2013 Honda Ridgeline Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
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 7 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 2013 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)

"Sensor in the Master Cylinder failed, indicating the ABS was not functioning."

Anonymous, MD (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Small brake continual brake fluid loss. Fix with caliper replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"fornt calipers damaged"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"It needed brakes. We had new brakes installed."

Anonymous, MO (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced rear brake rotors, calipers, and pads due to excessive wear."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Rear Brake pads tend to wear out quickly. I have replaced the rear pads and rotors three times so far with only 54000 miles on it. The front brakes are larger and thicker and wear as expected .... I just replaced the front pads and rotors at 53000"

Norman M., WI (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brake pads, premature ware; I do mostly highway driving!"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"We only had the Ridgeline 7 months with 6500 miles and the brakes needed to be replaced. I was originally told they were not covered under warranty, however, after much arguing they did cover them"

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Dirt got behind the brake shoe, causing premature wear on the pad and eventually the rotor"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"The fit on the brake pad ears/tabs have a very tight fit on this vehicle and most Hondas I have had causing the pads to freeze up and wear out prematurely"

Norman M., WI (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Rear calipers stuck and wore through pads and into rotors."

Justin D., ME (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Soon after I had rear brakes done, I 3xperienced pulsation in my brake pedal with downhill braking. No brake problems prior to this experience."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Front brake pad disintegrated requiring both front rotors and pad replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"Needed replacing front ones"

Anonymous, ME (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors were resurfaced twice and were still defective"

Anonymous, VA (2013 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 system was a problem right from the get go. Intermittent on & off for over a year and several appointments. The dealer finally sent their top mechanic to properly fix it."

Anonymous, BC (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"One of the fog lights is not working"

Anonymous, MA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Gauges

"the light on several gauges quit working and even though I had an extended warranty they refused to correct the problem."

Edward M., TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Twice the lights in my gauges went completely out. Dealer did repairs, but it never should have happened."

Anonymous, TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Dash lights kept burning out."

Edward M., TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"one low beam lamp failed at 38000 miles and 2 years of ownership"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The power seats control blows a fuse no and then, not sure if its related to the heated seats ?"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Bad switch for pass side seat heater. Bad motor on ps window. Trunk latch had to be replaced."

Michael K., NJ (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Switch for turns heated seats on and off quite working. Had to be replaced 3 times."

Edward M., TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

"A lot of interior dash lights went out starting two years ago. It’s a lot of work to replace them."

Ali M., ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"I experienced a failure of my tire pressure monitoring system. The individual tires would not communicate with the main control panel. Cost to repair would have been over $1,000 but was covered under my 1 year Honda certified pre-owned vehicle warranty."

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"TPMS warning light remains on"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 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

Air or water leaks

"Water leaks when traveling on pot holed dirt road."

R H., SC (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"air leek at top of bouth doors, 0ver 70mph"

Paul W., KS (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Water leak above the driver side where the windshield and main part of the inner compartment meet"

Joyce M., PA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"leak around the sunroof- it was repaired, and the interior lining on the roof came lose- it was fixed- all at no charge"

Anonymous, (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"window issues"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Have rattles coming from the dashboard area while driving, not when idling."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"can't identify where the rattles are coming from"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"lots of squeaks and rattles on inside of care"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Squeak in the dash area of the passenger side. Comes and goes based on temperature"

David C., CO (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"periodic squeaking noise on the passenger right side dash"

David B., UT (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"the wind noise is pretty bad and the dealership just said that is the way it is. They were of no help."

Edward M., TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"The wind noise is significantly above the level that I have experienced in other similar vehicles."

Anonymous, TN (2013 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

"Antenna cover (dome?) came off. Very expensive repair because dealer had to remove interior headliner to get at it"

Robert S., WI (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Realigning glove box, and repairing trim that had to be removed to accomplish the task"

John S., VA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"I was pressure washing my vehicle today and the paint peeled off of the bumper and the fake chrome peeled off the grill. I was not impressed."

