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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 10 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 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

Calipers

“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

“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)
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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“The interior door panel came loose”

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

“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 Unsure 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)
Interior lights

“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)
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)
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)

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

“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 Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Door Freeze shut or open in cold weather”

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

“It was the door that had the rust problem”

Anonymous, WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

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)

“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

Blower (fan) motor

“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 Unsure 3.5-L V6)
A/C compressor

“A/C just stopped working”

Jon B., WA (2012 Honda Ridgeline RT 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

“Rear struts failed,leaked, rattled. had to be replaced”

Sue K., WI (2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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)

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)

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)

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)

Transmission Minor

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

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.

Exhaust

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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