Honda Ridgeline Review
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline ranks 1 out of 4 Compact Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Ridgeline, as well as reliability and safety data.
Reviewers like the 2014 Honda Ridgeline's innovative lockable in-bed trunk and car-like handling, but note that its cabin looks and feels outdated compared to more recently-redesigned pickup trucks’ interiors.
The Honda Ridgeline is powered by a V6 engine that reviewers say makes adequate power for everyday driving, but may be strained if pulling a trailer as heavy as the Ridgeline's 5,000 pound maximum tow rating. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, and reviewers say it occasionally has rough shifts and can make the Ridgeline feel sluggish at highway speeds. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the fuel economy of other trucks in the class, but falls short of what recently-redesigned full-size pickups like the Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 get. Test drivers say the Ridgeline has a very comfortable ride and refined handling in comparison with other trucks in the class. Reviewers also praise the Ridgeline's steering for being neither too light nor too heavy and the brakes for having plenty of stopping power.
Test drivers say the Ridgeline's cabin reflects its age with a stale design. They write that the materials used are fairly hard to the touch, but note that hard plastic trim isn’t unusual for the class. Reviewers say the front seats offer plenty of space, though some complain that the back seats are a bit cramped and thin on padding. The Ridgeline comes with a 5-foot bed and a lockable in-bed trunk. Reviewers note that the Ridgeline lacks a modern infotainment system, but attribute this to the age of the product generation, and some appreciate the simplicity of the stereo and climate controls. Standard equipment includes a backup camera and a six-speaker stereo. Optional features include a more powerful seven-speaker stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof and navigation.
- "It's like a mid-size SUV that's been reconfigured into a pickup, and is often described as the perfect truck for folks who have not yet owned a truck. That seems to be fine with its owners, and the Ridgeline fits the niche Honda invented for it. It rides, handles and drives like a car; delivers fuel efficiency roughly equal to a mid-size SUV; and includes numerous innovative features not found elsewhere. The Ridgeline really is like nothing else in the truck market." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It won't win any contests that test strength or beauty, but Ridgeline more than makes up for it with truly innovative features, such as the lockable in-bed ‘trunk’ and two-mode tailgate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "There are plenty of full-size pickups with beds barely longer than the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's 5-foot box and with the same 50-inch width, so the Ridgeline's no less capable as a cargo hauler than many run-of-the-mill crew cab battlewagons. At the same time, it gives you a much more manageable footprint. And while you still enjoy a high-set seating position and admirable ground clearance, the Ridgeline's fully independent suspension and lighter, car-based structure make it more nimble than most conventional pickups." -- Edmunds (2013)
Other Trucks to Consider
The Toyota Tacoma is highly regarded among midsize pickups for its straightforward interior and durable composite bed. The Tacoma has good maneuverability compared to full-size pickups. Reviewers also say its Double Cab configuration offers comfortable, spacious seating in both the front and back.
The GMC Sierra 1500 is fully redesigned for 2014, and reviewers like its high-quality cabin materials, great handling and comfortable ride. Additionally, the Sierra achieves better fuel economy estimates than the Ridgeline with either a V6 or V8 engine, and it can tow substantially heavier trailers.
Details: 2014 Honda Ridgeline
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline seats five and has a 5-foot bed and standard all-wheel drive. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Ridgeline is offered in five trims: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL and new-for-2014 Special Edition. Aside from some minor updates, the Ridgeline is largely unchanged since its debut for the 2006 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2014 and prior model years.
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