I bought my RTS new exactly 8 years ago. Have 72K miles now. I've had virtually no problems. OEM Michelin tires lasted 59K miles. Rear brake pads lasted 62K miles, front pads are still original. I had A/T, power steering and cooling system serviced at 62K. Other than that and replacing the battery at 45K, I've done nothing but change the oil and the filters, which I do myself.
The truck had only one factory recall: for a heater wiring harness. Troublefree Hondas are great. I hope they bring back this model so I can reup after 12 years.
comfort, practicality, utility and Honda reliability
I have owned Toyota 4x4s, GM 4x4s, new and old. I like 4 wheeling, but don't NEED to do it, so I hardly ever went 4 wheeling anymore. I wanted to buy an 07 Tundra 4x4, but couldnt afford it. I drive mostly highway miles, and take trips snowboarding and camping and use it for work hauling water around a flat city, so this truck has everything I need to make that happen. I'm verry happy with it, MPG is ok (averaging 18 MPG city/highway mixed). It's a great truck, it's weird as heck, but a good truck.
Trunk, HUGE cabin, tons of space and compartments.
All around, a great vehicle. I had never owned a truck prior to buying my used Ridgeline, as my prior vehicles have been of the high or ultra high performance coupe or sedan variety, and I have racing experience. Performance for the average driver should be more than adequate (top speed is limited to 120), it rides very smooth for a truck, and the fuel economy is fine given it has a drag coefficient of The Vatican combined with substantial mass. I wish these had been available back when my 10 year old was born!
In-Bed Trunk, versatility, great safety rating, decent gas mileage for what it is, hidden/"Easter Egg" features, airbags galore, tons of storage cubbyholes, kids love the back sliding window & the view, awesome A/C system.
My other vehicle has auto headlights and I guess I'm too used to them; this would be a handy feature. Also, although not a huge deal, I wish the truck sat about 2" higher stock for a wee bit more ground clearance, but Truxxx makes a lift kit for it.
I love this truck. The trunk in the bed is great especially on hunting trips. The family loves it. It is our primary vehicle. It is not great for towing. It will get the towing job done but the gas mileage drops to 10 mpg.
Well let me tell you that Honda did a fabulous job at making a nice truck. My parents bought me it lightly used for my sixteenth birthday. Easily better than any of my friends' cars. Has never done me wrong and it's the most innovative truck I have ever seen. My favorite thing about it is its looks. It looks better than any truck and is only rivaled by the Avalanche in my opinion in the looks category. I love how its not one of those super duty trucks that is all about work. It actually looks civilized, not like it has to haul very large things all the time. The engine disappoints me but I'll just put an air intake and exhaust system to get more HP. It's just a little slow. Great truck!
Looks, Crew cab, in bed trunk, bed, Tonneau cover, power seats, console storage (it's big), breaks.
V8 would be nice, lower end torque, larger wheels, chrome wheels, paint gets superficial scratches too easy.