2018 Honda Ridgeline review

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Honda Ridgeline highlights

Customer rating


  • Independent rear suspension provides great handling
  • Lockable in-bed trunk and two-way tailgate
  • Roomy cabin is comfortable and easy to get into


  • Touchscreen is difficult to use
  • Doesn't offer low-range gearing
  • Lower towing capacity than its competitors

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 25 highway, 21 combined

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2018 Honda Ridgeline is a well-rounded truck

You'd be hard pressed to find a more well-rounded midsize truck than the 2018 Honda Ridgeline. Its tow rating doesn't jump off the page compared to some of its competitors, and its low ground clearance means it isn't the truck best suited for crawling over boulders. But it is the most comfortable and versatile truck in the category, fending off challenges from the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.

The Ridgeline is built with an SUV-like unibody design and features independent suspension, which it can credit for its smooth, SUV-like ride. It also features a versatile 5-foot-long cargo bed: There's a lockable in-bed trunk, a two-way tailgate and room to lay 4-by-8 foot plywood sheets. That's in addition to an interior that's roomier than competitors.

Other midsize pickups may be more rugged and off-road capable than the Ridgeline, but you'll be hard pressed to find one more comfortable and versatile.

All Honda Ridgeline years

What is new for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

  • The RTS trim has been discontinued for 2018.
  • Full Roof Rack and Bed Cover features are now available as options on select trims.

2018 Honda Ridgeline trims

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  • 280-hp, 262-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Smart Key
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags


  • Includes all features available on the RT
  • Remote Start
  • 4WD/AWD


  • Includes all features available on the Sport
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Seats


  • Includes all features available on the RTL
  • Android Auto
  • Navigation System
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Apple CarPlay


  • Includes all features available on the RTL-T
  • Sunroofs
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Memory Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning

Black Edition:

  • Includes all features available on the RTL-E
  • No significant upgrades found on the Black Edition

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

What We Like

Comfort: The SUV underpinnings of the Ridgeline shines when it comes to comfort. The Honda is the most comfortable truck in the midsize category. It offers a smooth, quiet ride compared to its competitors, and comes with supportive seats.

Interior: The Ridgeline has the roomiest cab of any midsize truck, and it's also easy to climb in and out of thanks to a step-up height that's lower than the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado.

Storage: The roomy cab makes for a handy place to store all your stuff, with plenty of spots to stash small items. The rear seats flip up, providing a flat area to throw all your gear. That complements the bed, which features a lockable in-bed trunk and a two-way tailgate.

What Needs Improvement

Truck stuff: The Ridgeline sacrifices some capability in the name of comfort. Those looking for 4x4 and best-in-class towing ought to keep looking. While Honda's pickup is a sensible all-around vehicle, it comes up short in towing and payload capacity compared to its competitors.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

7 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Ridgeline an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Ridgeline 5th out of 8 among Midsize Trucks.

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Honda Ridgeline features and specs

RT 2WD 4D Crew Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bed Liner
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch
  • Traction Control
  • Bed Cover
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/R 36.7"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 38.8"

Front tires


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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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