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Toyota Tacoma, Honda Ridgeline, Car Comparisons, Truck
#489 of 548 Re: Interesting [ustazzaf]
Dec 06, 2005 (1:00 pm)
Strange I haven't ever seen a barebones Ridgeline over $28250 here. They are now discounted to 24k. Toyota always gouges whenever possible. Ever heard of the Toyota Prius?
The price of the Ridgeline started too high, but the Ridgeline RTS at 25.5 - 26.5k is a bargain when compared to a Tacoma Crew Cab SR5 4 wheel drive comparably equipped at $27-28k.
Toyota is taking people to the cleaners every day with an Extra Cab 2wd 4cylinder SR5 manual transmission priced at $20k. Others price their comparable trucks at $17k (see Nissan) or you can get full size US models with Auto and V8 for just over $20k.
#490 of 548 Price comparison
Dec 06, 2005 (2:46 pm)
Someone broke down the number of Tacomas being sold with the CC/short bed and 4X4 configuration a while back. The figures more or less matched what Honda is selling for the Ridgeline. So, comparably equipped, the Ridgeline is doing fine. The people who want all that stuff are willing to pay for it.
The fact that Toyota sells several other variants is how they gain all those extra sales. And that's why the Ridgeline will probably never be a volume seller.
#491 of 548 Model Breakdown
Dec 06, 2005 (6:46 pm)
Locally, it is hard to find a non-4x4 style (4x4 or Pre-runner) Tacoma at the dealer.
#492 of 548 Re: Price comparison [varmint]
Dec 06, 2005 (6:49 pm)
I would say that someone was smoking something when they did your survey, but maybe things are different in other parts of the country. I have seen 5 times as many black 4X4 TRD Off road double cab (is that what you mean by CC) shortbeds with hitches installed driving in this area then all of the Ridgeline models combined. It may very well be that they are not marketed as well here for some reason. I saw the second Ridgeline since the first of August on the road yesterday. It also is probably a reflection of the high prices in this area. As much as I think that the Ridgeline is an ugly duckling, if they lower the price to the mid to upper 20's where the Tacomas are, they will find them rolling off the showroom floor in unbelievable numbers. Honda has built a reputation with the Accord and Civic, just like Toyota has with the Tercel, Camry and basic truck, that will attract buyers just for the name. I am guilty as any. When I looked for a new truck I shopped all over, but only at Toyota dealers (the pickins were thin to put it bluntly. If you missed the truck delivering them, they were taken. I loved my 96 Tacoma (my first Toy) and my 02 Tundra was so far superior to the previous 20+ vehicles I have owned, that I did not even consider anything but Toyota. I have met Honda owners that feel the same, and quite rightfully so. Had I known the Ridgeline even existed (poor marketing) and had the price been more comparable, I may have crossed over to the dark side myself. Maybe!
#493 of 548 Re: Model Breakdown [dockeen]
Dec 06, 2005 (9:01 pm)
Trucks and SUVs are like that. Here in north Alabama, I would say 90% of pickups and SUVs are 2WD. Just one state north in the mountains of east Tennessee, it is probably just the opposite about 90% 4WD.
If the Ridgeline had a 2WD (rear), the truck would sell much better here. The Pilot is a perfect example. Just about all the Pilots on my dealer's lot are now 2WD.
#494 of 548 Re: Interesting [bamacar]
Dec 07, 2005 (6:35 am)
"Toyota always gouges whenever possible. Ever heard of the Toyota Prius? "
ALL car dealers do that with hot cars, Toyota dealers don't exactly own the procedure. Any car dealership will attempt to sell every car at whatever price the market will bear. Markups can even be regional. What flys off lots in NorCal or Boston won't move in Dallas.
Remember the original Accord with the 12-18 month backlog? How about the Mazda Miata? Plymouth Prowler? Then there were the first "new" Mini Coopers... Subaru WRX... Naw... none of those were ever marked up when first released...
On the flip side there were the Lincoln Blackwood, Pontiac Aztek, and Subaru Baja...
#495 of 548 Re: Model Breakdown [bamacar]
Dec 07, 2005 (5:10 pm)
Where in north Alabama are you from?
(I lived for years in Hunstville)
#496 of 548 Re: Model Breakdown [dockeen]
Dec 07, 2005 (8:29 pm)
Huntsville it is. I have started to see many more Ridgelines on the road here. The local dealer has about 5 or 6 on the lot now. A two wheel drive version would sell even better here with a lighter curb weight, better fuel economy, and a lower price.
#497 of 548 Small world
Dec 07, 2005 (8:40 pm)
Interesting the number of times one bumps into someone who lives where you used to live...
You know, the first new 4x4 I ever bought for myself, I bought only a few weeks before the big blizzard in early 1993.
It stayed parked for two days. I learned to drive in upstate New York, but most folks there didn't.
#498 of 548 High above the ground?
Dec 08, 2005 (2:07 am)
My wife and I are close to buying a Tacoma, however, my wife thinks that being too high above ground the truck is liable to turn over easily. We are both senior citizen and she is little concerned, and I'm fine with it. My question: Is this the new fashion/style for all pickup trucks or is't just Toyota. We live in a tiny town and Toyota is just about the only thing around, also, is there any issue of worrying that the truck could easily turn over. Your detailed answer is very much appreciated.