I'd absolutely grab the 2006.... condition, treatment, and maintenance are more important than miles in my mind. BUT, you need to get the price down about a grand if the timing belt service has not yet been performed (or get the dealer to throw that in... if it's a Honda dealer. That service is due @ 105,000 miles, presuming you're not at the north pole.I'm shopping around... There's private seller seeking a 2011 with 63k miles for $16k with two sets of tires (in vt, snow tires are a must have) and a dealer with a 2006 RTL with 93k miles for $13000
The 2006 looks like it was babied. Its been treated with underbody corrosion protection and has a torneau cover.
The 2011 has lower miles, but was a work truck. The previous owner mentioned it needs new brakes (he estimated $200 each x 4) and there are some stains on the rear seat that he said would cost around $160 to reupholster.
Car fax on the 2006 look really clean with regular maintenance all done at the dealership.
There is also a 2006 rtl I'd have to fly down she drive 240 miles back that has only 63k miles, but Carfax shows 3 accidents and two owners (no airbags deployed, so maybe just minor fender benders?) - based on that I'm not as enthused about that one. It's also $13,500
Any of you with more experience able to help me judge if the added age / miles means I'll be spending a ton on maintenance sooner on an 06, or are Ridgelines really as bullet proof / maintenance friendly as they have a reputation for being?
You also didn't mention your area, so I'm not considering any regional issues, if there are any. You might consider the condition a trade off on the miles, but if the condition is not as good, the miles are probably harder as well. Just my 2 cents.
(All of the above presumes priority is your daily driver, not down the road resale value)
There may be even better deals out there for you, but between these two, that's my call.