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Riding and handling like a good sedan, the Ridgeline rewrites the book on pickups. It's a truck that isn't a hardship to drive. Further, it has many unique innovations, including a tailgate that opens vertically or horizontally and a lockable trunk. The roomy cab is nicely detailed and easy to access, with comfortable seats. While not designed for serious off-roading, Ridgeline also scaled our demanding rock hill.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard. Blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking available from 2017.
Road Test

Riding and handling like a good sedan, the Ridgeline rewrites the book on pickups. It's a truck that isn't a hardship to drive. Further, it has many unique innovations, including a tailgate that opens vertically or horizontally and a lockable trunk. The roomy cab is nicely detailed and easy to access, with comfortable seats. While not designed for serious off-roading, Ridgeline also scaled our demanding rock hill.

Towing capacity is a relatively modest 5,000 pounds and the bed is relatively short. At 15 mpg overall, fuel economy only matches that of some full-sized trucks. And even though Honda built this first-generation Ridgeline from 2006-2014, updates during that time were few and far between, so don't expect modern electronic features in the latest Ridgelines.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Premature failure of left front brake caliper. Required replacement of caliper AND a rotor which was itself nearly new”

Robert B., NJ (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Misdiagnosis by dealer. Brake pedal would have to be depressed almost to floor before braking occurred. Dealer solution, replace brake fluid & pads. Told them pick one, they choose pads. Did not fix problem, I told them to check master cylinder. The”

Richard W., MI (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“brake wearr”

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The pads rust (freeze) in the calipers causing the pads to wear prematurely. It's as if the clearance between the pad tangs and where they slide in the caliper is too tight. I've taken to filing down the tangs a few thoUSnds on the new pads and thi”

Gregory K., AB (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Brakes were badly worn at time of purchase”

Charles R., HI (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rear pads wore out quit quickly!”

J O., ON (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“Excessive wear caused rotors (and pads) to be replaced at 36,000 miles. Much too soon”

Mark L., OH (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“No ware squealers on the rear brakes. so they were damaged when pads wore out”

J O., ON (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“(6) trips back to dealer to fix rear brake issue. Dealer was very understanding and easy to work with, but this was a frustrating experience to correct”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

“The right rear parking brake cable seized, particularly when wet and frozen resulting in occasions when it would not release. The outer casing of the cable appeared to have been damaged due to an impact with something resulting in moisture entering the cable”

Reginald H., MB (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm went off randomly. It took two times at the dealer to find the problem. The car was at the dealer for over two weeks before they found the problem. It turned out to be a wiring harness for a back door. The dealer had to disable that door”

Andrew T., BC (2010 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“lights in accessory switch failed”

Russel C., MD (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Numerous interior dash lights have failed and I assume have had the bulbs burn out. The Honda dealer has placed an estimate on repairing these problems that is more than I wish to spend due to the fact that these lights only illuminate the switches”

Howard W., NH (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Front seat dome lights do not always come on”

Terry C., IA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“numerous dash light failures due to sge and useage”

Anonymous, NH (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

“It seems a little unusual that two TPS sensors have failed but that in fact is what has happened. They are not inexpensive to replace but, I believe, are necessary”

Howard W., NH (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“The top panal near the sliding back window became loose. It would "flapp" in the wind sporadically. Found by passenger in back. Brought to dealer who put in new housing - incorrectly installed, and then charged me $25 for a quarter size cover that th”

Walter W., CT (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Driver's side back quarter panel is loose fitting”

Chuck R., FL (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“there are light rust spots that i have to continually use polishing compound to remove”

Anonymous, IN (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“The tab that cover the hole where a manual door lock pull tab would be located on the inner top panel of the door came loose. I was charged by the dealer AUTOSPORT HONDA, Bridgewater, NJ $90 to fix the little tab, afterwards if came loose again and so it has stayed”

Jose M., NJ (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint is peeling on one of the rear doors”

Ed S., CA (2010 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

“minor leak”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

“seal”

Anonymous, TX (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

“noisy rear wheel bearings were misdiagnosed as U joint failure in drive shaft”

Richard C., AB (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

“Compressor clutch switch failed (in engine compartment). The dealer had a whole pile of them in the parts department, right on the desk. Apparently this part fails a LOT!!”

Thomas S., MO (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“A/C Fuse”

Anonymous, MD (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

“Rattle in driver's side window when cracked”

Chris K., OH (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“rattles in dash almost all the time whern moving”

Anonymous, NC (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Air or water leaks

“There was a minor water leak from the roof rail. I took it to a local repair shop who was familiar with the area of the leak and it was repaired successfully”

Ralph I., MA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise coming into the cab dorm the upper right section of the cab. Dealers unable to detect - and unwilling to find source of leak”

Anonymous, MO (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Shocks or struts

“Front strut leaked oil, broken”

John B., CA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Significant rattle in left front. Supposedly a loose stabilizer joint”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“Anti-sway bars, not tie rods, very loose, had to be replaces at 35K miles”

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Initially identified by the dealer as the problem behind the stabilizer bar noise. Changed inner tie rods ends for no apparent reason”

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

“Blower fan sticks on occasion. a tap the housing or a bump in the road will get it going again”

John W., WV (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

“By far and away, the heater vent on driver's side is woefully under - engineered. It simply is not big enough such that in winter months I can ride around with cold feet. This truck is easy to drive and I enjoy it, but when new version comes out I ma”

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Replaced refrigerant radiator, which had a seam leak”

Anonymous, NS (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

“The L.E.D. to one of the switches to to the seats does not work and dealer would not cover under warranty. Same with one of the roof reading lamps, which requires the removal of a panel to replace the bulb”

Jose M., NJ (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Cyl #2 was not functioning properly providing Engine alerts. This was 2d time. Fixed by garage. No issues since”

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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