That interior reminds me of the Tacoma. “The 70’s called, they want their truck interior back…” LOL…I had one on order, a pretty blue Hybrid XLT. With the 360 package and the XLT luxury package it came to about 26k and out the door at about 28.3. I would have gotten the truck at MSRP when it came in, which probably would have been around April or May next year.
I did get to see one in the flesh but did not get a test drive since it was already sold. Only the 2.0 turbos are coming in right now, the Hybrids wont start to be released till maybe December for the early orders. The truck is a nice size if you aren't looking for something to haul wood large stuff on a regular basis. I'm 5'7" and I could see over the top of the cab, can't do that on the RL. Interior isnt bad, they were creative in how they used mostly hard plastics for all the surfaces though I'm not sure it was my cup of tea. The bed is shorter than the RL as well and narrower, but if you need to you can haul 4x8 sheets propped up on the top of the fender wells and the tilted up tailgate. It can haul 1500 in the bed and tow 2k, even the hybrid. I was fine with those numbers. The price and versatility and the design will pull lots of folks in, esp those that wouldn't have considered a truck.
But in the end, I just didn't have a warm fuzzy for a first year new model. And I'm not a Ford guy, really more of a Toyota fan, but my wife has had Acuras for quite a while, so thats the Honda connection. And my first bike was a Honda so there's that too.
Most of the reports I read online are positive, but maybe that is just the honeymoon mindset with folks that got a hard to get new truck ahead of everybody else. I did see a few reviews of people complaining about some build quality issues, but I think it will take a year or so before the real reliability is known.
I'm really happy with the Ridgeline, it was what I wanted all along. Yeah its more expensive but it's much more truck. And the Ford dealer didnt have any problem giving me my deposit back, they will get a hybrid to sell (dealers cant order them for stock right now) and they are charging 5k over msrp. I even thought about keeping the order, buying the truck and then flipping it, but just decided to keep things simple.
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That’s probably OK in a cheap truck, but it doesn’t compare to the Ridgeline. It’s 90’s styling at least.