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 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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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.
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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
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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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
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
  • 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 2019 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

Android Auto

"System is very glitchy as to how it connects to my phone (Samsung 9). Sometimes it works fine and other times I give up after trying 2 or 3 times to connect."

Anonymous, BC (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Apple CarPlay

"Apple car play just disconnects itself while you are driving. You either have to unplug your phone and start over or shut the truck off and back on"

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes recognizes phone, sometimes does not know it is connected. Says no connection when the phone says it is"

Anonymous, NE (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"The navigation screen had gone blank and you have to turn the truck off and back on to get it to work again."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Computer went bad, replaced by dealer free of harge"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"I'm playing music from my phone through the speakers and it says on the screen "no device connected." It seems to take a while to recognize the phone and I can't get to the map easily. My wife hates the touch screen on this vehicle. Wants a new car."

Anonymous, GA (2019 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"satellite reception consistently goes out like AM reception, dealer says no problem"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Music coming on during phone conversations, everything reacts extremely slow."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"The electronic interface for radio, navigation and phones is slow and way too complicated. Menus and command structures are very complex and not intuitive. The learning curve is so steep that I have stopped using most of it except for navigation."

M N., DE (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Hardware replacement

"The computer for gps, telephone, Radio, blue tooth would start to load then restart but never load. The Honda dealer replaced it the computer free of charge."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"navigation indicates turns after the turn has already passed or not enough time before to get in turning lane"

Robert W., CA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"lack control knobs, slow slow touch controls"

Anonymous, WA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"controls are slow to react to touch, often require very hard touch and confusing to manage while driving"

Robert W., CA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Trying to figure out how to use the entertainment system is above my pay grade."

M N., DE (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"After a time the voice controls donot work"

Anonymous, WA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 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

"The tubing that drains the sunroof compartment wasn't to installed correctly and leaked onto the electronics and caused MANY electronic item to not function."

Anonymous, KY (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"drivers door window has wind noise at hwy speed and dealer says their is nothing wrong with it"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"since brand new when driven at hwy speed or very windy days"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"Several interior rattles and squeaks. Have found and eliminated two; others I have still been unable to locate specifically."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Clunking sound when I step on brakes"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)

"Rear window replaced due to poor fit. Front windows rattle when halfway down."

Anonymous, CO (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Immediate minor squeaks and rattles. Dealer replaced rear electric sliding window regulator. Other squeaks developed in the dash and other areas of the interior. Squeaks/rattles are not loud, but are annoying. Have found and repaired some - others I have yet to locate specifically."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Very frustrating vibrations coming from dashboard. It is intermittent. Dealership has yet to identify cause."

Anonymous, WY (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"There is a metal to metal rattling at low speed"

Bruno B., NY (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"tires are very noisy on most roads."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"at hwy speed the driver door wind has wind noise since brand new. The dealer service tech. says there is nothing wrong. I will not go back to this dealer. When I purchased this vehicle, the salesman said the first oil change was no charge. It cost me $118. Never going to this dealer again,"

Anonymous, MO (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Annoying wind noise on driver's door."

Tom L., OH (2019 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

A/C compressor

"I picked the new truck up and never got home before the AC started blowing warm air. Took it back to the dealer and they are in the process of replacing the AC compressor."

Anonymous, MN (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"noise from compressor lead to change the hole system, because the system was contaminered"

Anonymous, QC (2019 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Truck was brand new. I got it in November and drove to Florida. When we got to Georgia we needed air conditioning and discovered it was not working. There is no reciprocal warranty agreement between USA and Canada so I had to drive in extreme heat for 2 months until I returned home."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"Multiple visits to the Honda dealer. They have diagnosed something different each visit"

Anonymous, FL (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"I noticed that when the Automatic Climate Control was set at, say, 65 degrees, the air coming out of the vents would cycle from very cool to very warm. I had the dealer look at it (two days after purchase. They had it for over a week), only to be told the Auto Climate was normal."

Martin G., NJ (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Condenser

"air conditioning did not work from new, Dealer found leak in condenser and replaced it no charge."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Air conditioner condenser was leaking at time of purchase. It was not discovered until after the winter season."

Rory D., MD (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Evaporator

"Upon completion of the transaction, went to the truck and found that the ac did not work. OD reading was a mere 24 miles. Honda has had troubles with the evap on all models, we were told. Dealer gave us a free loaner. Took delivery next day. No troubles since."

Brian B., WI (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"IN the hottest month the air conditioning system stopped working completely. The dealer seemed to be aware of the problem but could not get the necessary parts for two months, by then summer was over."

