in the Chevy and Fords?

I live in small town Americana (rural Minnesota--the heart of Chevy and Ford truck country) and I still get a lot of looks and "wow, that pickup is cool" comments.

The Honda is a very fine pickup--the other pickup manufacturers can learn a lot from Honda. Innovation sold me on the Honda. Lets see some serious innovation from the US pickup manufacturers now!

In this forum we don't pay the "Troll" to cross the bridge.

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Where are the in bed trunks in the Chevys? In an infinitely more convenient location.

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I keep an air mattress, pillow, and sheets in one side, and there is enough room for a small duffel bag on the other side. It locks. It can be used as a cooler if you fill it with ice. It has a drain hole for said ice. It's lighted and weather proof.

Where is the innovation from Honda I ask you? Why didn't they make the Ridgeline with a midgate that folds down to allow a full 4x8 bed?

Posted Image

Why doesn't the rear window come out... and still have a rear defroster?

Why does the Ridgeline with 247hp and 245ft/lbs only get 16/21 with a 5,000lbs tow rating when an Avalanche with 320hp and 340 ft/lbs gets 15/20 AND runs on an Alternative fuel with an 8,000lbs tow rating......

Where is the innovation indeed?

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Don't forget that the Chevy's frame probably won't bend in half.

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Here's a few innovations that I appreciate in my Honda:

>--dual action tail gate,

>--in-bed trunk

>--independent rear suspension

>--25% better mileage than my 2004 Silverado

>--my Trek Madone bicycle can fit in the back with the seats raised, and not broke down

>--can pull my lawn mower trailer and boat with no problems

>--tight steering, taught suspension (no couch-on-wheels feeling)

Chevy also frustrated me (and my pocket book) with all their screwing around with rebates, lowering sticker prices, etc. In 2 year's time, my $37,000 list Silverado with 35,000 miles sold for $19,000. Sad, sad, sad.

I'm not hear to argue the benefits of the Honda versus the Avalanche, but just to point out what sold me on the Honda. Both are great vehicles. It all depends on how a guy uses his truck and what the needs are.

The freedom of choice is what makes America great.

P.S. I will buy an Avalanche when the dual mode hybrid becomes available!

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That's beacuse the Chevy actually has a frame, Dodgefan. :lol:

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Here's a few innovations that I appreciate in my Honda:

>--dual action tail gate,

>--in-bed trunk

>--independent rear suspension

>--25% better mileage than my 2004 Silverado

>--my Trek Madone bicycle can fit in the back with the seats raised, and not broke down

>--can pull my lawn mower trailer and boat with no problems

>--tight steering, taught suspension (no couch-on-wheels feeling)

Chevy also frustrated me (and my pocket book) with all their screwing around with rebates, lowering sticker prices, etc. In 2 year's time, my $37,000 list Silverado with 35,000 miles sold for $19,000. Sad, sad, sad.

I'm not hear to argue the benefits of the Honda versus the Avalanche, but just to point out what sold me on the Honda. Both are great vehicles. It all depends on how a guy uses his truck and what the needs are.

The freedom of choice is what makes America great.

P.S. I will buy an Avalanche when the dual mode hybrid becomes available!

You didn't actually pay list on a Silverado did you?

Did you ever test drive an Avalanche? They don't handle like the Silverado.

As far as those innovations, none are Honda's except maybe the in bed trunk... which is surpassed in usefulness by the Avalanche's "saddle bags". The dual action tail gate dates back to the 60s or 70s on the GM wagons.

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Well Randy, you obviously use your Ridgeline for very light duty - and that's a good thing. It's good because that is all that is safe to do with one. It is nothing but a minivan with a trucklike body and reinforcements added to its unibody. It doesn't qualify as a truck because of its structural and mechanical limitations. It is a pretender.

I'm glad to hear that you are interested in an Avalanche - there is hope for you yet!

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No, I didn't pay list, but when Chevy lowered the sticker prices on all their trucks, my truck lost 2 grand in value. Hellava deal in my book....NOT.

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No, I didn't pay list, but when Chevy lowered the sticker prices on all their trucks, my truck lost 2 grand in value. Hellava deal in my book....NOT.

Think that's bad?

Just wait 'til you try to sell that Ridgeline.

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Oh yeah, one more thing.

IIRC, Chevy trucks have the highest resale in the market.

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Well Randy, you obviously use your Ridgeline for very light duty - and that's a good thing. It's good because that is all that is safe to do with one. It is nothing but a minivan with a trucklike body and reinforcements added to its unibody. It doesn't qualify as a truck because of its structural and mechanical limitations. It is a pretender.

I'm glad to hear that you are interested in an Avalanche - there is hope for you yet!

Like I said, I've owned 6, yes six, Silverados so I'm no stranger to Chevrolet. Chevy has a fine product, no doubt about it. Sometimes change is good. The same-ole, same-ole gets boring after a while.

For now I'm happy to be driving my truck "pretender"!

Like I said, I'm not hear to argue one truck over another, but simply to share my experience.

Gotta love pick'em up trucks!

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Oh yeah, one more thing.

IIRC, Chevy trucks have the highest resale in the market.

Yes, but Hondas have higher resale than anything, right?

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