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Old 03-01-2006, 06:26 AM   #21
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Honda versus Ford

What are Honda-drivers, 5'6" tall? On contortionists? I looked into buying a Honda Civic hybrid two years ago, and my knees were at my chin. I'm jealous that you guys can average 45 mpg over 275,000 miles.

Not fitting into small cars, plus the fact that I go off-road deep in the north Maine woods a few times a year, steered me towards a Ford pickup. I bought a diesel F350 to get decent mileage, and it's been a HUGE disappointment. I was hoping for mid-20's mileage and got just 15 to 20.

So, I was really excited to learn that Honda was making a pickup, the Ridgeline. And guess what, it's EPA mpg ratings are no better than a Ford V-6 F150! Why on earth would Honda make its first truck with a V-8 and such lousy mileage? Why can't Honda offer a 4 or 6 cylinder version? It'll never get to the top of the mileage charts, but I'd be ecstatic with 20 mpg City and 25 Highway.
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Old 03-01-2006, 07:39 AM   #22
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The Ridgeline has a 3.5

The Ridgeline has a 3.5 liter v6, which I'm assuming is the thing in the Acura MDX also. I happen to think Honda V6s suck, so meh.

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What are Honda-drivers, 5'6" tall? On contortionists? I looked into buying a Honda Civic hybrid two years ago, and my knees were at my chin. I'm jealous that you guys can average 45 mpg over 275,000 miles.
I'm 6'2" and I feel much more roomy in my car than in my friend's accord or new civic,
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Old 03-01-2006, 08:05 AM   #23
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Re: Honda versus Ford

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So, I was really excited to learn that Honda was making a pickup, the Ridgeline. And guess what, it's EPA mpg ratings are no better than a Ford V-6 F150! Why on earth would Honda make its first truck with a V-8 and such lousy mileage? Why can't Honda offer a 4 or 6 cylinder version? It'll never get to the top of the mileage charts, but I'd be ecstatic with 20 mpg City and 25 Highway.
Unfortunately I think that even Honda is driven by the market. Supply and demand. People still want these huge cars/trucks even know most people have no real use for it.

unless you think that guy I saw parked at the super market the other day with his H2 really needed all of that room for groceries.
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