The Ridgeline is one of the best compact trucks, as long as you’re OK with the fact that it does things a little differently than class rivals. You’ll also have to pay up for the Ridgeline; it has a much higher starting price than most competitors do. Trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are better choices if you prioritize things like towing capacity or off-road ability. Most rivals also offer multiple cab and bed configurations, but with this Honda, the one and only configuration is a crew cab with a short bed. The Honda Ridgeline is a great truck. However, it stands out from the crowd by putting less emphasis on some traditional truck attributes, like towing capacity. It also offers all-wheel drive instead of four-wheel drive. Still, the Ridgeline features a V6 engine that delivers plenty of power and gets fuel economy ratings on par with rivals’ four-cylinder engines. It handles well and has an incredibly smooth ride. Inside, you’ll find arguably the most well-appointed cabin in the class and a long list of standard and available features. The Ridgeline’s bed also provides more versatility than rivals’ beds.
Superior ride and handling thanks to independent rear suspension Unique two-way tailgate and large lockable in-bed trunk Sophisticated all-wheel-drive system provides multisurface traction Spacious crew cab is comfortable and handsomely finished
Frustrating touchscreen audio and navigation interface Lacks the low-range gearing and underbody clearance of typical trucks 5,000-pound maximum tow rating drops to 3,500 pounds on front-wheel-drive version Sensitive driver aids are distracting
The Toyota Tacoma is the clear choice in this class if you value off-road ability. But that’s not its only advantage over the Ridgeline. The Tacoma can tow more than the Ridgeline, and it comes standard with a touch-screen infotainment system, which costs extra in the Honda. Meanwhile, the Ridgeline has the more upscale cabin, a more versatile bed, and a smoother ride. The Ridgeline is a better all-around truck, but there are still reasons to prefer the Tacoma.
The Ridgeline has one of the most spacious cabins in the class, and it seats five. The front seats are supportive and provide great forward visibility. The rear seats have plenty of room, even for adult passengers. Unlike most rivals, this truck only comes as a crew cab.
Ridgeline and Car Seats
There are three full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the system an Acceptable rating (the second-highest score) for ease-of-use, but there are a couple of issues. The tether anchors are hard to find, and the lower anchors are set a little too deep in the seats.
Ridgeline Interior Quality
Climb inside the Ridgeline, and you’ll find arguably the nicest interior in the class. It’s quiet and spacious, the controls are well-organized, and there are soft-touch materials throughout.
Ridgeline Cargo Space
This Honda provides ample cabin storage space, including enough room for a set of golf clubs under the rear seats. The rear seats also flip up, providing enough room for larger items. The Ridgeline has a highly versatile bed, featuring an in-bed storage trunk that locks and a dual-action tailgate. The bed is wide enough to fit 4-foot-wide items between the wheel wells. An in-bed audio system and an AC power outlet are available.
Ridgeline Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation
Standard features in the Ridgeline include push-button start and a seven-speaker audio system with two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch center stack display screen.
Available features include a power-sliding rear window, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch-screen audio system with navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Siri Eyes Free.
The Ridgeline’s available touch-screen infotainment interface can cause frustration. On the bright side, you can operate the system while wearing gloves, and there are plenty of available smartphone connectivity features.