I saw another Ridgeline as it passed me last week. The rear end actually looked better than I had thought from earlier views. I think it was the color as much as anything, this one was a grey. Not sure you can do much for the front end on the Ridgeline.
If it meets your needs, go for it. Competition is good. Of all of the features mentioned on the Ridgeline that our Twins are lacking, the Homelink, blind spot monitoring and position memory driver seat are the only items I would like to see on my Canyon.
I am with @GraniteBlue05
on this. I remember when pickup trucks were there to do work, not compete with Cadillac or Lincoln for creature comforts. Of course, I remember a lot of buddies buying pickup trucks because they could be had for much less than anything but a Volkswagon bug or anything made by Datsun.
Have the Canyons gone up in price that much? In 2015 prices, a loaded Canyon would have been several thousand dollars under the price of the loaded Ridgeline, and my experience with Honda is you have to search to find a dealership that will actually negotiate with you. Granted, to compare some of the upscale options on the Ridgeline, I really think you have to go to the Denali, and thus you are probably sitting with more comparable price points.
My fear is that by 2020 when I go to replace my Canyon, some of you guys are going to have forced GM into so many luxury options on the Twins that there will not be an affordable trim level with a mid range of options. Will have to choose between stripped and Denali styling.