Since the big question is how much market share this truck will steal from other companies, lets take a pole of what you use to drive Add all affiliated companies in with the proper company...if I forget any company please remind me
Well, we were going to buy a Pilot when we heard the Ridge was coming. So it HELPED Honda--we spent much more on the truck than we'd have spent on the Pilot! But we are moving-on from a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
We also considered a Tahoe, but in the end decided w/gas prices being what they are, and the lotsa driving we have to do, that a smaller, more fuel efficient vehicle was needed.
Talk about a "change" in vehicles...I was driving a 2000 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 Lariet Package with the diesel engine package with a ARE "Hi-Raise" fiberglass topper. I ordered this truck new and added quite a few "toys". Thought it probably be the last, or at least, next to the last vehicle I would have in my lifetime since my last Ford (1980 F-150) lasted over 262,000 miles and twenty years...Damn, was I disappointed. This truck was nothing but a headache, thank God I had bought the Ford Extended Service Warranty. Ford "lost" their butt on this truck!!! Hope or maybe should say, "Pray this Honda is all I hope it should be!" Have always been very happy with other Honda products that I have purchased in the past but have never had a Honda vehicle other then motorcycles (350 4x4 TRX - 400 4x4 TRX - 500 Rubicon- 200 ER - 600 Shadow - Goldwing SEL - Honda powered pressure washer) Never, ever had one bit of trouble with any of the above listed items!!!
I was all set to go Tacoma. I saw the Ridge coming with the AWD I wanted but I wasn't sure about the looks. Saw it in person and drove it. It had everything and drove like a car. I was the first one to buy at my dealership. Went from Camry to Ridge. I needed something that I could do everyting in and not feel like I was sitting in my living room. Don't get me wrong, love Toyota also but this was it.
99 Chevy Silverado. I have been following the ridge since it was a concept. I saw the concept and said if they build that I'll get one. They did & I did. I was real close to getting the new tacoma when they announced the ridge was coming. I got the very 1st one in our area the day they arrived.
Dodge Durango. 5,500 lbs. of lumbering SUV at 16 MPG. Loved it for what it was. A big powerfull safe pig.
The ride by switching to the Ridge is like switching to a sports car. The gas milage complainers in other threads get no sympathy from me. I was a little worried about towing my boat with a 6 vs. an 8 cylinder but not any more. The Ridge shifts down one gear and pulls smoothly up hills at a quiet 3000 rpm at around 65 MPH.
I had 2 Tacomas and a 4-runner before. Toyota has treated me well. But thet dropped the ball with the new Tacoma. I was looking at those and liked the style..but they left out a lot or you couldn't get it in your area. They are selling a vehicle that is more like a car...but, no leather, no moonroof, hard to get side air bags and good stereo....no sale for me.
I am not as thrilled with the Honda styling but I bought it for the features. What is up with Honda designers? I always feel like they are just a little off. When my Honda gets here I hope it treats me as well as my Toyotas did. I had ZERO problems with all.
Hope to have mine by the middle of May. I drive a Ford Sport-Trac. No problems with the vehicle. But I want a more smooth ride. Got spoiled on with my wife's Jeep Grand Cherokee. Just to nice compared to the Trac.
So now its my turn to get the ride I deserve and still meet the needs of my business.
I have owned 3 Honda cars. All were great. All had great resale. I have no problem with buying a Honda, and the looks just make me want it more. I like to own things that are cutting edge.
To reply to maybearidge's comment on missing styling...I saw the 2006 civic today at work...I am the last person who would ever drive one but man it's goin to sell like crazy, its got great styling and more power. I like to drive what no one else has...everyone is going to want the new civic...and this is why I drive an s2000, in canada they are very rare.
Don't you think that any Acura is better looking than it's Honda cousin? Maybe that is on purpose, but Nissans seem to be as nice, but different looking as Infinity...don't you think?? It seems like the Honda designers stop after afew strokes on the clay block....thye are just too plain or something. It is hard to put your finger on it.
Traded in a Sebring Convertible for the Ridgeline (salesperson was trying to convience me I nedded the sunroof - I told her, "after the convertible, what is that little opening going to do for me!?" - nothing against sunroofs.)
Before the Sebring was a Mazda Miata. Before that was a 1988 Honda Prelude with 4 wheel steering - That's correct, both front and rear wheels steer!! That car was such a kick to drive, I couldn't trade it in. Still have it at the farm - I'm teaching my daughters to drive with it.