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Personally I would not touch a FWD Ridgeline with a 10 foot pole.
I strictly would get AWD in any SUV/CUV vehicle.
It's a $1,900 difference in price with AWD option. I am still baffled why Honda went FWD route with Ridgeline. As said before they can get away with it in the MDX & Pilot a bit more. The hit you will take when you get rid of the vehicle most people are looking for 4WD/AWD trucks. A car/minivan is different than a pickup truck. Just my opinion but gutting a G2 Ridgeline of it's Torque Vectoring AWD capabilities is robing this truck of one of it's key attributes.
But I would read the press release kit of the G2 Ridgeline carefully Powertrain section to be specific. It's AWD enhances handling and AWD aids in traction.
Dallas area is not immune to heavy rain or snow storms adverse weather you may need that AWD in some point. Last year at this same time Washington, DC was dealing with the Snowzilla storm Jan22-23 across the area 1-3 feet of snow fell. DC in the city got 20inches some other areas got near 40inches.
Now that snow just doesn't get plowed of goes away that fast.
So a good AWD for getting out and about later and parking on mounds of snow/ice/slush. Normal FWD might get stuck and they did so you may wish you had that AWD with.
You have a 4WD Gen 1 Ridgeline and that system has been working for you in the time you have had it. Remember these systems in Ridgelines are basically automatic. So they are working without out us doing anything.
If on a budget I would go for less expensive AWD model and forget about some other features.
 

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I like the 2017 Honda Ridgeline Alex on Autos Test Drive Review long
When he gets into the meat & potatoes diagram and explanation of the G2 AWD System.
Also he said $1,800 option for AWD I said $1,900
 
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