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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Compact Pickup Trucks category. Currently the Honda Ridgeline has a score of 8.2 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 34 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2018 Honda Ridgeline Review

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline ranks in the middle of the compact pickup truck class. It has a roomy and well-appointed interior, as well as engaging driving dynamics. However, it has a lower towing capacity than class rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Poised ride and handling
  • Excellent safety scores
  • High-end interior
  • Roomy cabin
  • Frustrating infotainment operation
  • High list prices and ownership costs
  • Lower towing capacity than rivals

Is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the Honda Ridgeline is a good truck. However, it's not like most other compact pickups. This is the truck for buyers who may not need a rugged workhorse but still want good utility with the handling of a car or smaller SUV. The Ridgeline's list prices are very high for the class, though all models come with a V6 engine and spacious rear seats. Other compact trucks usually charge more to add both of these.

The 2018 Ridgeline has some appealing strengths:

  • Versatile bed, with unique features like an in-bed stereo
  • Refined interior quality
  • Ample passenger room
  • Strong V6 engine
  • Comfortable ride and engaging handling
  • Class-leading safety scores

It also has several weaknesses:

  • Confusing infotainment menus and controls
  • Only one engine option
  • Can't tow as much as rivals
  • Pricey for the class
  • Highest five-year ownership costs in class
  • Poor rating for depreciation
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 34 Honda Ridgeline reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has decades of combined automotive industry experience. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

Based on listings for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline on our site, the average list price is $33,700, which is well above average for the class. Prices range from about $28,000 to $40,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Cost to Own?

The 2018 Ridgeline’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,300, or $5,460 per year. That’s the highest total for a compact pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Ridgeline?

Honda made minimal changes to the Ridgeline for the 2019 model year. All trims now come with two USB ports, while a moonroof and a sliding rear window are available in more trims. For many buyers, these updates probably aren't worth the extra cost of buying a new Ridgeline, so it makes sense to purchase a very similar used 2018 Ridgeline to save money. The 2019 Ridgeline retails for around $30,000, and its highest trim starts at $43,420. Expect to pay between about $28,000 and $40,000 for a used 2018 Ridgeline.

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The Ridgeline was reintroduced as a 2017 model after a hiatus that lasted a few years. For 2018, a few trims were cut, but there were no major differences in features or availability. If you're set on a used model, a 2017 Ridgeline is likely a better value than a 2018 version.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Ridgeline a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Honda Ridgeline Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two recalls for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline:

  • A fuel pump port in some models may crack and leak fuel
  • Some rivets that secure the seats to the floor may be improperly manufactured and could fail

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda Ridgeline Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline comes in six trims: RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition. All models come with a 280-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The RTL-E and Black Edition models are all-wheel drive only.

The two lowest trims have a decent number of features, but you'll want to spring for the RTL model to get more comfort features like leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats.

To get modern infotainment features, step up to the Ridgeline RTL-T. This trims comes with a touch-screen system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite radio. Most active safety and driver assistance features can only be found in the top two trims.

  • Honda Ridgeline RT: The 2018 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a 5-inch display, seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, push-button start, and a USB port. Rear parking sensors and remote start are available.
  • Honda Ridgeline Sport: The Ridgeline Sport adds tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, and remote start. Rear parking sensors and a heated steering wheel are available.
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL: Standard features in the Ridgeline RTL include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat.
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL-T: The Ridgeline RTL-T comes standard with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, a navigation system, two rear USB ports, and a blind spot camera.
  • Honda Ridgeline RTL-E: Additional features in the Ridgeline RTL-E include an eight-speaker premium stereo, an in-bed audio system, a heated steering wheel, memory settings for the driver's seat, a moonroof, a power-sliding rear window, and LED headlights. Driver assistance features in the RTL-E include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beams, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.
  • Honda Ridgeline Black Edition: The Ridgeline Black Edition has the same features as the RTL-E with blacked-out appearance and trim pieces, unique wheels and leather upholstery.

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What Does Honda’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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.

According to our analysis, Honda's CPO program is less robust than those of many other brands for the coverage and benefits it provides.

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How Safe Is the Ridgeline?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has the highest composite safety scores among compact pickup trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Ridgeline an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Ridgeline a 2018 Top Safety Pick. The pickup earned the highest rating of Good in five crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Properly equipped Ridgeline models earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of front crash prevention features and for how well headlights on certain trims illuminate the road ahead. Many of the midlevel and base trim levels received a Poor for headlight visibility.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • multi-angle rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • Honda LaneWatch blind spot camera system
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • automatic high beams
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • adaptive cruise control
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • road departure mitigation
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking

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2018 Honda Ridgeline Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Ridgeline or 2018 Toyota Tacoma?

