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There were a fair number of naysayers on this forum about buying a G2 when they were first released. It was suggested they would be defective, that Honda’s “name is tarnished and they cannot ride on reputation alone any longer,” that, “the competition is as good or better build quality,” and that the prices were too high. Of course, there were also lots of opinions about the new design. (Disclosure: I bought mine off the transport truck at sticker price on June 20, trading in a G1 I bought the first year they came out.)

Well, there has been a recall for some of us who bought very early. And it does seem that prices have come down a little (maybe). But there have been many reports of difficulty finding vehicles to buy, long waits, and reluctance of dealers to bargain.

The good news is that all the naysaying aside, Consumer Reports now says:

1) This is the highest rated truck (full-size or compact) with a 76-overall score and the nearest competitor well below at 67. (See NOTE below.)

2) Only the Ford F-150 has a comparable owner satisfaction score. All the others are lower.

3) The G2 has the best mpg of all non-diesel trucks.

4) Honda (overall) has a higher brand rating than any other manufacturer of trucks.

Bottom line, I think we done good. I’ve got over 17,000 miles on my G2 and I couldn’t be happier, but I’m also happy that Honda has produced another great truck and that I’ve benefited by owning it over the past eight months. Anything can happen in future, but right now this looks like one of the best (if not the best) vehicles in its class to have ever been produced.

Thanks Honda!

NOTE: As for the score, CR says, “Overall score reflects a vehicle’s performance in our road tests, results from our Reliability and Owner Satisfaction surveys, the availability of a frontal crash prevention system, and, if applicable, results from crash test by government ad insurance industry agencies. We now deduct points if a vehicle’s shifter lacks fail-safes, is difficult to operate, and/or can be confused with other controls.”
 

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Good to know but I just use CR as a piece of data and not the gospel. This came up on the Accord forum yesterday with Honda not getting the greatest results. I think we all know that the RL is a decent truck if it fits your needs. Your favorable experience and opinions with 17k miles is a much more relevant piece of data that can be used to help when researching this truck.
 

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Yes! Yes thank you to all the early buyers for testing the new Honda Ridgeline......so I can go ahead and get mine with piece of mind! You have all done a great job finding out the bugs, recalls and "quirks" and I thank you.
 

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I just Pu one 2017 RTL T AWD for 2k less than MSRP , good deal ?
There's a separate thread for people to report what they paid, where, and on what model below. It seems that discounts vary based on the trim level and I don't know what the typical discount (if any) has been for the T AWD. You may wish to have a look here. Others will appreciate your report on the discount, trim level, and dealer, but remember to include any information on a trade-in, if any, since that complicates calculating the discount.

http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/4-shoppin-test-drivin/133769-what-did-you-pay.html
 

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Good to know but I just use CR as a piece of data and not the gospel. This came up on the Accord forum yesterday with Honda not getting the greatest results. I think we all know that the RL is a decent truck if it fits your needs. Your favorable experience and opinions with 17k miles is a much more relevant piece of data that can be used to help when researching this truck.
Thank you!

My opinion: My individual experience could be an outlier. For example, while my truck is under recall due to the harness issue, I've had no associated problems, whereas others reporting here have. To me, the beauty of the CR reporting is that in large part it is based on crowd sourcing hundreds (or thousands) of owners of this and every other vehicle out there. For me it therefore creates a more meaningful report. I am particularly interested in the owner satisfaction rating, as that is completely subjective. People may be inclined to report more negative experiences on user forums, but I suspect you get a more realistic view from blind surveys of this nature that include all, not only those with a bone to pick.
 

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I'm in total agreement with Lifesaver - I love my RL and despite the recall have been more satisfied over the first 8 months of ownership than any other vehicle I've ever owned. Simply put - it's awesome!
 

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Actually, the RTL-E being hard to find around Labor Day forward forced me to wait a few months to find one. By then, I bought a later VIN that didn't have the harness recall, so sometimes a bit of delay is a good thing. So far mine has been flawless, and a perfect fit for my needs (more highway/commuting use, some snow, very little gravel/dirt roads)(moving furnitre, boxes and misc items)
 

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I often put Ridgeline buyers in the same class as Mac buyers. Some buy it because it's a Mac, some buy it because it's not Windows. Some things the Mac does better than any Windows machine on the market, but there are some things Windows can do that Macs can't. Not everyone develops hardware and software compatible with the Mac, but those that do tend to be specialized and excel in its field. Mac users are as a rule very devoted to their purchases and loyal to their brand. You don't very often hear a Mac owner regret the purchase of the MacBook or iMac, not any different that a Ridgeline owner.

Honda would be absolutely ecstatic if they could reach 5% of the truck market. Think of the R&D they'd be willing to invest then.
 

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Why thanks, I was the first in my entire province to get a G2! Besides the recall, I have had ZERO issues with my truck. Loving it since day one! I don't mind being an early adopter. Besides, whats the warranty for in the first place?
 
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