Yes, an SUV does suit my needs better, or at least just as well, but that does not mean I can't have both. In fact, I owned both the Ridgeline and the ML350 for around six months before selling the Ridge to my buddy who insisted I sell it to him. If it were not for him I probably would still have them both.
I like trucks for a lot of reasons and sitting up tall overlooking traffic is one of them and the Ridgeline sat much taller, or so it seemed, than my previous mid-size truck, the Dodge Dakota. I liked that view from the Ridgeline a lot. I have had sedans too and I have learned to hate how low they put you. I will probably never own another sedan for that reason alone.
The Ridgeline was built for my needs and desires which are different (as I explained previously) in several ways from many truck buyers. It had to be unique and the first generation's innovation struck me right away as a very practical, thinking man's truck, unlike normal, work and utility trucks that have come before. I loved the two way tail gate and the unique unibody construction gave a car like ride and room for five easily - yet if fit in my garage perfectly. All the storage in the cabin was a big plus, as was the fold up rear seats. The in-bed trunk was Honda thinking and innovation at its best and something we have not seen much of since from that company. I used all these features time and again and they were not found on trucks, SUV's or any other kind of vehicle at the time. Did I "need" them? No. But they were great to have. It was a compilation of many factors that I really liked in a motor vehicle and it just so happened to have an open bed - that it was indeed a truck was the bonus.