The Honda Ridgeline is one of the unsung heroes in the pickup world. Although heavy hitters from other automakers sell large trucks every minute or so, the small truck market continues to move forward as a major part of the American lifestyle. The powerful utility reduced into a smaller size helps everyone from DIY-ers to small business owners do the carrying and towing they need.
For decades the Ridgeline has been one of the leaders in the small truck world, blending coveted Honda reliability and quality with capability and strength. The 2021 model year pulls extra weight in the sense that its new exterior design and interior layout work harder to attract new buyers and make the Ridgeline feel more rugged and muscular. The design changes a little bit depending on the different trims, but the features remain the traits to watch. The four trims are listed below in ascending order with a pair of highlights corresponding to each so you can zero in on the one that fits your needs best.
|Sport||3.5L V6 Engine with 280 Horsepower||Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® Compatibility|
|RTL||Blind Spot Information System||Leather-Trimmed Interior|
|RTL-E||540-Watt Premium Audio System||Wireless Phone Charger|
|Black Edition||18-Inch Black Alloy Wheels and Black Edition Leather Interior||Red Ambient LED Lighting|
Honda saved everyone a lot of decision-making by making All-Wheel Drive (AWD) standard on the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Combine that with the new bed dimensions, and you have a useful, dependable truck no matter which trim you choose.
Sport: This trim is a money saver, but it doesn’t disappoint when it comes to technology or comfort features. Even rear-seat passengers will benefit from the tri-zone automatic climate control.
RTL: Without being a top trim, the RTL offers many luxury features like a one-touch power moonroof and power adjusting front seats.
RTL-E: Since the Black Edition is mostly a cosmetic modification of the RTL-E, this could be considered the top trim. The sound and wireless charging are backed up by 2nd-row USB charging ports, a truck bed power outlet, a truck bed audio system, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, and much more.
Black Edition: A popular trend for automakers is to offer a trim with black paint, a blackened logo, wheels, interior, and exclusive badging to make the highest trim feel even more premium. That’s what you get with the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition.