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2010 Honda Ridgeline: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo July 2015

The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is a unique vehicle, in that it offers the open-bed utility of a pickup truck with the cabin accommodations of an SUV. Unlike most crew-cab pickups, the Ridgeline's unit body design allows it a more carlike ride, as well as a stiffer body. The design also permits more storage space, such as the additional compartment hidden beneath the bed floor. Accessible from outside the vehicle, the storage cubby is large enough to fit an ice chest or to hide valuables from prying eyes. Another versatile feature not offered on standard pickup trucks is the Ridgeline's dual-action tailgate that can be opened to the side, when flipping it down is not an option.

Because it rides on the same chassis as the Honda Pilot, the two share a similar interior, making the Ridgeline a very comfortable place for five passengers. Offered standard with all-wheel drive (AWD), the Ridgeline provides light duty off-road capability, a 5,000-lb tow rating and a 1,100-lb payload. Honda's reputation for quality, safety, durability and value are all present in the Ridgeline, making it a little easier to feel good about buying used.

What We Like

Reasonable size; in-bed cargo bay; comfortable ride; powerful V6 engine; steel reinforced composite cargo bed won't dent or rust

What We Don't

So-so fuel economy; small bed and payload capabilities; tow-rating limited to 5,000 pounds; limited off-road ability; Bluetooth only available with navigation

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 250 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. Teamed to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the engine sends power to all four wheels via Honda's VTM-4 AWD system. VTM stands for Variable Torque Management and is a fully automatic AWD system that sends torque to whichever tire needs it most. Under normal driving conditions, the system sends power only to the front wheels to help conserve fuel. In a low friction or towing situation, VTM-4 will automatically route power to the wheels with the best grip. The system also features a lock mode that locks in the rear wheels at speeds below 6 miles per hour.

Fuel economy for the Ridgeline is rated at 15 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg combined. While that may not seem great, it is right in line with other V6-powered pickups and better than most V8s.

Standard Features & Options

Honda offers the Ridgeline in three trims: RT, RTS and RTL

The RT includes full power accessories, a power rear window, 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt steering column, three 12-volt outlets (two up front and one in the rear), dual-action tailgate, steel reinforced composite cargo bed with hidden cargo bay, variable intermittent wipers with heated wiper zone, integrated Class III trailer hitch, integrated bed lights, pre-wiring for trailer harness, auto off headlights, 60/40 lift up rear seat with storage and a 100-watt AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers.

The RTS adds 17-in alloy wheels, a security system, rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, 8-way power driver's seat, trailer harness, 160-watt AM/FM/6-disc CD stereo with seven speakers and an MP3/auxiliary audio input jack.

The RTL brings leather seating, a power moonroof, heated side mirrors, fog lights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 115-volt outlet, HomeLink and carpeted floor mats.

Optional only on the RTL is the Navigation package that brings navigation, Bluetooth and a rearview camera.

Other than the Navigation package, the Ridgeline offers only a few dealer-installed options.

Pricing

The Ridgeline retains good resale values, although not as strong as other popular Honda vehicles. As it is not in high demand, you should be able to get a good price on a low-mileage model. To get a good idea of the Ridgeline's price range, we suggest using the used car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recalls for the 2010 Honda Ridgeline:

A recall was issued regarding a possible defect in the driver’s side airbag, which may be susceptible to moisture intrusion. Over time, the airbag inflator could rupture causing metal fragments to strike the driver resulting in serious injury or death.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website. Simply enter your vehicle's identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Honda Ridgeline's safety record appears to be quite good. NHTSA gives the 2010 Ridgeline five stars in its front and side-impact crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Ridgeline its highest rating of Good in the offset and side-impact crash tests.

The 2010 Ridgeline came with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Both are fully transferable. If you buy a certified pre-owned (CPO) Ridgeline, you'll get a 150-point inspection, plus an extension of the 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty to four years and 48,000 miles, or if the vehicle's new car warranty has expired, a 1-year/12,000-mile basic warranty from the date of purchase. The powertrain warranty is also extended by seven years and 100,000 miles from the date the vehicle entered service. Honda CPO cars can be no older than 6 years and have a maximum of 80,000 miles.

Other Cars to Consider

2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac -- The Sport Trac provides similar interior and exterior dimensions, plus the option of a V8. But, it can't match the Ridgeline's resale and reliability ratings.

2010 Toyota Tacoma -- The Tacoma provides similar dimensions as the Ridgeline, as well as excellent resale values and safety ratings. The Tacoma is also far better off-road, but is not as comfortable on pavement.

2010 Chevrolet Avalanche -- The Avalanche has a similar cab/bed configuration as the Ridgeline, but on a larger scale. Its standard V8 provides more pulling power without a big difference in fuel economy.

Autotrader's Advice

Price-wise, the best deal is the RTS trim, which offers a nice combination of features. If you must have Bluetooth connectivity, your options are simple: upgrade to the more expensive RTL with navigation, or go with the RTS and simply purchase a good aftermarket stereo with navigation and Bluetooth. We think the latter is the better call.

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