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Not everyone needs an F-150.

I think it'll sell decently enough.

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So far, it seems like it will be the perfect pickup for me. The f150 only gets 20 mpgs, so the only other contented is the ecodiesel. With the fuel price instability, and the long term issues stemming from crap diesel fuel available this is the only choice. Just hoping that I can live with my titan for the next few months.
 

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Other than using the term "more cleaner", the author hit on most all of the points we've been making here for years. The RL is right-sized and fits the needs of the vast majority of truck owners in this country. I do think this RL will sell better than the first generation simply because of the more truck-like looks and updated... well... everything. All I can hope is that there is SOME shred of evidence that the soul of the 1st gen truck is still evident in the 2nd gen. We won't know that until we can get behind the wheel of one.
 

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The article makes some very good points. There are a lot of people who own FS pickups, who brag about the vehicle’s HP/torques/tow rating/hauling capability but, when you look in the bed, there is a nary a scratch on the paint. Then, when you look inside, it looks like a showroom vehicle…And, if you get in their truck with a can of soda or cup of coffee, they look at you like you whizzed on their shoes. These are the type of people who buy a lot of pickups. They don’t buy a pickup to be a pickup, they buy it so they can show the world how big/bad/manly they are…even if their truck never leaves the pavement.

I fit in a lot of the categories they mention in the article. I drive my vehicle back and forth to work every day but there are times I need a truck. So, I want something that is “civilized” on the road, something that I am comfortable in, something I can fit easily into most parking spots, something I can fit into my garage, etc. I am kind of a DIY guy, so I need something that I can throw some mulch, topsoil, gravel, sheets of drywall/chipboard/2x4’s/that kinda thing, into the bed. I also need to tow around 4000-5000 lbs. occasionally. The RL has fit that bill perfectly for me for the last 10+ years I have owned the vehicle. And it has done it reliably, safely, and comfortably. Not sure what more you can ask for.

It comes down to this: Would I WANT a FS pickup? Sure, who wouldn’t. I’d love to have that capability if I needed it. But, do I really NEED a FS pickup? No, I don’t, and I don’t think a lot of people who own FS pickups need them either.

I have owned my RL for over 10 years, I have a little over 181,000 miles it, and it has done everything I have asked it to do…and then some. Were there times I wish I had a FS pickup? Sure there were. But, %99 of the rest of the time, I am happy I didn’t have a FS pickup…because of the way my RL rides and handles, in most driving situations, I was happy I was behind the wheel of my RL.
 

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^^ Hit it right on the head, my friend. Describes me perfectly, as well.
 

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When I see a Ridgeline on the road, I think, "now there is a person who thoughtfully determined their needs and purchased the vehicle that fit their needs....someone who didn't kowtow to their buddies' ribbing, peer pressure, or misleading ad campaigns....someone with above-average intelligence."

"These are not the Droids you are looking for..."

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*You don't want to sell me death sticks. You want to go home and think about your life.*
 

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I have a 07 RTL with 187k. I'm really interested but want to see it in person, colors and price. Im so happy they kept the trunk, tailgate, and flip up seats.
They seem to know their market pretty well. Its me to a T. Looking forward to the Chicago auto show to see it in person. Hopefully the local dealerships know Honda made a new truck and it will be for sale THIS spring.
 

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I have a 07 RTL with 187k. I'm really interested but want to see it in person, colors and price. Im so happy they kept the trunk, tailgate, and flip up seats.
They seem to know their market pretty well. Its me to a T. Looking forward to the Chicago auto show to see it in person. Hopefully the local dealerships know Honda made a new truck and it will be for sale THIS spring.
johnk1: I agree with the sentiment that you are expressing, in your post.

I own a 2013 Ridgeline that I have been quite happy with. I think all of the Dooms Sayers that have posted negative thoughts regarding the new 2017 Ridgeline are going to be proven wrong. Like you I believe Honda knows their market pretty well. Some of the features, and you have mentioned most of them, are unique to Honda and I think are valuable features to have. I also believe that a mid-range pickup truck with the capabilities to comfortably act as a people carrying piece of transportation has great appeal to the majority of folks who also have the occasional need for a pickup style automobile. I believe that the all-wheel-drive mechanism of the Ridgeline is a good one and will prove quite useful to a lot of people who buy one.
 
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