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2017

The 2017 Ridgeline was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016. It went on sale on June 21, 2016.
  • First year model for second generation
Recalls
  • Water may leak into rear wiring harness
  • Fuel pump feed port may crack and leak
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
  • Hood Vibration at Highway Speeds (TSB 21-086)
TSB's
  • 20-022 Accessory Running Board Lights Are Flickering or Not Working due to faulty running board light assembly (2017-2019)
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
  • 19-072 MIL Comes On with DTC P0430 or DTC P0430 with P030X, P219A, P219B (With Software Update) due to PCM software may misinterpreting sensor inputs as a deteriorated catalytic converter. Additionally, debris from the fuel injector machining process or high pressure fuel pump causing internal wear or clogging in the injectors (2017)
  • 16-013 High Pressure Fuel Pump Chirps (2017-2019)
  • 19-024 Buzzing or Whining When Adjusting Front Seat Forward and Backward due to flex cable in the seat adjustment mechanism not correctly lubricated. (2017-2019)
  • 18-080 A/C does not blow cold air and condenser leaks at receiver dryer cap due to poor O-ring compress against the receiver/dryer barrel wall. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB007659, 2019 AWD though KB039623)
  • 18-123 Bluetooth HandsFreeLink Will Freeze After Calls and Voice Tags Are Missing at Startup due to audio unit not being updated to the latest software version (2017 RT, Sport, RTS, RTL)
  • 18-025 MIL Comes On with DTC P0300—P0306 or P219A/B due to debris from the high pressure pump or the fuel injector machining process causing internal wear or clogging inside the injector. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB002884, 2019 AWD through KB012495)
  • Tech Line Summary Article January 2019: Vehicle Stuck in ACCESSORY Mode and Unable to Fully Shut Down due to incorrectly adjusted shift cable (2017-2019)
  • 17-083 Hood Flutter or Vibration at Highway Speeds due to misadjusted hood cushions and/or failed adhesive between the hood skin and the support structure. (2017-2019)
  • 16-056 Immobilizer Functions Does not Work Using the i-HDS due to incorrect software setting in the PGM-FI ECU (2017 2WD RT, RTS, Sport, RTL through HB002969; 2WD RTL-T through HB003074; AWD RT, RTS, Sport, RTL through HB006365; AWD RTL-T, RTL-E, and BE through HB006239)
  • June 2018 ServiceNews Article: Noise From the Front of the Vehicle due to loose bulkhead cover latches and strikers causing a grinding, rattle, flutter, buzz and/or vibration from the front of the vehicle when lightly accelerating with the engine speed under 2,000 rpm. This can also happen when shifting and may be mistaken for a torque converter shudder. (2017)
  • 18-040 Roof Molding Front End Caps are Loose (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB000394, 2019 AWD through KB001652)
  • 17-025 Judder from the Torque Converter Lock-Up Clutch caused by deteriorated transmission fluid (2017)
  • 17-026 Judder from the Torque Converter Lock-Up Clutch After Software Update caused by deteriorated transmission fluid (2017)
  • 18-018 Capless Shutter Set (Mis-Fuel Inhibit Device) Is Frozen due to Water or moisture has entering the fueling area and freezing the capless fuel shutter set in the fuel filler neck (2017-2018)
  • 18-024 Clock Resets and Navigation Does Not Acquire Satellites due to faulty navigation unit (2017 2WD RTL-T through HB008893, AWD RTL-T through HB027596, RTL-E through HB026162, Black Edition through HB026109)
  • 18-034 Clicking from the driver's power seat while using the height or tilt adjustment due to a stripped internal gear in the vertical transmission assembly (VTA) unit. (2017-2019 RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, BE)
  • 18-010 Flickering Lights, Multiple Indicators Coming On, Jerky Steering and/or Voltage-Related Fluctuations due to B+ sensing screw on the alternator not being torqued properly (2017 through HB025542)
  • 17-036 MIL Comes On with DTC P0430 (Front Bank Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold [Bank 2]) due to PCM software misinterpreting sensor inputs as a deteriorated catalytic converter (2017)
  • January 2018 ServiceNews Article: Reduced Engine Power; MIL On with DTC P0369 due to camshaft thrust cover surface roughness being out of spec (2017)
  • 16-095 High Pitched Buzzing/Alternator Feedback from the Speakers due to insufficient shielding in the dashboard wiring harness (2017 RTL-T, RTL-E, Black Edition)
  • 16-077 Tailgate Will Not Swing Open due to left upper latch sensing rod holding the synchronizer in a position that does not allow the swing open function of the tailgate to operate (2017)
  • 20-117 Warranty Extension: 2016-17 Pilot and 2017 Ridgeline Keyless Start System Error with DTC B12C5
  • 21-010 Warranty Extension: MIL Comes On with DTC P0420/P0430, P030x, and/or P219A/B (Without Software Update)
  • 21-055 2017–19 Ridgeline: Alarm Goes Off Intermittently
2018

