• M.B. Posted: 5/20/2011 12:08pm PDT

    The reason Consumer Reports never recommends Chrysler products is because they're in the pockets of Toyota and Honda and wouldn't praise a domestic vehicle if it was made out of solid gold and sold for 50 cents.

  • cyberpine Posted: 5/19/2011 12:48pm PDT

    Any chance for Hydraulic Hybrid Drivetrain (HHV) in these trucks?
    I'm waiting for a small truck with an easy folddown midgate, full rear glass roll down, under bed trunk and and an integrated headache rack in the cab roof. If it's got a HHV drivetrain it might be the best selling truck ever.

  • Kurt Posted: 5/19/2011 2:23pm PDT

    @cyberpine, it's too early to even speculate on that, but Chrysler is actively working on an HHD and the lifestyle truck is the type of vehicle they had in mind. Here's more on their efforts: http://www.greencarreports.com/blog/1054062_how-chryslers-hydraulic-hybrid-works-energy-from-pressure

  • rickmyers Posted: 5/19/2011 5:00pm PDT

    The difference between the Ridgeline and the Dodge is LOOKS! The Honda Ridgeline is awkward and unattractive. I don't care how good the vehicle is, if it doesn't look good sales will suffer. Hopefully, Fiat will furnish one their outstanding Diesels for this vehicle.

  • Tim Posted: 5/19/2011 9:05pm PDT

    I think it would be easy for Ram to steal most of the Ridgline sales. The Ridgline is awkward looking from all angles, and get the same mileage with a V6 as most full size trucks get with a V8. All Ram has to to is make it look nice and get better mileage.

  • Mark Behr Posted: 5/19/2011 10:49pm PDT

    I like the look of it. Hopefully Holden (via Chevrolet) will also release the Commodore Ute (the still-born Pontiac Sports Truck) as a modern day El Camino - to give American more choice in terms of high performance smaller packaged pick-ups (utes).

  • Kurt Posted: 5/20/2011 5:03am PDT

    @Mark, I second your request. I've always had a ting for El Caminos, especially the pre-'69 ones.

  • jim Posted: 5/20/2011 5:59am PDT

    As a 2009 Honda Ridgeline owner, this amuses me. First of all, Chrysler is not capable of building a quality product like my Ridgeline. Have you noticed there are zero Chrysler products recommended by consumers reports? I tow 5000 lbs regularly. So it is capable. As far as fuel mileage, everyone says the v-6 Honda does no better than v-8 trucks but they never mention the fact that the v-8 trucks are 2wd-my Ridgeline is 4wd and I get what the EPA numbers say it gets-much better than any 4wd v-8 truck out there. The new Ford ecoboostv-6 2wd is as close as it gets to my Ridgeline. IMO the Ridgeline has a good, tough, look. And it is very comfortable. But if you like to visit the dealer for repairs and warranty work, don't buy the ugly Honda

  • cyberpine Posted: 5/20/2011 1:03pm PDT

    Had the Ridgeline gone with a more american muscle truck looking body.. say am 80s C10 squarebody it would have sold 3 times as many trucks. Seriously what's with the upward slopping bed rails?
    If 2012 has the folding midgate ,fold flat rear seats and the back windows compleltely rolled down I'd take a closer look at.
    What's supprising is that for a Unibody FWD Honda it's MPG numbers are not that great .. I mean if your gonna turn your back on American truck makers.. at least do it for a good reason right?

  • Kurt Posted: 5/20/2011 2:10pm PDT

    As someone who very nearly bought a Ridgeline, in it's defense it's a versatile truck that drives like a big sedan. It's looks are polarizing, but you can't argue with it's functionality.
    Jim, the Chrysler of 2011 isn't the same as the Chrysler of 2009. Their products may have come up short in past years, but don't expect that to be the case moving forward. You can't fix all the problems overnight, but I do expect great things from them in the coming years.