Super Cool video on the 4th Gen Tacoma Suspension.
above, I too like that there are increasing choices in the segment.....though, I would LOVE a real competitor to the RL - (unibody, same basic size)
I know that when I shop for something, I don't like to compromise on ANYTHING. It's sort of naïve, because at my age - I'm intellectually aware that every choice is a collection of pros/cons.
When we (as a forum community) get squirreled up over the compares....I think we conflate hobby/utility/comfort/practicality in our assessments.
To make my point with an example or two:
Those who modify their primary vehicle for supreme off-roadability are choosing to sacrifice on-road ability "most" of the time (assume they work and live in houses with roads) for off-road ability "some of the time". That choice doesn't make sense to the pragmatist, unless you add in the "hobby" aspect of modifying and personalizing your vehicle.
Those of us who enjoy that, like to have something unique and representative of our personalities. What you drive is an extension of your personality....much like how you dress. So, now that on-road ability sacrifice is lessened, because in addition to the off-road ability, they also get to satisfy and entertain with a hobby.
I like more unique vehicles. I consider them "art". I like to enhance the aspects that are important to me but not to the original designer (or maybe the original engineer was limited by mass feedback, rules, etc.)
I guess the next couple of months will be telling. Whether Honda opts to put some effort into the RL or not.
The popularity of the Taco has a lot to do with optionality and dependability. Honda has the dependability nailed - but, is near "zero" on optionality.
I'm sure I'll get hammered for this....but, the RL has near Zero "personality". It's as utilitarian as vehicle with a bed can get. Which is fantastic if that's your primary objective.
Sales number show that isn't most people's primary objective.