I always bought Silverados every couple of years. I didn't need a work truck, but liked to haul something once in a while, have 4 wheel drive and never liked SUVs. We have a MiniVan and this. With three kids, either vehicle works and I can carry several sheets of plywood, a motorcycle, furniture from IKEA, etc. etc. If I need to haul a boat or move 2000 LBs of bricks, I'll call a friend with his F-350.
I really like this vehilcle. It drives great, is comfortable and feels nice, stiff, stable. I couldn't be happier...except for the gas mileage. (15 MPG in town, 20 HWY is the best I have ever gotten)
The ridgeline is a great truck. It has plenty of room inside for 4 good size men. The lockable trunk in the bed is great extra storage and the ride is a lot better than other trucks it's size.
Expensive...but doesn't depreciate much.
2008 Honda RidgelineACLL - Wasilla, AK12/28/2011
My 2008 Lexus RX350 AWD with Nav depreciated more in price than my 2008 Honda Ridgeline RTL did in 4 years. The Ridgeline is pretty overpriced from the get-go, but it sure does retains it's value compared to virtually every truck on the market. I loved the Ridgeline, then I bought it. The gas consumption is very awful for a non full size truck. The leather is very hard and cracks very easily. I am very gentle on my vehicles and only weigh 140 lbs and lived in Northern California and my leather seat was already showing signs of severe wear at 50k miles. The blind spots are pretty bad. The plastic feels very cheap, but it is at least super easy to clean. The ride is okay, but the wind noise is pretty audible. The navigation is a joke and not worth the extra money. Honda uses the lamest navigation systems I have ever seen in a vehicle. The only reasons I have kept the Ridgeline is because it is the safest truck out there (after you install back up camera & sensors), it handles very well on snow (drove from Sacramento to Anchorage in January), the steering is very responsive, and the lockable trunk + foldable rear seats actually add a substantial amount of cargo space. The cheap interior, the obvious cost cutting throughout, and awful gas mileage will, however, always make you second guess your decision.
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