The Most Popular Honda Ridgeline Complaints

The Honda Ridgeline is a midsize truck that’s winning plenty of wards. However, no amount of accolades is making this truck more popular. So let’s investigate a few of the most common complaints about the Honda Ridgeline to see why drivers are so hesitant to pick this truck. 

Common Honda Ridgeline Complaints 

Electrical Issues 

The 2017 Honda Ridgeline seemed to be plagued with annoying electrical issues. From the horn suddenly blaring to incorrectly sensing forward collisions, issues were all over the place. 

2019 Honda Ridgeline
2019 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

Some drivers experienced all of the warning lights appearing on their dashboards, including trailer and tow warnings, when they didn’t even have the tow package with their trucks. 

For some drivers, the phantom warning lights appeared with the loss of power steering and acceleration. One driver suddenly could only accelerate close to 35 mph on the highway. 

Fuel Pump Issues 

More recently, in 2019, Honda issued a recall for 2017 and 2019 Ridgeline trucks for having a fuel pump that was prone to cracking. 

Sulfuric acids and other chemicals found in car wash detergents were found to potentially lead to cracks and erosions in the fuel pump leading to leaks. 

2019 Honda Ridgeline
2019 Honda Ridgeline | Honda

If the fuel pump leaked, then the Honda Ridgeline trucks had an increased risk of catching fire or crashing. Drivers were also at an increased risk for accidents. 

Luckily, this was an easy issue to fix. Drivers only had to return to the dealership to have their fuel pumps replaced free of charge. 

Brake Problems 

There seem to be a variety of brake issues among multiple model years of the Honda Ridgeline. 

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline was noted as having a springboard like sound when pressing the brakes. 

The rotors seem to also prematurely rust. Before hitting 50,000 miles in brand new trucks, the rotors needed to be replaced due to accumulating a significant amount of rust. 

Also, despite having the brake pads replaced, the 2009 Honda Ridgeline continued to produce a grinding noise like metal scraping on metal when the brakes were applied. 

If you skip ahead to 2018, the brake grinding issue with the Honda Ridgeline continues. Apparently, the brakes work just fine when applied but still have a clunky, grinding sound. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline | Honda-0
2020 Honda Ridgeline

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline’s braking issues are a bit more severe. When the pedal is slammed to the floor, the 2019 Ridgeline fails to stop and requires pumping to restore the brakes to halfway. 

Engine Issues 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is receiving reports of engine problems as well. One issue included excessive oil consumption. 

The Ridgeline seems to require two to three quarts of oil between oil changes. This amount of oil consumption is extremely high for a brand new truck. 

A new Honda Ridgeline on display
A Honda Ridgeline on display at an auto show | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The engine also seems to have a venting issue. There are multiple reports of people becoming nauseous from the smell of gas. The odor also seems to fill the cabin and has been annoying to try and get rid of. 

Even with people noticing the odor outside of the truck when it’s parked, dealers claim the issue can’t be replicated, so there’s no solution for the sickening odors yet.