2018 Honda Ridgeline

MSRP $33,270 - $43,220

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2018 Honda Ridgeline Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 20, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is offered in 6 trims but has only one powertrain, priced at $29,630 for the base trim it ranges up to $43,120 for the high-end trims. It manages to churn out 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque with its 3.5L V6 engine. It further comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers phenomenal acceleration performance along with the best in class brake performance and payload capacity.

With a class-leading fuel economy to its name and above-average interiors, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline is up for some serious competition against the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado, 2018 Ford F-150 and it's Japanese counterpart the 2018 Toyota Tacoma. All the vehicles in consideration offer similar safety and reliability, and we will break down each and every specification to find which of them is the best offering to consider.

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Pros

Spacious crew cabin rear row

Phenomenal Acceleration performance

Improved infotainment system

Best in class payload capacity

Cons

Poor ground clearance

Maximum tow rating of 5,000-pound drops to 3,500 pounds on FWD

Sensitive driver aids are too sensitive

What's New?

Eliminated RTS Trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43220

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

125 in.

length

210 in.

width

79 in.

height

71 in.

curb weight

4515 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1499 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.9 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.9

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

487.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$33,270 onwards

RTL$34,030 onwards

RTL-T$36,180 onwards

RTL-E$41,720 onwards

Black Edition$43,220 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Honda Ridgeline in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.5

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

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The 2018 model year sees a mid-size offering from Honda in the pickup truck segment, the Honda Ridgeline. It features a total of six trims in its lineup and is priced in an MSRP range of $29,630-$43,120. With significant improvements in this model year, we still find the same powertrain, a 3.5L V6 engine. Which significant power on offer it does deliver in terms of towing and has a class-leading acceleration which is actually unnecessary for a towing truck.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it offers the segment best. With a slightly compromised front row, it delivers the best rear row amongst all the pickup trucks in this segment. Honda as a brand has a reputation in terms of reliability and safety, this can be seen even in the 2018 Ridgeline, which makes a perfect offering.


7.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.5/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2018 Honda Ridgeline Features

7.0/10

"The 2018 Honda Ridgeline ranks in the middle of the compact pickup truck class. It has a roomy and well-appointed interior, as well as engaging driving dynamics." - Cars.USnews

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline truck is offered in a total of six trims. The price range of the same starts at $29,630 and goes all the way up to $43,120. Excluding the basic RT trim, all the others in the lineup get an AWD option. The base trim offers a 7-speaker sound setup that includes a subwoofer, a 5-inch colour LCD screen, push-button start, Bluetooth handsfree link and streaming audio, and more. On the other hand, the high-end black edition offers exclusive black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather trim seats with contrasting red stitching, interior ambience lighting, and more.

Trims RT (No AWD) Sport RTL RTL-T RTL-E Black Edition
MSRP $29,630 $33,170 $33,930 $36,080 $41,620 $43,120
Standard Features Multi-Angle Rearview Camera with Guidelines Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control System Leather-Wrapped Interior SiriusXM Radio Truck-Bed Audio System Exclusive 18-Inch Black-Painted Alloy Wheels
  Bluetooth Hands-Free Link and Streaming Audio Smart Entry Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel Apple CarPlay 540-Watt Premium Audio System with 8 Speakers, including Subwoofer Black Side Mirrors, Door Handles, and Front Skid Plate
  Daytime Running Lights (DRL) Remote Engine Start Heated Front Seats ·Android Auto Honda Sensing Feature Suite Black Leather Trim with Contrasting Red Stitching
  200-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer Fog Lights   HD Radio One-Touch Power Moonroof with Tilt Feature Red Ambient LED Lighting
  Capless Fuel Filler 18-Inch Gray-Painted Alloy Wheels   HondaLink LED Headlights with Auto-On/  
  5-Inch Color LCD ScreenPush Button Start ·Plus everything on the RT Trim   Honda LaneWatch Blue Ambient LED Lighting  
        SMS Text Message Function    
        225-Watt Audio System with 7 Speakers, including Subwoofer    
        8-Inch Display Audio with Electrostatic Touch-Screen    
        Automatic-Dimming Rearview Mirror    
        Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System    
        Plus all features on RTL    

