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).
Easy to drive and manuever in traffic, enjoy the trunk space underneath. Very poor on gas mileage, Engine has a hesitation problem when taking off fast. Radio fades out but otherwise OK for this 07 Ridgeline.
Space and comfort.
Repair hesitation especially when entering fast traffic.
I live in Montana. Over 20 years, I have owned Audi A8, Audi A6, BMW 328xi,Yukon XL, Toyota Landcruiser. The Ridgeline is the best snow vehicle of the bunch. The combination of long wheelbase, traction control, front weighting and front-biased all wheel drive makes it very stable and very difficult to lose control of the vehicle. I run with Toyo Open Country A/T's summer and winter.
Snow handling, safety, handling, good fuel mileage for a truck
Fix the problem with bed scratches happening with a fingernail Telescoping steering wheel needed. seat cushions too short. Visibility is terrible!
The Ridgeline is quieter than my 06 Accord (very happy with both). I haul two dirt bikes, get around hunting lease, and take the family camping. Added the roof rack, side step to help with the looks (which I'm still getting used to). Overall the truck has exceeded my expectations. Pros: very comfortable in the city and on the highway, great AWD mgmt system, good (not great) stereo, back seats fold up, tail gate lays down and swings open, great storage space between the front seats. Cons: Mileage, front end needs to be redesigned, bed is a little too short. Best buy for the price. Shop well. Sticker was $31K, I paid $26k including roof rack, side step and bed extender.
In bed trunk, dual open tailgate, comfortable ride, rear seats lift yielding more room, Honda quality. Kids love it.
Diesel engine option, extend the bed at least six inches, better mileage (but via not a hybrid).