The 2018 Ridgeline went on sale July 25, 2017.
  • Updated transmission software to address torque converter clutch judder caused by deteriorated fluid due to overheating
  • Deleted RT AWD and RTS trims
  • Added silver and white to the Sport trim
Recalls
  • Rivets that secure seats may fail
  • Fuel pump feed port may crack and leak
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
  • Hood Vibration at Highway Speeds (TSB 21-086)
TSB's
  • 16-013 High Pressure Fuel Pump Chirps (2017-2019)
  • 20-022 Accessory Running Board Lights Are Flickering or Not Working due to faulty running board light assembly (2017-2019)
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
  • 19-024 Buzzing or Whining When Adjusting Front Seat Forward and Backward due to flex cable in the seat adjustment mechanism not correctly lubricated. (2017-2019)
  • 18-080 A/C does not blow cold air and condenser leaks at receiver dryer cap due to poor O-ring compress against the receiver/dryer barrel wall. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB007659, 2019 AWD though KB039623)
  • 19-073 MIL Comes On with DTC P0430 or DTC P0430 with P030X, P219A or P219B (Without Software Update) due to PCM software misinterpreting sensor inputs as a deteriorated catalytic converter and/or debris from the fuel injector machining process or high pressure fuel pump causing internal wear or clogging in the injector. (2018, 2019 2WD through KB002884, 2019 AWD through KB012495)
  • 18-025 MIL Comes On with DTC P0300—P0306 or P219A/B due to debris from the high pressure pump or the fuel injector machining process causing internal wear or clogging inside the injector. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB002884, 2019 AWD through KB012495)
  • Tech Line Summary Article January 2019 - Vehicle Stuck in ACCESSORY Mode and Unable to Fully Shut Down due to incorrectly adjusted shift cable (2017-2019)
  • 17-083 Hood Flutter or Vibration at Highway Speeds due to misadjusted hood cushions and/or failed adhesive between the hood skin and the support structure. (2017-2019)
  • 16-013 High Pressure Fuel Pump Chirps (2017-2019)
  • 18-040 Roof Molding Front End Caps are Loose (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB000394, 2019 AWD through KB001652)
  • 18-018 Capless Shutter Set (Mis-Fuel Inhibit Device) Is Frozen due to Water or moisture has entering the fueling area and freezing the capless fuel shutter set in the fuel filler neck (2017-2018)
  • 18-034 Clicking from the driver's power seat while using the height or tilt adjustment due to a stripped internal gear in the vertical transmission assembly (VTA) unit. (2017-2019 RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, BE)
  • 20-068 Rear engine mount chips after warm-up due to premature wear (2018 2WD after JB001952, 2018 AWD after JB011230, 2019)
  • 21-010 Warranty Extension: MIL Comes On with DTC P0420/P0430, P030x, and/or P219A/B (Without Software Update)
  • 21-055 2017–19 Ridgeline: Alarm Goes Off Intermittently
2019

