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2010 Honda Ridgeline

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2010 Honda Ridgeline Review

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When compared to the traditional pickup truck, the 2010 Honda Ridgeline may look a bit quirky. From its flying-buttress sheetmetal connecting the cab to the bed to its unit-body construction and four-wheel independent suspension, the Ridgeline is anything but conventional. Intended to appeal to younger buyers with an appetite for weekend adventures, the Ridgeline is designed less for work and more with play in mind. It offers a roomy cabin for four with a great set of front bucket seats and a unique storage compartment below the bed that's perfect for hiding valuables. The Ridgeline's eight inches of ground clearance and advanced VTM-4 all-wheel-drive system can tackle just about any obstacle, making it ideal for traversing deep snow as well as going off-road.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a medium-sized pickup with outstanding resale and build quality, the 2010 Honda Ridgeline may be just the ticket. A locking weather-resistant trunk positioned in the cargo bed floor is easily accessed via the dual-action tailgate, which flips down in the normal way or swings open like a door.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a pickup for serious payload and towing duties, the 2010 Honda Ridgeline will not be your first choice. Towing capacity and offroad capabilities, while suitable for target buyers, fall short of many traditional body-on-frame pickups. Honda's audio options are also a bit behind the times, lacking USB and iPod integration controls.

What's New for 2010

Fresh from its redesign last year, the 2010 Ridgeline carries on with no major changes.

Driving the Ridgeline
Driving Impressions

Refined solidity is the byword, along with a comfortable highway ride. On some rougher surfaces, though, quite a bit of road commotion is transmitted. Except for bit of engine noise...

... under hard acceleration, there is very little truck-like sensation inside. The Ridgeline handles moderate off-road treks with ease and, when towing a maximum-weight trailer, or with its bed filled, you hardly realize you're pulling a load. Still, the 2010 Honda Ridgeline has a heavy overall feel, due in part to its all-wheel-drive componentry, which cuts a bit into agility. Passing power is adequate, but not wholly energetic at all speeds. Four-channel anti-lock braking (ABS) incorporates electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist for more effective "panic" stops.

In-the-bed Trunk
Why didn't anyone think of this common-sense idea before? On the down side, if you plan to load up the cargo bed, don't put important items inside the trunk because they won't be accessible.

Dual-Action Tailgate
Even if you're not reaching for the trunk, the ability to open the tailgate to the side rather than flipping it downward can be handy.

2010 Honda Ridgeline Details
2010 Honda Ridgeline photo Interior

Five passengers can ride in the Ridgeline, though rear knee space is marginal. Handy storage spots are all over the front compartment, including a huge, easy-to-reach glovebox. In the rear, the 24-degree seatback angle matches that of standard family sedan. Under the rear seat is 2.6 cubic feet of storage, and a mountain bike can fit inside with the rear seat flipped down. Engineers have concentrated on neat details, like heater elements in the windshield that turn on automatically when needed, to prepare the wipers in cold weather. Side-impact airbags and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensing are also standard and Honda claims a five-star rating in government crash-testing.

Exterior
2010 Honda Ridgeline photo

Even up front, the Ridgeline is different, with a recently revised look Honda refers to as a "more chiseled appearance." Built on a relatively long (122-inch) wheelbase, the Ridgeline is nearly a foot-and-a-half shorter than a Ford F-Series CrewCab. Fitted with four lights, the five-foot cargo bed is made of SRC composite, and the In-Bed Trunk holds 8.5 cubic feet; the clever tailgate can either swing out or be flipped down. Honda claims bending rigidity is 2.5 times that of a traditional pickup, while torsional rigidity is 20 times stiffer. Up to 1,100 pounds of cargo can go into the bed, and the Ridgeline can tow a 5,000-pound trailer.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive system (VTM-4), standard equipment for the RT trim includes air conditioning, cruise control, heated wipers, a tilt steering column, power sliding rear window, 100-watt six-speaker CD stereo, integrated trailer hitch with pre-wiring for 7-pin trailer wiring, Vehicle Stability Assist, Brake Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring and Electronic Brake Distribution. Up one level, the RTS adds painted alloy wheels, seven speaker audio system with subwoofer, an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support and dual zone automatic climate control. The top-of-the-line RTL adds leather upholstery, a power moonroof, XM Satellite Radio and heated front seats.

