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  • (5.0) 22 reviews
  • Available Prices: $12,927–$23,539
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
2011 Honda Ridgeline

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 Honda Ridgeline

What We Don't Like

  • 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

Notable Features

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

2011 Honda Ridgeline Reviews

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

(5.0)

Average based on 22 reviews

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Reliable and comfortable

by Soup from Ohio on December 3, 2017

Es muy perfecto. Rides great no problems - my truck. As a female, I don't think I'm trying to be tough, just responsible and dependable for myself.

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3 Trims Available

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Honda Ridgeline Articles

2011 Honda Ridgeline Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
A
Structure/safety cage
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
A
Structure/safety cage
G
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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