In reading the comments, take note that for some it's between the RL and the F-150 value models.
Not to mention the often extreme strain and dirty contortions required to actually retrieve an under-frame spare in less than ideal roadside conditions (BTDT).I've seen many spares on the underside of trucks that were eventually rendered useless because their cable drop mechanism was frozen up with rust.
And they call themselves "truck guys", then how do you not know you can remove the spare and mount it in the bed? The reason it's in a slide tray in the trunk is to protect it from the elements and the simple fact that most drives in the truck, say I dunno 90+% you aren't towing anything and nothing is in the bed. I don't expect favoritism, but I'm tired of reviews of sportscars and trucks where they don't do any real testing. They also didn't evaluate the torque vectoring all wheel drive system. I've pushed the truck extremely hard in corners and in flood rain many times so I fail to understand why a truck testing channel cannot do the same. I'd start my own youtube channel but there are already a million people doing it and I don't like to be on camera on the internet.What is sad, and you are a truck testing channel. You didn't talk about the handling of the Ridgeline. Go take corners in it. It's the best PAVEMENT handling truck made on the market. You guys must not push a truck in the corners and test the edge of the envelope of handling. I've driven everything on the market and on overpasses, underpasses, name it, the body on frames aren't even close. Another test would be testing the Ridgeline and the competitors in heavy rain, and in snow with snow tires. Failure on your tests. This seems to be towing, rock crawling, and drive slow channel.
And there's the risk of theft so you need an extra chain and lock, but lots of low-life's have bolt cutters now, and the lock gets full of road crud so you need to keep that covered.I've seen many spares on the underside of trucks that were eventually rendered useless because their cable drop mechanism was frozen up with rust. Most folks just don't maintain something like that. OTOH, more and more mfrs are pushing for carrying a can of "fix-a-flat". You can carry that and still have a workable spare in the Ridge.
I wish reviewers would comment more on overall driving aspects like visibility, maneuverability, parking, and driving down a slick patchy highway.
I'm glad Nathan pointed out the ability to reach into the bed.
I'm sure it's happened but in my 69 years on this planet, I have yet to hear of someone's spare being stolen. I used to have a 3/4 ton chevy with split rims and I carried the spare in the bed unsecured. No one stole that and to be honest I didn't want it either.And there's the risk of theft so you need an extra chain and lock, but lots of low-life's have bolt cutters now, and the lock gets full of road crud so you need to keep that covered.
The chubby guy hated it from the get-go in the typical truck-snob way.My comments to them:
And Nathan, his personality, is completely different than mine so I can't stand him. He needs another burger like a crackhead needs another hit.
Consumer Reports surveys show the new Ranger has been more reliable than the Ridgeline so far. Maybe the only thing it has going for it.Why didn't they mention the "perk" of getting to visit your mechanics more frequently with the Ranger? Also, I loved the Gen 1 photo bomb at 21:07!
Unless the 2020 is different underneath than all the other Ridgelines, otherwise you are wrong. I just looked under my 2019 RTL-E and it does not have a "full frame that runs from the front to the rear just like any other truck". My old 1983 Suburban did, but not on the Ridgeline. Don't make me take pictures to prove it.The Ridgeline has a full frame that runs from the front to the rear just like any other truck. The difference is that the Ridgeline's is welded to its body rather than bolted to it.
“From the front of this vehicle to the back, we have framerails, just like any other truck would have,” says Kerry McClure, Honda chief engineer for the Ridgeline. “The body itself—instead of being bolted onto that framerail structure—is integrated so the floor panel sits on top of it and it is all welded together.”Unless the 2020 is different underneath than all the other Ridgelines, otherwise you are wrong. I just looked under my 2019 RTL-E and it does not have a "full frame that runs from the front to the rear just like any other truck". My old 1983 Suburban did, but not on the Ridgeline. Don't make me take pictures to prove it.
I park in my garage at home, but I'm concerned about when I travel so I kept a lock on the spare tires under my old Chevy's. Maybe not needed, but no way to knowSame people that are concerned about spare tire theft........might also be concern about tail gate theft. Move to a better neighborhood ????????