The Honda Ridgeline may be more refined than anything else this size with a pickup bed, but it's likely you'll find a better deal with a mid-size pickup.
The Nissan Frontier is a good alternative, as is its clone, the Suzuki Equator.
Both look rugged in look and can be configured with regular or extended cabs, and can be outfitted for full-time off-road duty.
The Toyota Tacoma is probably a better choice for frugal shoppers; resale values are good, and performance and fuel economy are decent with the standard four-cylinder engine.
This year the Tacoma gets a light reskin and a new infotainment system, too.
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