2006 Honda Ridgeline

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$27,700

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2006 Honda Ridgeline

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • In-Bed Trunk
  • Roadholding
  • Quiet interior
  • Body rigidity
  • Optional MP3 input jack
  • No heavy-duty overkill

The bad:

  • Front and rear blind spots
  • Pedals not adjustable
  • Cab floor could be lower
  • Metal-look trim easily marred
  • Retro control ergonomics

3 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Honda Ridgeline trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Combo tailgate/swing gate
  • Standard AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Standard side and curtain airbags
  • Three LATCH child-seat anchors
  • MP3 input jack (option package)

2006 Honda Ridgeline review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


My family and I seem to live at the local home improvement store. Whether we’re buying paint to touch up the walls from an unfortunate incident involving kids and permanent markers, or picking up a couple of trees here and there to try and give our new home ‘old’ character, we’re always hauling bulky supplies.

This used to work just fine when we had one child. We would borrow my father-in-law’s pickup truck, buckle the child safety seat in the middle, my husband and I would sit on either side with a full load of bricks, or two-by-fours in back.

This came to a quick halt with the birth of baby No. 2. Some might say it’s because we’re simply too busy now for home improvement projects. My husband claims we’re just going to let our house go to heck until the kids leave for college (only another 15 years or so). I think it’s because we can’t fit our whole family in a regular pickup truck.

Enter the Honda Ridgeline. With all the functionality of a pickup, along with the modern-day conveniences of a big SUV, the Ridgeline is the answer for do-it-yourselfers with families.

Believe it or not, the Ridgeline’s rear seat comes equipped with three sets of Latch connectors, allowing three child safety seats to be installed snugly, in theory anyway. The lower Latch connector bars are wedged into to the seat so tightly (at least on my test vehicle that comes equipped with leather seats), that I cannot use them. I resort to using the seatbelt to install the seats.

The high placement of the outside door handle, and the absence of running boards on my test car, makes it quite difficult for my kids to get in without my help, much to the dismay of my little one who is fiercely independent and insists on doing everything herself (even if it means going to school with her clothes on backwards and her shoes on the wrong feet). Factory installed running boards are available for an additional cost.

The interior of the Ridgeline is an obsessive organizer’s dream, with a maze of storage compartments and super-secret squirrel hidey-holes. The center console has a sliding armrest, a hidden CD holder, a coin holder, plus enough space left over to store a small child (please don’t try this – it’s just an expression).

The leather seats, sunroof, seat heat, and steering wheel mounted audio controls make this truck seem more like an SUV. However, the sliding rear window that’s prevalent on all pickup trucks is a constant reminder that despite its nice trim, it’s still just a truck.

Because of the large truck bed, and big rear head-rests, visibility in the 2006 Honda Ridgeline stinks. Backing out of my driveway I’m unable to see the sidewalk, the street, or even the sidewalk on the other side of the street.

Consumer Reports measures the blind zone of the ’06 Honda Ridgeline as 18 to 28 feet (for drivers that are 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-1, respectively). This is a huge concern with young children around. According to Janette Fennell of KidsandCars.org, there have been 98 children backed-over by vehicles so far this year. Depending upon the trim level, audio and/or video backup sensors are available on the Ridgeline as a dealer-installed option.

That said, take a look at the thoroughly impressive crash test ratings given to the 2006 Ridgeline by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration: Five stars out of five across the board (with the exception of a 4 star rollover resistance rating). This is better that most minivans out there!

Returning the Honda Ridgeline at the end of my week-long test drive has me wishing that I could keep it just a little bit longer. Not because I can’t live without it, but because Christmas is just around the corner. I’d much rather throw the Christmas tree in the back of the Ridgeline that struggle to tie it to the roof of a Mini Cooper, which Murphy’s Law will surely have me driving just in time for the holiday.

*For more information on the Honda Ridgeline and its safety features visit Cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS LATCH Connectors: 3 Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

SENSE AND STYLE Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair-Great Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): None

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.5
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best truck I ever had.

Driving my 2006 Honda Ridgeline RTL almost 3 years already. Average 12000 miles a year. I used to had Chevrolet Silverado, s10 and Colorado, Tacoma... but I can’t compare them to my Honda truck. Using my truck for work, for fun and camp and as a family car. Enjoying every single day. I will recommend my friends to buy them and they won’t regret they make mistake... Best truck, smooth to drive, good mpg, a lot of space inside, in bed storage best idea ever.

5.0

Love the interior

Beautiful Leather.. Heated seats. 4× 4 needed for winter. Very good value for a 2006 older Truck.. Can't Beat a Toyota or a Honda.. They keep GOING..

5.0

Very unique 4 door sedan with open trunk

This car fits my needs for 5 passengers and a small bed to haul a few things and a 5000 lb towing capacity, and it comes with a lockable trunk under the bed of the trunk.

See all 102 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda
Certified pre-owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
HondaTrue Certified: More than 1 and less than 6 years/more than 12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: Less than 1 year/less than 12,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
HondaTrue Certified: 12 months/12,000 miles HondaTrue Certified+: 24 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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