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2013 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline is a strong contender in the compact pickup truck class due to its composed performance, feature-filled interior, and top-tier reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth, sedanlike ride
  • Excellent reliability score
  • Convenient cargo features
  • Low towing capacity for the class
  • Cheap interior materials




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 9.8
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2013 Honda Ridgeline Overview

Is the 2013 Honda Ridgeline a Good Used Truck?

For buyers looking for a comfortable daily driver that can handle some light-duty work on the weekends, a used 2013 Ridgeline is a great option. It has a capable engine and a carlike ride. The cabin isn't particularly high end, but it has lots of standard features and comfortable seats. The Ridgeline has an excellent reliability rating, as well as good safety scores. This isn't the right pickup for those who need a heavy-duty work truck, however, as it has a lower towing capacity than rivals.

Used 2013 Honda Ridgeline Performance and Interior

A 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 250 horsepower is the Ridgeline's only available engine. It has enough punch for daily driving, but it doesn't have the power or torque needed for hauling heavy loads or pulling trailers. The Ridgeline can only tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is less than its competitors. A five-speed automatic transmission is mated to the V6, and it can shift somewhat abruptly. This pickup gets up to 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That’s on the low end for the class.

Even though the Ridgeline's powertrain may not impress you, this truck's road manners likely will. Since it has a unibody construction like a car rather than a body-on-frame construction like many pickups, the Ridgeline offers a smoother ride and nimbler handling than most rivals. It also has a tight turning radius, making it fairly easy to maneuver. All models come standard with all-wheel drive.

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The cabin is fitted with lots of hard plastics, so it doesn't feel particularly upscale. The Ridgeline is only available as a four-door Crew Cab, which seats five across two rows. Available comfort upgrades include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and heated front seats. This pickup offers a commanding view of the road ahead from its comfortable and supportive front seats, but rearward visibility is more limited due to the large roof supports. The rear seats have adequate legroom for adults. There are full sets of LATCH connectors in the back for installing child safety seats.

Air conditioning, power windows and door locks, a power-sliding rear window, cruise control, a six-speaker audio system, and a rearview camera come standard. Many of these features are not standard in competitors, as most rivals have work-truck-like trims that are sparsely equipped to keep cost down. Dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation, and a sunroof are available. The Ridgeline's cabin controls are user-friendly, thanks to their intuitive layout on the center stack. There is a lockable in-bed trunk that has 8.5 cubic feet of room to securely stow your items. The tailgate can either fold down like most tailgates or swing to the side like a door.

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Used 2013 Honda Ridgeline Prices

You can buy the base Ridgeline RT for around $20,500, while the range-topping Honda Ridgeline RTL with Navigation model costs about $26,300. Vehicle condition, mileage, and location can all affect price.

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We analyzed 84 Honda Ridgeline reviews to give you an idea of this truck's pros and cons. We’ve also included information on fuel economy, safety, and reliability to help you decide if the 2013 Ridgeline is the right truck for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Honda Ridgeline?

The Ridgeline earns an excellent reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. That's above average compared to all vehicles on the market, but it's in line with the scores earned by other compact pickup trucks.

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How Safe Is the Ridgeline?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Ridgeline a 2013 Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in every crash test performed. The Ridgeline earned four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rollover test. The Nissan Frontier earned similar crash test results, but the Toyota Tacoma has a lower safety rating.

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Is the 2013 Ridgeline the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Ridgeline is part of the pickup's first generation, which includes all model years from 2008 through 2014. A rearview camera became standard for 2013, but there were no other major changes between 2012 and 2013. If the camera is not important to you, you may want to consider a 2012 Ridgeline to save some money.

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Which Used Honda Ridgeline Is Right for Me?

There are four trims available: RT, Sport, RTS, and RTL. Though the base RT model is fairly well-equipped, we think the RTS is a better model. It adds comfort features like dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and an upgraded seven-speaker audio system. The Honda Ridgeline Sport trim is basically the same as the RT model, but with unique styling elements like larger alloy wheels. The top-of-the-line RTL has all the features of the RTS, plus leather upholstery, heated seats, satellite radio, and a sunroof. If you want integrated navigation, you'll need to buy the RTL; it's the only trim available with a navigation system.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Ridgeline. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether or not it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Honda Ridgeline and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Ridgeline or 2013 Nissan Frontier?

The Nissan Frontier falls just short of the Ridgeline. While the Frontier's standard four-cylinder engine is underwhelming, models with the available V6 can tow more than the Ridgeline. There are few standard features in the Frontier – some used base models may not have air conditioning or power windows. Finally, the Frontier's reliability rating is a bit lower than the Ridgeline's, but with a rating of four out of five, it's still above-average compared to all vehicles on the market.

Which Is Better: 2013 Honda Ridgeline or 2013 Toyota Tacoma?

The Ridgeline and the Toyota Tacoma are very closely matched, so the best choice for you comes down to what your priorities are. The Ridgeline has a smoother ride, a higher safety score, and more rear-seat legroom, but the Tacoma has better gas mileage and a higher towing capacity. The Tacoma also offers two different bed lengths and three cab styles to choose from.

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