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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 the 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
TSBs
  • 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)
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
TSBs
  • 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)
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
TSBs
  • 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)
  • 16-013 High Pressure Fuel Pump Chirps (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
  • 20-022 Accessory Running Board Lights Are Flickering or Not Working due to faulty running board light assembly (2017-2019)
  • 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)
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 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
Recalls
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
TSBs
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
  • 20-023 Leaky front rocker arm oil control valve due to a deteriorated lower gasket or an out-of-spec gasket groove
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
Are you kidding me, Charlie? What an exhaustive listing, and...a labor of love. Has to be, as this gentleman doesn't even own a Ridgeline anymore. Did he get smart? TIME WILL TELL! But all owners owe ZRoger73 a ton of thanks for making this accessible to all. Perhaps if we all just gave a little, we could buy one for him and get him back into the fold... :)
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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.
Consumer Reports gave the 2018 the second from the worst rating, not the worst (at least that's the rating they have up now), but if you look at the detailed rating items, 13 are rated at the best level, 3 at average, and one item gets the worst rating (fuel system), so I'm not sure how they decide that averaging those together gives it an overall worse than average rating. I don't know if the fuel system bad mark is from people not having the recall work done or if there was another problem with it.

Also, I think they previously had the same overall rating when it had 15 of 17 items at the best rating and two items at average. I wrote to them asking for an explanation but never heard back. I like Consumer Reports, but I think they could do better.
 

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Added TSB 20-068 Rear engine mount chirps after warm-up due to premature wear (2018 2WD after JB001952, 2018 AWD after JB011230, 2019).

Is the TSB for the 2020 below something the dealership will apply it at a scheduled service?
  • 20-023 Leaky front rocker arm oil control valve due to a deteriorated lower gasket or an out-of-spec gasket groove
TSB 20-023 was referenced in error on the NHTSA website and does not apply to the Ridgeline at this time. I have correct the post.
 

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Consumer Reports gave the 2018 the second from the worst rating, not the worst (at least that's the rating they have up now), but if you look at the detailed rating items, 13 are rated at the best level, 3 at average, and one item gets the worst rating (fuel system), so I'm not sure how they decide that averaging those together gives it an overall worse than average rating. I don't know if the fuel system bad mark is from people not having the recall work done or if there was another problem with it...
NNNN was referring to info from CR's 2020 Buying Guide booklet (published Dec 2019 I think), some of which has been superseded by later analysis in the April Annual Auto Issue and CR's current website posting you referenced.

As I understand it, the overall reliability is based on a comparison to the average reliability for all vehicles of the same model year (not sure if they group by vehicle class, though). Since the vast majority of new vehicles have relatively few major issues during the first years of ownership, it doesn't take very many reports of problems to drag a vehicle's overall reliability down in those early years. If I recall from completing the surveys, owners are instructed to report problems that resulted in significant inconvenience (e.g., downtime) even if the vehicle is repaired under warranty. That would account for poor fuel system reliability ratings due to faulty injectors.
 

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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.
Would it be safe to say that it is indeed interchangeable, if one changes the hood, both fenders and the front bumper+grill, since it is indeed just new sheetmetal A-pillar forward?
 

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Added TSB 20-068 Rear engine mount chips after warm-up due to premature wear (2018 2WD after JB001952, 2018 AWD after JB011230, 2019).
@zroger73 that is chirps not chips. :)
 
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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
Big time thanks for the information and the hard work to consolidate it!
 

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Awesome work Zroger73! As always, great information for all of us!
I recently went to my dealer to address a very slight engine chirping noise that went away with increased RPM's . It was so slight that it could be heard in the cabin but not in the noisy dealership service arrival check in bay due to work etc nearby. The mechanic heard it and got to work. He found:
  • 20-068 Rear engine mount chips after warm-up due to premature wear (2018 2WD after JB001952, 2018 AWD after JB011230, 2019)
He replaced the rear mounts but that didn't fully fix the noise, so he called Honda and they said the TSB is being revised and will include rear AND front mounts. Just a heads up, if you have the chirp, let your tech know they need to do all four to avoid the second service visit ( they had to order the parts of course). Loaner provided both visits, kudos to my dealer!
 

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Thanks @zroger73 ! My passenger side roof molding is being replaced this morning thanks to the list. Dealer ordered the parts when I had her in for oil change and appreciated the TSB number.
 
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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
TSBs
  • 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
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
TSBs
  • 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)
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
TSBs
  • 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)
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 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
Recalls
  • Tonneau cover panel may detach from vehicle
TSBs
  • 20-002 MIL Comes On with DTC P2422 due to dirt clogging the EVAP canister vent tube (2017-2020)
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
Such a die-hard Honda fan! Most of us not only enjoy your contributions but look forward to them. So, the '21 is looking mighty fine even to you I suspect. Willing to come back?
 

