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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.4
Reliability:
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2009 Honda Ridgeline Review

Good safety scores make the 2009 Honda Ridgeline a practical choice, with pickup truck capability and a comfortable ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable, refined ride
  • Innovative in-bed trunk and tailgate design
  • Excellent safety score
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Thinly-padded rear seats

New for 2009

  • Trailer hitch standard across the line
  • Bluetooth and rearview camera became available

2009 Honda Ridgeline Overview

When it was new, test drivers said that the 2009 Honda Ridgeline has a much more refined ride than the conventional pickups it competes against. Reviewers were also pleased with the Ridgeline’s standard V6, and noted that it offers plenty of power. However, a couple of reviewers doubted that the engine could manage the Ridgeline’s towing capacity, which, at 5,000 pounds, is a bit low for the class. The Ridgeline achieves 15/20 mpg city/highway. That's better than a comparably-equipped Ford Explorer Sport Trac.

The Ridgeline comes only as a crew cab that seats five. Generally, reviewers said that the Ridgeline’s seats offered enough comfort and space in the front and back, though a couple mentioned that the rear seats felt thinly-padded. Some reviewers also thought that the cabin, while functional, was made with too many cheap plastics. Standard features include a power-sliding rear window and a six-speaker stereo. Upper trims add features like a power sunroof, leather seats, front heated seats, Bluetooth, navigation, a backup camera and dual-zone automatic climate control. The Ridgeline’s lockable in-bed trunk can hold up to 8.5 cubic feet of cargo, and its unique tailgate can be lowered, or swung out to one side to make it easier to reach into the trunk or farther into the bed.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is also a crew-cab, short-bed pickup, and reviewers generally liked its driving dynamics and upscale interior. Though it doesn’t have a lockable trunk in the bed, the Explorer Sport Trac can tow more than the Ridgeline.

The 2009 Nissan Frontier is available as a crew cab, and reviewers said that the Frontier was one of the best-rounded options in the segment. Test drivers wrote that the Frontier has one of the most civilized rides of all truck-based compact pickups, and they loved the power from its available V6 engine.

Compare the Ridgeline to the Explorer Sport Trac and Frontier »

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