Skip to main content
MSRP Starting at
$38,140

Compare dealer price quotes
Select your model:
12345...6

Trending topics in reviews

Pros
Cons
4 out of 5 stars

RTL Ridgeline Review

Ridgeline Rick , 01/04/2022
RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
33 of 33 people found this review helpful

Purchased a 2022 Ridgeline RTL just before Christmas and have approx. 300 miles. Here are my thoughts so far . . . Love the truck! Started out looking to replace my 2017 Tacoma Sport and was looking primarily at Chevy and Toyota. Somehow I got turned onto the Ridgeline. I guess I was like allot of other buyers that didn't really think of the Ridgeline as a real truck. Anyway after checking them out I decided that this was exactly was I was looking for. Not as sexy as the Tacoma but way more functional for what I needed. Love the comfortable ride of the truck, feels and drives like a SUV. My wife likes the fact that is just a little lower than the Toyota and easier to get in and out of. The placement of the passenger handle above the door helps with that. The flip up back seats provide so much space for carrying stuff like groceries. Looks like the perfect place for the golf clubs also. Tailgate and the trunk in the bed where the main selling points for me. Haven't used the trunk yet but have plenty of ideas on how it will be used in the near future. Still tying to decide if I need a tonneau cover. Had one on my Toyota and loved it but with the truck and back seat not sure I will need one. There are a couple of things that I don't like. Not to crazy about the Gray wheels. It seems everyone is going for the blacked out look but it's not for me. Give some old fashion shiny polished wheels. Not a big fan of the push button transmission. Maybe just need some more time to get used to it but miss the stick. Have not been able to get the Homelink to work with my garage yet. And lastly there is no compass. I don't need the navigation system but a compass would have been nice. There are a few safety features I did not have on the Toyota like lane departure and cross traffic monitor. Still playing around with them. The jury is still out on those items. Over all very satisfied with my purchase and glad I went with the Honda - It really is a truck - kinda!

Safety
5 out of 5 stars
Technology
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Interior
5 out of 5 stars
Comfort
5 out of 5 stars
Reliability
5 out of 5 stars
Value
4 out of 5 stars
Report Abuse

5 out of 5 stars

What do you want in a truck?

DR, 02/03/2022
RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
25 of 25 people found this review helpful

I'm about 1750 miles into my 2022 Ridgeline RTL-E and so far I have been extremely satisfied. As a person who isn't naturally crazy about vehicles, I had to ask myself what I was really looking for in my next vehicle. For reference, I had a perfectly ordinary 2015 Ford Fusion which got me from A to B. From that vehicle, I realized a couple of things. I wanted to ride up higher, I wanted 6 cylinders or more and I wanted a vehicle I could love (not just like). My lifestyle is becoming more and more outdoors and needing to haul some gear was more important than when I bought the Fusion. So... I decided on a truck. The initial trucks I looked at were full size. The Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500. Loved both of them, but here are the problems I had with them. To get a leather trim, you were easily in the sixties for prices (thank you Covid) and the gas mileage is abysmal. I drove my friends 1500 and he was getting 15-16mpg on average. The other thing I realized about full size trucks is turning radius - it's horrible. Having a big truck makes you feel manly, but you need to be able to park it and get around. Gas mileage, cost, turning radius and the realization that I didn't need THAT much truck had me look at midsize... Obviously, everyone looks at the Tacoma. It LOOKS GREAT. But that's about it. It hasn't been redesigned in forever and the ride shows it. The technology and the dash just seemed dated and the local dealers couldn't be bothered with following up on emails and calls. It's a noisy ride! Again, leather was a very high level trim. Nothing except the looks and the previous reputation were in its favor. I kept looking at the Honda on Edmunds as the number 1 midsize but it has so little market share. Finally, I decided to expand my horizons and went in to a dealer to test drive it. I bought it the next day. Ride - for reference, my wife has a Lexus RX350 and I have to say the Ridgeline is nearly as good. Even my wife on her first experience commented (unprompted) how good the ride was. It drives like a car. This is the thing that the Honda Ridgeline gets great marks on and is known for. Check! Turning radius - not quite as good as most cars, but it is far better than any other truck I have driven. I don't know for sure, but I'd say it's within 10% of most cars. Check! RTL-E has leather trim and feels good. Cost out the door was around $50k before my trade-in. Check! Gas mileage - I have averaged 20.8 overall so far and this is a mix of town and highway so I think pretty good all told. The truck has an Eco mode (haven't used) and it will turn itself off at stop lights (have used) Technology - very good. Touch screen is much more responsive than older systems and Car Play was one of the must have features that I had to have. Adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, lane departure, etc. etc. Good stuff overall - the only thing I could wish it had was seat A/C. This last sentence sounds silly until you try it on a long drive. Lexus RX350 has it and it is the bomb. Since my dog is my buddy, I have the back seats folded up and put in a dog couch. The back doors open plenty well for me. I think Gen1 owners complained and had to modify the door. No such issues for me. 5'4" cab is plenty for my gear and home depot runs. There are tie holds and it is already lined with a tough plastic bed liner, so I'm good. The AC outlet in the back might be useful one day. Storage container under the bed is great. So is the back door opening two ways. I added a Tonneau cover and called it a day. The issues I've heard about Ridgelines are that sometimes rain can move from the bed back into the back of the truck. I looked at this carefully when I first got it, but no issues and I have a cover and I am keeping it a garage. Weep holes seemed to work as promised. I was even pulling the carpet back in the back seat to see if there was an issue, but nothing. Ask your dealer if this is still an issue or look it up yourself. The only other thing is VCM (type Honda VCM in wikipedia). However, I think the number of actual issues on this has to be very small across all Ridgelines and I am not planning on using eco mode anyway. check out the Honda Ridgeline forums (independent). So, I have found a vehicle that I truly am happy with and now look forward to driving and the biggest surprise of all is that I am starting to see more of them around me. My recommendation is definitely give this a test drive and compare what you're really looking for to how the Ridgeline may deliver for you. So far, I have made the right choice.

