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 6 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 2014 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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 came thru a seam that was not sealed. Soaked carpet = mildew"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Sunroof trim had crack in the metal (as delivered from the mfr.), dealer found and fixed it under warranty"

Katherine D., NC (2014 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Water leak from rain in the left rear of the cabin"

Thomas N., PA (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"I experienced water incursion on the passenger floorboard. I took the truck to the dealership who found some defect in the firewall was allowing water to seep into the passenger compartment. After the sealed the voids I have had no problems"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Honda Ridgeline 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Driver side window when opened a few inches - rattles"

Steve B., CT (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"In cool to cold weather the dash makes constant annoying noises during the slightest vibrations and road bumps"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"A pop or clunk is heard from the rear suspension in cold weather going over bumps.The rear bump stops have loosened and are moving in the top mounting cap for the rear dampers."

Jean G., AK (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Just had minor wind noise when on interstate."

Anonymous, IN (2014 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)

"for the first two years approximately, the cabin was quiet but after that there is substantial wind noise"

Anonymous, MO (2014 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"the doors don't close properly. the rubber molding that seals the doors was not correctly positioned from the factory. some doors you must slam to close others gently."

Michael B., SC (2014 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Passenger plastic trim under the seat is in the way and passengers frequently catch it leaving car"

Anonymous, KS (2014 Honda Ridgeline SE 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"bubbling and peeling hood and rear quarter panels"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"paint on the edges of the front fenders started peeling off within the first year of ownership so I think it was a defect."

Anonymous, MO (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"rust emerged from under a window molding"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Submitted to Honda 3 weeks ago for correction of rust spots as it is covered under warranty. Have not heard back yet"

James C., PA (2014 Honda Ridgeline SE 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

"Passenger rear door less than perfect fit"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Glass defects

"Stress crack in windshield"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"When below -10C the Nav/Backup camera display fails to light up making it useless until vehicle is headed up. Honda could not find the problem as temperatures warmed up by the time it was brought in"

Paul L., ON (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Gas cap external door would not latch in the closed position."

Anonymous, SD (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate would not unlock"

Anonymous, SD (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Swing out tailgate feature failed."

Anonymous, NY (2014 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"the camera is in the tailgate and frequently gets very dirty"

Faye K., ND (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"A cd was stuck in the multi disc changer. Would not play and would not eject."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"the backup camera is often very dirty, and the display for the backup is terrible. display is fine for everything else"

Faye K., ND (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Difficult to operate. Won't provide audio directions."

Anonymous, (2014 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Cannot get my iPhone talking books to broadcast on speakers."

Anonymous, (2014 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 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

"Had a clunk in the front end practically from the day I bought it. Dealer didn't find a cause until about 60000 miles (out of warranty) then said a strut was blown. Even though it was out of warranty the dealer fixed it since I had had them document the problem from the beginning"

Michael J., SC (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"struts were bad from the beginning. after complaining several times the dealer finally fixed the problem"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Bad rear shock that was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Honda Ridgeline SE 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"had to have replacement rack & pinion"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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

Premature brake wear

"I have had three brake jobs in the 70000km life. I tow. A 3800 lb travel trailer about 15000km. Dealer was good for the first two brake jobs but I had to do the last one. Absolutely love the truck but costs of brakes might make we want to change"

Brian M., BC (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"vibration and brake pad wear, rotors were replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Rod behind master cylinder had no lubricant, they pulled cylinder out and lubricated it"

Ronald A., OH (2014 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Recall"

Anonymous, TX (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"Recall"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Honda Ridgeline 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

Warning lights

"Tire pressure light was on when the truck was purchased but was fixed. Still occasionally comes on even though tire pressure is fine. Also comes on when road has been graded"

Anonymous, MA (2014 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.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Evaporator sensor went out. Affected gas mileage"

Anonymous, NC (2014 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

Timing belt or chain

"Hydraulic Timing belt tensioner malfunctioned. Needed replacing as well as timing belt Under warranty. Repaired without hesitation"

Anonymous, MB (2014 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

Slipping transmission

"Vehicle often hesitates when attempting to accelerate. This Has occurred pulling out into traffic from a stop, merging into traffic from on ramp, and passing on the interstate."

Anonymous, (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 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 and resistor had to be reolaced"

Henry T., AZ (2014 Honda Ridgeline Sport 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

Engine Minor

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

Drive System

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

Engine Cooling

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

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