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2011 Honda Ridgeline Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Honda Ridgeline was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.3

The auto press loves all of the in-cabin cargo storage options, the swinging tailgate and the lockable in-bed trunk, but bemoans Honda’s heavy-handed use of plastics. In addition to poor interior materials, reviewers say taller drivers and front-seat passengers may be unhappy with the front-seat space. These seats are comfortable, but multiple writers note the poor rearward visibility that’s a result of the Ridgeline’s thick C-pillars.

  • "The interior has many minivan cues, but it's a clean, very practical design." -- Cars.com

Seating

Reviewers say that the seating, headroom, and legroom in the Ridgeline’s cabin is adequate for most people. But, if you’re on the tall side, you may want to look elsewhere. Reviewers mention multiple things that taller drivers may have problems with, like the lack of a telescoping steering wheel, less headroom in models with the sunroof and cramped legroom. Additionally, the Ridgeline seats five, whereas most crew cab pickups can seat up to six.

  • “The front seats are supportive and the rear split-bench seat folds up neatly to allow storage of large items in the cab." -- Cars.com
  • "Headroom is 6-footer adequate with RTL's available sunroof, ample otherwise. Fine legroom, though taller drivers may wish for more rearward seat travel." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Reviewers have mixed opinions when it comes to the 2011 Honda Ridgeline’s interior. While it is roomy and offers plenty of small-items storage, most writers complain about Honda’s liberal use of cheap plastics. Many Hondas come with plentiful standard features, and the Ridgeline is no exception, including far more convenience and electronic features than most base model pickups do. The Ridgeline comes standard with power windows and locks, six cup holders, remote fuel door release, and steering-wheel-mounted cruise control. Its standard stereo is an AM/FM/CD player that can read MP3 and WMA-formatted discs. This is impressive when compared with pickups like the Chevrolet Colorado, whose base model comes with cloth seats and does not include power windows or a CD player.

  • "Roomy and stylish interior." -- Car and Driver
  • "The instrument panel has Honda-typical gauges, which are easy to read. Controls are simple, but some radio adjustments require a stretch. Ridgeline has a steering-column-mounted transmission shift lever that has imprecise movement, which allows it to overshoot Drive from Reverse or Park.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "We'll channel Mr. McGuire's one-word piece of advice to Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock - "Plastics" - because the Ridgeline interior is absolutely full of them. To be sure, most cars and trucks in 2011 are 'plastic', but the Ridgeline's use of same seemingly dates back a whole generation in car and truck design. The Honda's hard plastic dash has an almost industrial look, although (to its credit) industrial use of plastic makes for generous storage bins throughout the interior.” -- Kelley Blue Book

Cargo

Reviewers love all of the unique storage solutions Honda included on the Ridgeline, like its lockable in-bed cargo box and horizontally-swinging tailgate. The Ridgeline offers 2.6 cubic feet of second-row under-seat storage, but Honda has not released information about the amount of in-cab storage space when the rear seats are folded up. The lockable in-bed trunk offers 8.5 cubic feet of space. Reviewers say in-cabin storage is generous.

  • "Additional utility is provided by a rear seat that will fold up and out of the way, accommodating one mountain bike or - hypothetically - two unicycles. The utility is excellent, but the design execution is more ‘utility closet.’" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Clever storage box in cargo bed." -- Car and Driver
  • "Ridgeline's cargo bed carries 4x8 sheets flat with the tailgate dropped. Even then, floor length is just 6.5 ft, and rivals offer long-box options. The tailgate's swing-open feature is nifty. Ditto the in-bed ‘trunk’ with 8.5 cubic feet of covered, lockable space--enough for three regular golf bags, Honda says. Useful in-cab cargo space beneath rear seat becomes generous with the cushions flipped up. Small-item storage is ample, thanks to a large console, glovebox, and assorted handy bins." -- Consumer Guide

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