2006 Honda Ridgeline
There are 37 user reviews for the RTL trim shown below
- The ride, trunk in bed
- Gas mileage...engine issues
Purchased As Used
Bought this truck in 07...it is an 06 with 88,500 miles on it. It had 16000 on it when I bought it. Awesome truck until about 5 months after getting it paid off. It started misfiring & engine light came on. To make a long story short...valves in #4 cylinder went bad due to a crack in the head. They were going to try to fix the crack so I could save $$ but found out it was too corrupted from the inside out. How does this happen on a Honda with less than 89,000 miles when all maintenance has been maintained? Further more, I began searching for those with similar issues...and with some minor digging, I have found 14 other 06 owners with the very same issue. All had the same fouled cylinder...#4...& the head cracked in the same place. The delearship where my truck is being fixed is great. But Honda should make this right with these owners. All these owners had this happen between 70-90k miles. Huge expense ...approx $4500 with new head and rebuilt cylinder. Stay away from the 06 & 07 (heard some issues with same cylinder on both yrs). Buy 08 or higher. I'm gutted because I love this truck and I trusted honda....read morehide
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- Very comfortable,easy access in/out,Great response,comfort controls inside.
- A little road noise but;not too sure about average towing weight
Purchased As Not Purchased
I test drove a 2013 RTL today and;was very pleased with this honda. The truck had plenty of storage space,and plug in adapters. I was pleased how;the seats folded backwards by,a lever on the side at the rear door. And the model I test drove,had a sunroof and;all power options on board. I think it'll be a wonderful travel vehicle and;I won't be displeased knowing that, I can trust honda's reliability. I can see everything on the road a lot better since;I am a short guy and I feel safer in this truck....read morehide
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- Ride, Comfort, Features, Sound System, Passenger Room, trunk in the truck bed
- can't think of any
Bought my Ridgeline in August of 2006 and experienced very good gas mileage, 25 mpg but as the weather is cooling off mileage is suffering. Told a friend of mine, one of the things I like about the Ridgeline is that it is easy to wash, got a laugh out of that. I find that on the highway the vehicle is very stable, quiet and is not buffeted by strong winds or by transport trucks as they pass. The four wheel independed suspension and wide wheel base contribute to the ride quality, best I've ever experienced. Have always driven GMC trucks before this truck and will not go back. I must admit luggage and golf clubs will be probably the only load I will ever carry in the back but if I move any tools, topsoil, bricks etc. I will use a utility trailer. Quite often when I park the Ridgeline people come up to the truck and ask about it. After showing the features of the truck tell of the ride, show the storage features these people are quite impressed. Expect delivery soon of a Leer cap this should change the appearance of the truck this will add to the stowage room and security for luggage and other items. Am planning a vacation to Florida in April, two couples, so this should be the true test of comfort, handling and fuel economy. I expect the Ridgeline to pass with flying colours....read morehide
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- In-bed trunk, Stability control, lots of storage room
- Fuel mileage lousy for a 6 cyl and lacks power, clunky interior
Not REAL happy with this vehicle. I previously owned a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder (old style) and I loved it. The interior of the Ridgeline is definitely that of a truck, they could've made it nicer. I can't open one of the compartments without cutting my finger on it. The truck does not maneuver very well when you are accelerating (like passing). It gets really squirrelly. With the lack of power that it has, you would think that it would get better gas mileage. The best mileage that I have EVER gotten from it in 8 months was on a long trip and it was 16.7 mpg. Sometimes at highway speeds, it doesn't seem to want to downshift very easily either. Future trans problems???? I don't plan to keep it much longer. I should've bought a Pilot instead....read morehide
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- honda service,reliability,smooth ride, great awd in rain and snow
- poor gas mileage,bed scratches easily
i have owned or driven f 150's,tacoma's,isuzu rodeo's and nissan pickups.
the ridgeline is a different class in itself. a lot of people debate wether this is a truck or not. this is just ignorance. this truck was never meant to be a heavy duty work truck. its just an all around truck. if you complain about it then you probably have not really compared the ride between the ridgeline and the tacoma or the nissan and f series.
honestly if you will be carrying around 1000lbs of junk all the time then get an f series or ck. but if you want a daily driver that is versatile and pleasurable to drive in any weather then get a ridgeline. styling is not for everyone but is quirky enough to be somewhat cool.
try cornering your other pickups and see if you dont tip over. the ridgeline has the least amount of body lean and eats corners like nothing. one big drawback is the price but you do get what you pay for with honda. oh well like i said not for everyone. so dont hate appreciate the choices we have ....read morehide
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- versatility, cab size, heated leather seats, stereo system
- MPG, truck bed scratches easily, bed length
When I first saw the Ridgeline in spring 2005 year I was initially intrigued, but not too impressed by the price of the first ones I looked at in the city dealerships, since they had very few choices (either fully loaded or not) and wanted full price. I waited a few months then found one with the options I wanted and a lower price at a rural dealer. I really like the versatility of this vehicle, since I can seat 5 adults comfortably on leather seats or I can haul some lumber or garbage to the landfill on Saturday. I went on a driving vacation through MT, WY and CO last summer and the truck performed flawlessly on the interstate and back roads, with no problem passing other vehicles or cruising at 75-80 MPH. We went through some wicked weather (high winds, rain and hail) with no problems. The gas mileage is a little worse than expected (I have heard a K&N air filter might help the performance and mileage but I haven't tried it out yet). The bed width is OK, but the bed length could be another foot longer. Even so, I can easily fit 2 mountain bikes in the bed in a frame I built for the truck, without bothering to put them on a roof rack. The bed scratches very easily but hasn't dented. I have had no service issues in 13 months and over 20,000 miles (other than oil and lube). I especially like the trunk in the bed and the back seats that fold up for extra space when needed. The standard stereo system sounds great and meets all of my needs, but my son would like an auxiliary port for his IPod (only available with XM radio). Overall, I am satisfied and expect another 10 years with this vehicle. Three of my friends have also purchased Ridgelines in the past year and are all satisfied owners....read morehide
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- Superb combination of driveability and truck like capability
- Missing some nec. accessories that are expensive to add later. Why didn't F or GM build it first?