The 2019 Ridgeline went on sale March 6, 2018.
  • Added dual-note horns
  • Second USB port added to RT, Sport, and RTL trims
  • USB ports gain a white outline for improved visibility
  • Power sliding rear windows and moonroof added to RTL and RTL-T trims
  • Fuel injector part number changed (running change)
  • Cap added to fuel door
  • Platinum White Pearl replaced Diamond White Pearl (running change)
Recalls
  • SRS may become disabled due to manufacturing error
  • Pillar mounting holes incorrect size
  • Fuel pump feed port may crack and leak
  • Timing belt teeth may separate
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
  • Fuel pump may fail due to seized impeller caused by swelling (TSB 21-039)
  • Hood Vibration at Highway Speeds (TSB 21-086)
TSB's
  • 16-013 High Pressure Fuel Pump Chirps (2017-2019)
  • 17-083 Hood Flutter or Vibration at Highway Speeds due to misadjusted hood cushions and/or failed adhesive between the hood skin and the support structure. (2017-2019)
  • 18-025 MIL Comes On with DTC P0300—P0306 or P219A/B due to debris from the high pressure pump or the fuel injector machining process causing internal wear or clogging inside the injector. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB002884, 2019 AWD through KB012495)
  • 18-034 Clicking from the driver's power seat while using the height or tilt adjustment due to a stripped internal gear in the vertical transmission assembly (VTA) unit. (2017-2019 RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, BE)
  • 18-040 Roof Molding Front End Caps are Loose (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB000394, 2019 AWD through KB001652)
  • 18-080 A/C does not blow cold air and condenser leaks at receiver dryer cap due to poor O-ring compress against the receiver/dryer barrel wall. (2017-2018, 2019 2WD through KB007659, 2019 AWD though KB039623)
  • Tech Line Summary Article January 2019 - Vehicle Stuck in ACCESSORY Mode and Unable to Fully Shut Down due to incorrectly adjusted shift cable (2017-2019)
  • 19-024 Buzzing or Whining When Adjusting Front Seat Forward and Backward due to flex cable in the seat adjustment mechanism not correctly lubricated. (2017-2019)
  • 19-073 MIL Comes On with DTC P0430 or DTC P0430 with P030X, P219A or P219B (Without Software Update) due to PCM software misinterpreting sensor inputs as a deteriorated catalytic converter and/or debris from the fuel injector machining process or high pressure fuel pump causing internal wear or clogging in the injector. (2018, 2019 2WD through KB002884, 2019 AWD through KB012495)
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
  • 20-014 2019 Ridgeline RT: Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Freezes After Calls; Voice Tags Are Missing at Startup
  • 20-022 Accessory Running Board Lights Are Flickering or Not Working due to faulty running board light assembly (2017-2019)
  • 20-068 Rear engine mount chips after warm-up due to premature wear (2018 2WD after JB001952, 2018 AWD after JB011230, 2019)
  • 21-010 Warranty Extension: MIL Comes On with DTC P0420/P0430, P030x, and/or P219A/B (Without Software Update)
  • 21-055 2017–19 Ridgeline: Alarm Goes Off Intermittently
2020

The 2020 Ridgeline was announced on December 12 and went on sale December 16, 2019.
  • Honda Sensing now standard on all trims
  • Deleted RT and RTL-T trims
  • ZF-built 9HP 9-speed transmission replaces Honda-built H6 6-speed transmission
  • Paddle shifters added
  • Idle stop added
  • Battery changes from flooded lead-acid to absorbed glass mat (required for idle stop)
  • Pressure sensor added to vacuum brake booster (required for idle stop)
  • Electronic pushbutton shifter replaces mechanical shift lever
  • Revised rear door checkers and hinges for wider rear door opening
  • 8" touch screen Display Audio system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support now standard on all trims
  • Power tailgate lock added
  • 3-level pushbutton seat heater controls replace 2-level rocker switches
  • Seat heaters now automatically turn on during a remote start when it's cold
  • Exclusive gray painted wheels for RTL-E
  • Pacific Pewter Metallic replaces Forest Mist Metallic
  • All trims now use an external audio amplifier
  • Fuel injector part number changed
Recalls
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
  • Hood Vibration at Highway Speeds (TSB 21-086)
TSB's
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
2021

