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With the Ridgeline, Honda has evolved the concept of the pickup, creating a smart truck aimed squarely at the actual needs of most pickup owners. The original, innovative Ridgeline turned off many buyers because of its peculiar styling. The lessons have been learned. As a result, the second-generation Ridgeline looks much more conventional, while being even more sensible.
Alerts
There are 2 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

With the Ridgeline, Honda has evolved the concept of the pickup, creating a smart truck aimed squarely at the actual needs of most pickup owners. The original, innovative Ridgeline turned off many buyers because of its peculiar styling. The lessons have been learned. As a result, the second-generation Ridgeline looks much more conventional, while being even more sensible. In fact, it is the most civilized pickup truck we've ever tested.

But it isn't a conventional workhorse. Towing capacity at 5,000 pounds is nothing to boast about. The bed is shallow. The Ridgeline is no off-road champ, so this isn't the truck for anyone planning to cross the Rubicon Trail. Payload capacity of 1,325 pounds is comparable to other compact pickups and a couple of hundred pounds less than full-size trucks. On top of these modest credentials, the Ridgeline doesn't project the same indestructible image as other pickups. Instead of evoking frontier-taming fantasies, the Ridgeline aims right at your rationale. And rational it is. The composite bed will never rust and is scratch resistant. The built-in trunk is weathertight, will hold more than just a tool box, and is lockable. The rear gate can either swing out like a door or open like any other truck.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
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.

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Body Styles
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Honda Ridgeline owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“Sensors for parking rain sensor, forward accident sensirs”

John R., BC (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The display screen did not work. Period within the first 3 weeks of purchase”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“infotainment system is terrible, no manual buttons makes if difficult to navigate”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“Interface confusing and difficult to use. Apple CarPlay connection works sporadically. Software for the system needs refinement. Too many menus and confusing sub-menus. Requires too much attention while driving. Plug in phone connection only works if plugged in before engine is started. Can't use while driving”

Sanford G., CA (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Hard to explain, but in bluetooth calls, if you do not use the system voice commands or screen menus to dial out, it puts you in a "private mode", and you can hear nothing at all until [or if] someone picks up the call. No dial tone, nothing. It's stupid and distracting”

Anonymous, VA (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“gave me totally wrong travel info to Madison wrong direction on first turn and said 3 hours when its more like 6 hours, my stand alone Garmin was right in-dash garmin was wrong!!”

Anonymous, WI (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The whole infotainment system clearly sucks. The GPS has frozen-up on me twice. The unit randomly changes between satellite and iphone music source. It does a terrible job recognizing my voice”

Anonymous, TN (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“phone does not connect all the time,display switching to handset”

Dan O., NY (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Glitchy w my iPhone on occasion. If it doesn't pair, you must either shut the vehicle completely off or the phone - both bad options”

Anonymous, VA (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Voice commands for phone not being understood”

Gary C., TX (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“keeps disconnecting from antenna for xm radio, just had new antenna installed ,started to disconnect two days later. Disconnects came and go! Very frustrating!!! I thought a new HONDA would be better than my 2008 Ridgeline RTL ! Think I'll look at a new FORD small truck when they become available!!”

Anonymous, WI (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

“quit working and computer was replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The bluetooth voice dialing is worthless”

Anonymous, NC (2017 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

Air or water leaks

“water leaked in from bed”

Bill H., CA (2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)

“There is a wind noise from the aftermarket sunroof when it's closed, during crosswind gusts”

Christoph B., NJ (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Improperly installed sun roof”

R H., QC (2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

“Loose shroud under passenger side”

Edward S., MD (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The truck groaned from the front end when under initial acceleration.. Fixed under warranty, traced to a frame bolt that needed replacement and retorquing”

Christoph B., NJ (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“After two trips to the service department, it was determined that the speaker clips were rattling and this was fixed. The rattling continued and they replaced the speaker. The rattling continued and I will be taking the vehicle back for repairs”

Anonymous, AB (2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)

“Mild, but irritating low-level sound of something rattling, even at idle”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Honda Ridgeline RT 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“whistling noise from passenger side window when speed exceeds 60mph. Have not taken it for service yet”

