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2011 Honda Ridgeline

$11,047 — $22,531 USED
Truck
5 Seats
17 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2011 Honda Ridgeline exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2011 Honda Ridgeline
  • Unibody construction
  • Crew-cab body style
  • Standard 4WD
  • Excellent V-6 powertrain
  • Sporty 3-D look for gauges

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 traile...
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

What drivers are saying

4.9
28 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Outstanding- love this truck.

by Joe Daddy from Parkersburg, WV on July 26, 2018

Bought this used 2 years ago and am so glad I did. This is my first truck but, have driven many. Not as big as full size but certainly not a small truck. Love the trunk in bed feature and this was the ... Read full review

(4.0)

Faithful Reliable Versatile

by TrapperJohn from Basking Ridge, NJ on July 23, 2018

I have had my Honda Ridgeline RTL for 7 years and only put on 45000 miles. It has been very reliable, requiring little to no maintenance. It drives like a car, but acts like a truck. Positives: Roomy, ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Honda Ridgeline RT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ridgeline received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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