Safety
4 out of 5 stars
Technology
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Interior
5 out of 5 stars
Comfort
5 out of 5 stars
Value
5 out of 5 stars
Report Abuse
4 out of 5 stars

Very nice Truck but Honda missed on few things.

Tim, 01/20/2022
RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
13 of 14 people found this review helpful

Headlights are like driving vehicles from the early 2000s. Very poor compared to the 2018Toyota I trade in. Highbeam is a halogen bulb ( yellow light ) and low beam is dull Led white light. I had to go and buy new Led bulbs after spending $45000. The other problem is that the passager seat can not adjust up or down. My wife's feet cannot touch the floor.

Safety
5 out of 5 stars
Technology
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Interior
5 out of 5 stars
Comfort
5 out of 5 stars
Reliability
5 out of 5 stars
Value
5 out of 5 stars
Report Abuse

5 out of 5 stars

Serial buyer

Paul in NJ, 04/02/2022
RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

I’m on my second gen 2 ridgeline. I traded my 2017 RTLE with 90k miles for a 2021 RTL. Simply put, the best vehicles I’ve ever owned! On the first one I purchased I traded my Explorer, F150 and Buick LaCrosse since the Ridgeline fulfilled all 3 missions. Lux interior and ride, room for 5 around town, 4 on long trips, excellent storage and utility for shopping and outdoor activities and a decent load carrying capability for weekend trips to the garden center while keeping the ability to tow my 20’ boat. All that and it’s AWD is stable as a rock in the snow! After over 100k miles between the two trucks, I’ve averaged over 23 mpg city/hwy and had only standard maintenance while the tires lasted 85k miles. Why the RTL downgrade second time around? Most 2017 options are now standard at the RTL trim and I never used the in-bed audio system or power outlets. Saved $4,000.

Safety
5 out of 5 stars
Technology
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Interior
4 out of 5 stars
Comfort
4 out of 5 stars
Reliability
5 out of 5 stars
Value
5 out of 5 stars
Report Abuse

5 out of 5 stars

Best midsize truck

R.C., 05/07/2022
RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)
7 of 7 people found this review helpful

After extensive research on midsize trucks including the colorado, tacoma, frontier, ranger and ridgeline, it became obvious that the ridgeline offered the best value. I really don't understand why a truck is not a truck if it does not have rear leaf springs and a separate ladder frame!! I guess it is simply resistance to change. I am not really sure when it became so necessary to own an off road super truck for everyone came from, most drivers probably will never go off road (although the ridgeline can). Lets be real, for day to day use, the occasional trip to home depot, possibly commuting to work and a trip to the beach with the kids the ridgeline is perfect; roomy, economical, quiet, smooth and safe. Surely it is no longer necessary to sacrifice comfort due to rear leaf springs with a live axle nor put up with low quality interiors available "only on black", the ridgeline is there to give you options, make it as plush as you want to and still be able to pull a decent load or carry a lot of mulch and you get an excellent quality product. After three months of ownership, i am fully satisfied with the ridgeline. I have taken it to its load limits without a hiccup and frankly it rides better then my old 2013 accord and my 2017 CRV. As far as efficiency goes, i have seen as high as 28 MPG on the highway and the cumulative MPG stands at 23. Great job Honda!

Safety
5 out of 5 stars
Technology
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Interior
5 out of 5 stars
Comfort
5 out of 5 stars
Reliability
5 out of 5 stars
Value
5 out of 5 stars
Report Abuse
12345...6
Items per page: