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We have a 2006, bought in Dec 2005, built in Nov or so. It has had no problems, haven't had it back.
If you are looking into the cheaper models, get the factory hitch (with wiring bracket) installed for around $500. The last few years most current models sold for about $6000 off MSRP in the summer.
Supposedly Honda has prototypes of a new, completely redesigned RL running around, but no spy photos of them seem to exist. Honda has not officially announced a cancellation of the RL, and most of the die-hard RL lovers take that to mean the redesigned RL will eventually be produced, which is just wishing & hoping.
Honda announced that the Element would stay around in mid-2010 and then killed it six months later. Supposedly RL sales account for less than 1% of Honda vehicle sales, which is truly dismal.
We bought a new, leftover 2010 RL because we wanted to replace our old one, we saved a bunch, and we didn't want to wait forever for the redesign to be released. I think we did good.
You've obvioulsy not compared the ride AND handling of a Toyota with a Ridgeline.
Fuel economy is not that great, and Ford wins out with the eco-boost engines.
But there is more to any vehicle than the engine. How it holds up over time will tell the story.
The RL is not meant to compete with a 'typical' truck. But there are numbers showing 80% of truck owners never tow more than 5000 lbs.
It has a place, even if not in your garage (but it would likely fit), it makes a great utility vehicle where you don't want to shove fertilizer and lumber in the back of an SUV, but still want the riding comfort of one for 5 people.
And it is great in snow, even against 4 wheel die-hards.
A friend sent this to me because he got it as a Concept for the 2006 Dodge Rampage and said looks like Honda purchased the design from Chrysler for the 2014. The '13 will be unchanged and ready for a redesign in 2014 to meet the new 2016 US Standards. I like the idea of the sliding rear doors.
I did see the 2013 Ridgeline Sport's new color design (instead of just black, silver, or white) and Off-Road package. This is very close to the current color I have on "The Beast" and with us getting a 15' Pontoon, I have to stick with a larger vehicle that can tow.
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