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Join Date: Oct 2012
Model: *Not a Ridgeline Owner
Model Year: 2006
Re: Ridgeline - 2013, 14 & 15 - the future.
Yes, I get it. I don't own a diesel but have driven them frequently, most recently towing fishing boats as a shuttle driver for river guides. One of the guides owns a Ridgeline, so I've been able to compare trucks for towing light fishing boats (not a serious load). The new diesel pickups are smooth, quiet and much cleaner than previous models.
My point was simply that I don't think Honda is targeting Ford 250 diesel truck buyers with the RL. But a smaller diesel in a mid-size truck sure makes sense for Ford and Ram because they're already set up to acquire, stock parts for, and service diesels. No doubt they could steal away potential Ridgeline buyers if they decide to introduce such a vehicle.
There's nothing wrong at all with keeping the dream alive for a diesel Ridge. IMHO, I think some major costs and obstacles would have to be overcome before Honda will pursue a diesel option for the RL in the US. Where I live, diesel fuel is running about 25% more expensive than gas -- that puts a sizeable dent in the mpg advantage (e.g., 22 mpg diesel = 16.5 mpg gas in cost). That's less true in Europe where diesels are very popular. And some farmers here are making their own cheaper biodiesel from camelina and crop waste for use in their tractors, which makes diesel engines the GREEN option! I'd love to burn biofuel rather than fossil fuel in my next pickup!