NEW TRUCK PREVIEW: 2021 Honda Ridgeline

James Raia

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will debut early next year with a pronounced redesign. It will showcase the pickup truck’s road and off-road versatility while retaining the tradition of its renowned for unibody design.

The Ridgeline will continue to feature an extra-wide stance on an extra-wide standard bed. The manufacturer claims it’s the only truck that can flat-carry four-foot-wide items between its wheel wells.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will have a bold new redesign.


All 2021 Honda Ridgeline trims will include a 3.5-liter, direct-injected V6 engine producing 280 horsepower and a nine-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is standard of RTL-E and Black Editions. It’s optional on Sport and RTL trims.

With its unibody construction and independent rear suspension, the Ridgeline also comes standard with a washable, lockable in-bed trunk. It offers an additional 7.3 cu.-ft. of secure storage space under the bed floor.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline also features a new sheet metal front with roof pillars forward. Design changes further include: a hood sporting a pronounced power bulge and front fenders that emphasize the squared-off nose.

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A more upright grille, flanked by LED headlights updated for better illumination, and a new bumper are among front exterior improvements. A reshaped rear bumper and new twin exhausts add further changes.

New aggressive sidewall and shoulder designs will give the Ridgeline a broader, more planted stance.

The Honda Performance Development (HPD) package is also new. An upgraded grille treatment, black fender flares, aggressive bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics on the bed walls.

Interior upgrades: a Display Audio System and new upholstery with contrast stitching. The Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims have a new dash, steering wheel and center console accents.

The new Ridgeline has a 1,580-pound payload capacity and a 5,000-pound towing capacity. The tailgate can handle dynamic loads of up to 300 pounds, supporting long payloads such as motorcycles and ATVs.

Inside the bed are eight standard tie-down cleats rated at 350-pounds each, for securing loads. The bed is constructed of glass fiber-reinforced SMC composite. It resists dents and scratches without the need for a separate bed liner.

The Ridgeline comes standard with the Honda Sensing featuring a collision mitigation braking system, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist road departure mitigation, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control.

Additional specifications and prices will be announced closer to the truck’s expected consumer debut in early 2021.


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Article Last Updated: October 21, 2020.

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