2021 Honda Ridgeline

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The Honda Ridgeline is back for the 2021 model year after a considerable redesign, showing off a more aggressive updated look with a squared-off front and aerodynamic improvements, including side vents. It was introduced 2005 as a novel concept: a truck built with unibody construction, providing an appealing middle ground between carlike comfort and pickup usefulness. With available all-wheel drive, it can tow up to 5,000 pounds, making it the solution for those who want a fuel-efficient daily driver that’s there when they need it to move home-improvement supplies, recreational gear, landscaping materials, or what have you.

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The Basics

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline can be ordered in the following trim levels: Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque and is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Whereas most of the Ridgeline’s competitors are body-on-frame with available four-wheel drive, the Ridgeline is a unibody vehicle with standard all-wheel drive, lending a smoother and more comfortable ride. This makes it especially appealing to many drivers, who appreciate a drive quality that feels more like that of a crossover than a typical midsized pickup.

All Ridgelines get all-terrain tires. The towing capacity is as high as 5,000 pounds, depending on how much other weight it’s carrying inside and in the truck bed. On that note, the Ridgeline boasts a class-leading standard payload capacity of 1,580 pounds. The truck bed stands out for its extra versatility: it’s 4 feet in width and comes with a dual-action tailgate (it’s hinged on both the side and bottom), a locking storage trunk, and eight heavy-duty tie-down cleats. The 2021 Ridgeline gets fine fuel economy for a truck; the EPA has rated it for 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Standard Equipment by Trim Level

The Ridgeline’s base trim, the Sport, has an impressive slate of standard features, highlighted by remote start, tri-zone automatic cabin temperature control, a Class III trailer hitch, dual exhaust outlets, push-button ignition, and LED headlights (automatic on/off), taillights, and fog lights. The RTL ups the ante with a power-sliding rear window, a power driver’s seat with position memory and a power front passenger’s seat (both are heated), a moonroof, frost-melting heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and leather seats. The RTL-E adds an upgraded keyless entry system, ambient interior lighting (blue), a heated steering wheel, LED bed lights, and a power outlet in the truck bed. The Black Edition looks different with its namesake black paint, moldings, wheels, and other exterior accents; on the inside, it gets red ambient interior lighting.

The Honda Performance Development (HPD) Package has been introduced as part of this redesign. It will add a package-specific grille, bronze-toned wheels, black fender flares, and unique graphics.

Safety & Technology

Every 2021 Ridgeline is set up with Honda Sensing, a bundle of modern driver-assist technologies. All trims get forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, and lane departure warning. A blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert is added at the RTL level, and the RTL-E and Black Edition also get front and rear parking sensors and automatic high beams.

The Sport trim’s infotainment system has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker audio system, with an 8-inch screen as its control base. The RTL adds SiriusXM satellite radio, and the two highest trims get navigation, HD radio, and an enhanced sound system with eight speakers and a subwoofer; there is also truck-bed audio for these two trims.