The four-wheel-drive, 247hp, V6-powered Ridgeline pushes the pickup truck to a new level of user-friendly, with why-didn't-they-think-of-that-before features such as a lockable under-bed trunk and a tailgate that swings down or to the left. Its fully independent suspension-the first in a half-ton pickup-offers very un-pickuplike handling. It features a stiff, unitized body structure and five-foot bed made of a steel-reinforced composite. $27,700$31,490
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