I have been looking at Tacomas and more recently the GM twins to replace my 2000 Dodge Dakota when the Gen 2 Ridgeline came to my attention. When I purchased my Dakota it was a working truck and daily driver, I needed the 6' bed. Now I'm retired and the Gen 2 RL specs are looking pretty darn good. Plus the passion of the members of this forum for the RL is amazing. I'm now considering purchasing a RL 1st gen then buy a 2nd gen in a year or so when the dust has settled. My Dakota has been a great truck (16 years) but from what I've read and have seen on You Tube the RL 1st gen will out perform my Dakota 4wd that has no locking or LS differential in MN winters. Not to mention the MPG gain.