Well, I finally got it. I didn't think I'd like the steel Blue color, but in person I love it. Pictures don't do it justice. I paid MSRP. I didn't even bother trying to get them lower. They just got it today, and sold the other 3 they got in previously in the first few days they had them. I don't think they'll sustain that sales rate, but right now they're pretty proud of them and justifiably so.
Previously, I test drove a white RT-L and it had that intermittent whistling sound around the wind shield. The Steel blue I bought doesn't have this. It's very quiet. I mean you can hear wind, but it's not what I would call anything other than normal low wind noise I hear in every car at highway speeds.
-no creaking in the steering wheel either.
-windows were also good and stayed in bracket when pushed.
I've put a 180 miles on it so far. This has been described as a Gentlemen's truck, and that sums it up best to me. I feel like I'm surrounded by class when I'm sitting in it. The leather I feel is first rate. I've sat in H2s and I feel the Ridgeline's interior surpasses the H2 as well as the 05 Tacoma. The controversial door handles also seem appropriate in this design. My wife says the seat warmer warmed her seat nicely. We also love the dual climate control. The wife also loves the moon roof. This truck, if I can use that crass term, elegantly fuses the the ride and refinement of a nice sedan with the ruggedness of a truck. My biggest problem is that I feel this truck is to nice for me. This is a problem I think I can over come.
We live in a Hilly region of SW Utah, and the RL handled these grades with ease. Many times I looked at the speedo and noticed I was going 95 mph without realizing it. I'm really going to have to watch the speedo in this truck. I'll be stunned if this doesn't take Motor Trend's truck of the year in 06. I'll be taking it off road in sandy conditions shortly. I'll post more then.