I agree - I do prefer the styling of the original vs the new one, especially the sloping bed and lack of a seam between the bed and the cab. Very unique. I've spent some time in the new one, and I'll admit, it is overall better. I especially like the fact that they moved the shifter from the steering column to the center console. Just wish they kept the old exterior styling. Old or new, the Ridgeline is ideal if you need a light-duty truck. I'm trying to get my wife to trade in our Suburban for one, but she loves the 'burb - even though we don't need it (kids grown & gone).Great reviews and functionally an improvement, but the styling now sort of gives it away that its just a puny V6. The first generation at least looked the part of a big, beefy, offroad capable pickup truck. Now it looks more like a minivan with the back end cut open. Functionally, they got a lot of complaints that one styling element of the oridgelinal, the flying buttresses and sloping bedrails, made access to the bed very difficult from the side, and admittedly, it does. But it was unique and it looked cool. Now the bedrails are parallel to the ground which is more functional, but just like all those functional design features that make modern sedans all look alike, the new Ridgeline is a bit boring in appearance.