2011 Honda Ridgeline

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Updated on: June 4, 2021

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The 2011 Honda Ridgeline now marks its sixth year of the production run and the truck is unlike anything else in the market. It is far different than those American muscle trucks everyone is fond of seeing that are rugged, have loads of torque and off-road character, the Ridgeline is the plain opposite.

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Pros

Extremely maneuverable, pleasant ride quality

The cabin is quite comfortable and roomy

Good levels of composure and comfort form the ride

One of the safest trucks out there

Cons

Limited towing and payload capacity

Lackluster engine

Limited off-roading capabilities

What's New?

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline remains mostly unchanged from last year.


2011 Honda Ridgeline Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.9

based on 90 ratings


7.7/10 Features
7.8/10 Interiors
8.0/10 Design
8.1/10 Safety
8.3/10 Reliability
7.9/10 Deal Value

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2011 Honda Ridgeline Overall Reviews


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Charles Helm

2011 Honda Ridgeline

RTL 3dr Crew Cab 5.3 ft. SB AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 4, 2021

2011 Honda Ridgeline!

Pros - Great ride quality. Storage options. Comfortable interiors.

Cons - Not quite off-road worthy. Gas mileage.

Still a functional, comfortable pickup! I bought the Honda Ridgeline for my weekend trips about five years back. It has been comfortable to drive even for longer hours. The crew cab offers good space for my wife and kids as well as in-cab storage. I really love the in-bed storage compartment as I use the bed only for occasional hauling. However, I do wish the 4WD was more effective or atleast a low-range transfer case was onto the truck. The Ridgeline otherwise struggles even in snowy roads during the Minnesota winters. The gas mileage at about 14-15 mpg has dipped off lately as well! The overall experience has been negative for twice now. I had dropped in the truck for a recall after confirming with them. They later cited unavailabilty of spares and kept the truck for another 4 days. Strangely, one of the speakers developed a cracking sound which I noticed couple of weeks later!

5/10
Features
7/10
Interior
6/10
Design
5/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
4/10
Dealer Review

CC

Cynthia

2011 Honda Ridgeline

RTL 3dr Crew Cab 5.3 ft. SB w/Navigation AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 10, 2021

Ridgeline packed with features

Pros - Feature-packed interiors, spacious cabin, decent performance

Cons - Design needs to be updated

The Inside game - space, utility and plenty of features This is my second Ridgeline and one thing is guaranteed, it does not turn heads anymore. Yet I like it. First because my local dealer got me a very handsome trade. The ride smoothness and comfort is just as was in the previous Ridgeline. The seating is high and the clearance plus 4WD are good enough for my frequent countryside visits. But what I like the most lies inside. The cabin is very well built and thought out. The seats are cushioned, roomy and airy and getting inside is no big deal. The gauages are large which makes reading out clear and the controls are desigfned and placed nicely. There are plethora of features in here - Bluetooth handsfree connectivity, navigation system, seven speaker premium audio system, leather seating, heated seats, dual-zone auto temperature control, and the list continues. These guys helped me bag such a great trade. I highly recommend them.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
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Joseph

2011 Honda Ridgeline

RT 3dr Crew Cab 5.3 ft. SB AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 10, 2021

Gonna keep it as long as I can

Pros - Great reliability, Sporty on-road performance, Spacious interiors

Cons - Can't be taken on serious off-roads

Decent on-road sporty performance from a relaible truck I bought my 2011 Ridgeline back in Feb 2012 and it's superb! In fact I must call it my best decision ever. I previously had a Colorado and my only one and half years of experience with it was like hell. Sorry for the language, but yes it was horrible. But Ridgeline is exactly opposite. It's been 5 years down the line since I bought my Ridgeline and have put 50k+ miles on it. The only things I needed to replace recently were tires and brakes, and that's considerable. The only thing I wished to get better was mileage. If that be left aside, the performance on-road is great and enjoyable. I need towing max up to 3000 pounds and that too about twice or thrice a month, so the Ridgeline gets the work done efficiently. Although it has 4WD, don't mistake it to be taken on rough off-roads, it's just a comfy sporty on-road pickup truck. The seats are well-cusioned and roomy, and I haven't find the bed to fall short on any instance. So its my best decison and I am gonna keep it as long as I can. The way the professionals explain things show their immense knowledge and convincing power, without loosing a sense fo trust. I suggest this dealer and you can trust them for everthing.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29150