Anonymous, AB (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Paint bubbling close to the window seal. The window seals on this vehicle never really fit right. There also also a couple of rust spots developing on the doors"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Bad adhesion on rear quarter panel. Paint blistered and cracked and his been falling off of the vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"THE PAINT ON THE ROOF IS FADING AND CHALKING"

William B., NM (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rust on door around window seal. Rust around gas cap"

Ali M., ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Some areas in the door jam show minor areas of starting rust"

Rick F., CT (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is bubbling from rust on the tailgate as well as one fender"

Sharon E., CT (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"rust around window on back door. caused from poor fitting trim"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The chrome trim around the front air intake is corroded and pitted"

Fred L., CO (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

"Paint bubbling and staring to rust"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Rear passenger door hard to close. We would have to slam it"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers door alignment was incorrect from factory. Could not be totally corrected due to welded hinges Wind noise is noticeable at higher speeds Honda said is was within their specs and wind noise is ok"

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Passenger side rear door very hard to close"

R H., MB (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"wind noise from leaking around gaskets"

M C., MO (2013 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

Blower (fan) motor

"Blower motor has become noisy, loud enough to hear while driving at highway speeds"

Anonymous, NH (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"Leak in system"

Roger R., FL (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Leak in system- happened twice"

Roger R., FL (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Had to replace the radiator because of a leak"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Honda passenger airbag recall and repair"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"recall"

Anonymous, GA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Recall for passenger airbag. Fixed immediately by dealer."

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"recall, mfr replaced for free"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"the in dash navigation system is not very user friendly. The back up display is too dim to be of much assistance"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"GPS has not worked properly since I purchased the vehicle. Dealer was not able to correct the problem. I do not rely on this GPS."

Anonymous, FL (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"GPS is terrible. Can't get home from the dealer correctly even after buying new map disc for $100. This GPS is not worth the money. My phone GPS is much better"

Anonymous, CO (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"have not been able to get the hands free system to recognize voice commands to make calls"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Alignment

"requires realignment multiple times per year"

John S., VA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump started leaking and caused a terrible noise every time I started the vehicle. Vehicle was repaired within 2 days"

Anonymous, (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Needs new shocks on front"

Anonymous, IN (2013 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"When making 90 degree turns the truck would sometimes make a weird clicking noise. My mechanic replaced the strut assemblies. I drove it from Maine to Florida and had much worse noises (NAPA Parts). Mechanic in FL replaced for free due to NAPA warranty. The noise became less severe and much more sporadic. It seems to have ceased entirely now. It was quite marked and unsettling after the first repair, much more sporadic after the second repair and gone 99% of the time now. Not sure if Maine salt on the roads caused the initial problem, there does not appear to be excessive body rust to me."

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Driveshaft or axle

"The truck started thumping going around curves at low speeds. I took it to the dealer where they charged me $100 to diagnose (I walked in telling them it was the axle). They ordered parts and charged me $800 more the next week for a 45 minute repair. What a rip off. This dealer has done all the work up to now. I had an independent shop replace the timing belt and water pump."

Anonymous, WA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"The seals had to be replaced."

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Seal was leaking transmission fluid when I drove it the first day of ownership"

Anonymous, MB (2013 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

"Brand new, first nite home leaking trans fluid on my garage floor"

R H., MB (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"92000 miles. Clutch's bad"

Anonymous, TN (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I have never needed to have a transmission replaced in +50 years of driving and the truck had >40K miles, +$4600 price tag."

Rick F., CT (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 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.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"gas mileage dropped 3 mpg. throttle intake/EGR required cleaning"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"It seems I got some bad gas and I needed to replace a fuel rail and 3injectors"

Anonymous, MI (2013 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

"engine light came on. Took it in and it was the transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission light came on several times during the last year only to go off a day later with no serious implications."

Anonymous, VA (2013 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

"Going up an incline on mountain road engine light started blinking and engine began running in a jerking motion and loses power. Pulled over - called dealership and was told to either call a tow or see if I could get back to bring it in. Turned around - going back up the hill - still jerking and was not able to go over 35-40 miles per hour. Back over the hill and back on flat road the chugging stopped and the engine acted normal. Took it to the dealership which the computer said it was a misfire on cylinder #6. They removed #6 coil and found carbon track on the spark plug and ignition coil. They replaced #6 ignition coil and spark plug."

Ginna S., NM (2013 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)

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.

Engine Minor

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

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