Anonymous, ON (2019 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"April of 2019 I noticed my AC was not working, went to the dealer to check it out and found that the o-rings on the condenser were leaking out all the coolant"

Anonymous, ND (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"The AC system stopped making cold air at about 500 miles."

Giles C., WI (2019 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

"Noticeable hood flutter. Took it in and they mitigated the problem and it is much improved. However, at interstate speeds (70 and above), it still exhibits minor flutter and vibrations."

Benedict Z., NE (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"This is the same issue."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)
Mirrors

"Side view mirror didn't work correctly shortly after we bought the vehicle. Eager replaced the part."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Shortly after purchasing the vehicle I noticed that the drivers side mirror vibrated at speeds above 45mph. I discovered that the mirror was loose and had it checked out at the nearest dealership. The first replacement mirror was also defective, so had to reschedule to get replaced. It took 5 months to fix what should have been a fairly simple repair. Not happy with Honda service and I'm rethinking my decision to buy a Honda."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"I couldn't get the tailgate open for a year. finally took it to the dealer that made it better. The battery failed and left me stranded before the truck was a year old. Worst new car I've had in 20 years."

Anonymous, FL (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"latch would not release to open the tailgate"

Anonymous, WI (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

"At random times the tailgate latch will not function and since we use a tonneau the contents of the truck bed become trapped! We have taken it for repair several times."

Anonymous, (2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"When I took the truck in for replacement of the leaking headlight assembly, dealer noted presence of water in right taillight assembly."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"When I took the vehicle in for the leaking headlight replacement, the dealer noticed the taillight assembly had condensation in it. Assembly replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Right headlight assembly would allow water ingress during rain."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"headlight was sending an error message to the dash board saying Problem with headlights. Had to replace (warranty) headlight to get the message to disappear."

Giles C., WI (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Water in headlight assembly after rain. Assembly replaced under warranty."

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Horn

"Horn sounded unexpectedly. Dealer found wiring under wheel pad out of place."

William B., DE (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"The in-bed trunk cannot be locked with the "valet key" and it isn't broken. It is a DESIGN FLAW! A parking lot attendant can enter the under-bed trunk with just the remote. The dealer tried too "fix" this but it cannot be "fixed". The service manager at the dealer admitted that it is a design flaw. So, locking the trunk is only possible if you keep the key fob but not otherwise. I find it unbelievable that some engineer at Honda didn't realize this error."

Anonymous, DE (2019 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 door moldings was somewhat resolved"

Anonymous, VA (2019 Honda Ridgeline Sport 3.5-L V6)

"The hood and front end grill do not fit together very well. When I hand wash I Am always catching the sponge or rag on edges. The hood really wobbles and buffets at highway speed. A little bit scarry. The material and workmanship do not seem to match the price for the vehicle. It is not a Toyota."

Anonymous, MO (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint defect from factory. Body had a bad weld on it and factory painted over it. Other places were rough and also painted over at factory. Honda had hood, door and side of bed repaired and painted. I would not have accepted truck had I been able to closely inspect on day of purchase. It was raining when I picked it up. Was an internet deal. Learned my lesson."

Anonymous, NC (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Paint has NO resilience for typical car use. Paint is chipping after less than a year. Completely unacceptable. Never had a problem like this with any car I've owned - whether in the cold northeast or hot SoCal. Most cars get occasional chips when a pebble hits it. This car seems to have new chips every month."

Sonja H., CA (2019 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 pump

"Honda had a recall on the fuel pump not sur what is was. It was taken care of not a problem fixed in about 4 hrs"

Scott K., NJ (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"Honda recall for replacement, No problems experienced while driving."

Anonymous, BC (2019 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

Shocks or struts

"I bought the truck new and began to notice a knocking sound in the drivers side front suspension. I took it to the dealership and it was repaired under warranty. Reported loose nuts and bolts."

Anonymous, MD (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5-L V6)

"knocking sound from driver side front strut when going over small bumps"

Jeff W., MD (2019 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

Fuel leaks

"Vehicle recalled due to fire hazard in the automatic car wash solutions that may leak onto the undercarriage of the vehicle."

Rory D., MD (2019 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

Stability control (ESC)

"There is a very annoying "surge" when pressing on the gas from a stop. Has been in to be looked at by Honda several times, but they say nothing is wrong and no one else has reported any similar problem."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The smart cruise will slow down to a dangerous speed when passing a vehicle, it decelerates. It has an extremely wide sensor field so even if a vehicles ahead of you is in another lane it won't pass at normal speed."

Anonymous, WA (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

Engine Major

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

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.

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