The 2021 was first announced on October 7, 2020 and was expected to launch early 2021. On January 14, 2021, Honda announced that the 2021 Ridgeline would be available at dealers starting February 2, 2021.
  • New front and rear styling including new hood and front fenders
  • Dual exhaust outlets with round chrome tips replaces single, hidden exhaust outlet
  • Standard LED low-beam headlights
  • Standard LED fog lights
  • Turn signals added to the side mirrors
  • Wireless charger added to RTL-E/BE
  • Four dealer-installed packages including HPD, Utility, Function, and Function+
  • Volume knob added to the audio system
  • HomeLink buttons move from the overhead console to the rearview mirror on models with auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Firestone Destination tires have more aggressive sidewall tread pattern
  • Contrast seat stitching
  • Textured gray interior trim replaces gloss black in the Sport, RTL, and RTL-E trim
  • Radiant Red Metallic II replaces Deep Scarlet Pearl
  • White, red, and pewter now cost $395 extra
  • FWD trims discontinued
  • City fuel economy rating decreases by 1 MPG from 19 to 18
  • Prices increase by $430 for the Sport, $730 for the RTL, and $480 for the RTL-E and Black Edition
  • Steering ratio increases form 15.59:1 to 15.86:1
  • Turning diameter decreases from 44.1 feet to 43.4 feet
  • Curb weight increases by 41 to 47 lbs. depending on trim (two-thirds of that is on the front wheels)
  • Hood material changes from aluminum to steel
  • Heated windshield added to US RTL-E and above
  • Black Edition now available in white in the US
  • Automatic dimming side mirrors on RTL-E and above
  • Three years of free Garmin map updates (was five on the 2017-2020 year models)
Recalls

  • 2021 Ridgeline Second Row Center Seat Belt (TSB 21-091)

TSB's

None at this time.
 

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Thanks for this useful sticky (y)
 
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NOTE: I will finish the TSBs later. Please let me know if you see any errors or omissions.

2017

The 2017 Ridgeline was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show on January 11, 2016. It went on sale on June 21, 2016.
  • First year model for second generation
Recalls (3): Water may leak into rear wiring harness, fuel pump feed port may crack and leak, tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle

TSBs: INCOMPLETE - TO BE ADDED LATER

2018

The 2018 Ridgeline went on sale July 25, 2017.
  • Updated transmission software to address torque converter clutch judder caused by deteriorated fluid due to overheating
  • Deleted RT AWD and RTS trims
  • Added silver and white to the Sport trim
Recalls (3): Rivets that secure seats may fail, fuel pump feed port may crack and leak, tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle

TSBs: INCOMPLETE- TO BE ADDED LATER

2019

The 2019 Ridgeline went on sale March 6, 2018.
  • Added dual-note horns
  • Second USB port added to RT, Sport, and RTL trims
  • Power sliding rear windows and moonroof added to RTL and RTL-T trims
  • Fuel injector part number changed mid-year
  • Cap added to fuel door
Recalls (5): SRS may become disabled due to manufacturing error, pillar mounting holes incorrect size, fuel pump feed port may crack and leak, timing belt teeth may separate, tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle

TSBs: INCOMPLETE - TO BE ADDED LATER

2020

The 2020 Ridgeline was announced on December 12 and went on sale December 16, 2019.
  • Honda Sensing now standard on all trims
  • Deleted RT and RTL-T trims
  • ZF-built 9HP 9-speed transmission replaces Honda-built H6 6-speed transmission
  • Paddle shifters added
  • Idle stop added
  • Electronic pushbutton shifter replaces mechanical shift lever
  • Revised rear door checkers and hinges for wider rear door opening
  • 8" touch screen Display Audio system now standard on all trims
  • Power tailgate lock added
  • 3-level pushbutton seat heater controls replace 2-level rocker switches
  • Seat heaters now automatically turn on during a remote start when it's cold
  • Exclusive gray painted wheels for RTL-E
Recalls (1): Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle

TSBs (2): MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (20-002). Leaky front rocker arm oil control valve due to a deteriorated lower gasket or an out-of-spec gasket groove (20-023).

2021

The 2021 was announced on October 7, 2020 and is expected to launch early 2021.
  • New front and rear styling including new hood and front fenders
  • Dual exhaust outlets with round chrome tips replaces single, hidden exhaust outlet
  • Standard LED low-beam headlights
  • Standard LED fog lights
  • Turn signals added to the side mirrors
  • Wireless charger added
  • Four dealer-installed packages including HPD, Utility, Function, and Function+
  • Volume knob added to the audio system
  • HomeLink buttons move from the overhead console to the rearview mirror
  • Firestone Destination LE3 tires replace the discontinued LE2 tires
  • Contrast seat stitching
  • Carbon fiber-look interior trim replaces gloss black in the Sport, RTL, and RTL-E trim
Recalls: None

TSBs: None
I am happy to see the volume control knob and standard LED low-beam headlights. I hope the new standard headlights work well. It would be hard to make them worse than the previous standard headlights. I don't care about all the cosmetic changes. Honda should have spent the money fixing all of the quality problems instead. Consumer Reports subscribers gave their 2019 Ridgelines the worst possible reliability rating.
 