Anonymous, FL (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“wind noises occur when driving on a highway”

Alfred F., CA (2017 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

“Exterior trim on door popped. edges of trim not flus to body. Not terrible but not what you'd expect on a car of this cost. RTLE”

Anonymous, NY (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“The trim on the bottom of the driver's door was loose (broken clips). This was missed by the dealer during PDI. The dealer had to order a new trim piece which meant I had to bring the truck back in for another service appointment”

Richard W., SK (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Trim coming over top of cab comming loose”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“Vehicle recalled and seat leather was creased and loosed after repair”

Anonymous, IL (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Arrived with paint chip on door. Dealer tried to fix, but it was not acceptable to me. They sent it to a body shop and it was fixed to my satisfaction. In all I was without the vehicle for 10 days”

David K., PA (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 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

Headlights

“Great headlights from my perspective. I have the RTL-E. However, oncoming drivers frequently flash their headlights at me indicating that perhaps these headlights are too powerful. They appear aimed correctly”

Anonymous, TN (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Both front headlights received with broken mountings from factory, required complete replacement due to instability. Obvious that factory in Ohio pushing problems downstream rather than renediating at factory. Very disappointing”

C G., TX (2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)
Horn

“The horn didn't work when I picked the truck up new and the dealer missed this during PDI. I had to wait while the exchanged the horn trumpets with those from a truck in the showroom. The dealer also missed the trim on the bottom of the door being loose”

Richard W., SK (2017 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“Wiring harness had to be replaced via a recall”

Anonymous, NY (2017 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

“rear passenger door came slightly misaligned from the factor. door still seals (keeps weather out), but has a small visible misalignment at the bottom (only noticable if you're really looking)”

Scott F., MA (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Wind noise present on driver's side front door”

Anonymous, MN (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“Door didn't seal fully when closed”

John S., CT (2017 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

4WD/AWD components

“Dealer can't diagnose why the AWD light stays on all the time”

Anonymous, AB (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“Warning light came on several times and AWD stopped working. Dealer kept truck for over a week to do warranty work. Was supplied with rental loaner car”

Johnny K., TN (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

“The differential system failed at 5,000 miles and sent a major warning light for immediate service. Come to find out, it was also on a recall list for a rubber boot failure that introduced splash water into the system. Repaired under warranty. All is well”

David D., FL (2017 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

“Line set was leaking (high pressure side). Was replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“The a/c was making a strange noise and when I took the vehicle in for servicing I was told that it was normal. It continued and I wasn't getting any cold air from the vents. I took the vehicle in again and was told that a valve was leaking and there was no refrigerant. They replaced the valve and recharged the a/c”

Anonymous, AB (2017 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 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 leaks

“FAILURE WITH DRIVER'S SIDE AXLE SEAL, REC. REPLACEMENT”

Anonymous, TX (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

“FAILURE WITH DRIVER'S SIDE AXLE SEAL, REC. REPLACEMENT”

Anonymous, TX (2017 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

Fuel cap

“Has no fuel cap. Problem was with sensors indicating closure”

Anonymous, OR (2017 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Overheated just yesterday. Truck is at dealer as I write. I found that there was little or no coolant in reservoir and filled it. I then brought it to dealer. Thus far dealer cannot find evidence of actual leak but is looking for internal potential problem that caused disappearance of coolant”

Marc P., MA (2017 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

Shocks or struts

“It was a bad part and replaced by the dealer (after a new part was ordered)”

Anonymous, PA (2017 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

“ABS at the right rear wheel failed at 3,000 miles and set off a major alarm. Sensor issue. Replaced under warranty. No further issues”

David D., FL (2017 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

Oil leaks

“Seal was not installed properly in front axel”

Anonymous, IA (2017 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

“Premature failure of tensioner (causing belt wear/replacement). Not yet diagnosed by Honda, but presenting exactly the same as problem in our 2914 Odyssey, and our 2011 Odyssey before that. Honda quality no where near what it used to be. :-(”

Anonymous, MB (2017 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

Exhaust

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

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