Honda only produces two pickup trucks currently and the Honda Ridgeline is one of them.
The Ridgeline is a mid-size pickup with a unibody frame and four doors. Production started in late 2004 for the 2006 model year and the Ridgeline has since undergone two generations.
The Honda Ridgeline isn’t the first option for many Americans because of the presence of traditional trucks on the market. Honda itself recognized this challenge and targeted Honda owners with an affinity for pickups.
Being one of Honda’s two pickup trucks and more low-profile offerings, little is known about the Ridgeline. In this article, we outline Honda Ridgeline facts and figures.
How Many Honda Ridgelines Have Been Sold Per Year In The U.S.?
The Honda Ridgeline hasn’t sold nearly as much as other Honda models like the Accord and Civic, etc.
It also hasn’t been around for up to two decades but has managed some very decent numbers so far.
Below is a table showing Ridgeline sales for every year since 2005.
With the exception of a few model years, the Honda Ridgeline has always crossed the five-figure mark since its release.
It also reached an all-time high of 50,193 in 2006 and as of 2020, sales have totaled 412,032.
Please also read our article about the Honda Ridgeline and lights.
What Year Did Honda Start the Ridgeline Models?
Honda started the first generation Honda Ridgeline models in late 2004.
The first generation Ridgeline was put up for sale in March 2005 for the 2006 model year. Honda ended production of the first-generation Ridgeline in early 2015.
Following a year-long hiatus, Honda started production of the second-generation Ridgeline, which went on sale in mid-2016 for the 2017 model year.
What Is the Fuel Economy on a Honda Ridgeline?
We must start by stressing the fact that the Honda Ridgeline is a pickup truck.
This means you shouldn’t expect it to have nearly as good fuel economy as a sedan or even some SUVs.
Having made that clear, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the Ridgeline’s fuel economy.
Below, we compare the Honda Ridgeline’s MPG with other mid-size pickups in its class.
|Model||City MPG||Highway MPG||Combined MPG|
|Honda Ridgeline AWD||18||24||21|
|Ford F150 4WD||19||24||21|
|Toyota Tacoma 4WD||18||22||20|
|Chevrolet Colorado 4WD||17||24||19|
|Toyota Tundra 4WD||13||17||14|
|Ram 1500 4WD||19||24||21|
|Ford Ranger 4WD||20||24||22|
|Nissan Frontier 4WD||17||23||19|
This table shows that pickup trucks usually aren’t the best examples of vehicles with great fuel economy.
However, from the table, the Ridgeline appears to be at the very top slightly below the Ford Ranger and equaling the Ford F150 and Ram 1500 in combined MPG.
Make sure to also read our article about how long the Honda Ridgeline lasts.
How Quickly Do Honda Ridgeline Depreciate?
Beyond the tough look and sturdy build, pickup trucks also depreciate, some faster than others.
According to Car Edge, a Ridgeline is expected to depreciate by 54% after five years. This means a Ridgeline priced at $42,300 will sell for $19,479 in five years.
That is less than half the initial selling price.
Auto Padre chimes in with a percentage less than Car Edge’s forecast. According to them, the Honda Ridgeline only loses 40% of its value in six years.
Also noteworthy is the fact that iSeeCars ranked the Ridgeline at #4 on its list of cars that best hold their value. According to the list, the Ridgeline has an average depreciation rate of just 32.4% in five years.
Did Honda Recall Any of the Honda Ridgeline Models?
The Honda Ridgeline has only been around for barely two decades. However, Honda has recalled the model so many times.
The table below is a list of total recalls for each Honda Ridgeline model since 2006.
|Model Year||Number of Recalls|
Honda has issued 99 recalls for Honda Ridgeline models.
The 2006 model which is also the Ridgeline’s debut model year has the highest number of recalls with 13.
It is followed closely by the 2012 models with 12 and the 2011 models with 11. Ha! That’s quite the coincidence, right?
How Much Do the Ridgeline Models Pollute?
The Honda Ridgeline has a Greenhouse Gas Emissions estimate of 441 grams per mile and 6.6 metric tons per year.
It gets an energy impact score of 15.7 barrels and an EPA smog rating of 4/10, indicating that it’s just below average.
Those aren’t green numbers, right? Wait till you find out the Green Car Journal once named the Honda Ridgeline Green Truck Of The Year in 2017.
That’s telling you that while pickups generally pollute much, the Honda Ridgeline is still one of the “greenest” ones you can find.
Also read our article about Honda Ridgeline snow and winter driving.
How Much Can the Ridgeline Models Tow?
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a curb weight of 4,500lbs or thereabouts.
The two-wheel-drive (2WD) model has an estimated towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with the appropriate equipment. However, AWD model can move up to 5,000 pounds of weight with proper equipment.
How Reliable Is a Honda Ridgeline?
According to U.S. News & World Report, the Honda Ridgeline has an overall rating of 8.4/10 and a critic’s rating of 8.8/10. It also ranks #1 on their list of the top compact pickup trucks.
J.D. Power gives the truck a reliability rating of 81/100 based on thousands of consumer reviews.
The Ridgeline ranks #2 on J.D. Power’s list of the Top 10 Consumer Rated Trucks, second only to the Ford Ranger.
How Safe Is a Honda Ridgeline?
The Honda Ridgeline is one of the safest pickup trucks on the market. U.S. News & World Report gives it an overall safety rating of 9.6/10.
It also gets a perfect five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in all categories, except Rollover where it gets four.
The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) also ranks it “Good” in most categories, including Side Impact and Rear Crash.
It gets an “Acceptable” in Small Overlap Front Passenger Test results, a “Marginal” in Headlights results, and “Superior” in Front Crash Prevention results.
Below are some of the Ridgeline’s most remarkable safety features:
- Standard Forward Collision Warning
- Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Anti-Lock Braking System
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution
- Traction Control
- Daytime Running Lights
- Brake Assist
- Airbag (Driver, Passenger, Front Head, Rear Head, Front Side)
What Is the Typical Buyer Demographic for this Model?
According to a 2020 study by J.D. Power, 89% of the owners of Ridgeline models are male, which is higher than other trucks.
They are also much older, with owners aged around 64 forming the majority compared to 57 years for other trucks.
Oldies were Honda’s primary target for the Ridgeline and this study by J.D. Power pretty much supports that.
Honda Ridgeline Theft Numbers
Much like other pickups in its class, the Honda Ridgeline does not have significant theft figures.
It isn’t stolen as much as many other vehicles and has not featured or come close to featuring on NICB’s Hot Wheels List.