2009 Honda Ridgeline Consumer Reviews

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2009 Honda Ridgeline
4.8
Average based on 13 reviews
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Great Multipurpose truck...

by from Brownstown, IN. on March 23, 2010

I bought my 2009 Ridgeline RT one year ago this month. I wanted another new Ram 4x4. My 1999 Ram was getting tired. I test-drove Rams, Silverados, Tacomas, Ridgelines and Tundras. After testdriving al...
I bought my 2009 Ridgeline RT one year ago this month. I wanted another new Ram 4x4. My 1999 Ram was getting tired. I test-drove Rams, Silverados, Tacomas, Ridgelines and Tundras. After testdriving all of those it came down to the Ridgeline and the Tundra. They were the quietest and seemed to be the sturdiest of all. I mostly need a car, but on weekends I need a truck for pulling my car hauler to shows, going to the lumber yard, ect. The milage difference in the Honda with the ride-quality really pointed me towards the Ridgeline. Now one year later with zero visits back to the dealer with anything except oil changes, I can honestly say it is the perfect truck for me. I pull my 1932 Ford roadster, my 1927 T roadster truck and as many as 4 motorcycles all the way to central Tennessee on my 18' flat bed. I've hauled exactly 2,088 lbs. of pavers in the bed (3 times) from Menards in Columbus. I've never been dissappointed in my decision to buy the Ridgeline. I bought custom wheels the first week. Had it tinted all the way around the next weekend, bought the trailor wiring harness the next week and had it installed along with the trailor brake. Other than that, I've done nothing other than drive and enjoy. Zero problems! Never had that with domestic trucks. Dave B.
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BEST TRUCK I SHOULD HAVE KEPT

by from Pittsburgh PA on July 10, 2009

Alright I had an 06 Ridgeline and like a fool, I sold it to save on gas. Biggest mistake I ever made. I feel like a mother that gave up a child for adoption:( Now every time I see a Ridgeline on the r...
Alright I had an 06 Ridgeline and like a fool, I sold it to save on gas. Biggest mistake I ever made. I feel like a mother that gave up a child for adoption:( Now every time I see a Ridgeline on the road, I look to see if it is my baby. The truck was awesome. It rode like a lazy boy with wheels and was a joy to drive. Only complaint was that it was not too quick in the acceleration department. Someday if my wife allows, I am going to buy another and never let go of it again. I dont care if gas costs $5 I wont sell it. This truck is worth it.
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Honda Ridgeline RTL - Nighthawk Black

by from Honolulu, HI on August 10, 2009

I purchased a new Honda Ridgeline RTL about 2 months ago. I traded in a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. I can't tell you how pleased I am so far. There are far to many PRO's to list, and I figure that anyone who ...
I purchased a new Honda Ridgeline RTL about 2 months ago. I traded in a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. I can't tell you how pleased I am so far. There are far to many PRO's to list, and I figure that anyone who is researching vehicles is somewhat like me and wants to read about CON's more than PRO's. First off, I was considering/researched the 2009 Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Ford F-150 and Honda Ridgeline. I wanted another pickup and was looking for a crew cab that was also 4X4. After exhaustive research I narrowed my search down to the Tacoma and Ridgeline. Most of the narrowing process came from personal likes/dislikes during test-drives and with available features. That said I settled on the Ridgeline for 3 main reasons, lockable in bed trunk, better cargo lighting in bed, and interior comfort (leather, operator friendly bluetooth, back-up sensors and camera, power rear window). I love everything about this truck with the following CON's: 1. Only has power seat for driver, not passenger; 2. You have to pay extra for a full-size spare?? 3. Gear shifter is on steering column instead of center console and 4. Window tinting is only on rear windows. The CON's are not major - save the spare tire issue. And, as I've indicated earlier the PRO's far outnumber the CON's. The Ridgeline is more of the swiss-army knife of trucks. It is very good at so many things, but not great at any one thing. If you are the kind of person who is looking for an extremely comfortable truck for day-to-day commuting and routine truck-related activities (I tow my two wave-runners with no problem); take an afternoon to look at/consider a Ridgeline. If you are looking for a more heavy-duty, off-road beast of a truck; this is probably not the truck for you.
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A Mult-use truck for the private owner.

by from Missouri on November 17, 2009

I bought a 2009 Ridgeline two weeks ago. First weekend I loaded up our dirt bikes for a camp/ride deal. I was really surprized. Honda did there research on bikes. They fit perfect and strapped in neve...
I bought a 2009 Ridgeline two weeks ago. First weekend I loaded up our dirt bikes for a camp/ride deal. I was really surprized. Honda did there research on bikes. They fit perfect and strapped in never moved a bit. I did order the extender bar for the bikes. Plenty of power, drives great, hugs the turns. Totally different than my pickup truck. Also cut wood at the riding area and loaded in the back for camp fire. Coming from a full size truck single cab, I was impressed with all the room and cubbies for storing gear and also the trunk for riding gear. Had my larger sized buddies seat in it and they said there is plenty of room. Fast forward to second weekend; Deer season. Boy did I get looks on my new vehicle. Driving in the back woods with a temp sticker on the back window. After they gwaucked, complained, laughed; I proceeded to show them how multi-use the vehicle really is and saved the trunk for last. Chain saw and other gear in the locked trunk. One friend and I used it for two days traveling back and forth from the national forest. I think the real kicker was when we went in to the small town with about 25 deer hunters in orange standing there as we pulled in with deer in the bed. They all walked over to see what the heck. And I added a little by opening the tail gate as a door, which caused a few mummbled comments. So,,Now back home washed her up and ready to do more work,play or whatever. I am totally pleased with it. I do have an rv(3100lbs), to really put it to the test. Honda manual does suggest a sway bar and I will be putting one on it. They don't recommend weight distribution bars. I have to pipe in further when I do this. Right now, it is a pleasure to drive. Call it what you want, car truck, truck, suv, etc. I am using it.. Also, made right here in Lincoln Alabama, U.S.A. by american workers.
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Very Reliable

