2011 Honda Ridgeline

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$29,150

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2011 Honda Ridgeline
2011 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

2011 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 2011

There are no significant changes for the 2011 model year.

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.

Exterior features include:

  • 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.

Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

  • 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.

Safety features include:

  • 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 4.7
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Great vehicle, rides just like a suv.

Have only owned my 2011 ridgeline since july 2020. Bought it with 108500 miles. Had to replace timing belt, water pump, plugs. Normal maintenance for the mileage. Absolutely love the ridgeline. Being older (78) i don't need it for anything heavy like the full size trucks. The 5ft bed works good for our craft projects, now can go to craft shows in one vehicle instead of cramming items into 2 smaller cars. Two disappointments is that the bluetooth is only for phone calls, and the navigation screen really old fashion. No hidef like todays vehicles.

4.7

My first truck

I was looking for a replacement for My Saab convertible. I’m getting too old for extended drives sitting that low to the ground. It made sense to look for a smaller truck with a crew cab. The Ridgeline exceeds all my expectations

4.9

Well designed.

Good design and well built. Has numerous options and standard features not found on most 2011 pickups. Drivetrain requires some maintenance items more frequently than other pickups. Four wheel independent suspension improves ride , handling and traction.

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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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