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 11 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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. FCW and AEB standard from 2020.
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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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 2012 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

Antilock system (ABS)

"Air Leak Started at at aprox. 168700 miles May need to replace Can build up by hard stopping on gravel or the like"

John H., TX (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"The guide pins on the left rear caliper rusted causing the pads to rub against the rotor destroying the pads and the rotor."

Anonymous, KS (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"When I purchased the vehicle this was a problem, that is recurring"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"drivers side rear caliper was not functioning properly causing premature wear"

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Right rear brake calipers seized @37K mi. Same as 2007 Ridgeline I owned prior to this one. Required replacement of pads & rotor, L & R"

Robert W., NY (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Truck only has 62000 miles and have had to do complete rear brake job twice. The dealer says, I don't drive it enough causing brakes to rust."

Anonymous, (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I have experienced uneven wear for several years with the Ridgeline. It is really the only major issue that i have head with it."

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"rear brakes wore very quickly"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes significant wear difference driver to passenger side. Passenger side had 5mm remaining drivers side had 1.2mm remaining"

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Premature wear on rear brakes. Excessive costs to repair/replace brakes"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"This is the second time I have had to repair the brakes due to significant uneven wear"

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"When towing a camper trailer the brakes will intermittently go into anti lock mode while braking regularly, not suddenly."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"2018 front brakes new rotors and calipers $900.2020 front rotors needed matching and new brake job in rear $1200 canadian"

Anonymous, ON (2012 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

"Trim panel at the back end of the cabin roof became loose and blew off while driving. Since the repair the corners of the panel have begun to raise up so it appears to be in danger of happening again."

Christopher P., TX (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"The interior door panel came loose"

Ted K., IL (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"The paint chips easily and the spot will rust quickly. It is as if there was no primer under the paint. Inside the doors, at the welds, the rust is coming through the paint. On my 2006 Honda Ridgeline the paint looked better after 300,000 km than the new one does."

Ed K., AB (2012 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"The area around the doors has some 'pin' type rust - in other words little spots of rust coming through. Also on the wheel rims. Very surprising in a three year old vehicle and really, really surprising in a Honda"

Randy B., ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"There are rust specks around the side windows"

John S., ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple spot of rust starting to appear around the door windows edges, in particular at the lower side of the rear windows."

Simon P., QC (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on top of door interior at weld seam"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"wheels rusting"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger doorway began rusting where weather-stripping contacts the body"

Anonymous, AB (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"There are several little spots of rust around the window frames"

Anonymous, ON (2012 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)

"faulty security sensor in hood latch setting off alarm"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Bulbs burn out every few months"

Anonymous, MA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"They go out more often than normal wear and tear."

Anonymous, AE (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"Lights for gauges on dash are ridiculously difficult to switch out when lights fail. And it ends up being costly because of labor."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Seems like all of the backlighting is going out monthly. It started a year ago."

Anonymous, AE (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Cabin light failed at 40,000 miles and access is difficult"

Shawn B., TX (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"On off buttons wear out"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"autolock stopped working for 6 months to 1 year, then resumed working in last 30 days"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"One TPMS sensor replaced. Taken to Honda dealer prior to warranty expiration and it wasn't replaced when the problem originally presented"

Shawn B., TX (2012 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Final fit and finish from the factory was very poor"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger door needs to be slammed frequently in order to fully close. The door seal likely stands a little proud which makes this happen. Likely came from the factory this way. Haven't bothered to have it fixed - only means that sometimes the"

Randy B., ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Door Freeze shut or open in cold weather"

Dean B., ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"It was the door that had the rust problem"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Rear view mirror is difficult to accurately adjust."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Had to replace the whole Tailgate opening system because of rust in the system preventing normal operation."

Simon P., QC (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"motorized rear window seal had to be replaced - at about 1000 miles - build / design flaw"

Anonymous, WA (2012 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

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Dust buildup in the interior because of the failure of door gasket and seal. I drive gravel road and I am supprised how poorly the door gasket work. In talking to other Honda Ridgeline owners is seems to be a common problem. I suspect its a combinztion of design and the failure of the gaskets over time."

Anonymous, SK (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Steering wheel makes ratcheting noise. dealer cant fix it implied that its normal. noise started at about 24k its annoyining. Vehicle also had a dash rattle - dealer was able to fix it on third try by replacing trim and adding padding"

Anonymous, WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The dash board occasionally squeaks and have to press on it to stop. The center console consistently squeaked to the point of annoyance. I soaked the inside of the console with WD40 which stopped the squeaks"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle coming from the dash area. Driver's side window rattled when slightly open. Repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, MB (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"I’ve taken it back to a dealer 3 times for the wind/road noise, it is improved for a short time but returns. No longer under warranty, just putting up with it."

Gregg D., IN (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield had to be replaced. Since that time, I've experienced a whistling in that area when the AC is running"

Anonymous, NJ (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

A/C compressor

"Clutch burnt out"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The problem with the AC appeared to be with the compressor but in fact was a sensor that had failed and caused the system to no longer cool."

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"A/C just stopped working"

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

"Motor burnt out had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2012 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"returned to honda - they had failed to remove a piece of the packaging from a part and finally found it & repaired it"

Anonymous, TN (2012 Honda Ridgeline 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

Ball joints

"Clunky noise when turning at slow speed"

Anonymous, WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"The accordion style rubber boot surrounding the left front constant velocity joint developed a crack. One of the rear shock absorbers began to leak fluid. Extended warranty covered both repairs at Honda Dealer."

Anonymous, OR (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear struts failed,leaked, rattled. had to be replaced"

Sue K., WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

Driveshaft or axle

"front axel passenger side was failing"

Anonymous, CO (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Thought that the air conditioning needed servicing but turned out to only be a bad relay but had to spend the money on the whole AC service to determine the problem."

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 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

Head gasket

"I had the valves adjusted which required removing the valve cover and replacing the gaskets under the head gaskets."

Anonymous, (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Timing belt or chain

"Honda recommend new timing belt at 7 years or 109,000 miles"

Anonymous, (2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport 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

Display screen goes blank

"Electric odometer went blank"

Mark B., FL (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Worst nav system I have ever used. It does not have roads that have been there for 60 years, Hwy 16 is labelled Hwy 2 (300 kms away) and if you ask for the nearest Dairy Queen or whatever, it will send you 2 or 3000 kms away. I have talked to other Honda owners and they have similar stories, but the dealership has never heard of these problems and the sales people claim that it uses Google Maps!"

Ed K., AB (2012 Honda Ridgeline 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

Slipping transmission

"time between needing to do a flush and replacement of the transmission fluid is occurring more frequently. It could be a more significant problem."

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Engine warning light came on; transmission replaced w/o charge under 60K powertrain warranty"

Ellen R., WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine has a knock or click which I was told was associated with the camshaft. Not the camshaft itself, though"

Anonymous, UT (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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

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.

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