Buyer's Guide

2022 Honda Ridgeline
Select a Different Model (4 Available): Black Edition AWD
Fuel Economy $ 19 / 24 mpg
Towing (Max) 5000 lbs.
Payload (Max) 1509 lbs.
Horsepower 280@6,000
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2022 Honda Ridgeline MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • SUV-like road manners
  • Quick acceleration
  • Smart packaging

You Won't Like

  • Not many configurations
  • Not a true off-roader
  • Ride quality suffers when hauling

The Ridgeline is the only midsize pickup built on a unibody platform, giving it a smoother ride than you'd expect from a truck. And after a 2021 refresh, the truck gains a more rugged exterior to better match its body-on-frame rivals including the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Chevrolet Colorado. If you don't mind a slightly less functional and smaller truck, other unibody pickup options include the compact Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

For 2022, the Ridgeline receives a new Sonic Gray Pearl paint color.

What We Think

Admittedly, the Honda Ridgeline isn't for the hardcore truck buyer. If you need serious off-road capability or top-notch towing numbers, look elsewhere. But the unibody truck has other advantages that make it a worthy competitor.

Boasting a fully independent rear suspension at all four corners, the Ridgeline drives and rides much like an SUV. As a result, it suffers less body roll than traditional trucks, and bumps in the road are well absorbed. Feeling planted on the road, it tackles corners with confidence. But as we found out in our midsize truck comparison, in which the Ridgeline earned second place, ride quality declines a bit while hauling.

The model's torque vectoring AWD system puts power exactly where it's needed, helping tackle off-road obstacles. Still, the Ridgeline's crawling potential is limited since it has no real lockable differentials or low-range gear.

Complementing its soft road manners, the Ridgeline has the largest and most comfortable interior in its segment. High-quality materials line the spacious cabin. The seat bottoms fold up and away, helping to increase space beyond what competitors can offer. Adding to the practicality equation, a clever tailgate that can drop down or swing open makes loading and unloading easier. Roomy and maneuverable, the Ridgeline is a great lifestyle truck.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Honda Ridgelines come with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels (a FWD model is no longer offered). The Ridgeline is quick for a midsize truck, hitting 60 mph in 6.3 seconds, if you tap it just right. As we noted in our First Test, there's "a very fine line between a strong launch and a total bog" in this vehicle.

Fuel economy numbers for 2022 should be similar to the 2021 model, which is rated 18/24 mpg city/highway.

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2022 Ridgeline earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, a score that includes five stars in the front and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. The IIHS gave the 2021 Ridgeline Good scores in all crash categories except the passenger-side small overlap front test, in which it got an Acceptable rating. This test replicates what happens when the right corner of a vehicle hits an object at 40 mph. Headlights are rated Marginal.

In true Honda tradition, the Ridgeline comes with an abundance of standard safety features. These include automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and a road departure mitigation system.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Ridgeline benefits from Honda's packaging prowess. The interior is spacious, offering a good amount of legroom for passengers in both rows. Legroom measures 40.9 inches up front and 36.7 inches in the rear, compared to the Chevrolet Colorado's 45.0 and 35.8 inches, respectively. A second-row seat lifts up to provide extra storage space inside the cabin.

Even though the bed is only around 5 feet long, the tailgate folds down to extend the space to almost 7 feet. The bed offers 33.9 cubic feet of cargo volume, and underneath the floor, there's a lockable, watertight, and drain-plug-equipped storage compartment measuring 7.3 cubic feet. When we tested out this storage solution, we were able to fit a set of golf clubs, or alternatively, two portable generators.

Towing and Payload

The Honda Ridgeline can tow 5,000 pounds, below the 7,500 pounds offered by some rivals. Payload is top notch, though, maxing out at 1,583 pounds.

Technology

In addition to a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.0-inch touchscreen is standard on all trims of the Honda Ridgeline. This screen is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Ridgeline comes with a seven-speaker sound system, but an eight-speaker system is standard on higher trims.

Recommended Trim

The Ridgeline is offered in four trim levels: Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Since the Sport is already so well-equipped, this is the trim we would choose. It comes with the handy in-bed trunk, the aforementioned dual-action tailgate, push-button start, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a strong suite of driver assist features.

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2022 HONDA RIDGELINE SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: V6 3.5 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9 Speed Automatic
Trim
Black Edition AWD
Class
Mid-Size Pickup
Horsepower
280@6,000
Standard MPG
19/24
Body Style
Truck
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
36,000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
36
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 1.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$0 2.9% Financing for a maximum term of 60 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022
$500 Honda announces a College Graduate Down Payment Assistance Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$500 Honda announces a Military Appreciation Bonus when leased or financed through HFS. 03-31-2022
$0 3.9% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Honda announces APR rates on select models. 02-28-2022