Honda Ridgeline Interior
Test drivers say the 2014 Honda Ridgeline's cabin is made with an abundance of dull, cheap plastic panels, but some note that the interior materials are fine for a truck. One reviewer comments that despite the cheap materials, build quality is good, though he also writes that the design is dated.
- "Ridgeline's cabin falls short of the upscale ambiance offered on some larger trucks, but in this class, it's more than serviceable. There's plenty of hard plastic trim on the dashboard and door panels, but it's all screwed together well." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "While the Ridgeline's interior design is rational, the plastics Honda uses are hard and dull, devoid of any warmth. It creates a vaguely industrial feel reminiscent of designs from a decade ago." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
The Ridgeline has seating for five. Optional seating amenities include leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat. Reviewers say the front seats are spacious, though some think taller drivers may need more legroom. One test driver likes the leather seats, but notes that they're only available on the top trims. Testers say the back seats are a bit cramped and don't have enough padding, making them uncomfortable. One reviewer adds that large roof pillars hamper outward visibility.
- "The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's cabin is wide, as are its seats, and entry into the front or rear seats is easy, something we can't always say about the rear seat of conventional midsize pickups." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Things warm up when leather seating is added, though that's available only on the top-of-the-line RTL trim." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "Headroom is pretty good, even beneath the housing of the RTL's standard sunroof. Legroom is less than stellar; most adults will be fine, but the very tall will want more rearward seat travel. Visibility is not great on account of thick roof pillars. Step-in height is surprisingly tall considering Ridgeline is built on a car-type platform. … Space is fine for two adults, and three will fit in a pinch. No one will be especially comfortable, though, because the seat padding is quite thin, the cushion flat, and the back rest too upright." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Standard features on the Ridgeline include 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.
Reviewers say the Ridgeline's gauges are legible, but complain that some audio controls are mounted too far toward the passenger side. However, others appreciate that audio and climate adjustments are straightforward. Some note that the Ridgeline lacks an advanced infotainment system, but attribute it to the fact that the Ridgeline hasn’t been redesigned in many years.
- "The designers who crafted the 2014 Ridgeline's interior did just fine on function and layout of controls but could have, in our opinion, made it a little more warm and welcoming." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Feature content is something of a mixed bag: while a useful rearview camera is standard, the Ridgeline lacks Honda's latest infotainment architecture, and Bluetooth is only available on the range-topping trim level. These are reminders of the Ridgeline's advanced age - the pickup first debuted for the 2006 model year." -- Left Lane News
- "The gauges are standard Honda fare. They're large, easy to read, and brightly lit. The audio controls are mounted high on the dashboard, with some functions just out of easy reach. The auxiliary stereo input jack for connecting an MP3 player is inconveniently located on the passenger side of the dashboard." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The gauges are large and easy to read, and major and secondary controls are operated by large stalks and knobs suitable for gloved hands. Secondary controls for the audio and climate-control systems are simple and functional, perhaps reflecting the overall age of the Ridgeline's interior design." -- Edmunds (2013)
The Ridgeline has a 5-foot cargo bed and a lockable in-bed trunk that has a capacity of 8.5 cubic feet. Reviewers appreciate the added covered security of the lockable in-bed trunk, though they caution that you'll have to remove whatever is in the trunk if you need to access the spare tire. Reviewers also like that the tailgate can swing either down or to one side, which makes it easier to reach farther into the bed. Others appreciate the plentiful storage for smaller items in the cabin, as well as the folding rear seats, which help accommodate larger items in the cab.
- "However, the functional aspects are terrific, with storage spots throughout and a clever rear-seat bottom that can be lifted up to increase the available cargo space." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Handy and capacious storage spaces and cupholders abound. The 60/40-split rear seat folds to make room for large items that won't fit in the bed's 8.5-cubic-foot lockable stowage area, although it is capable of holding a bag or two of golf clubs. The lockable trunk's drain plugs allow for all manner of potentially sloppy uses, but anything in there might have to be removed if you need access to the spare tire under the bed floor." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Its swing-open feature is nifty, too. Ditto the in-bed ‘trunk’ with 8.5 cubic feet of covered, lockable space." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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