Things to Consider When Shopping for A New Honda Truck
Here in Calgary, everywhere you look you see trucks. Trucks are part of our makeup. It’s part of who we are. Trucks are necessities in a climate and terrain that can often be tough on vehicles. For many, their job also dictates the need to have a vehicle more qualified to manage heavy loads, but also the environments and off-road terrain.
The process of buying any new vehicle is very exciting. At the same time, there are things that you need to consider before making that big decision. Shopping for a truck doesn’t only involve you choosing the model and paint color, but also determining the vehicle spec., price, and more.
You want to make right decision so here is a short guide on some key considerations around specifications, quality, ranking in the market, and where to purchase.
Specifications: Drivetrain, Engine, and More
Just like any important purchase, we always take more care when making a choice. If you’re thinking of shopping for a new truck, make sure you read and understand the vehicle’s specifications. Find out what year the car is manufactured, what colors are available for a particular model, what features are installed or added, and more.
Among the requirements that you must check before buying a pickup truck are the drivetrain, engine, payload capacity, towing capacity, transmission, and more. When it comes to drivetrain, pickup trucks in the market have different drivetrains. There are front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, and all-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive systems that you can choose from.
Most of the pickup trucks manufactured today have a payload capacity of up to 1,000 pounds. One example is the Honda Ridgeline, which has a payload capacity of 1,580 pounds and towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Another requirement that you need to look at is the pickup’s engine displacement, where your fuel is consumed to make your truck move. The truck’s capacity to carry and ability to draw or pull along behind thousands of pounds of heavy materials are also important to note. Most of the trucks are automatic, but there are some pickups with manual or continuous variable transmission (CVT) transmissions.
The Honda Ridgeline, for example, has 3.5L 6 cylinder of engine displacement, unibody frame, automatic transmission, and is offered in a crew-cab or short-box configuration with an all-wheel-drive power train. To know more about our Honda Ridgeline, please click here.
Other people’s suggestions can sometimes affect our decision in buying trucks. Although there are a lot of factors that we look like the purpose of the truck, one of the best proofs to look for is ranking.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline recently claimed the top spot in Compact Pickup Trucks ranking and research, according to the U.S. News Car Rankings. The Ridgeline garnered an 8.6 score out of 10 in the said report. The report said Honda Ridgeline garnered an overall score of 8.8 in critics’ rating, 8.8 score in performance, 8.7 score in interior, 9.7 score in safety.
The report added that Honda is more reliable than any other compact pickup trucks, is incredibly smooth, has one of the nicest cabins in the class, has extremely versatile bed, and has a long list of active safety features.
Following Honda Ridgeline is the 2020 Jeep Gladiator with 8.5 score and 2019 Toyota Tacoma with 8.4 score. The latest models of Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and GMC Canyon got an 8.3 score each. The ranking is based on published reviews from reputable automotive critics and safety and reliability information coming from third-party sources.
Honda Ridgeline is also the only pickup to earn a 2019 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick rating. The IIHS said Honda Ridgeline has good driver-side, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats, and headlights. Ridgeline’s passenger-side is rated as “Acceptable,” while the pickup’s front crash prevention got a “Superior” remark.
Buying New From a Truck Dealer
There are many truck dealers here in Calgary, including us here at T&T Honda Calgary. We’re always happy to give you the full information about all of our new trucks. You can also visit our showroom here at the 888 Meridian Rd NE, Calgary. T2A 2N8.
At the time of writing, we have 12 new Honda Ridgelines at our showroom. Our Ridgelines’ Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts from $40,000 to $50,000. We have a variety of colors (white, black, grey, red, blue) that you can choose from.
At T&T Honda, we also cater to out-of-town buyers. If you want to buy our Honda Ridgeline, we are proud to introduce you to our Out of Town Buyers Program that caters to out-of-town buyers like you who live outside of Calgary.
The process is easy. Once your new truck is ready to be shipped, we will give you personalized documentation that includes photos and videos, mechanical report, claims history, and full disclosure at every point of the process.
In terms of taxes for out-of-town buyers, we will only charge you with 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax) at the time of your purchase. If you prefer picking up the truck in person, we also can bring you to Calgary so you can get your truck and drive it back home.
Before you buy your new truck, we suggest that you visit our Honda showroom in Calgary so you can do a test drive or ask more questions from our highly qualified team. We know that there are other important matters that you consider before investing your money. What we can assure you is that our Ridgeline and all other Honda vehicles are made using quality products to provide our customers peace of mind during and after the buying process.