Not a reel truck? So what. It does what most owners need with more comfort, safety and refinement than any pick-up I've ever driven. 30 sheets of plywood laid flat? No problem. Bales of hay? NP. 1,500 lbs of concrete? NP. 40 sacks of fertilizer or horse feed? NP. Towing a 26 foot Catalina 250 (sailboat). NP. Commuting 3 kids to school, rowing etc. NP. Taking a family of five on vacation with all the toys they need. NP. REAL truck owners are just jealous of our trunk, independent suspension, squeak and rattle free interior and reliability.
Trunk, ride comfort, practicality, refinement, reliability, composite bed. I love giving REAL truck owners their first introduction to the Ridge. The skepticism leaves them about the same time I show them the plywood wide bed and pop the trunk.
A diesel hybrid would be ideal. A few inches in bed length. Reworking the c pillars and bed rails. If Honda stays in the truck game I will be curious to see what a Generation II Ridgeline looks like.