The best competition to the Honda Ridgeline is the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra is great, but I selected the Ridgeline because it has a shorter length and thus easier to park, has the all important better safety ratings (5 star vs. 4 star) for driver and roll overs (4 star vs. 3 star), has better mpg, has a locking waterproof trunk, gives a more comfortable ride, and is a welcome departure to the boring look of the age old pickup truck. While the Tundra offers shorter braking distance, 500 lbs. increased weight, a super quasi Lexus designed V-8 engine, is reportedly stronger off road, and tows about 1,600 more lbs., on balance the Ridgeline is the best choice - it is "as good as it gets!
Comfortable ride, super nav system, locked waterproof trunk, folding rear seats, aesthetic appearance, best mpg of comparable trucks, combo of 5 passengers and shorter length eases parking, great range of option choices to gussy it up, it is truly fun to drive, it is simply the best choice out there
Include more options from the factory to cut down their cost. I honestly don't see any problems. Many complain about mpg, but realistically it is best of any comparable truck. Big, heavy vehicles get lower mpg -- simple reality. A front brush guard is available but nothing for rear of truck.