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2014 Honda Ridgeline

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2014 Honda Ridgeline Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Although late with a pickup truck, Honda did it Honda’s way, and the 2014 Ridgeline is completely different from the crowd. Instead of a conventional body-on-frame it has unit-construction, is offered in a crew-cab version only, with one bed length and one drivetrain. It’s like a mid-size SUV that’s been reconfigured into a pickup, and is often described as the perfect truck for folks who have not yet owned a truck. That seems to be fine with its owners, and the Ridgeline fits the niche Honda invented for it. It rides, handles and drives like a car; delivers fuel efficiency roughly equal to a mid-size SUV; and includes numerous innovative features not found elsewhere. The Ridgeline really is like nothing else in the truck market.

You'll Like This Car If...

Occasionally you could use a pickup but are turned off by a truck’s roughness, noise, handling and fuel consumption. You don’t necessarily haul a lot, but a truck would be handy; you just don’t want the harsher side of truck ownership on a daily basis. Hence, the 2014 Honda Ridgeline.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you tow a trailer larger than 4,500 pounds, haul big loads or work a truck hard, you need a full-size pickup with a V8. But you already know that. There are lots of choices in that category; the Ridgeline is not one of them.

What's New for 2014

New for the Ridgeline for 2014 is the addition to the line of the Special Edition model. It includes 18-inch alloy wheels with black-trimmed spokes, Special Edition badging, the black trim package from the Sport model and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, with Voice Recognition and Zagat Survey restaurant information.

Driving the Ridgeline
Driving Impressions

Unlike all other trucks, the 2014 Ridgeline is built with unit-construction and fully independent suspension, and it pays huge dividends in ride and handling, which is much more like a...

... car than a truck. The ride is smooth and comfortable and soaks up big and little bumps, the handling is rock-steady on the highway and responsive around corners. Even though it weighs around 4,500 pounds, the robust 3.5-liter V6 moves it with ease. The fuel-economy ratings are good but, in view of some of the newer competition in the truck market, not at the top. On occasions we noticed the 5-speed automatic tended to shift a little abruptly, but most folks would likely not notice. In sum, driving the Ridgeline is about as unobtrusive and calm as operating a truck can be. It is certainly the perfect first truck for many buyers.

Favorite Features – Pick two (15-50 words x 2)
DUAL-ACTION TAILGATE
Now why didn’t we think of that? The Dual-Action Tailgate can swing down, like a conventional tailgate, or swing open, like door. It’s clever and convenient and comes in handy in surprising ways.

IN-BED TRUNK
If more trucks offered independent rear suspension (rather than a live axle), more trucks could offer an in-bed trunk. You have a cooler full of beverages? Put it back there! Need to conceal valuable items too messy to place in the cab? Put them back there!

2014 Honda Ridgeline Details
2014 Honda Ridgeline photo Interior

The designers who crafted the 2014 Ridgeline’s interior did just fine on function and layout of controls but could have, in our opinion, made it a little more warm and welcoming. However, the functional aspects are terrific, with storage spots throughout and a clever rear-seat bottom that can be lifted up to increase the available cargo space. And, if you order a Ridgeline with leather, the warm and welcoming factor improves significantly.

Exterior
2014 Honda Ridgeline photo

While full-size pickups tend toward the so-called “big rig” look, with massive chrome grilles and in-your-face front ends, the 2014 Honda Ridgeline stays to its own design path. The shape is generally angular, and clearly noticeable are the big C-pillars that certainly enhance structural rigidity but just as certainly give the driver serious blind spots – when changing lanes, use the mirrors. The cargo bed length of five feet is enough for a dirt bike or an ATV, but hauling longer items means dropping the tailgate. And once you get used to that In-Bed Trunk you’ll probably never want to give it up.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Honda’s Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4) works like a charm and, while the Ridgeline is not the best choice for hard-core off-roading, the VTM-4 is a gem of easy operation and useful capabilities when faced with slippery surfaces, such as snow, ice, mud or whatever else messes up the pavement. Additional standard equipment includes an integrated trailer hitch, all the usual power accessories, a power-sliding rear window and a host of convenience features.

Optional Equipment

As is typical of Honda, the options are mostly wrapped into trim levels of RT, Sport, RTS and RTL. The main additions of the Sport are 18-inch alloy wheels and some trim and convenience features. The RTS adds an upgraded 160-watt audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control and an 8-way power driver’s seat. The RTL adds leather seating, different alloy wheels, a power moonroof, SiriusXM satellite radio and HomeLink. Navigation is available on the RTL. The Special Edition is new for 2014, and there are numerous dealer-installed accessories.

Under the Hood

The only engine available in the 2014 Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter V6 of 250 horsepower. It’s responsive, has plenty of power and has proven long-term reliability, but doesn’t match the full-size trucks’ V8s when it comes to trailer-towing punch. Still, the V6 is smooth, quiet, refined and extraordinarily reliable, and its down-the-highway performance is capable and unobtrusive. It’s matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission and, in all Ridgelines, Honda’s Variable Torque Management full-time 4-wheel drive (VTM-4) which deals with any weather and surface condition it is likely to encounter. And, if you do pull a trailer, the Ridgeline does just fine with anything up to its 4,500-pound limit.

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
247 lb-ft of torque @ 4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg

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2014 Honda Ridgeline Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.2
Out of 10

Based on 679 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
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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
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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: "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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