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Such a die-hard Honda fan! Most of us not only enjoy your contributions but look forward to them. So, the '21 is looking mighty fine even to you I suspect. Willing to come back?
Probably not, unfortunately. I still have several reservations about the 2021 Ridgeline and Honda in general.
  • Idle stop
  • ZF 9-speed transmission
  • VCM
  • Still too many quality issues being reported - even in the 2020s (water leaks, noises, electrical issues, etc.)
  • Honda's cold and stern refusal to offer any assistance whatsoever to trade my lemon 2019 for a new 2020 - not even a gift card for a free oil change - even with an offer to sign an NDA
The only path I see back to a Ridgeline at this point is if Honda covered the full trade difference between my '20 CX-5 and a '21 Ridgeline and I don't see that happening. All Honda had to do last year was put $5,000 on the hood of a '20 and I would have paid the other half of the trade difference. I felt that would have been a fair gesture on their part considering my history with the brand - a very minimal expense to compensate me for my negative experiences and keep me from leaving the brand. Instead, they chose to keep their $5,000 which encouraged me to sell every Honda I owned, share my experience and dissatisfaction with thousands of people on multiple Honda forums and social media, and stop recommending the brand. Did my efforts cost Honda more than $5,000? Who knows. I do know that there would likely still be a 2020 Ridgeline and possibly a 2021 (on my dime) in my garage if they did.
 

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Probably not, unfortunately. I still have several reservations about the 2021 Ridgeline and Honda in general.
  • Idle stop
  • ZF 9-speed transmission
  • VCM
  • Still too many quality issues being reported - even in the 2020s (water leaks, noises, electrical issues, etc.)
  • Honda's cold and stern refusal to offer any assistance whatsoever to trade my lemon 2019 for a new 2020 - not even a gift card for a free oil change - even with an offer to sign an NDA
The only path I see back to a Ridgeline at this point is if Honda covered the full trade difference between my '20 CX-5 and a '21 Ridgeline and I don't see that happening. All Honda had to do last year was put $5,000 on the hood of a '20 and I would have paid the other half of the trade difference. I felt that would have been a fair gesture on their part considering my history with the brand - a very minimal expense to compensate me for my negative experiences and keep me from leaving the brand. Instead, they chose to keep their $5,000 which encouraged me to sell every Honda I owned, share my experience and dissatisfaction with thousands of people on multiple Honda forums and social media, and stop recommending the brand. Did my efforts cost Honda more than $5,000? Who knows. I do know that there would likely still be a 2020 Ridgeline and possibly a 2021 (on my dime) in my garage if they did.
Nothings perfect and never will be.
 

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Nothings perfect and never will be.
Of course nothing is perfect, but the current Ridgeline simply has too many flaws, risks, and shortcomings to be acceptable to me. I've owned near-perfect Hondas before. I currently own two near-perfect Mazdas.

Honda has done and can do better, but as long as people have a "nothing is perfect - defects and problems are normal and acceptable", then the automaker has little incentive to improve. Why reward bad behavior?
 

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I agree with Roger. If I have bad luck with a vehicle I'm not likely to buy it again. He's just responding with his most important attribute. His money.

That said my 17' Ridgeline has only gotten better since I've purchased it new. It had some weird problems like all the new cars I've had over the years but this one "fixed itself". The tailgate was sticky when new and it wouldn't open up and down with the handle sometimes. It worked itself free and has been perfect operation since that time. I had a non lighted indicator for my transmission, I banged on the console and it's worked since. Weird stuff sometimes. Probably the only manufacturing defect I've found with mine has been that the front end alignment from the factory was off a little on two wheels. It caused those two tires to have more wear than the other two. I only rotated those tires twice myself and only did them front to rear. No criss crossing at all. But they still lasted almost 41,000mi so I'm not complaining as that's very good for factory tires from any new car I've owned (with the exception of the 1989 Chevy Celebrity Eurosport Wagon with the Michelins that lasted over 100,000mi on the rear of the car (never rotated to see how long they would last actually). And that's all the problems I've had. Brakes are still original at 44,000mi and my trans shop buddy who inspects it for me said that he's never seen brakes still at 100% on his "PA inspection brake tester" before. He asked if I changed them. Nope was the answer. We'll see how long they last too. There's really a lot of good stuff with this truck. I'd bet anyone with a GM isn't going to say their brakes are still 100% at 44k miles! Heck I just changed the wife's 12' SRX brakes and they were new at 46k miles and it's got 78k on it now. Hers has now had a lot of repairs. Brakes twice, headlamp assemblies (they leak on Cadillac SRX's bad) , alternator, battery (of course), rotors once, exhaust flex coupler (leaked and made noise), new tires twice, rear shocks(struts - Firestone SAID they were bad which i think was a lie but whatever), front end alignment (lifetime one from Firestone so i don't have to pay twice lol) recharged A/C (was low a couple years ago), Radio receiver for TPS sensors and Keyfob entry (wouldn't let me open doors more than 5 feet from car), TPMS transmitters in tires, windshield wiper motor, rebuild of rear differential for early failures (known failure) due to problems with the Haldex pump in axle, and a couple of recalls (bolts loose on rear subframe causing detachment driving down the road). So yeah, ha. GM quality. I'll take the Honda over that any day. But I gotta say. The SRX is FUN to drive. When the engine winds out and you use the slap shift it's just FUN! lol (don't tell my wife that) Even with all the problems along the way it's been a car I really like. And the Ridgeline is a good driving experience too. The SRX is just more FUN to drive.
 
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