by from Niagara Falls Ontario on January 12, 2011

Haved owned this vehicle from new for 2 years 51,000Km. One, the wipers are not user friendly for snow, they do not lift as the hood blocks them. Dealer mechanic says they shut the car off when the wi...
Haved owned this vehicle from new for 2 years 51,000Km. One, the wipers are not user friendly for snow, they do not lift as the hood blocks them. Dealer mechanic says they shut the car off when the wipers are half way up the windshield. they say the truck has thought of everything, using gloves, they missed the snow and ice. Everything is good nothing except the engine is great. Very dependable, not real good on gas. Do have a few little squeaks and noises that the dealer does not know how to find, or repair. The tonneau cover for the rear is overly expensive! If buying used be sure to check the cost of new hardware. So far have spent almost $300.00 for it without the cost of the used cover. Base of the drivers seat was broken and replaced by dealer. Very unhappy with dealer that l currently use. Great size vehicle for truck, for my use as a car mostly and hauling very little. Recently the windshield has cracked and run all the way across. Not covered by warranty. Most dealer service runs about $200.00. Not cheap to keep a Honda in good shape.
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excellent pickup

by from Seattle on April 20, 2010

Turns fast and holds the road. Much better than the Colorado I use to have. I do not like the idea of no automatic headlights with interior lights that make me think the headlights are on. Mine did no...
Turns fast and holds the road. Much better than the Colorado I use to have. I do not like the idea of no automatic headlights with interior lights that make me think the headlights are on. Mine did not come with fog lights and I will probably buy the Honda lights and put them on. Auto 4 x 4 is very good here in Wisconsin. Seats are comfortable, larger door handles work well.
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Ridgeline is Hard to beat

by from Boston on January 21, 2011

I now have 98K miles on my 2006 Ridgeline, and it has been very reliable, and quite functional at times. OK, sometimes you get laughed at( like when you go to buy mulch and only one yard fits in the b...
I now have 98K miles on my 2006 Ridgeline, and it has been very reliable, and quite functional at times. OK, sometimes you get laughed at( like when you go to buy mulch and only one yard fits in the bed), but six trips later you have all the mulch that is needed. The locking compartment ubder the bed is still the most ingenious feature of any truck I have seen. I keep tools. luggage. golf clubs, baseball gear in there and there is never any water . For tailgate parties, the compartment emtpies out, I fill it with ice, and we now have the worlds alrgest beer cooler. My only downside on this truck is the gas mileage, I average 16.5 MPG with a mix of city and highway driving. Sometime I feel as though the 3.5 liter engine just has to work that much harder to pull tthe weight, but the Rudgeline drives like a car once you are off the line, I am seriously consideriding reupping for a 2011 model this fall. I cannot find a better midsize truck out there.
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honda ridgeline is the greatest !!

by from Indiana on March 28, 2012

I'm getting 19-20 mpg in town, got 21.6 on one tank, this truck rides much better than the noisy 08 nissan frontier i had prior to this purchase. Plus i have 4 wheel reliability in the snow in the win...
I'm getting 19-20 mpg in town, got 21.6 on one tank, this truck rides much better than the noisy 08 nissan frontier i had prior to this purchase. Plus i have 4 wheel reliability in the snow in the winter time. I am really happy with my purchase! I found a 09 with only 14k miles on it, creampuff. enuf said.
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Very reliable truck

by from Chicago on August 25, 2013

Enjoy Honda line of cars and trucks. This is 3rd Ridgeline we have owned. Love styling, ride, and reliability.
Enjoy Honda line of cars and trucks. This is 3rd Ridgeline we have owned. Love styling, ride, and reliability.
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Couldn't be happier

by from Uniontown, OH on June 16, 2012

I have had my 09 Ridgeline for a little over a month now. The trunk is even bigger than I had expected. Love the dual action tailgate. On the inside I was blown away by all the storage. I was looking ...
I have had my 09 Ridgeline for a little over a month now. The trunk is even bigger than I had expected. Love the dual action tailgate. On the inside I was blown away by all the storage. I was looking for a "practical" truck for a family guy and there couldn't be a better fit. The running boards are a must have option if you have younger kids because it makes it super easy for them to get in and out on their own. Plus it looks alot better with them! So far fuel economy has been really consistent at about 17.2 mpg and I am mostly driving in town. I am a very happy Ridgeline owner.
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