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We are using the Honda Ridgeline as an excuse to bust out our detective hats again. We love digging into a good mystery and also enjoy determining how reliable vehicles actually are. That’s why the 2023 Honda Ridgeline is under the magnifying glass. It might not be as durable as expected.

How reliable is the 2023 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2023 Honda Ridgeline off-roading in deep mud
2023 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

According to J.D.Power, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline has a reliability rating of 80 out of 100. While that score sounds good, it’s actually average. Anything between 70 and 80 is average, and scores between 81 and 90 are above average.

So, the Ridgeline is one point away from making it into the above-average category, and that’s surprising. Honda typically has an excellent reputation for building long-lasting vehicles.

You wouldn’t expect the Jeep Gladiator, Ford Ranger, and Nissan Frontier to each have higher scores, but they rank in the above-average category. The 2020 Ridgeline got an 81, while the 2021 model received a 78.

The Ridgeline has been fluctuating a little over the past few years despite being part of the same generation since 2017. Its most recent upgrades came from a mid-cycle refresh in 2021 that primarily focused on its style.

How many miles will the Ridgeline last?

You can expect the average 2023 Honda Ridgeline model to make it between 200,000 and 250,000 miles, which is pretty good. The Tacoma is expected to surpass 300,000 miles, but it’s not uncommon for Ridgeline models to make it over 300,000 miles with regular care.

Currently, about 3.7% of Ridgeline models on the road have accrued over 200,000 miles. It has an extremely high chance of making it to 200,000 miles against the Tacoma because it’s a bit more tame.

It doesn’t have the same off-roading prowess as its rivals, so it typically takes less of a beating over the years. If you drive about 15,000 miles annually, then your Ridgeline could provide 15 to 17 years of service on the road.

Also, the average yearly maintenance cost for the Ridgeline is about $502. Prices may vary based on location, service center, and the severity of problems. This is below the average yearly maintenance cost of $650 for other new vehicles.

The 21 Ridgeline has the most complaints in recent history. The most common problems are related to the electrical system, with reports about the wiring harness, reverse camera, and infotainment screen failing. However, a recall was issued to repair the wiring issue.

Does the Ridgeline have a good resale value?

The 2023 Honda Ridgeline off-roading in the mountains
2023 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

The 2023 Honda Ridgeline doesn’t have the best resale value. It’s projected to maintain about 56.9% of its value after five years. In 2022, the Ridgeline came in last with the worst resale value in its class.

If a Ridgeline model depreciates by about 29% over five years, then it could maintain a resale value of $32,475. The 2023 Ridgeline starts at $38,800, so this isn’t terrible. It’s just turning around lower rates than rivals have to offer.

Overall, despite having a higher price than other trucks, the Ridgeline provides tons of value. It has a long list of standard safety features, tri-zone climate control, and a Class III trailer connector.

The Ridgeline is popular for its smooth ride, spacious interior, advanced tech, and practical usage. For example, the truck bed has a lockable, waterproof bin.

We’re surprised that it only has an average reliability rating and a low resale value. But stay tuned because the 2024 model may change the game with significant improvements.