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2014 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline’s excellent crash test and reliability scores help propel it toward the top of the compact pickup truck class. It also has the most powerful standard engine in its class, a comfortable ride, standard all-wheel drive, and a good towing capacity.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • In-bed trunk
  • Versatile tailgate
  • Unpredictable transmission shifts




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Honda Ridgeline Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Ridgeline a Good Used Truck?

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a good used compact pickup truck. It checks off the important features, including good towing capacity, a comfortable ride, excellent reliability, and cargo flexibility in the form of additional in-bed storage and a dual-action tailgate. Its standard V6 engine doesn’t struggle, but its transmission can be rough.

Used 2014 Honda Ridgeline Performance and Interior

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline’s 250-horsepower V6 is the most powerful standard engine in the small class. It’s mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that occasionally shifts harshly, but all-wheel drive comes standard for good handling overall. The Ridgeline's unibody construction means a more comfortable ride than that of body-on-frame rivals. The Ridgeline has an EPA fuel economy rating of 16 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That’s well behind the 2014 Toyota Tacoma and the 2014 Nissan Frontier.

The Ridgeline’s towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. It can also handle a payload of up to 1,100 pounds in its pickup bed, which features a distinctive in-bed trunk. The bed itself is 5 feet long, which is comparable to the base Tacoma and Frontier. Rivals offer longer beds, but the Ridgeline’s dual-action tailgate folds down or to the side, making loading and unloading easier.

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The 2014 Ridgeline seats five in a four-door Crew Cab configuration. Leather seats, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. Front legroom might be in short supply for taller drivers. The back seats could use more padding, but the Ridgeline’s rear legroom is the best in the class. There are complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the three rear seats.

The base Ridgeline has power windows and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, and navigation with a larger rearview camera monitor. The audio and climate controls are easy to understand, but they’re placed nearer to the passenger. As a result, some drivers may have a hard time reaching them.

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Used 2014 Honda Ridgeline Prices

Used 2014 Honda Ridgelines range from about $23,700 for the base RT trim to around $29,700 for the SE trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline has a perfect reliability score of five out of five from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the Ridgeline?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Honda Ridgeline the top crash test rating of Good. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ridgeline four out of five stars in the rollover crash test. The Ridgeline has a standard rearview camera, but a larger rearview camera is available in Ridgelines with navigation.

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Should I Consider Another Used Ridgeline?

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is the ninth year of the pickup’s first generation. It has not undergone significant changes over the years, so you might want to consider buying an earlier model year to save money. The 2013 model is essentially the same as the 2014 model. For 2012, the grille was redesigned and the Sport model became available.

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Which Used Honda Ridgeline Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is offered in five trim levels: RT, Sport, RTS, RTL, and Special Edition (or SE). The Honda Ridgeline Sport offers a leather steering wheel with mounted cruise and audio controls, as well as some special cosmetic touches. The RTS has dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power driver’s seat, and a seven-speaker audio system. The Honda Ridgeline RTL has leather seats, heated front seats, and a 115-volt power outlet. Add the navigation pack, and you’ll get Bluetooth and a navigation system. The SE trim adds cosmetic touches like black-trimmed alloy wheels. The RTS provides the most comfort and technology and is the best trim, unless you desire leather seating.

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.

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2014 Honda Ridgeline and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Ridgeline or 2014 Nissan Frontier?

In its base four-cylinder trim, the 2014 Nissan Frontier can’t match the V6 power found in the Ridgeline. However, the V6 Frontier offers good power and a smooth-shifting automatic transmission. When properly equipped, the Frontier can tow 6,100 pounds. The Nissan’s reliability can’t match the Honda’s perfect score, but it’s still above average. The Frontier is the better choice if you need a pickup that can haul and tow big loads. Otherwise, go with the Ridgeline.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Ridgeline or 2014 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2014 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t have an engine to match the Ridgeline’s V6. However, the Tacoma does have a nicer interior – as well as an available infotainment system, which the Ridgeline lacks. The Toyota has a much lower safety score than the Ridgeline, though, and its average reliability score can’t compete with the Honda’s perfect rating. The Ridgeline is the better choice overall.

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