2013 Honda Ridgeline

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Honda Ridgeline. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Great storage compartments
  • Excellent gas mileage for a midsize pickup
  • Sport model with blacked-out color scheme and 18-inch wheels
  • Dual-action tailgate opens down or to the side

The Bad

  • Can't fit traditional bed cap or toolbox in the bed
  • Could use more power and torque for towing

Notable Features of the 2013 Honda Ridgeline

  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Crew-cab body style
  • In-bed trunk
  • 250-hp V-6 engine
  • Standard four-wheel drive

2013 Honda Ridgeline Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

This four-door, five-passenger truck breaks from traditional truck design with its unitized body construction rather than the body-on-frame designs used by other truck manufacturers. While many avid truck aficionados don't like this type of construction, Honda capitalizes on it by providing extra interior room and cargo space, along with good handling performance.

The Ridgeline comes in RT, Sport, RTS and RTL trim levels. The Sport model is geared toward four-wheel-drive fans and comes with a host of exterior and interior changes, but nothing that actually gives the vehicle better off-road performance other than black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels.

New for 2013
A backup camera is newly standard for 2013.
Exterior
The Sport model adds some features to the RT, including black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels and a black honeycomb grille with black surround. The headlight and taillight housings are also black, and a set of fog lights are included.

The 5-foot-long cargo bed features eight tie-down locations. The tailgate can open from the top down, like a traditional tailgate, or from the side, left to right, to access the 8.5-cubic-foot in-bed trunk that allows for storage under the cargo bed. Exterior features include:

  • 17- or 18-inch wheels
  • Four cargo area lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
The Ridgeline's interior is spacious; it feels like you're in a full-size pickup rather than a midsize one. There is a large center console with a tray and hi...

Vehicle Overview

This four-door, five-passenger truck breaks from traditional truck design with its unitized body construction rather than the body-on-frame designs used by other truck manufacturers. While many avid truck aficionados don't like this type of construction, Honda capitalizes on it by providing extra interior room and cargo space, along with good handling performance.

The Ridgeline comes in RT, Sport, RTS and RTL trim levels. The Sport model is geared toward four-wheel-drive fans and comes with a host of exterior and interior changes, but nothing that actually gives the vehicle better off-road performance other than black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels.

New for 2013
A backup camera is newly standard for 2013.
Exterior
The Sport model adds some features to the RT, including black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels and a black honeycomb grille with black surround. The headlight and taillight housings are also black, and a set of fog lights are included.

The 5-foot-long cargo bed features eight tie-down locations. The tailgate can open from the top down, like a traditional tailgate, or from the side, left to right, to access the 8.5-cubic-foot in-bed trunk that allows for storage under the cargo bed. Exterior features include:

  • 17- or 18-inch wheels
  • Four cargo area lights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
The Ridgeline's interior is spacious; it feels like you're in a full-size pickup rather than a midsize one. There is a large center console with a tray and hidden storage area. Honda goes one step further and creates storage compartments that fit your mobile phone, CDs, water bottles and more. The 60/40-split rear bench seats fold down to create more cargo space inside the truck. Interior features include:

  • Great storage compartments for gadgets and gear
  • Sport model features leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Ergonomic and comfortable driving position

Under the Hood
The Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V-6 with variable valve timing produces 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque. The automatic Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive system improves traction and towing performance by applying torque to all four wheels when needed. Mechanical features include:

  • Engine uses regular gas
  • Five-speed automatic transmission

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

My ridgeline's nick name is toughy toughness.

by TexasRidgelineFan on June 23, 2018

This truck reminds you of a Tonka truck and that kid smile will come to your face once you see it. The Ridgeline is not for people who want a truck as a toy that's for sure. It's for those who want a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Best Truck for weekend warrior

by John Apergs from Middletown DE on June 21, 2018

Bought 2013 Ridgeline RTL used it drives and ride like a new vehicle. I was waiting for the 2017 model to arrive but found a much better deal on a used Ridgeline with low miles, and could not pass it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Honda Ridgeline currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 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

Other

Roof Strength
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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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