How did I end up owning a Honda? Keep in mind this is not just any Honda - it is a Ridgeline! Perhaps one of the most exclusive vehicles around if you look at the numbers. If we were talking Civic or Accord or even Odyssey I would agree that the term "exclusivity" could not possibly apply, even in a stretch. But it is spot on when talking about the Ridgeline. It is a "niche" vehicle, a true cult classic much like the movie "Night of the Living Dead". In 30 years it will be worth far more than any F150 on the road today. It has a place, a very exclusive place, in the truck market. It simply is not understood by most mere mortals. But we here are different and know better. Right?
Take a look here: http://www.goodcarbadcar.net/p/sales-stats.html
. If you punch in the Ridgeline you will find that last year's sales stats show 13,389 trucks sold. Now, punch in the MB M class that I bought (and that some people consider "exclusive") and you will find that Mercedes sold 46,726 of them during the same 2014 sales year - more than three times as many! This holds true for virtually every year the Ridgeline and the M series have been in existence.
So, I suppose it is all about how we define "exclusivity". Some people define it by using factors such as brand name, price paid, implied badge status, etc. But certainly one of the most important aspects of that term which we can put a finger on is how many are actually on the road in the hands of drivers. In other words, which vehicles do you see often and which are seen rarely? In that regard the Ridgeline wins hands down as not only one of the most "exclusive" trucks in America but one of the most exclusive vehicles period. Would you agree?