Being one of a kind on the market, this pickup seems to be designed for a specific range of buyers, those who prefer more versatile pickup trucks. The current generation has been around for some time but if we consider that it is still superior in terms of comfort and convenience, it seems pretty certain that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline won’t come with more significant changes. Most likely, we will see the same overall design and features. The only possible changes are those in terms of additional standard equipment.
Therefore, you may count on a pickup truck that rides on a unibody platform and shares most of its parts with Honda Pilot. Therefore, the Ridgeline rides much better than any other pickup on the market. It also offers the most upscale and most spacious cabin in the class. Add to this a full load of advanced safety systems, as well as a refined V6 engine and it becomes clear why this is the best mid-size pickup around.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Redesign
Compared to traditional BoF pickup trucks, the Ridgeline is far superior in many aspects. Of course, the unibody platform ensures excellent driving experince, especially if we consider that all models come standard with independent rear suspension. That’s something you won’t find in any other mid-size pickup truck. It is highly beneficial, not just in terms of comfort, but in terms of handling as well. In terms of the styling, we definitely don’t expect to see any particular change for the next year. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will carry on with the same look, with the front end that looks identical to the Pilot. The rest of the body comes in a typical truck manner and we should say that the next-year model will definitely continue with a crew cab layout as the only in the offer.
This aspect of the truck won’t come with bigger changes either. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will carry on with its excellent cabin, which is arguably the finest in the class. First of all, the dashboard is practically the same as in the SUV sibling. This means a lot of soft-touch and other fine materials, which is something you won’t find in other pickup trucks. Also, we are talking about the most spacious cabin in the class. There are two rows of seats that are very generous in terms of space. The amount of legroom is even comparable with some full-size pickup trucks.
This is the aspect where we could see a couple of interesting novelties, though we don’t expect to see too many of them. Moreover, most of the things are about to remain the same, which means a quite impressive list of standard features. When it comes to tech goodies, the current model comes standard with things like tri-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, seven speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Available features include a truck bed audio system, a moonroof, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio. In higher trims, you can also get things like an in-bed power outlet, a truck bed audio system, a power-sliding rear window, a moonroof, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio are available.
Things are as impressive in terms of safety features. All models come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of driver technology, which includes some pretty impressive features. All in all, the list of standard safety systems includes goodies like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. In addition, you can get things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors etc.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine
One of the reasons why this truck offers an amazing driving experience is also a well-known 3.5-liter V6 engine. It is very refined and offers plenty of punch, as the max output goes around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The Ridgeline has also been updated with the new 9-speed automatic gearbox recently, which works great. Besides smooth shifting, it also improves fuel economy. It goes around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. These are pretty good numbers for the class. When properly equipped, this truck can tow up to 5.000 pounds.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
We don’t expect bigger changes in terms of the price for the next year. Therefore, base models should go slightly above 33.000 dollars. Since there are no bigger changes on the way, we expect to see the new model sometime late in the year.