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If given a choice buying Gen 1, which engine would you have preferred?

  • Traditional V6 (VTEC, no VCM)

    Votes: 7 20.6%
  • Efficiency V6 (VCM, idle stop, etc)

    Votes: 1 2.9%
  • Turbo 4-cylinder

    Votes: 2 5.9%
  • High Output Gas V8 (like Ford Coyote 302)

    Votes: 10 29.4%
  • Turbodiesel (4 or 6 cylinder)

    Votes: 13 38.2%
  • Prius-like hybrid

    Votes: 1 2.9%
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I'm the weirdo who voted for the Prius-style hybrid. Here, I'm assuming that in a pickup truck, engineers would still do the necessary changes and tuning for a truck applications of hauling and towing (as they did in real life with existing Honda engines and transmissions for the Ridgeline). So, it wouldn't just scale down for high efficiency under low load, but would scale up for high output under high load.

This would be the best solution for those of us who use the Ridgeline as not just a truck, but also as a daily driver and errand vehicle. I ended up doing far more urban driving than expected with my Ridgeline, and a gasoline hybrid would be much more efficient for short trips. I would go one step further and have a switch to force all-electric mode for when I know that I just need to go two blocks, but weather or health keep me from walking.

Also quite suitable (maybe better, but not on the voting list here) would be the AWD hybrid as promised by the Honda Earth Dreams literature from 2011, with conventional FWD and electric RWD, manually selectable. Sadly, nothing good ever seems to get reported about Honda's several generations of hybrid systems. Toyota appears to be the only one building them competently for long term reliability and efficiency in the civilian automobile market.
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