- 2020 Honda Ridgeline fuel economy barely changes compared to 2019
- New remote locking tailgate
- Pricing starts at $42,490 before freight and delivery charges, up by $1,500 compared to 2019
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will be available in Canadian dealerships by the end of the month, and although the unibody pickup truck hasn’t changed overall, it does get a few changes for the model year in order to compete with the Jeep Gladiator, the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Nissan Frontier, the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma.
First and foremost, the Ridgeline is now equipped as standard with the nine-speed automatic transmission that’s already found in the Honda Pilot, The Honda Passport and the Honda Odyssey in addition to some Acura products. It replaces the old six-speed automatic, but fuel economy has barely been improved. In fact, the 2019 Ridgeline boasted city/highway/combined figures of 12.6/10.0/11.4 L/100 km, while the 2020 edition’s ratings are set at 12.8/9.5/11.3 L/100 km.
Power still comes from the brand’s widespread 3.5-litre V6, which develops 280 horses and 262 pound-feet of torque. A VTM-4 all-wheel drivetrain is standard as well. Like before, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) and carry a max payload capacity of 1,486 to 1,521 lbs. (674 to 690 kg).
The 2002 Honda Ridgeline still offers the segment-exclusive in-bed truck, which includes a storage volume of 207 litres under the truck’s bed floor. It’s also lockable and includes drain plug for filling with ice and refreshments during tailgate parties. The also-clever dual-action tailgate can open from the side or downwards, and in 2020, it gains a remote locking function.
The last change this year involves the 2020 Honda Ridgeline’s rear doors, which now open at a wider angle to making entry and exit easier. Standard amenities include a remote engine starter, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a power sunroof as well as a seven-speaker sound system with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration.
Also available on upscale trim levels are blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, LED headlights, navigation, heated rear wheels and steering wheel, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats as well as an in-bed audio system.
Base price for the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is set at $42,490 before freight and delivery charges, or $1,500 above the 2019 edition’s entry price. No word yet on the rumoured Honda Ridgeline Hybrid that will supposedly arrive in 2020.