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2013 Honda Ridgeline

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2013 Honda Ridgeline Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.7

Though Toyota and Nissan jumped headlong into the compact/mid-size pickup-truck market, Honda took a decidedly different approach. Rather than bringing another body-on-frame pickup to the market, Honda created a unit-construction crew-cab configuration based on its popular Pilot SUV. The Ridgeline is a 5-passenger truck with a car-like ride, good handling and fuel efficiency on par with most mid-size SUVs. The Ridgeline also features a very clever mini-trunk beneath the bed's floor, something no other pickup offers. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline continues the original Ridgeline's success, with features consumers want in a package that is the only vehicle of its kind in the segment.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the open-bed utility of a pickup truck, but you don't want the rough ride, clumsy handling and fuel-thirsty engine that often accompany such beasts, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline could be just the thing.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need to tow more than 5,000 pounds or haul really heavy loads, you may want to look to a full-size V8-powered crew cab. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) setup is not ideal for serious off-road adventuring.

What's New for 2013

After a facelift last year, the Honda Ridgeline gets few changes for 2013. A rearview camera is now standard across the line.

Driving the Ridgeline
Driving Impressions

Because its body and frame are formed as a single unit (as opposed to a separate body bolted to a separate frame, as are other pickups in this market), the...

... 2013 Ridgeline can easily incorporate a sophisticated independent suspension. The Ridgeline's suspension is the principal reason it drives so well, with excellent steering response, minimal body roll and a comfortable, controlled ride. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is a proven powerplant that has no problem moving the 4,500-pound truck. Occasionally, the transmission seems to hesitate before responding to full-throttle input, and shifts can sometimes feel abrupt. Fuel efficiency is on par with V6-powered trucks from Toyota and Nissan, although we should point out that Ford's current V6-powered F-Series pickup truck actually gets slightly better mileage (15/21 mpg for the Ridgeline vs. 17/23 mpg for the V6 F-150).

VARIABLE TORQUE MANAGEMENT (VTM-4) 4WD
Few technical features inspire confidence like 4WD. And, despite its lack of a low range, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's VTM-4 does an admirable job of navigating the logging trail, winter snow or seasonal downpour. Diverting up to 70 percent of available power to the rear wheels aids towing.

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!

2013 Honda Ridgeline Details
2013 Honda Ridgeline photo Interior

While the Ridgeline's interior design is rational, the plastics Honda uses are hard and dull, devoid of any warmth. It creates a vaguely industrial feel reminiscent of designs from a decade ago. Things warm up when leather seating is added, though that's available only on the top-of-the-line RTL trim. In any case, the 2013 Honda Ridgeline's interior is highly functional, with lots of little storage bins throughout the cabin and a rear seat bottom that can be folded up to create an additional cargo space.

Exterior
2013 Honda Ridgeline photo

The unconventional 2013 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck shares much of its angular skin (and the platform underneath) with the Honda Pilot SUV. Most striking are the wide, flared C-pillars that add necessary rigidity to the structure but also create blind spots for the driver. The 2013 Honda Ridgeline's 5-foot bed can accommodate most dirt bikes or a single ATV, while the clever lockable under-floor trunk can hide a large cooler. Adding to the Ridgeline's flexible bed is a dual-hinged rear tailgate that can be folded down normally or swung open to the left.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

For active folks with a taste for adventure, Honda Variable Torque Management 4WD (VTM-4) is the most significant feature on the 2013 Honda Ridgeline. Generous comfort and convenience amenities, of course, are also included in the window sticker, even on the base RT. Standard equipment includes A/C, cruise control, an integrated trailer hitch, power windows and door locks, power-sliding rear window and 6-speaker, 100-watt audio system.

Optional Equipment

Honda, as usual, keeps it simple with just four well-equipped trim levels: Base RT, new Sport, mid-level RTS and up-market RTL. The RTS adds alloy wheels, 160 watts of audio, dual-zone climate control and an 8-way power driver's seat. The RTL includes leather seating, 18-inch alloy wheels, moonroof, Sirius/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 2013 Honda Ridgeline's 3.5-liter V6 offers ample horsepower (250), but that power arrives relatively high in the engine speed range: 5,700 rpm. In the big-pickup marketplace where everyone is talking V8s, HEMIs and EcoBoost turbocharging, the Honda's modest V6 might seem inadequate. But, over the road, with your biases left behind, you'll enjoy the V6's car-like refinement and oh-so-reliable longevity. It works with a 5-speed automatic transmission and Honda's Variable Torque Management full-time 4-wheel-drive system.

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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2013 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
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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: "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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