2019 Honda Ridgeline Problems and Top Complaints – Is Your Car A Lemon?

Brakes, fuel system and engine issues among the top complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners

Updated on Author: Brian Jones

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has had a loyal following from enthusiasts. It even made the “Cars.com American-Made Index.” However, being American made doesn’t help this pickup fare any better. In fact, it suffers from a faulty engine, malfunctioning fuel system, poorly-made structure and defective service brakes.

Click on other model year to view more problems: 2020   2021   2022   2023 

Problems with the Engine

Whether customers are towing or simply cruising around town, the engine must work properly to accomplish the goals. Yet, with this Ridgeline model, the engine seems to be one of the top complaints.

One Edmunds review states, “The 2019 Ridgeline makes a buzzing noise (think woodpecker on sheet metal) when cruising around 40MPH with light acceleration, especially with cruise control. This is likely a software bug in active motor mounts control system. When working correctly, the software should cancel engine noise, but in this case the software actually creating the noise problem. I took my new Ridgeline back to the dealer after 3 weeks, 1000 miles. The service manager tested another vehicle off the showroom floor, and it had the same problem. He told me that is no service recommended for the problem i.e. too bad.  I also contacted Honda Corporation and was told that nothing can be done at this time. This is unacceptable for a $40,000 truck! I plan to trade it in for some other brand next summer. Avoid this truck!”

It turns out that the engine-related problems go far deeper. In fact, NHTSA Campaign Number 19V298000 says that the timing belt teeth might separate on nearly 100,000 vehicles. If this happens, the engine could stall, leaving occupants in danger of being involved in an accident. Modern vehicles with timing belts generally don’t experience failure for at least seven years, so this is a huge defect. It appears that even being American-built can’t save this truck from poor assembly.

2019 Honda Ridgeline Complaint Summary

Complaint CategoryNumber of Complaints
Electrical System
Unknown Or Other
Fuel/propulsion System
Power Train
Service Brakes
Back Over Prevention: Sensing System: Camera
Fuel System, Gasoline

Problems with the Fuel System

The fuel system is just as vital as the engine function to keep the truck moving. However, there are just as many complaints about this system.

Just read this NHTSA complaint. “Fuel/Combustion chamber odors accumulating around engine compartments. When vehicle is parked in garage and filling the cabin with nauseating odor. The problem comes and goes with new resolution from dealer. Seem as an engine venting issue. Ongoing problem since new purchase.”

Beyond this, there is a recall that affects over 100,000 vehicles. NHTSA Campaign Number 19V053000 states that the fuel pump feed port could crack, allowing pressurized fuel to leak out. If this occurs, fumes aren’t the only concern, but there’s also an increased chance of fire. Honda appears to be creating a new car smell for customers in the form of fuel.

Don’t be stuck with a lemon. You have legal rights to cash, return or buyback.

The law makes Honda pay legal fees.

We've fixed thousands of lemon problems. Message or call 877-795-3666 today.

Problems with the Vehicle Structure

While the Ridgeline is American-made, it doesn’t seem to be well-built. There have been countless concerns over a situation regarding the hood.

Here is one NHTSA complaint worth reading. “Hood flutters on highway. Happens more during windy conditions but can happen anytime while driving on highway. Looks like the hood is going to blow open. Brought it to dealership last year, they said they couldn’t find an issue and did nothing.”

This sounds like something is missing from the construction of the hood, but most dealerships aren’t doing anything about it. Maybe they forgot that Honda seems to miss parts in other areas as well. Just look at NHTSA Campaign Number 18V848000 that states some pillar mounting holes among the right center pillar trim panel were incorrect. These holes were too large, causing trouble with the air bag deployment of the right side curtain. Because of this, occupants are put in even more danger during an accident. Maybe it’s time for Honda to stop praising the Ridgeline based on manufacturing processes. In fact, it would be wise if they drew attention elsewhere.

Problems with the Brakes

Finally, a closer look at the service brakes shows further concerns that lead to safety questions.

Another Edmunds review states, “I have a 2019 RTL-E which I bought new and the brakes are horrible. Pedal sinks half-way to the floor, very spongy feeling and are practically useless in a panic-stop situation. I’m really afraid this vehicle has a major defect and Honda is ignoring it. I have complained to the dealership and Honda. Both say ‘It’s fine & normal.’ I won’t be keeping this vehicle much longer as I truly feel it is unsafe!”

While the company has nothing to say about the brakes, there is another recall that everyone should know about. NHTSA Campaign Number 18V664000 says that the airbags might be disabled because of a manufacturing error. If this happens, the air bags might not deploy, leaving occupants in further danger of incurring an injury. What part of this truck was manufactured properly and how did it win awards for being built in America? It would seem that one wouldn’t want to boast about how it was made at this point.

Your Lemon Law Legal Rights

Think you have a lemon? Sit back and let the experts work out your lemon case at no cost to you. The law makes Honda pay legal fees. You may be able to get your lemon out of your life. Every year, auto manufacturers buy back, replace or pay cash settlements to thousands of ‘lemon’ owners like you.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 30 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

See more posts from Brian Jones
  • Yoter

    Maybe the problem is it’s made in American. Have u seen the garbage Chevy, ford and dodge poop out of there plants. If it was made in Japan where the work force actually cares about what they are building, it would probably solve the issues. Instead we love to hear it’s built in America so these are the consequences.

Leave a Reply or Comment

Write a comment below to share online. Or, instead you can to our legal team.

Please select your star rating.

Briefly describe your experience Briefly describe your experience

What’s your name? What’s your name?

What’s your phone number? Please enter a valid phone number

Want to know if you could sue? Get a free legal evaluation from Lemberg Law?

Get Your No-Obligation
Case Evaluation

Send a secure message to our legal team.

What’s your name? What’s your name?
What’s your email address? What’s your email address?
What’s your phone number? What’s your phone number?
Briefly describe the problem Briefly describe the problem
Confidentiality Guarantee: We keep your information completely confidential and will not send you spam or sell your information.
By submitting above, I agree to the privacy policy and terms and consent to be contacted by an agent via phone call or text message at the phone number(s) listed above, including wireless number(s).