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

247 lb.-ft. @ 4300 rpm

transmission

5-speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

122 in.

length

207 in.

width

77.8 in.

height

70.3 in.

curb weight

4504 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

112 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1546 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/20 mpg

highway range

440 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

RT $29,150 onwards

250 hp @ 5700 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | regular unleaded

  • 60/40 Rear Split Bench Seat
  • Air Conditioning

RTS $31,855 onwards

250 hp @ 5700 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | regular unleaded

  • Heated Front Seats
  • Rear Privacy Glass
  • Sunroof

RTL $34,730 onwards

250 hp @ 5700 rpm | 3.5 L | V6 | regular unleaded

  • Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System
  • Navigation System
  • Steering Wheel Mounted Controls
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.5

Engine And Performance

8.4

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.1

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.5

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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The Ridgeline is a unique ‘practical version’ of a pickup truck which actually is practical for people which in essence is a car attached to a truck bed. The prices for the 2011 Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,150 and can go up to $34,730. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline battles it out with some popular pickups of America such as the Ram 1500, Chevrolet Avalanche, and the Toyota Tacoma. 


8.5/10
Pricing and Features

8.4/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.1/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.5/10
Safety


2011 Honda Ridgeline Pricing and Features

8.5/10

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is available in three trims, going by the name - RT, RTS, and RTL. The prices for the 2011 Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,150 for the base RT trim and can go up to $34,730 for the top of line RTL trim.

The RT is the base version, yet is reasonably well equipped and packs in most of the features one would ever need. The RTS adds some over the top features while the RTL is there to make the truck look hotter than it really is with larger wheels, foglights, sunroof, etc. All the trims are equipped with a 3.5-liter V6. Only the RTL trim is eligible for the Navigation System package.

Trim

RT

RTS

RTL

MSRP

$29,150

$31,855

$34,730

Features

17-inch steel wheels

17-inch alloy wheels

18-inch alloy wheels

 

Power-sliding rear window

Rear privacy glass

Sunroof

 

Air-conditioning

Eight-way power driver seat

Heated front seats

 

Full power accessories

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Foglights

 

Six-speaker CD/MP3 stereo

Seven-speaker audio system

Leather upholstery

Which Trim should you buy?

We recommend you to go for the RTS trim, as this trim adds in a lot of features such as alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, a 7-speaker sound system and much more. All these features enhance the Ridgeline’s appeal manifolds and that too at a fair price gap from the base RT trim. 

2011 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance

8.4/10

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is only available with a single drivetrain option, a 3.5 liter V6 that puts out 250 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed automatic puts all that power through a four-wheel drive. The power figures may seem as Lackluster numbers for a pickup truck but it plays a different game here. The Ridgeline is pretty sprightly and energetic with its take-off. Since it is lighter than most pickup trucks, the performance is brisk and it is lively on the highways, providing great passing capabilities even when there is weight laden.

The Ridgeline’s four-wheel-drive is a sophisticated system, with the rear differential lock which can engage in up to 18 mph of speeds. This means that this Honda has fine all-weather capabilities. However, don’t expect it to do well off-road though, the drivetrain doesn’t have that much torque lower down the rev range to do that confidently. The hauling capability is just fine, with payload rated at 1,550 pounds while max towing at 5,000 lbs.

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500 Express

Toyota Tacoma LB V6

Chevrolet Avalanche LS

MSRP

$29,150

$25,265

$27,525

$39,350

Engine

3.5L V6

4.7L V8

4.0L V6

5.3L V8

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Transmission

5-speed automatic 

5-speed automatic 

5-speed automatic 

6-speed automatic

Power (hp @RPM

250 @ 5700

310 @ 5650

236 @ 5200

320 @ 5400

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

247 @ 4300

330 @ 3950

266 @ 4000

335 @ 4000

The V8 trucks are pretty comparable with their outputs, and the same is the case with the V6s. Avalanche puts out the most overall and the Tacoma least. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline gets the smallest engine in the segment, despite that the power figures are at par with the rivals. 

How fast is the Honda Ridgeline?

