Here’s Why Consumer Reports Loves the 2019 Honda Ridgeline

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is newly designed to fall in line with the conventional styling of other compact pickup trucks in its class. With features similar to an SUV, this truck certainly isn’t a workhorse. What it does have in its favor is reliability and customer satisfaction. Let’s take a look at how this unlikely contender ranked #1 in Consumer Reports ratings.


The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine, paired with a six-speed transmission. Pumping 280hp and 246 lb-ft of torque, it is fast, able to go from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds

This all-wheel drive pickup truck simplifies towing with an installed hitch and wiring for a brake controller. The towing capacity is 5,000 lbs with a 1,325-pound payload and 600-lb tongue weight.

The Sport trim with AWD has a max payload capacity of 1,580 lbs. Unlike other trucks and SUVs, the Honda Ridgeline utilizes unit-body construction. The body panels and chassis are not bolted together, but rather a single molded unit. This makes the truck lighter, giving the 2WD trims an overall fuel efficiency of 20 mpg. The EPA rating is 19 City / 26 Hwy.

Consumer Reports gave the 2019 Honda Ridgeline strong scores

Consumer Reports ranked the 2019 Honda Ridgeline #1 among compact pickup trucks. It beat out the Ford Ranger, Jeep Gladiator, and Toyota Tacoma. This top-rated truck received an overall score of 74/100 with a road test score of 83. That’s pretty impressive considering other trucks in this class received overall scores ranging from 45 to 58.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has a good fuel economy for a gas-powered truck. It rated best-in-class for the comfortable ride, limited road-noise, and predicted reliability. This car-like vehicle offers a well-finished interior that can fit up to 5 passengers.

The roof height and lower floor eliminate the need for a high step up into the cab. The dual-action tailgate and weathertight built-in trunk add value and convenience to the composite cargo area. The front and rear independent suspension eliminates tossing around, as in other trucks, and handles road imperfections well.

According to IIHS, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline is a top safety pick for front crash prevention

Disadvantages of the 2019 Honda Ridgeline

The 5,000 lb towing capacity is a major drawback, with other trucks in this class handling up to 6,500 lbs. The Ridgeline did not rank well in routine handling but it did have sufficient cornering capabilities.

It maneuvers well in mud and sand but has limited off-road capabilities. The wheel well housings don’t protrude into the bed, but the shallow depth limits cargo space. The touch-screen infotainment system needs improvement, as well, as it is outdated and hard to operate.

2019 Honda Ridgeline pricing

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has a MSRP range of $29,990-$43,420. There are several trim packages available:

The Ridgeline RT is the base model of this line. The starting price of $29,990 is a little higher than other trucks in its class, but the many added standard features make it a great value.

The Ridgeline Sport trim, available in FWD and AWD, has a base price of $33,390. This makes it one fo the more affordable trim options.

The RTL FWD has a sticker price of $34,870, which is a great deal considering the leather-trimmed interior, moonroof, and 10-way powered seat options.

Finally, The RTL-T trim has a base price of $37,000 and the feature-loaded RTL-E comes in at $41,920. Both of these trim options are more expensive, but buyers with money to spare may find the added features worth it.

The top-of-the-line luxury Honda Ridgeline Black Edition has a starting price of $43,420. The innovative design offers an all-black color scheme on both the interior and exterior of the vehicle. The Honda Sensing® driver-assistance system comes standard in this trim level. Standout features include the 18″ black alloy wheels, all leather interior, 8-speaker premium audio system, and red ambient lighting. 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline does not portray a tough rugged image, but it does meet the needs of those looking for a dependable urban vehicle. Car and Driver rated it #1 for Best Mid-Size Pickup, for the third year in a row and Consumer Reports ranked it highest in owner satisfaction.