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2011 Honda Ridgeline

Base MSRP: $29,150 to $34,730
Reviewed
August 2011
by ConsumerSearch
2011 Honda Ridgeline

Best midsize pickup truck

Pros
  • Excellent IIHS safety scores
  • Great reliability ratings
  • Rides and handles smoothly
  • Spacious, quality interior
  • Innovative storage features
  • Composite bed
  • Full-time all-wheel drive
Cons
  • Polarizing styling
  • Serious off-roading is off-limits
  • Low towing, payload capacities
  • Pricey
  • Lackluster fuel economy
  • Backseat comfort gets mixed reviews
  • Tough-to-access spare tire

Honda Ridgeline defines practicality

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline can't boast the massive towing capabilities -- or the macho image -- of a full-size pickup like the 2011 Ford F-150 (Base MSRP: $22,790 to $51,525). But if you're more interested in getting the most reliable, passenger-friendly truck, and you don't plan to tow anything heavier than a small trailer or boat, experts say the midsize Honda Ridgeline may be a more practical choice. Honda hasn't changed the Ridgeline at all in two years; for more details, see our report on the 2009 Honda Ridgeline.

The Environmental Protection Agency's fuel-economy estimates for the Honda Ridgeline are unchanged as well. The 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter, V6 engine delivers 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.

The Honda Ridgeline has not yet undergone the federal government's newly strengthened 2011 crash tests, although it does rate 4 stars (out of 5) for rollover resistance. At the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2011 Ridgeline earns the highest rating of Good for front-, side- and rear-crash protection, but it has not yet been tested for rollover roof strength. The Ridgeline includes antilock brakes with brake assist, traction and stability control as well as front, front-side and curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Base MSRP starts at $29,150 for the entry-level Ridgeline RT, which Edmunds.com finds "reasonably well-equipped" with full power accessories, cruise control and more. The $31,855 Ridgeline RTS adds dual-zone automatic climate control and an upgraded stereo, among other features, and the $34,730 Ridgeline RTL includes heated leather seats, a sunroof, satellite radio and more.

Where To Buy

Our Sources

1. Edmunds.com

Editors of Edmunds.com note that the 2011 Honda Ridgeline carries over unchanged. It still "doesn't have the muscle that serious truck buyers demand," but its carlike comfort plus pickup practicality "make it all the pickup many buyers will ever need." The review also includes details on trim levels, powertrains, interior design and safety features.

Review: 2011 Honda Ridgeline, Editors of Edmunds .com

2. IIHS.org

The Honda Ridgeline aces the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's crash tests (rear, side and offset front) but has not yet gone through the organization's new roof-strength evaluation.

Review: Large Pickups, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

3. SaferCar.gov

The Honda Ridgeline has not yet undergone the federal government's newly strengthened 2011 crash tests. The only rating available is for rollover resistance, for which the Ridgeline earns 4 stars out of 5.

Review: 2011 Honda Ridgeline, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

4. FuelEconomy.gov

FuelEconomy.gov lists mileage estimates for the 2011 Honda Ridgeline and other full-size pickups. The Ridgeline lands in the upper middle of the pack for fuel economy.

Review: 2011 Standard Pickup Trucks, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy

5. ConsumerSearch.com

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is no different than the 2009 model, so this full analysis remains current. Links to credible third-party reviews of the truck are included.

Review: 2009 Honda Ridgeline, Editors of ConsumerSearch.com, June 2009

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