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2011 Honda Ridgeline KBB Expert Review
It is to Honda's credit that, when the decision was made to enter the truck market in the U.S., they began with a clean sheet of paper, and subsequently came up with a clean sheet approach. The Ridgeline is wholly unique in the U.S. pickup segment, and has more in common (at least conceptually) with car-based El Caminos and Rancheros of the past than body-on-frame Silverados and F-150s of today. Its unit body, all-independent suspension, transversely mounted V6 engine and in-bed trunk all run counter to typical U.S. truck spec, yet its load and towing capabilities are perfect for weekend warriors and - more relevantly - those that own Honda's own motorcycles and ATVs.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for an open bed to occasionally haul stuff, but don't require significant towing capability (or the perceived baggage that comes with driving a pickup), the Ridgeline is - at this point - the only game in town. Its accommodation, comfort and on-road composure are first-rate, and its all-season capability works in both Yakima (WA) and Yuma (AZ).
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need a pickup to be a TRUCK, with hauling and towing capabilities appropriate to that descriptive, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline may not fully meet your needs. And while its 4WD system is standard - and capable of sending up to 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels - it does not offer a low range; for boulder hopping you'll need to go elsewhere.
What's New for 2011
Still fresh from its redesign in 2009, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline carries on with no major changes. Of note, not even its press release was changed...
With its unit body, reinforced frame and an all-independent suspension, the operative word for the Ridgeline's handling is solid. Curb weight is 4,500 pounds, and while Honda's 3.5-liter engine is reasonably efficient, an EPA rating of 15/20 is some 15 percent beneath that of Ford's new F-Series V6. It is - in short - not a relaxed power delivery, and that comes through in more over-the-road mechanical intrusiveness. The unit construction and all-independent suspension do contribute to a more car-like feel when compared to conventional trucks, but in the Ridgeline it's a "big car" feel - the biggest of any American-spec Honda.
Variable Torque Management (VTM-4) 4WD
For today's confident explorer, few things maintain that confidence better than 4WD. And despite its lack of a low range, VTM-4 does an admirable job of navigating the logging trail, winter snow or seasonal downpour. And in diverting up to 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels, power goes exactly where it should go when towing a trailer.
If more trucks offered independent rear suspension (rather than a live axle), we'd hope more trucks would offer an in-bed trunk. It's an absolutely great idea that expands the utility of the Ridgeline almost exponentially. You have miscellaneous gear? Put it back there! (Noisy children riding with you? Put 'em back there!)
We'll channel Mr. McGuire's one-word piece of advice to Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock - "Plastics" - because the Ridgeline interior is absolutely full of them. To be sure, most cars and trucks in 2011 are 'plastic', but the Ridgeline's use of same seemingly dates back a whole generation in car and truck design. The Honda's hard plastic dash has an almost industrial look, although (to its credit) industrial use of plastic makes for generous storage bins throughout the interior. Additional utility is provided by a rear seat that will fold up and out of the way, accommodating one mountain bike or - hypothetically - two unicycles. The utility is excellent, but the design execution is more "utility closet."
Choose any angle - front three-quarter, rear three-quarter or in profile - and you'll find the Ridgeline significantly different from anything else in the U.S. market. With the redesign for 2009 the Ridgeline's skin - shared (to a degree) with Honda's Pilot - became more angular. While outward visibility is good, the B and C pillars are overtly thick, and give the Ridgeline - in profile - a somewhat bulky appearance. The bed, although but five feet long, can accommodate dirt bikes on top - and riding gear (via the in-bed trunk) down below. In both proportion and sheetmetal, however, the Ridgeline is beginning to look like a product with a set-to-expire freshness date.
Notable Standard Equipment
For activity-oriented adults with an outward bound sense of adventure, Honda Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4) is the most significant embellishment on the Ridgeline's standard menu. Comfort and convenience amenities, of course, are also included in the window sticker, even on the base RT. Additional standard equipment includes A/C, cruise control, an integrated trailer hitch(!), power windows and door locks, power sliding rear window and six-speaker, 100-watt audio system.
Notable Optional Equipment
Honda - as is customary - keeps it simple with but three trim levels: Base RT, mid-level RTS and up-market RTL. The RTS adds alloy wheels, 160 watts of audio, dual zone climate control and an eight-way power driver's seat. The RTL provides you with leather seating, 18-inch alloys, moonroof, XM Satellite Radio and HomeLink remote. On the RTL navigation with voice recognition is available. And there are dozens of available dealer-installed accessories.
Under the Hood
The 2011 Honda Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V6 offers ample horsepower (250), but that power is relatively high - 5700 rpm - on the tach. And at a time when Chrysler's Ram truck brand is offering its Hemi V8 as a no-cost option, the Honda's well-regarded V6 might seem somewhat inadequate. Over the road, however, you'll enjoy the V6's car-like refinement and oh-so-reliable longevity.
250 horsepower @ 5700 rpm
247 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/20
For those accustomed to domestic pickup dealers offering thousands - or tens of thousands - off of the window sticker, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline will provide a shift in paradigm. The base RT has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $30,000, while the top-of-the-line RTL with navigation takes you to almost $38,000. In an era of the $50,000+ Ford F-Series this may not give you pause. Conversely, if your last Honda purchase was an '89 Civic it may give you a nervous tick. Be sure to check kbb.com's Fair Purchase Price for an indicator of what consumers are paying for their Ridgelines in your market area. And while the Ridgeline - like all Hondas - will perform respectably at trade-in time, it performance is only on par with 4WD crew cabs like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and a few percentage points better than Chevrolet's Avalanche.
Honda Ridgeline Consumer Reviews
January 30, 2018
Its a Honda
I will never get rid of my Ridgeline, I dont haul concrete in it but everytime I needed something from Homedepot or whatever this suv...
July 22, 2017
Greatest Girly Truck that I have ever owned.
Yes I call it a GIRLY TRUCK, but not really.....Its a SUV, Car, Pick-up and everything you will ever want in a vehicle. I wanted a 2010...
May 22, 2017
I am 77 years old--most reliable auto Ive owned!
I bought the truck used with 130,000 miles on it--now 192,000. Have replaced brake pads, radiator, AC clutch & battery--thats it. Runs...
February 11, 2017
All you need to know is that its a HONDA. It dives and feels just like any other Honda. The reliability is fantastic. I never had an...
October 31, 2016
It drives GREAT on Ice and Snow
I LOVE this truck! It drives better than anything I've ever driven on Ice and Snow!! It's saved my life more than once on the black ice...
October 17, 2016
2009 Honda Ridgeline RTS
I recently purchased this Ridgeline with 104k miles and I've put about 5k miles on it and I love this car. It's a Honda. I highly recommend!
August 27, 2016
Most reliable vehicle ever owned
I use this truck as a work truck as well as my personal car. It has been extremely reliable with only standard maintenance, ie, oil,...
July 03, 2016
This truck is better than any car I ever owned.
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....
April 28, 2016
Best light duty truck I've ever owned
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...
March 27, 2016
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...