3 Things Consumer Reports Doesn’t Like About the 2022 Honda Ridgeline

When it comes to pickup trucks, the 2022 Honda Ridgeline is an excellent option that truck fans may want to consider. In fact, Consumer Reports says that the Ridgeline is actually the best compact truck on the market right now, beating out the likes of the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevy Colorado. That said, the 2022 Honda Ridgeline isn’t flawless, and here’s a look at three of its issues that Consumer Reports noted.

1. The 2022 Honda Ridgeline can’t tow very much

2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport with HPD package unibody pickup truck in red driving down a desert highway
2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport with HPD package | American Honda Motor Co., Inc

One of the main things that trucks are expected to do is tow stuff, and the Honda Ridgeline simply doesn’t have an excellent towing capacity. As Consumer Reports says, the Ridgeline only has one engine option, and it’s a 3.5-liter V6 that gets 280 horsepower. That engine only allows the Ridgeline to tow, at best, about 5,000 pounds.

According to Consumer Reports, most compact pickup trucks can tow over 6,000 pounds. For comparison, one of the Ridgeline’s toughest competitors, the Tacoma, can tow 6,800 pounds when properly equipped

2. The Ridgeline has limited off-road capability

According to Consumer Reports, while the Honda Ridgeline comes with all-wheel drive as standard, its off-road capability is minimal. The Honda can handle off-road platforms like dirt, mud, and sand, but it won’t perform well on more challenging terrain. That’s not too surprising since the Ridgeline was not designed to be a hardcore off-roader like a Jeep Wrangler.

3. It also has a shallow truck bed

Another issue that the Honda Ridgeline has is that its truck bed is shallow for its class. Although the Ridgeline has a good payload capacity of about 1,500 pounds, the actual dimensions of the bed make it challenging for folks to fit as much stuff in it as other compact pickup truck competitors. That said, its truck bed isn’t terrible, as it does have a few excellent features, such as a dual-action tailgate.

The 2022 Honda Ridgeline is still a great and reliable pickup truck

Despite those minor flaws, the Honda Ridgeline is still the top-rated compact pickup truck for many reasons. On top of having a good payload capacity and a truck bed full of features, the Honda’s truck bed is also very durable. It’s a composite bed that won’t rust and is also scratch-resistant, according to Consumer Reports. 

Another great thing about the Ridgeline is that it’s a unique truck compared to its peers. The Honda Ridgeline has a unibody design, which is the same design that’s more common in sedans. This unibody design helps the Ridgeline be a very comfortable vehicle when it’s on the pavement. Additionally, Honda gave the Ridgeline a nice cabin, so folks and their families should have a good time sitting in the Ridgeline. 

Additionally, while the Ridgeline’s single engine choice doesn’t allow it to tow very much, it is a good engine in other ways. Consumer Reports gave the Ridgeline a pretty good performance rating, as it could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds. However, what’s most impressive about the Ridgeline powertrain is its fuel economy.

The Ridgeline gets 13 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on highways, for a combined 20 mpg. This isn’t very good compared to smaller cars, but the Ridgeline is very fuel-efficient compared to other trucks. In fact, Consumer Reports said that the Ridgeline is the most fuel-efficient pickup truck that’s powered by gas. On top of these positives, the Ridgeline is made by Honda, so it’s very reliable. As such, it’s no surprise that the Ridgeline received an overall score of 82 out of 100.

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