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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Cabin provides sedan-like comfort
Headroom is six-footer adequate with RTL's available sunroof
Plastics inside are way too hard
With a spacious interior that feels more like that of a crossover SUV than a serious pickup, the 2010 Honda Ridgeline is extremely comfortable inside. But a number of reviewers are quite critical of the surprisingly low-quality materials in some places and the Ridgeline's small cargo bed.
Those accustomed to riding in pickups will find remarkably little to complain about inside the 2010 Honda Ridgeline cabin. ConsumerGuide reports that "headroom is six-footer adequate with RTL's available sunroof" and "ample otherwise," while there is also "fine legroom" below waist level. ConsumerGuide says that there's "good rear-seat room for two adults" and "three if necessary." Cars.com also comments that drivers are generally able to hop in "and get comfy right away," which isn't surprising considering "there's plenty of room for drivers of most sizes and shapes, and passengers should have room to stretch regardless of whether they're riding up front or out back." Edmunds contends that the Ridgeline "provides sedan-like comfort."
Passenger space is clearly favored over cargo space in the design of the 2010 Honda Ridgeline, but there are some innovative smaller cargo spaces. Cars.com states that the Honda Ridgeline features a "lockable in-bed trunk (8.5-cubic-foot capacity)," and ConsumerGuide says it offers "enough [space] for three regular golf bags." Automobile Magazine adds that "the trunk is pretty huge," but sadly "there is no way to stuff long objects, like a couple of 2x4s, into the bed and close the tailgate." ConsumerGuide also reports the "useful in-cab cargo space beneath [the] rear seat becomes generous with the cushions flipped up," but they note that, even with the Honda Ridgeline's tailgate dropped, "floor length is just 6.5 ft, and rivals offer long-box options."
Few pickup buyers expect delicate materials in their trucks, but Honda underdelivers somewhat when it comes to the 2010 Ridgeline's interior appointments, which a number of reviewers criticize for being too heavy on the hard plastics. Cars.com tries to find a tactful way to call out the materials by noting that "Honda wouldn't be hurting anyone's feelings with a few more padded surfaces-not to mention leather upholstery that jumped up a grade or two." Automobile Magazine more directly declares that the "plastics inside are way too hard, and the substantial panel gaps around the dash pad and instrument panel aren't impressive." ConsumerGuide agrees that the "overuse of hard plastic trim disappoints," but as expected, "assembly quality [is] mostly top notch."
The tight, uni-body construction of the 2010 Honda Ridgeline has its clear advantages. TheCarConnection.com could find no mention of wind noise, and ConsumerGuide feels that overall cabin noise levels are "impressive for a pickup," with the V-6 rising "only to a classy growl at full throttle" and road noise that is "no worse than in most cars."
Not everyone will be happy with the overall packaging of the 2010 Honda Ridgeline, and materials could be a bit better, but it's a tight truck with top-notch refinement.