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You are in the Honda Ridgeline
What is this discussion about?
Honda Ridgeline, Truck, SUV
#2028 of 2746 Re: HMMMMMMMMM [kermit777]
Dec 27, 2005 (5:20 pm)
How many awards & honors has the Ridgeline won anyway? Hmmmm......let's take a look
-Motor Trend truck of the year 2006
-North American Truck of the year 2006 (pending, but expected )
-Detroit News truck of the year 2006
-Consumer Reports top rated truck
-JD Power & Associates 2005 APEAL award for the Honda Ridgeline
-Autobytel 2006 Editors' Choice Award: Truck of the year 2006
-Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) Best New Pickup 2006
-On Wheels Incorporated: Ridgeline 2006 Urban Wheel Award for the Urban Truck of the Year
-best rollover resistance rating of any pickup tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
-first-ever 4-door pickup to earn a 5-star safety rating for both front and side impact crash test performance from the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
-Car And Driver Rates Honda Ridgeline #1 Pickup.
- AutoWeek Editors' Choice Award as the 'Most Significant' new vehicle in the show
-Maxim Truck Of The Year 2006
That's all I have so far.
#2031 of 2746 Re: Truck of the Year, hahaha [uga91]
Dec 28, 2005 (10:25 am)
seems like your argument is mainly regarding the proper definition of a "truck". I don't think you will ever find resolution and agreement on that issue.
Can you recall when the Japanese introduced small pickups back in the '60s with the Datsun? They really didn't fit anyone's description of a "truck" either other than they had a bed in the back.
Is an El Camino a "truck"? How about the Ford Econoline Pickup from the 60's?
To get critical about someone defining something different from your belief isn't worth the effort.
#2032 of 2746 Former Of the Year winners
Dec 28, 2005 (10:29 am)
You'll find this award usually goes to whatever vehicle is the newest--or had the latest redesign. The new Civic wins COTY this year, the new Chrysler 300 won last year and the new Prius won the year before. In TOTY, the new Ridgeline won this year, the new Tacoma won last year and the redesigned F-150 won the year before that.
Over the years, though, this award has not been much to crow about, IMO. For TOTY, the first 10 years they handed the award out, only 2 trucks won the award. Toyota won the first award in 1989 and the F-150 won in 1997. The rest went to SUVs--except in 1990 when the Ford Aerostar won (what?!). Just think, the Honda Ridgeline has now won as many TOTY awards as the Ford Aerostar!
There have been some interesting COTY winners, as well. For 2002, it was the T-Bird (now dead). 1995 through 1997 saw some good choices: Chrysler Cirrus, Dodge Caravan and Chevrolet Malibu. How about the 1983 award going to the Renault Alliance? Or the 1981 award going to the K-Car? How about in 1980 when the Chevy Citation won--or the Plymouth Volare in 1976? In other words, Of the Year awards are just marketing tools--not anything special. If the award makes you feel better about your Ridgeline, then great. However, it should not entice anyone to rush out and buy one, either.
#2033 of 2746 Re: Former Of the Year winners [uga91]
Dec 28, 2005 (10:32 am)
However, it should not entice anyone to rush out and buy one, either.
Much to your disappointment—it will. Awards like this always increase sales for the winners. Those winners who do indeed have "substance," will survive. Those who don't, won't. The Ridgeline WILL survive.
#2034 of 2746 Re: Former Of the Year winners [rsholland]
Dec 28, 2005 (10:38 am)
I would not call it disappointment. I find it amusing when someone points to a superficial award as validation for the purchase of anything--car, dishwasher, anything. It's like "Yeah, no one is buying these for various reasons, but it won an award so I guess I was right after all."
#2035 of 2746 Re: Former Of the Year winners [uga91]
Dec 28, 2005 (11:11 am)
So in your mind all awards are meaningless? Or just the ones you disagree with in terms of the results?
I guess, in your opinion, the fact that the Ridgeline has won a ton of awards from other respected automotive experts (sse link) is also worthless?
gearhead1, "Honda Ridgeline SUT" #2028, 27 Dec 2005 5:20 pm
#2036 of 2746 Re: Former Of the Year winners [rsholland]
Dec 28, 2005 (11:19 am)
this is funny, awards are definitely worth cash in both the dealer's pocket, and the owners.
My Forester is worth more today because of CR's and others awards. Where is the discussion?
Ridgeline desireability, and resale value, is most definitely affected by awards.
#2037 of 2746 Re: Truck of the Year, hahaha [uga91]
Dec 28, 2005 (1:59 pm)
Naming the Honda Ridgeline as Truck of the Year is such a travesty that I feel
as though I must cancel my remaining subscription of Motor Trend magazine. The
Ridgeline is not a truck--it is a van-based gimmick. It has no power and no
towing capacity. I\'m not even going to mention how unattractive it is, either.
I hope Honda paid you guys a lot of money for this award as it robbed you of
your credibility. Handing out such honors simply due to it\'s well lit bed and
"trunk" is a joke. Please cancel my subscription. Thank you
This was the funniest thing I've read all week. You are most certainly anti-Honda. No one would care that much to cancel their subscription if they were'nt. You see, your first mistake is you don't have a clue about what your talking about. You certainly have no experience with this truck and don't know the slightest bit about its abilities. The Ridgeline was obviously the only choice. It's a complete new way to concieve a truck. It broke the rules and improved the way a truck can handle without sacrificeing truck ability. The award is called "truck of the year" not "towing capacity of the year". Get a clue.