Car and Driver Do-It-All Compact Pickups comparo (Oh snap!)

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  1. mucky

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    Honda Ridgeline RTS
    Highs: Innovative trunk and useful tailgate, roomy rear seat, carlike handling.
    Lows: A face no trucker could love.
    The Verdict: The new guy shakes up the playground—and wins.


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    Nissan Frontier LE
    Highs: Plush interior, best steering of the bunch.
    Lows: Short on bed size and back-seat room, standard roof rack whistles in the wind.
    The Verdict: A little polish and poise go a long way.


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    Toyota Tacoma SR5
    Highs: Huge bed, sedan-like rear seat, gutsy grunt from the V-6.
    Lows: Floppy handling and sloppy steering, sit-on-the-floor front seating position.
    The Verdict: Lots of truck utility here that could do with a better chassis.


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    Dodge Dakota SLT
    Highs: Sprightly handling (for a truck), adequate back-seat space, V-8 music makes it sound like a real truck.
    Lows: 4787-pound curb weight, no four-wheel anti-lock brakes despite the $32,000 price.
    The Verdict: It's A decent truck that doesn't deliver on the promise of the segment's only V-8 engine.


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    Chevrolet Colorado LS
    Highs: Meaty tires that work well off-road, narrow body helps maneuverability.
    Lows: Rental-car interior décor, thrashy engine, upright rear backrest.
    The Verdict: It's a good thing it's cheap.

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    [b][u]Results vehicle:	Colorado Dakota Ridgeline Frontier Tacoma [/u][/b]
    Price As Tested:	$28,725 $31,820	$30,590  $31,630  $30,100
    driver comfort (10) 	7 	 8 	[color=red]9[/color] 	  8 	   8
    ergonomics (10) 	8 	 8 	[color=red]9[/color] 	  8  	   8
    rear-seat comfort (5) 	2 	 3 	[color=red]5[/color] 	  2  	   4
    rear-seat space* (5) 	3 	 4 	[color=red]5[/color] 	  3  	   3
    bed space* (5) 		3 	 4 	[color=red]5[/color] 	  3  	   [color=red]5[/color]
    features/amenities(10) 	7 	 7 	[color=red]10 	  10 [/color] 	   8
    fit and finish (10) 	7 	 8 	[color=red]10[/color] 	  9  	   9
    interior styling (10) 	5 	 [color=red]8  	8 	  8 [/color] 	   7
    exterior styling (10) 	6 	 7 	6 	  [color=red]8  [/color]	   7
    rebates & discounts(5) 	[color=red]2 	 2[/color] 	0 	  0  	   0
    as-tested price* (20) 	[color=red]20[/color] 	 17 	19 	  18  	   19
    total (100) 		70 	 76 	[color=red]86[/color] 	  77  	   78
    [b]powertrain:[/b]
    engine flexibiliity(5) 	3 	 4 	4 	  4  	   [color=red]5[/color]
    fuel economy* (5) 	[color=red]5[/color] 	 4 	4 	  4  	   4
    engine NVH (10) 	6 	 [color=red]9 	9[/color] 	  8  	   [color=red]9[/color]
    transmission (10) 	7 	 [color=red]9 	9[/color]	  8  	   [color=red]9[/color]
    total (50) 		37 	 42 	44 	  43  	   [color=red]47[/color]	.
    [b]chassis:[/b]
    performance* (20) 	18 	 18 	[color=red]20[/color] 	  19  	   19
    steering feel (5) 	4 	 4 	[color=red]5 	  5[/color]  	   4
    brake feel (5) 		[color=red]5 [/color]	 4 	[color=red]5 	  5[/color]  	   4
    handling (10) 		7 	 7 	[color=red]10[/color] 	  8  	   7
    ride (10) 		7 	 8 	[color=red]9[/color] 	  8  	   7
    total (50) 		41 	 41 	[color=red]49[/color] 	  45  	   41
    GottaHaveIt factor(25) 	9 	 14 	14 	  [color=red]15[/color]  	   14
    [u]fun to drive (25) 	11 	 15 	[color=red]18[/color] 	  17  	   12[/u]	.
    [b]grand total (250) 	168 	 188 	[color=red]211[/color] 	  197  	   192
    finishing order 	5 	 4 	[color=red]1[/color] 	  2  	   3[/b]
    
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    http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=15&article_id=9470&page_number=1


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    I can't say I agree though.





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  2. mucky

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    :ugh: No.
     
  3. Dodge guy

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    yes it was
     
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    So the Ridgeline is actually priced right in the middle. Nice.
    Sad that the "imports" rate higher than the US makers that have been at it for a LONG time.
     
  5. mucky

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    Not it wasn't. Honda has always made the Ridgeline in reference to other compact and midsize trucks.
     
  6. autox

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    the ridgeline just doesnt look good to me. I saw one on the road from the rear and the slanted truck bed on the sides makes it look very weird. Seems kinda big to be a compact pickup as well
     
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    love they left out the awful sport track
     
  8. 93ex

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    I'll take a tacoma or frontier over any of the rest
     
  9. mucky

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    That's a good thing for Ford. It would've ranked deadlast anyways.
     
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    Does anyone actually spend 30k on a truck like this? Seems like with that you could buy a crew cab full size.
     
  11. mucky

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    Full size crew cab usually starts at around $30k for RWD and no options at all.
     
  12. thewise1

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    how the hell is the dodge dakota $32k when you can get a dodge ram quad cab 4x4 w/cummins and 6 speed HD tranny for $34k? :ugh2:
     
  13. 93ex

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    :werd: I was pricing a colorado... after the 4x4, and extended cab.. the only otions I wanted. It was damn near 32 or 33. Meanwhile an ext cab silverado was 31. with 4x4 it was 35 or so. :ugh:
     
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    go to dodge's website and price it out yourself.
     
  15. mucky

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    Extended cab != Crew cab
     
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    The Ridgeline could off-road on Mt. Everest and tow buildings.. OT will still hate it :rolleyes:
     
  17. im really surprised that nissan builds good trucks. :cool:
     
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    no shit
     
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    They really fucked over the Tacoma. It was the only long bed in the comparison, and they didn't even bother to get a TRD package, they tested the plain SR5 package.. :ugh:
     
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    The Tacoma was also the fastest of the group, yet the ridgeline won in performance? wtf?
     
  22. thewise1

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    price which out?
     
  23. 93ex

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    ORLY? :rolleyes:

    I was just stating the epxerience at the dealer..and that the "small" trucks cost almost as much or more than the big trucks
     
  24. mucky

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    And fully equipped compact cars cost just as much as a base model midsize car with little options. Master of the obvious?
     
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    The Ridgelien is a gay piece of car based shit.


    No wonder a bunch of old people liked it.
     

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