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma ranks near the top of the class on the strength of its excellent predicted reliability rating. Its available four-wheel-drive system makes it better suited for off-roading than the Ridgeline, and its 1,620-pound payload capacity and 6,800-pound tow rating are better than the Honda's as well. The Tacoma comes standard with a user-friendly infotainment system and a healthy dose of standard driver assistance features. But the Ridgeline boasts better safety scores, composed on-road handling, and a spacious cabin (some Tacoma models are in the cramped, four-seat Access Cab configurations). Your choice comes down to your priorities and budget. Both have a high range of list prices for the class, but driving a Tacoma will save you about $2,500 over five years in ownership costs. Go with the Toyota if you want a burly off-roader that can handle more cargo, or pick the Ridgeline for more comfortable everyday use.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Ridgeline or 2018 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is one of the most capable trucks in the class, with a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds and a payload rating is similar to the Ridgeline's. The Honda has a slight edge when it comes to safety and predicted reliability ratings, and it has a more upscale interior than the Chevy. Both trucks have admirable on-road handling, but the Colorado is attractive for its trio of engine choices and dedicated Z71 and ZR2 off-road models. The Chevy's range of list prices is several thousand dollars lower than the Honda's, and you'd also save about $1,500 over five years driving the Colorado. Both of these trucks are a good choice, but the Colorado is more of a workhorse while the Ridgeline is better for daily use.

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2018 Ridgeline Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Drive?

The 2018 Ridgeline comes standard with a 280-horsepower V6 engine. It delivers good power for running errands around town, and it can get up to highway speeds with ease. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission, which pairs well with the engine to make the most of the horses under the hood.

The Ridgeline drives more like a car or crossover SUV than a rugged truck, with composed cornering abilities and some surprisingly athletic tendencies. Its ride quality is probably the most comfortable in the class, and large road bumps are absorbed nicely.

In contrast to other trucks that come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer four-wheel drive, the Ridgeline is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. This Honda does just fine away from the pavement, capably tackling uneven terrain. AWD models feature an Intelligent Traction Management system that lets you select a drive mode to match the terrain you’re traversing.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Honda Ridgeline gets decent fuel economy compared to rivals’ V6 engines. However, other compact pickups have more fuel-efficient diesel engine choices.

  • FWD: 19/26 mpg city/highway
  • AWD: 18/25 mpg
2018 Honda Ridgeline Towing Capacity

The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Ridgeline Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Ridgeline Seat?

The 2018 Ridgeline is a Crew Cab truck that seats five people in two rows. The front seats keep you supported and comfortable even on long drives. Both rows of seats offer plenty of space, even for tall riders. In terms of quality, the cabin leaves little to complain about; the Ridgeline has arguably the nicest interior in the class. It’s well-designed, appointed nicely, and insulated from outside noise.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • heated front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat
  • four-way power-adjustable passenger seat
  • driver's seat memory function
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2018 Ridgeline has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in its second row. The tether anchors can be hard to find, and the lower anchors are set deep in the seat. The tether anchor for the middle seat could also be confused for other hardware. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Features

Several of the Ridgeline's lower trims are pretty slim on infotainment and technology features. Things aren't much better in models with the available touch-screen interface. The system can be tricky to learn and use, and there are small annoyances like virtual buttons for volume control. It can take some time to get familiar with this technology.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch audio display, a seven-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an eight-speaker premium stereo, an in-bed audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and two rear USB ports
  • Additional standard features: push-button start 
  • Other available features: remote start, three-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, a moonroof, and a power-sliding rear window

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2018 Honda Ridgeline Dimensions

Honda Ridgeline Cargo Space

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has a maximum payload of 1,584 pounds, which is about average for compact pickup trucks. The bed is versatile, with enough room between the wheel wells to fit items up to 4 feet wide. The tailgate opens both horizontally and vertically. You'll get an in-bed trunk with 7.3 cubic feet of space, along with a drain in case you want to use it as a cooler. Inside the cabin, there’s enough room under the rear seats for a set of golf clubs, and the rear seats flip up to provide space for larger items like a television or a mountain bike.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,242 to 4,515 pounds
  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 5,710 pounds to 6,019 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Built?

Honda built the Ridgeline in Alabama.

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