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Thank you for doing this @zroger73. I think it will be quite useful down the road.

It does make me wonder if Honda will give more love / updates to the G2/2.5/3 vs the G1, given the current trends in the truck market. I could get used to a yearly refresh! 😁
 

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Well I'll be damned. The pictures of the 2021 posted on the adjacent thread are impressive and look more like a G3 redesign than any refresh I could have imagined. Honda threw us a major curve and dumped a ton of love on the Ridgeline near the end of the G2 cycle. There wasn't even a whisper that something this big was in the works, but they obviously decided to take the booming US pickup market seriously. I do think this will be a game changer and Honda will be scrambling to make enough of these. I wonder if the HPD package options include enhanced ground clearance.
 

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I am happy to see the volume control knob and standard LED low-beam headlights. I hope the new standard headlights work well. It would be hard to make them worse than the previous standard headlights. I don't care about all the cosmetic changes. Honda should have spent the money fixing all of the quality problems instead. Consumer Reports subscribers gave their 2019 Ridgelines the worst possible reliability rating.
Correction: I should have said 2018 Ridgelines got the worst possible rating. Looks like HVAC problems were common. Ratings for the 2019 MY were not included in the 2020 Buying Guide.
 

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Yes, thanks for the post.

I really like all the changes, inside and out. I wish I had waited to purchase the 2021 instead of the 2020 RTLE? Anyone interested in a 2020 with just over 3k miles?
I feel much the same way and I'll have 20k+ miles on my 2020 by the time the 2021 is out. Still, with the high trade values of the G2, shouldn't be too bad. I swapped my 2017 RTL-E with 70k miles in 'good' condition and $15k for my 2020 RTL-E. That is with sizeable miles on the 2017 vs low miles on 2020s.

We have 4 Honda dealers in a metro area of 1.1 million and they fight like cats and dogs for business, so I know even the 2021s will be a good deal.
 

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Correction: I should have said 2018 Ridgelines got the worst possible rating. Looks like HVAC problems were common. Ratings for the 2019 MY were not included in the 2020 Buying Guide.
I think the 2020 Buying Guide came out before the April 2020 CR annual auto issue. That issue shows second worse possible overall reliability rating for the 2018 RL, with Fuel System getting the worse possible rating (injector failure) and Climate System, Noises/Leaks and In-Car Electronics all rated Average. Similar problems hadn't surfaced yet with the 2019 RL and CR still recommended the 2020 RL as best compact pickup with Average overall predicted reliability.
 

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I've been looking at the pictures of the 2021 RL and comparing them to pictures of earlier G2 RLs. The headlights look pretty much the same. Could it be that all 2021 RLs will come with the excellent headlights from the earlier Black Editions and RTL-Es? That would be good news. Even better news would be that they will be self-leveling. Can anybody see any changes in the headlights?
 

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I've been looking at the pictures of the 2021 RL and comparing them to pictures of earlier G2 RLs. The headlights look pretty much the same. [...] Can anybody see any changes in the headlights?
The headlights are actually quite different. They are both LED low beam and halogen high beam and share a general shape, but there's a kink at the bottom of the 2020 design where the 2021 is mostly straight. The inside edge of the 2021 design is more upright. These two changes appear to make the high-beam reflector larger. The section above the grill is taller in the 2021 design and the inside corner of the upper section slants the opposite direction. The outer edge appears to have a slightly more aggressive angle in the 2021 and the shape of the DRL strip is slightly different. They are not interchangeable.

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The headlights are actually quite different. They are both LED low beam and halogen high beam and share a general shape, but there's a kink at the bottom of the 2020 design where the 2021 is mostly straight. The inside edge of the 2021 design is more upright. These two changes appear to make the high-beam reflector larger. The section above the grill is taller in the 2021 design and the inside corner of the upper section slants the opposite direction. The outer edge appears to have a slightly more aggressive angle in the 2021 and the shape of the DRL strip is slightly different. They are not interchangeable.

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Yes, I see the difference now. Thanks for the pictures and for starting this discussion. I guess we will have to wait for the IIHS to test the headlights to be sure they work well. I predict that they will be excellent. But self-levelling would ensure they are still excellent when there is a heavy load in the bed.
 
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