The five-speed automatic transmission of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline doesn’t do much justice to the pickup’s acceleration times, as the truck is slower than most midsize V6 trucks and V8 powered full-size trucks. The power is plenty usable, make no mistake but the drivetrain of the truck altogether is nothing that you would call quick.

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline accelerates from 60-0 mph in dot 9 seconds, which definitely cannot be referred to as a respectable acceleration figure. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline does the quarter-mile run in 15.8 seconds, at a speed of 85.3 mph.

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Avalanche

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.0

9.4

7.4

7.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.8

14.2

15.8

15.5

Top-Speed (MPH)

120

120

N/A

98

3.5L V6

4.7L V8

4.0L V6

5.3L V8

3.5L V6

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

11.0

12.4

8.5

11.0

The Honda Ridgeline comes out as one of the slowest trucks in the segment. The Ram 1500 though lags behind the Ridgeline in the 0-60 fixture, but the V8’s kick is pretty evident in the truck’s quarter-mile run. The Chevrolet Avalanche comes out as the fastest truck in the segment, owing to the best in class power figures. However, the Chevy’s hefty weight proves a hindrance, limiting the top speed to just 98 mph. 

How well does the Honda Ridgeline handle?

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline offers a really great combination of ride and handling and it is better than most of the midsize and full-size trucks out on the road. The truck has great dynamics for its size and it stays true to its SUV roots courtesy to the platform on which it is based. 

Those familiar with driving crossovers would feel right at home behind the Ridgeline’s steering wheel. The ride is well damped and the steering is utmost precise. The independent suspension on which it stands on does wonders and separates it from a lot of pickups out there. The Honda Ridgeline handles pretty well around the corner with minimal body roll. 

How is the Honda Ridgeline’s braking performance?

The Ridgeline is quite a heavy pickup truck yet it performs well in the braking department. The 2011Honda Ridgeline gets 12.6-inch brake rotors at the front and 13.1-inchers towards the rear. Together, this setup helps the Honda decelerate from 60-0 mph in a distance of 122 feet which is a respectable figure. 

Stopping the truck in difficult situations can be dangerous while you have bigger payloads to carry. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline shows slight hints of nosedive when made to perform an emergency halt, yet the regular braking execution is absolutely fine and indeed commendable.

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Avalanche

Brake Rotors:Front (inches)

12.6

13.2

12.6

13.0

Brake Rotors:Rear (inches)

13.1

13.8

10.0

13.5

Curb Weight

(lbs)

4504

6600

3995

5969

60-0 (feet)

122

N/A

128

N/A

The Honda Ridgeline gets huge brake rotors considering the fact that it’s a mid-size pickup truck. Accrediting to these rotors, the Honda Ridgeline is one of the most stern stoppers in the segment.

2011 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Ridgeline has a just about average fuel economy, comparable to full-size pickup trucks in the market. These facts seem to counter the marketing done by Honda where they market the truck as a Honda among pickup trucks, refined and frugal. This is probably because of the lackluster engine not supplying adequate power hence the engine burns more fuel to provide adequate pull and pick-up.

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline can spin for 15 miles in the city and can expedite through 20 miles on the highway. Summing up these figures, we get a combined mpg of 17, which though is decent but cannot be referred to as respectable. 

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Avalanche

MPG (City)

15

13

16

15

MPG (Highway)

20

18

20

21

MPG (Combined)

17

15

18

17

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.0

32.0

21.0

31

Range(City/Highway/Combined in Miles)

330/440/374

416/576/480

336/420/378

465/651/527

With a combined mpg of 17, a potent V8 engine, and a cavernous fuel tank capacity of 31 gallons, you can literally cross countries with the Avalanche. The Ridgeline is the least impressive in this department, with one of the poorest fuel efficiency figures and one of the smallest fuel tank capacity in the segment. 

2011 Honda Ridgeline Interior

7.1/10

Unlike other pick-ups, the Ridgeline comes in only one body style, a crew-cab with the ability to seat five people. Nevertheless, the Ridgeline is among the most comfortable trucks in the segment. 

The front seats may not be that soft but they are quite supportive. You can spread out nicely in the cabin and both the front and back rows are as comfortable as each other. You can also fold down the rear seats where you will find a small compartment to store cargo that needs weatherproof transportation.

