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 5 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.
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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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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.

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.

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

"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 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

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

Giles C., WI (2019 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

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"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)
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

"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)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"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

"Annoying wind noise on driver's door."

Tom L., OH (2019 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"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

"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)

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)

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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"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)

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)

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

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

Jeff W., MD (2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL 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)

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

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Transmission Minor

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

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