Honda Ridgeline Ready For Ford F-150 Upset

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It seems that the Honda Ridgeline is never out of surprises to offer. The latest generation model was greeted by a negative crowd when it debuted earlier this year and this is due to the pickup truck’s unorthodox offerings.

In case you are unaware, the Ridgeline adopted a front-wheel biased drivetrain, a plastic bed and a very car-like interior. It is the exact opposite of the common pickup truck offerings here in the US and this led to a very slow sales start for the Ridgeline.

But then again, sales gradually improved and it is mostly thanks to the marketing technique applied by Honda. The Japanese carmaker did a great job to convince the consumers that the Ridgeline is good enough to be a workhorse and the pickup truck is also both durable and reliable.

In case you have missed it, there was one time where Honda made it rain concrete blocks on the bed of the Ridgeline and the pickup truck only suffered light scratches. The exact same test was applied on the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 but they both returned poor results.

Now that 2016 is coming to a close, the Ridgeline is pushing for another upset in the pickup truck market after both Motor Trend and North American Pickup Truck of the Year included the vehicle in their nominees.

On papers, the Ridgeline will stand no chance in claiming the North American Pickup Truck of the Year award and this is because of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Over on Motor Trend’s truck award, the Ridgeline may just edge past the ordinary F-150 to claim the prize. Will it be an upset?