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Avalanche

Seating Capacity

5

6

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.7/63.2/40.8

40.3/66.0/41.0

40.2/57.7/41.7

41.1/65.3/41.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.1/62.6/36.4

39.9/65.7/40.3

38.5/59.3/32.6

40.0/65.2/39.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

8.5

61.5

45.5

Just like the Ridgeline’s car-like handling, its interior is also inspired by Honda’s other cars. The design and layout of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline’s dash is really commendable and quite pleasing, as compared to other rivals.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The equipment you will find inside the 2011 Honda Ridgeline will be more than any other pickup truck in the market. The features start pouring in from the base RT trim itself, and that too a whole lot of them. While the top trims get some connectivity features such as Bluetooth, some of the most prominent entertainment features offered as standard on the 2011 Ridgeline are:

  • Audio theft deterrent
  • 6 speakers
  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player
  • AM/FM stereo with seek-scan, single in-dash CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Concealed antenna

2011 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

7.5/10

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline certainly looks odd, there's no denying that and it may not be to the tastes of everyone wanting to buy a pickup truck. But what's surprising is the dual nature of the exteriors on the Ridgeline. 

From the front, the Ridgeline looks more like a conventional SUV. That being said, many sheet metal pieces this truck has got are actually SUV pieces. The word conventional however is not necessarily good here. Honda redesigned this car in 2009 but it feels way older than that in 2011. Honda has tried to make this car look more rugged than it actually is with the rear fenders and the rear pillars but they don’t help, the grille borrowed from the Honda Pilot certainly sees to that.

Models

Honda Ridgeline

Ram 1500

Toyota Tacoma

Chevrolet Avalanche

Curb Weight (lb)

4504

6600

3995

5969

Length (inches)

207.0

229

221.3

221.3

Width (inches)

77.8

79.4

74.6

79.1

Height (inches)

70.3

75.7

70.1

76.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.2

8.6

N/A

9.1

Wheelbase (inches)

122.0

140.5

140.6

130.0

The Ram is the largest here, the Avalanche has a really high ground clearance. The primary shortcoming of the Honda Ridgeline is its limited ground clearance. The 2011 Honda Ridgeline gets a ground clearance of 8.2-inches, which is the least in the segment, thus limiting the pickup’s off-roading capabilities. 

2011 Honda Ridgeline Safety

7.5/10

The Ridgeline comes standard with a lot of safety tech features. The Ridgeline has not been tested yet with the current 2011 govt crash norms but the scores obtained by the 2010 model did excellent with both IIHS and NHTSA. Some of the most prominent safety features of the 2011 Honda Ridgeline are:

  • Brake assistance
  • Manual adjustable front head restraints
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side-impact bars
  • Electronic stability
  • Compact spare tire
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Four-wheel ABS brakes
  • Occupant sensing airbags
  • Traction control
  • 4 ABS channels
  • Panic alarm
  • 6 airbags

2011 Honda Ridgeline Competition

Honda Ridgeline vs. Toyota Tacoma

The Toyota Tacoma is the most direct competitor to this truck. It is a traditional truck by all means which gives you a little more space inside and obviously more capability and fuel economy at an affordable price tag. 

However, the seats are not very comfortable and the truck is not very maneuverable which is important for some drivers. So in case comfort is your top priority, Ridgeline is the choice. 

Honda Ridgeline vs. Ram 1500

The Ram 1500 is a full-size pickup truck with plenty of steering feel and great ride quality. The truck also has an impressive fuel economy despite having one of the sweetest truck engines in the market, i.e. the HEMI engine. 

Cons include only available in gasoline, no diesel or hybrid and the V6 is coarse in its operation. The Ram 1500 is a hardcore pickup truck with great towing and payload capacities. 

Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevrolet Avalanche

The Chevrolet Avalanche is quite similar to the Ridgeline with luxe features and a nice cabin. The powertrain is great and the midgate touch is really clever. 

The back seats of the Avalanche are really not that great and a con similar to the Ridgeline is that there is only a single powertrain option available. 

2011 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict

The 2011 Honda Ridgeline is for those who do not want hardcore off-roading, big rig type pickup truck, it is for those looking for a comfortable SUV but wants to haul more luggage than that. It is for those who would love to use their trucks daily which means the truck has to be maneuverable and also those who will carry their passengers quite often, all that makes the Ridgeline cut out precisely for these tasks.

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