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  • (4.8) 33 reviews
  • Available Prices: $16,027–$30,431
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17
  • Engine: 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
2013 Honda Ridgeline

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Honda Ridgeline

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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

2013 Honda Ridgeline Reviews

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.
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

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 features include:

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

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 33 reviews

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2nd Ridgeline that I have owned

by happyridgelineowner from Andover, MA on October 13, 2017

Drove my first one- a 2008 RTL - for 8 years and 160K miles. Had never owned any vehicle for even 5 years before that. Replaced the 2008 with a newer model (2014). I use it as a truck including off-r... Read Full Review

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4 Trims Available

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2013 Honda Ridgeline Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
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.


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranties Explained


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.


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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