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Groover

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2019 mid-sized test

There is a lot to like about each one but also a lot to not like. None of them make me want to trade in my 2008 Ranger for running errands around town. A big chunk of that is the price of these trucks.

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Posted: 09/23/19 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Jeep Gladiator Overland is $55k? I paid less then that out the door for my 2014 Ram 2500 CTD. I would hate to see how much the Rubicon version costs. Probably another $5k on top of that.

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And the only one that doesn't have a full frame either? Correct? it is still all unibody isn't it? So in my mind a SUV with a bed kinda like the old el caminos....but wait didn't they have a full frame?


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ShinerBock wrote:

The Jeep Gladiator Overland is $55k? I paid less then that out the door for my 2014 Ram 2500 CTD. I would hate to see how much the Rubicon version costs. Probably another $5k on top of that.


The ones at my local dealer are over $61k.

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librty02 wrote:

And the only one that doesn't have a full frame either? Correct? it is still all unibody isn't it? So in my mind a SUV with a bed kinda like the old el caminos....but wait didn't they have a full frame?


I had a '72 Newport unibody and a '70 Impala body on frame. The Newport was by far the sturdier vehicle and much preferred for trailer towing.

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ShinerBock wrote:

The Jeep Gladiator Overland is $55k? I paid less then that out the door for my 2014 Ram 2500 CTD. I would hate to see how much the Rubicon version costs. Probably another $5k on top of that.


I don't know if the prices in that article are sticker or real world. I do think the midsize truck price point kills them for a lot of people, though, because unless you specifically need something smaller for parking or urban use or want that niche of the off-road capability you get with the Gladiator, most people are going to gravitate towards fullsize trucks given the similar price points. The fact is for most of us the extra size with a fullsize is a net positive feature.


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Interesting read no doubt. Car and Driver named the Ridgeline the Mid Size truck of the year for 2017, 18 and 19. While technically the Ridgeline is the least amount of "Truck" of the four it is no slouch when it comes to performing truck functions.

I bought my 2019 Ridgeline about 6 weeks and 3,000 miles ago and have been nothing but delighted. This is probably due to the fact that I rarely "need" a truck but it sure is nice to have one available. I just returned from a 1,455 mile trip from Tucson to Angel Fire NM and back towing a 10' cargo trailer {14' overall} hauling my Polaris Rzr {Rzr and Trailer weighed in at 2,580#} and I got 16.1 mpg cruising at 65.

That trip involved a lot of serious mountains, often over 9 and even 10K' and at no time did the Honda lack power - up and over Bobcat Pass at 9,820' towing the Rzr with 4 adults it maintained the speed limit easily.

Since most of the time I don't need a truck the ride and handling of the Ridgeline which is a lot more like a Honda Accord is a great feature. I am getting 24+ around town and 26 - 28 on the interstates {not towing obviously}.

The fit and finish of Honda is excellent and I skipped all of the nanny nonsense of lane deviation and auto Cruise control/braking. The hidden 7.3 cubic foot trunk located under the rear of the bed is one of the most innovative features I have ever come across in any truck. To the "it's not real truck" crowd I have to point out that my Ridgeline RTL has 1,477# of payload, all wheel drive and 18" wheels with the largest most functional bed of any of the others in this comparison.

No I don't think the Honda is the truck for a lot of folks but if your vehicular needs are more car/SUV vs pure truck work take a look at the Ridgeline as there is a lot to like in this unique one of a kind vehicle. Nicely equipped my RTL went out the door for $39,081.

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Wow, you are getting amazing mileage out of yours considering the average real world combined average on Fuelly.com for 2017-2019 Ridgelines is 20.4 mpg. It is almost unbelievable. [emoticon]

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Yeah, no. Thanks. We’ll keep our Ford Ranger. It has been averaging over 24mpg, and have experienced none of what the author of that article talks about with problems.

Plus, it’s a real truck, and is the most comfortable vehicle we have ever owned, including a 911 turbo Porsche, and a 500 series Mercedes convertible


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ShinerBock wrote:

Wow, you are getting amazing mileage out of yours considering the average real world combined average on Fuelly.com for 2017-2019 Ridgelines is 20.4 mpg. It is almost unbelievable. [emoticon]


It's almost like anecdotal reports of extremely good fuel economy aren't accurate or something. Weird.

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