Good question DOB.
The new ridge still smells NEW. Amazing. Especially considering an old fella had it for two years. No telling HOW many times he farted in her.
By comparison, the new one seems to have just a tad more power. That's a good thing. I like the updated electronics in the trip meter section. It's also nice that XM, when in title mode, briefly shows the artist as well. Fog lights are handy. I like the aux port as well, plus the extra set of tie downs in the back will come in handy.
On the negative end, this truck has a tendency to be a tad more difficult to steer. My old ridge just seemed to go with the flow a bit more. Maybe the touch on the steering wheel was a tad lighter or something. I just find I have to steer this one a bit more.
Also for some reason I'm having trouble finding the comfort zone with my drivers seat. At first it felt like the very back end of the bottom was basically non-existent. I've noodled with it a bit and of course it's probably molding to my ample derriere.
I don't like that the auto climate control is ALWAYS on dual mode when in auto. I liked that I could just dial in the temp with one nob on my old one.
I had to buy an adapter for the hitch electrical as my trailer has the old 4 pin connection, no big deal there. $12.
OH....this is gonna sound really really dumb.....but I had one of the early 06 ridgelines, hence I couldn't reprogram the locks the way I wanted them without having the dealer put in a new fuse panel. So my passengers were always bitching about not being able to get out as soon as I parked (must be something about my driving). Anyway I LOVE having locks that actually unlock all around when I put 'er in park. Yahoo!!!
18" wheels over 17" wheels on the old one. I'm not sure of the benefit there. It looks a bit nicer I think but will probably cost more when I buy tires.
I got Weathertech floormats and put them in yesterday and my new tonneau (Fibermax from Bakflip) arrives tomorrow.
Oh wait. One last issue. I have a weird whistling noise at highway speed. It's a bit intermittent, but it's definitely there and annoying. I found the tsb on windshield noise. I suspect it's related to that. OR it could be coming from the moonroof. OH yeah....the moonroof. It's nice to have and surprisingly quiet compared to all previous ones I've had. My old rtl did not have one as standard equip.
OK. Sorry you asked??
BTW, thanks for following up and for the great idea in the first place!