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Old 06-12-2015, 04:30 PM   #21
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I know from owning a Casita 17 prior to this experience, that narrower fiberglass trailers present a lot less wind resistance, but I am still a little hesitant of towing with a V-6.

Depends on the V6. My F150 with a 2.7L Ecoboost V6 will tow anything Escape makes with ease, and get about 15-17 mpg doing it. Maybe more with the 5.0TA, since there's considerably less frontal area.
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Old 06-12-2015, 06:35 PM   #22
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If this is it, it reminds me alot of the new Colorado. Anything to get rid of those sloping bed rails sounds good to me.
Wow! Looks great, me thinks I'm going to postpone my new Tacoma and see what happens with the Ridgeline. I admit having a little hesitation to tow with a FWD transaxle.

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:41 PM   #23
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Wow! Looks great, me thinks I'm going to postpone my new Tacoma and see what happens with the Ridgeline. I admit having a little hesitation to tow with a FWD transaxle.



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Gregg, Brian pointed out some time ago that this was just an artist concept and not from Honda. Might look completely different.
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I have seen the 2015 Ridgeline and it's a very nice truck. Has a large deep lockable storage area that is down low. Don't think it can take a WDH though.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:18 PM   #25
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There are some spy photos of the new Ridgeline that got posted this week. It looks more like a truck than the artist's drawing (fortunately). Looks like it can still tow.

Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline Prototype Spied Roaming
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Hard to judge size from theses shots but using the driver for scale, it sort if looks bigger than a Tacoma. The full size truck market is getting pretty crowded. If it's on the larger size, they're going to lose me. Worth the wait, I have a couple years on the Tacoma to go.
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Hard to judge size from theses shots but using the driver for scale, it sort if looks bigger than a Tacoma. The full size truck market is getting pretty crowded. If it's on the larger size, they're going to lose me. Worth the wait, I have a couple years on the Tacoma to go.
Much better than the previous design. No sloping bed.
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I'll be curious to see what engine the new Ridgeline will have and how it performs towing.
It seems likely that the Ridgeline will have the Pilot's engine and transmission, but we won't know until Honda releases more information. Honda's new Ridgeline page is still just a teaser with no real information.

The single most interesting specification for me will be the towing rating, particularly if it is (as I expect it will be) compliant with the SAE J2807 testing standard.

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I have seen the 2015 Ridgeline and it's a very nice truck. Has a large deep lockable storage area that is down low. Don't think it can take a WDH though.
I don't think there was a 2015 Ridgeline (neither Honda Canada nor Honda US shows the Odyssey as a current model) although some may still be around at dealerships.

The in-bed-floor compartment is one of the most interesting features of the original Ridgeline. It may or may not survive to the new model. We'll probably have to wait for real specs and maybe even actual trucks in dealerships to see what Honda says about use of WDH with this version.

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There are some spy photos of the new Ridgeline that got posted this week. It looks more like a truck than the artist's drawing (fortunately). Looks like it can still tow.

Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline Prototype Spied Roaming
For "spy" photos of an actual Ridgeline prototype (or pre-production unit, or some other form of test mule, but likely with production-style bodywork) see that link or these other recent articles:
Spied: 2016 Honda Ridgeline
2016 Honda Ridgeline Spied Testing with a Trailer

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Hard to judge size from theses shots but using the driver for scale, it sort if looks bigger than a Tacoma. The full size truck market is getting pretty crowded. If it's on the larger size, they're going to lose me. Worth the wait, I have a couple years on the Tacoma to go.
The PickupTrucks.com link above shows the (disguised) new Ridgeline with a new Colorado/Canyon; there's not much difference in size, and that means about Tacoma-sized... but likely wider than a Tacoma.
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Interesting commentary on the Ridgeline. There are two here in Travellers Resort (Winnipeg) both pulling 17ft trailers..one a slab style and us with our Escape. Talking to the Alberta owners they confirm total satisfaction with theirs. Our own experience on this trip (currently 11 weeks) and our last (5 weeks), has taken us to all elevations, all terrains and all road types. Easily handles it all, with comfort to boot! So if one is looking for a used truck it might be an option. That deep storage in the box is only useful when the truck box is empty otherwise it's a pain in the back to lift the lid! Haven't opened ours since March due to all the boxes on top ( 4 seasons of clothing, boots, lawn chairs, etc etc. ) Fuel is 400 km/50 litres (you guys do the math), but in N. Dakota I could have saved a $1. a gallon if I had bought E85 (which I didn't as I've heard so many scare stories of E85)...I always buy 89 or 91 (octane) when towing but regular 87 when no tow. Definitely not a F150 or Ram....and I wouldn't trade! Wife loves to drive the Ridgeline as well...bonus. I definitely will be looking out for the reintroduced Ridgeline. P.S., we used to tow a Boler with a Ford Escape and it was excellent. We were very disappointed with the "reintroduced" Ford Escape and the dropping of the V6 for only a 4 cylinder.
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Wondering what the new Ridgeline will look like? Here's a photo of Honda's race version


... but then, the photo without the body shows that it's really a pure off-road race car from LaFortune... with a Honda IndyCar race engine and no relationship to any Honda.

The Race Vehicle Honda Off-Road
Oh well, maybe the bodywork hints at what the real Ridgeline will look like.
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