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2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.1

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline has a few hard plastics scattered around the cabin, as all compact pickup trucks do, but it also incorporates lots of premium materials. The result is a Ridgeline interior that's arguably the most upscale and inviting in the class.

Both rows of seats are supportive and provide plenty of head- and legroom, and the lengthy standard features list includes a lot of driver assistance technology. The infotainment system isn't as intuitive as some rivals’, though. The Ridgeline's bed has plenty of tricks that help make it one of the most versatile beds in the class, though it only comes in one length.

  • "As with most other mid-size pickups, the Honda features hard plastics below the dash level. Otherwise, the materials are above average." -- Car and Driver
  • "This is a very nicely trimmed truck interior. The material choices and overall design have a family-friendly sophistication that trucks usually don't even bother to attempt, especially in the midsize arena. It's a cut above the rest." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The Honda's cabin tech offerings are on par with my favorite Chevrolet Colorado's and head and shoulders better than the Tacoma's Entune setup. Factor in its much more spacious cabin, quieter ride and ability to fit bulky items inside its cabin thanks to its flexible rear seating, and the Honda starts to look pretty good." -- CNET (2017)

Seating

The Ridgeline only comes in a crew cab body style. It seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery and a configurable rear seat that lets you fold up the seat bottoms for extra storage space. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Up front, the Ridgeline's seats are comfortable and provide all-day support. The driver enjoys excellent forward visibility as well. The rear seats are the roomiest in the class, and even taller adults will find plenty of head- and legroom.

For securing child safety seats, the Ridgeline has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear seats. The system is generally easy to use once you locate the anchors.

  • "Rear-seat passengers will enjoy the most space of all mid-size rivals. Fold-down armrests on both front seats are a welcome addition, especially since the center console sits low between them." -- Car and Driver
  • "The Ridgeline easily offers the driver and passengers more space than any other midsize crew-cab truck. The differences are most noticeable in terms of the cabin's interior width at the hip and shoulder and in head- and legroom in the rear seats." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "The Ridgeline's front seats offer all-day comfort with good thigh support. There is plenty of headroom in either seat, but the dashboard does somewhat intrude on passenger foot room, though not enough to be a serious complaint. The Ridgeline offers the most passenger volume of any mid-size pickup and rear seat passengers are the biggest beneficiaries of that fact. Even those over six-feet tall will find more than enough head and legroom. … The seating position in the Ridgeline is the best in the mid-size category. You have a more commanding view of the road in the Ridgeline than in the Chevy Colorado and there's no issue of a 'chopped' roofline obstructing outward visibility like in the Toyota Tacoma." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Ridgeline include tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, seven speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Newly standard for 2020 is the Ridgeline's touch-screen infotainment system, which was previously available in upper trims only. It has a large screen that's easy to see, and it comes with standard connectivity features that make it easy to pair your smartphone with the truck. Unfortunately, the touch screen responds slowly to inputs, and some of the features can be a bit frustrating.

An in-bed power outlet, a truck bed audio system, a power-sliding rear window, a moonroof, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio are available.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Some of these features are part of the Honda Sensing suite of driver technology.

Available active safety features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.

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  • The Ridgeline’s standard 8.0-inch HondaLink touchscreen is hard to control, the features are frustrating to use, and it's not very responsive to user inputs. Redeeming qualities are few, but standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a trick, optional in-bed audio system will liven up any tailgate party. It uses actuators that vibrate the cargo box, turning it into a huge speaker." -- Car and Driver
  • The Ridgeline plays well with smartphones, with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto available on higher trims. However, we're not fans of the 8-inch touchscreen audio system because of the poor user-interface experience." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "Buyers will also appreciate convenience technologies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and available Garmin navigation." -- Left Lane News (2017)

Cargo

The Ridgeline's bed is arguably the most versatile of any truck on the market. It's made of a reinforced composite material, so it doesn't need a bed liner. It's also wide enough to hold 4-foot-wide items (like sheets of plywood) with ease, and the wheel wells barely protrude into the bed.

On the downside, some competitors' beds are lower to the ground, making it easier to load cargo into them than into this Honda. Also, the bed is only about 5 feet 4 inches long. Most compact pickup truck rivals offer longer beds.

The Ridgeline's tailgate can be lowered the traditional way, and it can also swing open to the side, like a car door. There's a 7.3-cubic-foot in-bed storage trunk that features a built-in drain plug, and in-bed lights come standard as well. An in-bed audio system and AC power outlet are available.

You get plenty of small-item storage space in the cabin, and the rear seats flip up, giving you room to haul bigger things, such as a flat-screen television or a bicycle. There's also ample room under the rear seats, even when they're not folded up. However, the rear doors don't open all that wide, so it could be tough to get larger items in the cabin.

  • "No midsize comes close. The rear seat bottoms flip up to reveal a broad, flat load floor, but the underseat area can still accommodate a medium golf bag beneath a seated occupant. The crowning jewel is the Ridgeline’s lockable in-bed trunk, which can hold multiple suitcases." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "There's a downside to the bed-based tech: height. The tailgate and bed floor of the Ridgeline are noticeably higher than in the Colorado or Tacoma—about on par with a much higher-riding, heavy-duty full-size truck. This can make it tougher to get items up and into the bed, especially for shorter users." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)
  • "About that tailgate: as was the case before, the Ridgeline has the innovative combination of a traditional tailgate plus a station wagon-like side-hinged action. The in-bed trunk also returns. It's large enough to hold a big cooler or a golf bag, and is very easy to access (as long as you don't have a lot of rocks or cargo in the bed). The trunk also has a drain plug, welcome when tailgating." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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