Honda Ridgeline Reviews

2009 Honda Ridgeline RTL 3.5L V6 from North America

Model year2009
Year of manufacture2009
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2014
Engine and transmission 3.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance34000 miles

Summary:

Comfortable truck with great performance

Faults:

The battery lasted four years. Absolutely nothing else has needed repair or replacement.

General Comments:

I bought this vehicle because I needed to tow a boat (about 4,200 lbs) and have a place to put gear from the boat. It has exceeded my expectations. I don't know the boat is back there when towing.

The truck is quiet, very comfortable, and has plenty of room in the bed and the trunk beneath the bed. Just drove it on a 2,600 mile trip, and stepped out every day feeling rested.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th January, 2014

2006 Honda Ridgeline LX 3.5L from North America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.5L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired248000 kilometres
Most recent distance265000 kilometres
Previous carPlymouth Breeze

Summary:

Love it, buy one!

Faults:

Fan control knob makes intermittent contact.

An inch and a half spot of rust under the paint on the front of the hood.

Flashing digital display when the vehicle is cold (0*c), along with AM radio interference, which both go away after 15 minutes of driving... weird.

Tailgate handle "sticky" and tailgate hard to swing down. Works fine opening to the side.

General Comments:

At 265000KM and 5 Canadian winters: No oil consumption or leaks, transmission smooth, front-end solid, and it drives straight.

No electrical problems except the fan control, flashing digital display and AM radio interference when the truck is cold. Being picky, the driver's side window moves slow compared to the other 3, and the front left interior light does not illuminate automatically, even though it works manually.

One small rust spot on hood, clean everywhere else including the bottom. It has been rust proofed in the past.

Interior still looks new, even the driver's seat. Some wind noise on the highway, much less than a van. One rattle coming from inside the front passenger seat. The radio has an AUX button, but no aux input jack for an iPod or something in the front, kinda dumb. Lotsa storage!

A tank of gas (83L) gives about 500km until the fuel low light comes on during the winter; it seems to be doing much better now that it's warmer out, I expect to get around 600km's to a tank. (I drive it like a pussy though)

At highway speeds (100 to 110km/h, cruise on), the transmission tends to hunt between 4th and 5th gear, on encountering any grade or even a headwind.

That V-Tech system kicks in kind of late, but when it does, there is a VERY noticeable difference in acceleration.

That stability control system works amazingly well (did some experimenting in the snow). It also has a "4X4 lock" (which is a differential lock I'm guessing) for low speed/ slippery surface that got me out and over of deep snow no problem. The truck is a little low and heavy (ton's) for actual four by four'n though.

If you are used to cars and SUVs, it has a wide turning radius, so it can be hard to park in some of those tight lots.

It corners well though, doesn't feel top heavy, and does not tend to "lean over".

The previous owner replaced the brakes with actual Honda parts, something I've never done, but will in the future, since it really seems to be worth it in this case.

I used to be afraid of pot holes; now I look forward to them!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2011

2008 Honda Ridgeline RTS 3.5 ZVTEC V6 from North America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 3.5 ZVTEC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance8500 miles

Summary:

This is the do it all everyday truck

Faults:

I push this truck pretty hard, and nothing negative has happened whatsoever.

General Comments:

Before I bought the Ridgeline, I was shopping around looking for a multi-use/multi-practical everyday SUV/Truck.

I wanted a vehicle that did everything well. I wanted to be comfortable driving it to work everyday. I also play hard too. I'm into all different types of sports so I'm always throwing sports equipment in and out of the ride. Basketball, Baseball, Golf.

On top of all that, I play in two bands where I'm also throwing band equipment in and out of the ride too.

This truck handles like a dream... no joke! I don't need a huge rock crawler that tows 10,000 lbs like every other guy thinks that they need. Honda did it right. I might not consider it a full blown truck... but whatever it is... Honda always knows how to do things different from any other car company. It's a Honda... aka it's going to last a LONG LONG time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th June, 2009

Average review marks: 7.7 / 10, based on 12 reviews