After driving minivans for the past ten years I decided to move up to a truck. Although not a truck guy in the traditional sense, I wanted the utility of a bed for those weekend beach runs and a comfortable rear seat for my three kids. I got both in the Ridgeline. Plus it's smooth, quiet and fun.
The in-bed trunk is just brilliant! I can fit two full sets of golf clubs and accessories in the trunk. During the winter, it easily accommodates my son's extra large hockey bag and skates. Power sliding rear window is a nice touch.
Cruise control switch is a pain getting to. Steering wheel is to close to the dash. Needs telescopic steering wheel. Honda accessories are ridiculously expensive (hitch, bed cover, etc).
Traded my Murano in for this truck. Very nice ride and very quiet. This is a wonderful truck on the long trips. Extremely versatile with all the extra cubbies, underbed trunk. Customs loves to want to look in the trunk.
in bed trunk, lighting in bed, two way tailgate. build quality.
Windshield has cracked twice in under 20,000 miles. I think this is a flaw with the Glass tempering. Would like to have more horsepower. Also sunroof control should be close to sunroof.
We just purchased a 2007 RTL with Nav. And we had to make a trip from Montana to California, the Navigation was great, won't buy another vehicle without it, Everything is great about this vehicle except for the front seats, they are way too hard for long trips, we just couldn't get comfortable(we had to buy cushions to put on the seats)Honda Company should consider putting Acura MDX seats in this truck and make the steering column telescopic. I had trouble getting close enough for the steering without my knees hitting the dashboard, and I'm only 5'5". If those two things were corrected this truck would be a definite 10 all the way!
Tailgate, trunk storage, stereo and navigation.
Better front seats and telescopic steering column and maybe a little more power.
Honda built a vehicle that meets 95% of a truck owner's needs. We've received quite a bit of snow this year in Chicago, and the truck has handled it amazingly. My family feels very safe and comfortable in this truck. As for rearward visibility, buy a couple of $2 1.5" convex mirrors for the exterior mirros - helps a lot. The vehicle is extremely versatile - can haul 1500 lbs of rock during the day and take 5 adults out for the evening. Tows pretty well for occassional use. Gas mileage is as expected given the stance/aerodynamics. Corners pretty well given its size/height. Great summertime vehicle too (all windows go down all the way, and with sunroof/rear window almost convertible like).
Quiet engine, harsh climate handling capabilities (heated exterior mirrors, seats, heated windshield area near the wippers) really keep you going safely in the snow/ice, seemless operating AWD, in-bed trunk (of course), interior color (beige), quiet & confident ride, safety features
Windshield wipers don't always follow their setting-they speed-up/slow-down sporadically, seat-belt minder is terribly annoying (should only kick-in above 10-15mph, not 3-4mph), external keyless entry (key pad to lock/unlock doors), a bit more torque for less downshifting (maybe the 3.7L V-6).