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The Honda Ridgeline Has Better Longevity Than Most "Real" Trucks

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author photo by Eric Brandt May 2018

The Honda Ridgeline probably gets more undeserved hate than any other vehicle currently in production. It's the most-criticized truck, by far. There's still a bitter rivalry going on between Ford, Chevy and Ram as to which truck is the "best," but fans of all three American brands generally agree that the Honda Ridgeline isn't a "real" pickup truck.

Why? Because it's unibody and front- or all-wheel drive, while "real" trucks are body-on-frame and rear- or 4-wheel drive. The Ridgeline is basically a Honda Pilot with a bed -- and it takes a lot of criticism for it.

But for most people, that's a good thing. If you want something that drives like a Camry, but can also tow and haul, then the Honda Ridgeline is perfect. And now there's another reason to choose the Honda Ridgeline over a more traditional pickup that is sure to send truck purists scrambling for excuses. According to a new study from car research site iSeeCars, the Honda Ridgeline is the pickup truck that is the second-most likely to hit 200,000 miles, being beaten only by the Toyota Tacoma. That means the Ridgeline, according to statistics, is tougher than every full-size truck on the market in terms of pure longevity.

The list of the top eight longest-lasting trucks is an even split between American and Japanese trucks, with a notable absence of any Ram products. The Silverado 1500 and F-150, two of the most-American trucks with the most-zealous fanboys, are in the middle of the pack.

iSeeCars got its data by studying 13.5 million vehicles sold in 2017 and narrowed them down by category along with an overall top 10 list. The Tacoma was the only pickup to make it into the top 10 overall.

These stats raise questions about what makes a truck a "real" truck. To me, judging what is and is not a real truck based on which wheels are powered is ridiculous. In my eyes, if it has a truck bed, it's a real pickup truck. Heck, I'd even count oddities like the Subaru Baja and Chevy SSR. The pickup truck segment shouldn't belong exclusively to the big players that have been around for over a century.

Traditional pickup trucks are fantastic for doing what they're made to do. They're great for towing boats, pulling out stumps and hauling sod. But that isn't what most "real" pickup truck buyers use their trucks for, is it? No -- they buy pickup trucks because they like pickup trucks, and more power to them. But that doesn't make it cool for them to pick on a truck built by a company that makes scooters and lawnmowers that happens to outlast almost all of them.

The Honda Ridgeline is the pragmatic choice in pickup trucks, and I'm happy to see it so high on this list. If you're in the market for a comfortable crossover, but could use the convenience of a truck bed once in a while, then by all means: Buy a Ridgeline and drive it 200,000 miles.

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