2021 Honda Ridgeline Release Date, Redesign, Concept, Interior – In the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, Honda has created a vehicle delivering the comfort and driving familiarity of an SUV, with the flexible versatility of a midsize pickup truck.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Feature
The Ridgeline’s open bed is cleverer than that of the Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado or Toyota Tacoma, providing a hidden compartment beneath the bed floor for stowing items safely out of view. A 1,500-pound payload and 5,000-pound tow rating should meet most customers’ light-duty needs, and available all-wheel drive assists in both snow and modest off-road situations.
If you need your next vehicle to provide SUV-like ride and comfort, but with the ability to haul all your toys in an easily loadable bed, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline tops a very short list. With class-leading payload figures and Honda’s enviable quality, it’s hard to ignore this midsize pickup.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Exterior And Interior
The original Ridgeline’s somewhat polarizing design was abandoned in favor of a cleaner look commonly associated with a midsize pickup truck. The removal of the flying-buttress structures makes it easier to load the large bed, which includes a 2-way tailgate that can either swing out or fold down.
A standard composite lining on the bed belays scratch and rust worries, while a lockable trunk beneath the floor provides an added level of security even a topper can’t match. Although all one piece, Honda designers placed a seam between the bed and cab to make this unit-body design appear more like a traditional body-on-frame pickup.
If you think the interior of the 2021 Ridgeline looks familiar, that’s because it is nearly identical to the popular Honda Pilot, and that’s a good thing. Controls for climate control, infotainment, and various button and switches are logically arranged. Soothing white backlighting makes them easy to find at night.
Upper-level trims include heated front seats, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto plus a power-sliding rear window for improved ventilation. All models offer excellent room for five plus rear seats that flip up, providing enough room to fit a mountain bike or perhaps a new flat-screen TV.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine
The only drivetrain option offered with the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the choice between front- or all-wheel drive (FWD, AWD). That’s because each Ridgeline comes with the same 3.5-liter V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. The V6 features direct injection and cylinder deactivation to improve fuel efficiency.
FWD is standard on everything but the RTL-E and Black Edition, which get AWD as standard. AWD is available on all models except the base truck. Opt for FWD and you get very good fuel economy — 19-mpg city, 26 highway — but your towing capacity gets limited to 3,500 pounds.
All-wheel drive docks the new Ridgeline’s fuel economy by one mpg — to 18-mpg city and 25 on the highway — but towing capacity goes up to 5,000 pounds. The accurate steering, cornering ability and interior quiet are all right in line with the best crossover SUVs.
Ride comfort is a key advantage, as the independent rear suspension means there’s none of the “bed hop” one gets in a traditional truck with its solid rear axle. Since the Ridgeline is lighter than the Pilot, the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine makes for brisk acceleration.
If you don’t plan on off-road excursions the front-wheel-drive model should serve you well and offers better fuel economy.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Price And Release Date
The base-model 2021 Honda Ridgeline RT has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $31,000. A Sport starts at a little more than $34,300, and add $1,900 if you want an all-wheel drive with that. On the other end of the spectrum is the Black Edition, which starts at just under $44,400 and includes all-wheel drive.