If you are in the market for a versatile vehicle look no further. Ride quality, performance, size, build quality, $ value, etc. this is an awesome truck. The handling and braking ability is german sport sedan-like. (Too funny to pull up to a " big honkin" pickup and look down at pie pan size brakes through "rapper" wheels). As far as useable space they really thought it through and did a great job on the design. The in-bed trunk is huge and very handy.
My only beef is why they would not have made it easier to add certain accessories - OR - why they left some out of the final design? For example, fog lights - absolutely necessary and basic accessory on any off-road or 4WD vehicle. The cost to add through the dealer is pretty steep and due to the configuration of various on-board systems.. it's a challenge to just buy the parts and do it yourself. Excellent truck, but wrong to subject loyal customers to the mercy of your dealers.
Again.. in terms of bang for the buck this has got to be one of the top values out there!...read morehide
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- Driving comfort, manueverability,1500 lb pay load
- turning radius, blind spots and bad bad fuel economy
Don't let all the negatives scare you of owning one. Most of those post are written by one or few men, maybe salesmen of other brands out to discredit Honda.
I can remember at least 12 award giving bodies have recognize this trucks merits. Most notable is CR which rated it no 1, and MT which named it truck of the year.These award 12 plus award giving bodies are way more credible than any John Doe pretending to have test driven or own one.
Unlike some fictitious postings here, I have a metallic blue RTL, bought last may 2005, now with 25,000 miles.If you can live with 17 mpg average, this is a dream truck. It rides like a big sedan, and has the comfy ride of an SUV and has very sporty handling.
If you are planning to get one be sure all the 4 doors close effortlessly and take it out to the carwash.
NOTE OF CAUTION, ITS BLAND LOOKING BUT WHEN ACCESORIZE (pricey and addictive)MORPHES INTO ONE GOOD LOOKING TRUCK....read morehide
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- lucky to get 15
- false advertisement
Everyone should know that the ridgeline is advertised as being able to tow a boat or trailer, but you cannot backup a trailer with certain ridgelines. I explained the situation to honda america and the best they could do is explain to me that backing up the trailer is not the same as towing. Honda ridgeline has some serious problems and honda of america does not care!...read morehide
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- people and cargo space, attention to detail, too many too list
- can't drive down the grand canyon walls, can't pull a 10,000 pound rock daily.
The people whining about this truck have fallen victim to harassment after purchasing a truly forward thinking TRUCK. I didn't realize until I bought it how stupid a lot of truck owners are. I've had some of them tell me 'it looks kinda sissy'...they say 'is there a v8 available'... I say no but it puts out 250 horse power and weighs less than the other 'trucks'. They say 'oh but you can only haul 1200 pounds' or 'can only tow 5500 pounds'... I say, yeah, thats more than I plan to do..When was the last time you hauled and towed more than that? Generally they have never needed to tow that much, if they have then I guess the Ridgeline isn't for them. It is for me though. They also like to tell me that its not the best off road vehicle. I used to have a grand cherokee..great off road capabilities that I never needed. Overkill really, at the price of sacrificing comfort.
The cab of this thing is enormous, bigger than my old jeep grand cherokee. I can actually haul the kids and the wife very comfortably in it. I can fit both car seats in the back and still have room for an adult to sit COMFORTABLY in the back with them. When the kids and wife aren't in the truck I can easily 'pass other cars' with this 'sissy' 250 horsepower motor. The ride is comfortable, comfortable seats, car-like ride. And by the way, this is not a 'pilot with a truck body on it'. 90% of the ridgeline design is unique. Honda spent lots of time deciding on this. If they just wanted a truck they would have made a frame and slapped an engine compartment, a cab, and a bed on it like ALL the other trucks out there. This vehicle is a unibody WITH an integrated truck frame. All the details are genious (and standard equipment)...heated spot where the wipers sit, POWER rear window, tire pressure monitor, console with insane amounts of room and configurations, a bed that is truly space-age..it is impossible to dent, obviously the trunk in the bed (which is absolutely as useful as it is cool).
I can't say enough good things about this truck.... did i mention that the indepent suspension on the rear wheels makes room for that huge trunk AND made it possible to hide the wheel wells which allows me to acually lay 4' wide sheets of plywood flat instead of propping them up all stupid like most other trucks.
So basically if you are your average person who uses a truck to commute, tow the boat, haul stuff for weekend projects, etc, tailgate before games with a built in cooler(trunk), this truck is for you...If you are racing off road, a contractor or someone who needs a big traditional truck with a hemi to compensate for fear of being mistaken by your peers as a wuss, then maybe this truck isn't for you. If you are someone who wants a truck made in america...well thats touchy. The ridgeline was designed in ohio. 10% of it parts are japanese, 90% are from US/Canada and it is assembled in canada. I think ford/chevy/dodge import more parts than honda does for the trucks. Nissan might be your best bet for an american vehicle truck these days. Go figure.
I can't believe a couple of the people that put reviews on here...they say they had it for a month and sold it...that's either bull or, like I said, they fell victim to their waterhead friends armpit scratchin' and finger pointin'....read morehide
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