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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 9 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 2011 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Roof panel came loose”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“broken fastener for decorative trim along roof”

Anonymous, IN (2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“door edge guards came loose. The service center reglued them and they came loose again. The service center ordered a new one, replaced it and its fine”

Anonymous, KS (2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“Blue Paint fading in one area on the right windshield post”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“paint has chipped off in a couple o small places on the driver's side of the car”

Anonymous, TX (2011 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Small area of paint on front bumper peeled off Also body came apart right front quarter - body shop snapped it back in place”

Anonymous, SD (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“the truck won't shine anymore. The clear coat is gone”

Carl B., NY (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

“While we do live in wintry, salted road central NY, we have not had rust on a vehicle in years. Noticed a rusty colored line along the floor on the both the passenger and driver sides --edge towards the outside. While I can't see rust, the discolo”

J C., NY (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Rust started to show up on drivers door top side around glass. Manufacturer suggested four doors needed repairs which was done on warranty”

J F., ON (2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 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

“Weather stripping on drivers side keep getting bad”

Don C., CA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“center console lid rattles”

Anonymous, MD (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“A banging noise only in cold weather I think it is the trunk lid in the bed of the truck it happens all winter then when it warms up no more noise ,the noise happens going over bumps or potholes”

Wayne P., NY (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Sounds coming from brakes and drive train. Checked by dealerships and reported no problems”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Above 40mph in certain wind conditions there is a very annoying whistle that cannot be located”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“High pitched whistle due to wind on top rear break light”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“at a variety of speeds the 3rd rear brake light housing in the back of the roof causes loud wind whistling noise”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Annoying leaks from doors”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Has a constant wind noise especially loud when going into the wind. Have tried many solutions but none worked”

M W., MT (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

“Caliper was sticking when warm. After driving about 10 miles the caliper would start dragging”

Robert O., MO (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Calipers froze on rear wheels”

Berry H., NY (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“I would say normal maintenance. Replaced rotors and disc pads”

James K., MA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

“rotors warped probably due to excessive heat and the brakes to pulsate”

Joe G., AZ (2011 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“Driven trucks for years never had to replace brakes as often as on the Ridgeline. Have already done one replacement and the squeaking is starting again. Use the down shift and avoid hitting the brakes as a rule so with other vehicles the brakes ha”

J C., NY (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Both back and front brakes needed replaced with less than 30,000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“Brakes”

Anonymous, MA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

Bushings

“Some bushings in the front torsion bar were worn out. These were replaced under extended warranty”

Richard W., SK (2011 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“rubber front suspension bushings (one per side) cracked and replaced on vehicle only four years old”

Gary V., AZ (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“The rear shocks were leaking. These were replaced under extended warranty”

Richard W., SK (2011 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 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

Doors or sliding doors

“Tuck was delivered with split seal on driver-side door. They said they would replace it but never did”

Anonymous, GA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

“Losk on rear fold up seat broke.Estimate to repair $540.Lesther seatwore out console cover bubbled at 33k was replaced now NEEDS it again!”

Anonymous, FL (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Windows

“Passenger side window motor burned out .Interior molding on driver side had to be replaced 3 times”

Don C., CA (2011 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

“Part of dash lights work sporadically and becomes an issue when dark outside and you have to turn on the dome lamp to see the control you are looking for”

Anonymous, CO (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The interior lights do not operate when the doors are opened. Nor do they operate manually”

Michael M., WA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Transmission not shifting - simple replacement of sensor”

Anonymous, CA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel controls

“Cruise control would not stay on”

Anonymous, PA (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Stability control (ESC)

“the sensor that detects the axle rotation failed and led to Stability Control failure lights”

Anonymous, NV (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Refrigerant leaks

“Loss of air conditioning. Honda replaced a part, but not sure what it was”

Anonymous, ON (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Had a spark plug fowl, had to replace plug, coil & distributor. Due to moisture”

Chris B., MN (2011 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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