Optional Equipment

The only factory option is the navigation system available on the RTL; it's equipped with voice recognition, a rear backup camera and Bluetooth and can display reception details of the available XM Satellite Radio. In addition, there are dozens of available dealer-installed accessories.

Under the Hood

The Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V6 is plenty strong, making 250 horsepower and giving the Ridgeline good off-the-line acceleration, ample cruising power and surprisingly good fuel economy. The engine can be loud at full-throttle, but not annoyingly so, and, typically for a Honda V6, it's also quite smooth. Honda is legendary for its durable engines and the 3.5-liter unit in the Ridgeline is no exception.

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
247 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20

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2010 Honda Ridgeline Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 680 Ratings for the 2006 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

This truck is better than any car I ever owned.

By on Sunday, July 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "1. The trunk 2. Gas mileage MPG excellent"

Cons: "??? didn't find any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my truck. It is very comfortable to drive, and long trips are nothing for this truck. It feels like riding in a comfortable car. the trunk is a bonus that no other truck has. it has plenty of cargo space. This has so many things that I love about it. It is the perfect vehicle."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best light duty truck I've ever owned

By on Thursday, April 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,870

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best truck I've ever owned"

Cons: "Automatic headlights were not an option."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The only negative about this truck is not having automatic head lights as an option. The ride is almost car like. I've never had a problem hauling a load whether heavy, or light. The trunk under the bed is a great feature, I can keep my tools out of sight. I've had no troubles with anything mechanical, or electrical. The Ridgeline is reliable, comfortable, with many useful features not found on other trucks. I'm a very satisfied customer, and if I was to purchase another truck, my first stop would be to look at the Ridgeline truck at my Honda dealer."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Awesome dual purpose vehicle. lot of fun driving

By on Monday, March 28, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "The ultimate transformer of pickups"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Totally reliable. Not one breakdown or major repair in 5 years. Still rides as smooth as the day I bought it. With all the options, it makes my other pickup friends envious."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Sunday, March 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Good design and quiet and smooth riding."

Cons: "Could get better gas mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Ridgeline new back in 2009 and haven't had a complaint yet.This Ridgeline is one of the best vehicles I ever owned.Smooth riding and serves my needs for a light weight truck. I have no need to haul heavy loads, thats what the big Dodge Ram and Chevy Silverado are for. I pull a small travel trailer and never even know it's there. I like all the storage areas and the swing out door and locking well under the bed for grocery shopping as it can hold a lot of bags and stuff and nothing is exposed to theft or to take up passenger space in the rear seat. The ride is superb. The only thing I wish it would get better gas mileage. At speeds around 55 to 60 I see 23-25 mpg, but as soon as I approach the 70 mark it drops to 20. For me all I need is the ability to carry some furniture, concrete bags etc. or a small trailer. I definitely will buy another Ridgeline if this one ever wears out. It's a great family truck."

6 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great everyday use & handy to have to move things

By on Wednesday, March 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,580

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Car like ride. Versitile"

Cons: "Fuel milage, Power on the highway. Short bed"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Five years since I bought this truck. The battery and tires are the only things that has been replaced, outside of service items. This truck rides so good that I hate to get out of it at the end of a long drive. The sound system is wonderful. The gauges are easy on the eyes and do what need to be done. I have hauled couches 300+ miles. Gas grills across town (35 miles). Moved dirt, rocks, sod and landscape blocks. This mid-size truck will do most everything you will want. The hide away trunk is great for shopping. Never used it as a ice chest but you could. The swing out tailgate makes loading the bed so much easier, I'm surprised it's not on all the trucks. The only thing I wish it had was a little more power when passing on the interstate and better fuel mileage on the same interstate."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

This is a great light truck..

By on Saturday, November 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, safety, unbelievable resale..."

Cons: "Gas mileage is lower than anticipated"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My second ridgeline. If you don't need over 5,000 lbs towing capacity or extreme off road chops, this truck is perfect. Great ride, good handling, very low maintenance. 4wd is excellent for on-road snow/wet use. This is not a vehicle meant for off road use."

30 people out of 38 found this review helpful

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