We recommend

We would recommend you to go for the RTL-T trim it comes equipped with several advanced features and includes Sirius XM radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Honda link, 8-inch display touch screen, satellite-linked navigation system and more. All of this fits well within a budget of $40,000 and hence proves to be a value for money offering.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance

8.5/10

"Among pickups, the Honda Ridgeline stands apart because of its unibody chassis, fully independent suspension and torque-vectoring AWD system that improves stability on all surfaces. We like how the 3.5-liter V6 and the six-speed automatic work together. The catch: Off-road potential is limited."-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

If you are clueless about the engine and transmission that you would find within the Honda Ridgeline, then we would recommend you to have a glance at the famed Honda Pilot. Both these vehicles get the same powertrain. It features a 3.5L V6 i-VTec engine capable of 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Honda Ridgeline

The engine performs pretty well and delivers enough power to haul and tow all that it can carry comfortably. With no other engine option available; the audience wouldn't even be dismayed because the existing powerhead works just fine for what the Honda Ridgeline promises.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
MSRP $41,720 $36,315 $36,200
Engine 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.6L V6
Power 280 hp @ 6000 rpm 278 hp @ 6000 rpm 308 hp @ 6800 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm 265 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm 275 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic

In comparison with its competition, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado comes equipped with a higher displacement engine, measuring 3.6-liters. The 308 HP generating V6 of the Chevrolet Colorado is the best in class; it also churns out 275 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma delivers only 278 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque while featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine just like the Honda Ridgeline.


Acceleration and Power of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

With only 280 HP to play around with, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline shoots from a standstill to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds, it sets a record in comparison for the same. However, in a quarter-mile dash, we find that the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado is better as it has more power to flaunt.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
0-60 mph (sec) 6.6 7.7 7.1
Quarter-mile (sec) 15.0 15.2 14.7
Engine 3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.6L V6

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma on the other hand runs the 0-60 mph test in 7.7 seconds, while the Chevrolet Colorado does it in 7.1 seconds. In terms of quarter-mile timing, it is the Chevrolet Colorado that grabs the first position, clocking it in 14.7 seconds. It is followed by the 2018 Ridgeline that completes the same in 15.0 seconds and the Toyota Tacoma ranks in the third position clocking the same in 15.2 seconds.

Handling and Steering of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline offers fine acceleration with a well-weighted steering wheel, together they deliver a decent drive experience. The front-wheel-drive trims offer excellent traction but aren't much fun when compared with the all-wheel drives. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline comes equipped with intelligent traction management systems, variable torque management systems, and several driving modes that help conquer mud, sand, snow, and more. Equipped with stiff suspension and 18-inch wheels the 2018 Honda Ridgeline fails to dampen the bumpy terrain and instead translates all of it to the cabin. This is indeed one area where they could improve.

Braking of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline manages to come to a standstill from a speed of 60 mph in 180 feet, this is despite the fact that it has a curb weight of 4515 lbs, the heaviest car in consideration. It features a set of 12.6-inches rotors for the front wheels and a set of 13-inch rotors for the rear.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
Front Brake (in) 12.6 10.8 12.2
Rear Brake (in) 13 10 12.75
Curb Weight (lbs) 4515 4425 4480
Braking distance 60-0 mph (ft)  180 183 185

In comparison with its competition, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes equipped with a set of 10.8-inch rotors for the front and a set of 10-inch rotors for the rear. It measures a weight of 4425 pounds and manages to bring itself to a stop in 183 feet. On the other hand, we have the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado that comes equipped with large rotors, measuring 12.2-inches for the front and 12.75-inches for the rear. It weighs slightly more than the Toyota Tacoma at 4480 pounds and takes slightly more distance to come to a standstill, measuring a total of 185 feet.

