2010 Honda Ridgeline

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$28,450

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2010 Honda Ridgeline
2010 Honda Ridgeline

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Outstanding ride, responsive handling
  • Wide range of lockable storage options, including in-bed trunk
  • Composite bed resists scratches, dents
  • VTM-4 all-wheel-drive system
  • Dual-action tailgate folds down or to the side

The bad:

  • Minivan design cues in interior
  • Too many styling gimmicks
  • Long reach to spare tire behind hidden trunk
  • Slanted, high box sides make it difficult to reach cargo
  • No two-tier loading or cargo-control slots in bed
  • Poor fuel economy versus full-size pickups with V-8 engines
  • No regular cab model

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Unibody construction
  • Crew-cab body style
  • Standard 4WD
  • Excellent V-6 powertrain
  • Sporty 3-D look for gauges
  • Three new exterior colors

2010 Honda Ridgeline review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The Honda Ridgeline is the perfect utility vehicle for a soccer dad. It’s smart, active-minded and extremely safety-conscious. The pickup truck offers ingenious storage options, a high-tech drivetrain and unique chassis construction. The Ridgeline’s styling is unique and hotly debatable. What’s not in question are the Ridgeline’s comfortable ride, precise handling, and limited, but always spirited, performance. Honda’s quality controls are not disputed, either. The Ridgeline features a unibody frame, all-wheel drive and four-wheel independent suspension. It comes in three trim levels: RT, RTS and RTL.

New for 2010
Honda is making only marginal changes to the Ridgeline pickup for 2010 after last year’s styling refresh. Three new exterior colors are available: Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.

Exterior
Aesthetics aside, there are some problems with the Ridgeline’s styling and design: A traditional bed cap or bed-mounted crossover toolbox won’t fit, there’s a limited selection of tonneau covers, and visibility is tough with some angles. While the composite bedliner maintains a fresh look and is wide enough to swallow 4-by-8 construction materials, it doesn’t have slots for two-tier loading or vertical dividers for cargo control. The 5-foot cargo bed’s highlights, of course, are the lockable in-bed trunk (8.5-cubic-foot capacity), four cargo-area lights and a dual-action tailgate that opens up and down to support long items or from the side for easier access to items at the bed’s front.

  • Integrated trailer hitch with seven-pin trailer wiring
  • Bed has a total of eight tie-downs
  • Daytime running lights
  • Optional 18-inch wheels

Interior
The interior has many minivan cues, but it’s a clean, practical design. The front seats are supportive, and the rear split-bench seat folds up neatly to allow storage of large items in the cab.

  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional seven-speaker, six-CD changer sound system
  • Optional leather seating

Under the Hood

  • 3.5-liter V-6, aluminum block/cylinder head, single overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder
  • Rated at 250 horsepower, 247 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed automatic transmission
  • Heavy-duty transmission cooler, heavy-duty radiator with two 160-watt fans
  • Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive system that runs mostly in front-wheel drive until traction demands torque be sent to the rear wheels
  • Locking rear differential

Safety
Honda’s forward-thinking on safety technology is evident throughout the Ridgeline. There are side curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, electronic brake distribution (adjusts brake pressure between front and rear wheels depending on cargo load), brake assist and an electronic stability system with traction control.

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Front-seat active head restraints
  • Backup camera included with optional navigation system

Of interest to truck owners

  • Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,050 pounds
  • Payload: 1,546 pounds (RT, RTS), 1,497 pounds (RTL), 1,486 pounds (RTL with navigation)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 5,000 pounds
  • Axle ratio: 4.53:1
  • Minimum ground clearance: 8.2 inches
  • Approach angle: 25 degrees
  • Departure angle: 22 degrees
  • Cargo floor length: 60 inches (tailgate up), 79 inches (tailgate down)
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 49.5 inches

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Most comfortable truck I have owned

It fits all of my needs. It is comfortable to take on trips, can haul all my needs, either for things I need for my home ,on a weeklong fishing trip or a vacation down south. Overall, it is the perfect vehicle for me.

4.9

Best vehicle I’ve owned to date

Design, comfort, reliability excellent. Was no wonder CR had it as one of the top rated. Would buy it again in an instant. If it meets your requirements, buy a used one. You won’t be disappointed.

4.7

In-bed trunk & liftable rear seats nailed it!

Bought our RTL in 2014 w 37k miles on it. After driving & loving SUV’s for 18 years, this truck meets our needs beautifully with features like the in-bed trunk and the liftable rear seats. Also love the cargo lights and the versatile tailgate. The rear seats are perfectly comfortable, and when lifted make it easy to travel w two big dogs and a crated cat. This feature adds great cargo space! It’s a pleasure to drive, handles very well, with a softer ride than a truck. (Same base as Honda Pilot) With it we’ve towed utility trailers (don’t even know it’s there), horses, and boats; and it has performed well. I will say that if you tow a load close to 5,000 lbs up & down mountains & hills, you’ll be more aware of having 6 cylinders instead of 8. Although we did this occasionally, the Ridgeline handled it just fine. It’s very stable for towing. It handles snow like a pro (we keep Michelin LTX MS tires on it), and we like that is has front wheel drive as well as all-wheel/4 wheel Hi & Lo. A couple of points to consider: 1) The Ridgeline’s very comfortable ride isn’t as quiet as some vehicles; you will hear some highway noise. 2) The cargo cover we have has Velcro to seal down the sides, but some water can get in at the cab end where the cover connects. We put softside luggage into black trash bags just in case. 3) The design makes for blind spots. Just be more diligent in checking. This has been a reliable, comfortable, very nice truck for our needs. This year my college-age daughter is driving it and loves it! You won’t be disappointed.

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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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