The Honda Ridgeline fights hard to keep its place in a world dominated by pickups from American automakers. Few non-American automakers even dare to compete, but Honda found a winning formula with the Ridgeline back in the mid-2000s. As a lighter, smaller pickup truck, it fits into a niche, but it couldn’t maintain relevance without updates.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline represents a massive overhaul of the Ridgeline formula. Aside from an impressive full-body design update, the Ridgeline is now shaped more like what people expect from a truck, and its high, wide hood makes the Ridgeline look like it’s packing a more powerful engine underneath. What really matters is highlighted by the table below, including mechanical specifications and available features.
|3.5L V6 Engine||Collision Mitigation Braking System™||Multi-Angle Rearview Camera|
|280 Horsepower||Lane Keeping Assist and Road Departure Mitigation System||580-Watt, 8-Speaker Premium Audio System|
|262 lb-ft of Torque||Adaptive Cruise Control||Truck-Bed Audio System|
|All-Wheel Drive||Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution||Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®|
Although the Ridgeline has a rugged name, the refreshed interior feels comfortable and high-tech. Even at the lowest trim, the Ridgeline promises functionality and performance to rival any pickup in the same class. The truck has a wide bed that hides the wheel wells, offering a flatter surface than others, making carrying large, flat cargo easier. Dual chrome exhaust tips and more aggressive tires also help to make the latest Ridgeline feel more prepared to take on big jobs.
Four trim levels of the Ridgeline means four ways to find the right pickup truck for your needs. Each one comes with AWD unlike previous model years, and the cab and bed sizes do not change. The main functional differences between each come down to interior technology and premium safety features.