Towing Capacity of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The 262 lb-ft of torque that the Honda Ridgeline generates gives it the capacity to haul a payload of 1499 lbs. If further comes equipped with the capacity to tow 5000 lbs. In fact, the Honda Ridgeline has a reputation for being a fine towing truck even when equipped with two-wheel drive. In terms of space, there is enough room to offer, one could load motorcycles and ATVs too. Thus, in terms of towing the 2018 Honda Ridgeline makes a perfect option.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
Payload Capacity (lbs) 1499 1175 1487
Towing Capacity (lbs) 5000 6400 7000

In comparison with the competition, we have the Chevrolet Colorado that delivers a phenomenal towing capacity of 7000 pounds. It is followed by the Toyota Tacoma in the second position as it comes with an ability to toe 6400 pounds. With regard to the payload capacity, the Toyota Tacoma can all haul 1175 pounds while Colorado can do 1487 lbs.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

8.5/10

"The Honda Ridgeline gets decent fuel economy compared to rivals’ V6 engines." - Cars.USnews

Fuel Efficiency of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The 2018 model gets the same engine as the 2017 edition; the fuel economy it delivers is also the same. The 2018 Ridgeline returns a reading of 18 miles to a gallon for the city, 25 miles to a gallon for highways, and a combined reading of 21 miles to a gallon. It is the 6-speed automatic transmission in place that helps maintain this fuel economy. We would like to mention that the fuel economy would remain the same regardless of the drivetrain.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
City (mpg) 18 18 17
Highway (mpg) 25 22 24
Combined (mpg) 21 20 19

When we compare the fuel economies of the competition, we find out that it is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline that offers the best gas mileage. The Toyota Tacoma ranks close to the Honda, losing out by a couple of miles per gallon. On the other hand, the 2018 Colorado seems to be even more close to the offering of the Honda. Overall, all the cars in the competition rank similarly in terms of mileage.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Interior

7.0/10

"This Honda’s cabin leaves little to complain about. It’s well-designed, well-appointed, and quiet, and it’s arguably the nicest interior in the class."-Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is a car that provides you with a lot of options even with almost 6 trims being available. Honda offers only one cabin size that is a crew can with the maximum sitting of 5 people. While the seats are comfortable and heated on the higher trims, the 60:40 split rear can also be folded for even increased cargo space on the car. However, the truck doesn’t really have a fully flat floor underneath the seats but sure helps in carrying some more weight around when the trunk is full or in case of bad weather.

Taking the ‘bad’ ground clearance into consideration, the Ridgeline has the seating height of 30.9 inches which is lowest in the class. While low seating height can be an issue for some looking for a bird’s eye view from inside of the car, getting in and out of the car is not going to be an issue for even the people with small bones.

Interior Quality of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The interior of the Ridgeline is along the lines of a pilot, It’s a cockpit-like cabin with interior warped in leather upwards of the RTL trim of the vehicle. Even the base (RT) and Sport trims, you can opt for black fabric upholstery interior.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) Room (in) 39.5/62/40.9 39.7/58.3/42.9 41.4/57.5/45.0
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) Room (in) 38.8/61.5/36.7 38.3/58.9/32.6 38.3/56.2/35.8

The dashboard is made out of soft plastic that meets the lines of luxury and sophistication. With a choice of 5.0 -inch non touch music control and an 8-inch HondaLink Infotainment system, the cabin sure looks upmarket. However, the music interface fails to impress, making the Illuminated Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls a standard on all trims.

Infotainment System of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

This is an area where most people, even not-so-music-buffs are not going to be happy about. Honda has not been very effective with the HondaLink on the Ridgeline. The system is not much fun to use, it’s more on the lines of unresponsive, and takes time getting used to. Covering the bad ground are some features Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a trick, optional in-bed audio system, but still not impressed.

Infotainment Features of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The standard infotainment equipment on the base model is a 5.0-inch non-touch display with Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth connectivity is simple and quick, but won’t work when the truck’s ignition is off.

However, as you move up the trims, the display size increases along with the availability of touchscreen. Upwards of RTL-T trim, Honda offers an 8 – inch touchscreen HondaLink Infotainment system with Garmin-based navigation. Garmin is a third party navigation and tends to work well with most cars.

Although the increase in size doesn’t really solve any of the real-life problems faced on the Ridgeline. With touch sensitive volume slider which doesn’t really execute right and a not-so-responsive touch display, it becomes mandatory that you use on-steering controls, all power to the wheel.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Chevrolet Colorado
Payload Capacity (lbs) 1499 1175 1487

2018 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

7.0/10

"More advanced construction techniques have let Honda remove the odd buttress-like structure from the previous Ridgeline's bed, giving it a more traditionally truck-like appearance, and significantly improving the aesthetics."-KelleyBlueBook

Exterior dimensions of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

The 2018 Honda RidgelineR gets a fine-designed pickup but it is only about average in terms of dimension. It weighs the most measuring 4515 lbs and has the smallest length in competition measuring 210 inches. It records a width of 78.6 inches and a height of 70.8 inches. It gets the least ground clearance which measures just 7.9 inches.

