The sole Honda that has a bed for cargo–the 2021 Ridgeline, is a one-size-fits all alternative to conventional pickup trucks. Although the Ridgeline range doesn’t come with an off-road-ready version or an engine that can be powered by diesel but it does come with the standard crew cab, which is larger in comfort than its rivals’. Its minivan-based foundation and V-6 engine don’t permit it to tow greater than 5000 pounds. However, they enable it to allow the Ridgeline to accelerate swiftly and efficiently consume fuel, give a competitive payload rating and provide unmatched ability and resiliency. Its standard driver assistance and innovative features like an in-bed trunk and multi-function tailgates–increase the 2021 Ridgeline’s reputation as the equivalent of the Swiss Army knife, and have brought the vehicle the Editors’ Choice award.
What’s New for 2021?
Prior to the model year 2021 there was a time when the Ridgeline was a variety of things, however rugged was not one of the most popular. We’re not certain that the new mid-size truck’s lookthat includes an entirely new look starting from the roof pillars in front to the rear–will sway all the critics However, it does look much more striking than before. To add to the fresh look, there’s the new design that comes from Honda Performance Development (HPD) which is offered on all trim levels . It includes black overfenders, an attractive blacked-out grille HPD images on bed’s walls and attractive bronze wheels. Other models come with the standard set of new 18-inch wheels, which sport the more aggressive tires for all terrain as well as lower backspacing, which allows the Ridgeline an extended track and a more rounded the stance. Inside, there’s an assortment of minor changes and the most notable change is the updated infotainment system. Alongside improved images and icons on the screen that Honda claims are simpler to navigate and more user-friendly, the Ridgeline has the ability to turn up the volume on its own that addresses our decades of complaints. AWD is now available as a standard.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
The mid-size truck segment has been overly saturated with conventional body-on-frame pickups, which offer plenty of towing capability and off-roading. But the Ridgeline targets those who are looking for a more relaxing and fuel-efficient option. Although the top models are equipped with the most extravagant features We believe that the RTL is the most efficient combination of quality features and price. In addition it is the Ridgeline RTL receives better standard features than the lower Sport trim model. They come with heated front seat, leather-trimmed interior and adjustable front seats with power.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The only powertrain available is the 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 262 lb-ft of torque . It connects to a nine-speed automatic transmission as well as a the standard all-wheel drive. The engine is smooth and quiet and the it’s throttle response is particularly responsive when you need to push for acceleration. A unique vehicle in many ways the Ridgeline is a surprise when you get behind the steering wheel. While driving on the highway, it’s very well-mannered and feels extremely proficient. Its independent rear suspension that is coil-sprung gives it a smooth feel that is not possible with the leaf-sprung, solid-axle configurations employed by rivals. The body lean during corners is not significant, and minor bumps are not visible. The steering that is electrically assisted feels adequate. The Ridgeline’s braking capabilities stand out as the sole negative feature. The distance it can brake from 70 miles per hour to zero is in the long range and we felt that the brake pedal was soft and was too spongy during normal usage.
Towing and Payload Capacity
The Ridgeline is fast however in terms of towing it’s not as efficient. All Ridgelines are equipped with all-wheel drive, and are valued at 5000 pounds this is between 2000- 2500 less than rivals with V-6 like those of Chevy Colorado or Ford Ranger. The Ridgeline can carry nearly 1600 pounds of payload which is on par with the Colorado however less than the ranger’s maximum.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Ridgeline’s engine is among the most efficient V-6 in its class with 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. On our 75-mph fuel efficiency route which is a simulation of real-world highway traffic as part of our exhaustive testing program, an all-wheel-drive Ridgeline scored 28 miles per gallon. This is the same as our test results for the GMC Canyon with the diesel engine and all-wheel drive which is remarkable considering that the gas-powered Honda engine is.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The interior of the Ridgeline is the best in the class of convenience and comfort. Like many other mid-sized pickups this Honda features high-quality plastics that are below the dash. In other words, the materials are superior to the norm. The rear-seat passengers will have the most space out of all mid-sized rivals. The fold-down armrests in both seats in front are an excellent addition, especially considering that the center console is located between the two seats. The Honda pickup is the only model with a single length of bed, 5.3 feet, which matches the shorter beds from competitors and has the lowest volume of 34 cubic feet. One solution is the locking, weather-tight inside-bed trunk that has an 7.3-cubic-foot capacity. Another advantage is that With 50.0 inches between the wheel wells in the bed and wheel wells, the Ridgeline can be the sole mid-sized pickup that can accommodate the sheet of four-by-8-foot construction material on the bed’s flooring. The clever features are carried over inside. In the rear, the seat splits into 60/40, and when it is turned up, gives enough space to accommodate a full-size bicycle. Unfortunately, loading big objects can be difficult because the doors in the rear don’t allow for a wide opening.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Every Ridgeline is equipped featuring an 8.0-inch touchscreen information display. It is now features the physical control for volume and icons for the screen that Honda claims are easier to operate than the previous model was. We haven’t yet been able to verify this claim or the latest Display Audio system for ourselves. The Ridgeline also comes and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Furthermore certain models can be outfitted with an inside-the-bed sound system that can bring life to any tailgate event. By using actuators that move the bed, it transforms the bed into a gigantic speaker.