Models 2018 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Toyota Tacoma 2018 Ford F-150
Curb Weight (lbs) 4515 4425 4480
Length (in) 210.0 212.3 212.7
Width (in) 78.6 75.2 83.9
Height (in) 70.8 70.6 70.6
Ground Clearance (in) 7.9 9.4 8.2
Wheelbase (in) 125.2 127.4 128.3

Compared with its competition, it is the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado that gets the largest dimensions but it is followed closely by the 2018 Toyota Tacoma with only a couple of inches to spare. Colorado measures 4480 lbs and is the longest measuring 212.7 inches, it is also the widest at 83.9 inches and measures a wheelbase of 128.3 inches.

Exterior features of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline

  • Inside Mounted Spare Tire
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Pickup Bed Tonneau Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Running Boards

2018 Honda Ridgeline Safety

9.0/10

"The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has the highest composite safety scores among compact pickup trucks" - Cars.USNews

For its safety offering the 2018 Honda Ridgeline scores a perfect 5-star rating as awarded by NHTSA. It goes ahead with this five-star rating even in the aspects of frontal crash and side crash. However, in the aspect of rollover safety, its score is 4 out of 5 stars. Even in the records of IIHS, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline score a good grade in all the aspects other than in "Small Overlap front: passenger side" and in the aspect of "Latch: ease of use".

Standard Active Safety Standard Features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Multi-Angle Rear View Camera with Guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)*with Tire Fill Assist and Location and Pressure Indicators
  • Daytime Running Lights (DRLs)

2018 Honda Ridgeline Competition

2018 Honda Ridgeline vs the 2018 Toyota Tacoma

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma comes priced at $36,315 and offers a lower power generation compared to the Ridgeline. It even fails to impress in terms of acceleration and brake performance. However, it does put up a better towing capacity in comparison with the Ridgeline. Given that it comes with a lower power output than Honda, one would expect it to have better fuel efficiency but that isn't the case, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma is slightly behind Honda in fuel economy. The tables turn around when we talk about the interior space provided however, in terms of comforts it is again the Honda that is better. Both the offerings are safe and reliable and choosing between them seems to be an easy task.

2018 Honda Ridgeline vs 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

In comparison with the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado that is priced significantly lower than the Honda Ridgeline, at $36,200, we find that the former comes with a better engine delivering a lot more power and torque. However, it is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline that delivers in terms of performance and records an acceleration time of 6.6 seconds compared to Colorado's 7.1 seconds for the 0-60 mph feat. With a better power and torque output to its name, the Chevy does deliver in terms of payload and towing capacity but this leads to compromised fuel efficiency. Considering its spacious interiors, which leave behind the Honda Ridgeline, and also looking into their exterior designs where we find that Chevy is way ahead, we come to conclude that the latter is a better offering.

2018 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is offered in 6 trims but has only one powertrain, priced at $29,630 for the base trim it ranges upto $43,120 for the high-end trims. It manages to churn out 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque with its 3.5L V6 engine. It further comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission and delivers phenomenal acceleration performance along with the best in class brake performance and payload capacity. With a class-leading fuel economy to its name and above-average interiors, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline makes a fine offering that one should consider.


2018 Honda Ridgeline FAQs

What is the towing capacity of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline has a towing capacity of 5000 lbs.

At what price is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline offered?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is offered at an MSRP range of $29,630-$43,120.

How many trims are offered for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline offers a total lineup of six trims. 

Have there been any recalls for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline?

There have been three recalls for the 2018 Honda Ridgeline as recorded by NHTSA.

Is the 2018 Honda Ridgeline a reliable buy?

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline offers the following warranty package:

  • Basic Warranty: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
  • Roadside Warranty: 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
  • Rust Warranty: 5 yr./ Unlimited mi.

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