The 2021 Honda Ridgeline receives new front-end styling.
New infotainment system with physical volume knob and new interior trim materials round out the changes.
The updated Ridgeline will go on sale in early 2021.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will go on sale early next year with a reworked exterior design, along with the brand’s latest infotainment system and new interior materials. With these changes, the Japanese automaker is hoping to keep its midsize pickup competitive against rivals.
In addition, the refreshed Ridgeline will boast a more rugged appearance, which will be most welcome as it was arguably considered as the most conservatively styled pickup on our market. As shoppers are scooping up trucks and SUVs with “trail-ready” or “off-road” packages, it was important for Honda to beef up its pickup’s exterior design.
As a result, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will get a whole new front fascia, including reshaped hood and fenders, a squared-off grille, new headlight clusters and a more aggressive bumper. Not only that, but new alloy wheels and a 20-millimetre track increase give the truck a more muscular stance.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) also developed a styling package that adds black fender flares, bronze-coloured wheels, a specific grille and bed wall graphics. The HPD kit along with three other packages, called Utility, Function and Function+, will be available for 2021 as part of what the company calls Post-Production Options or PPO. The HPD package will be offered on all trim levels in the U.S., and details of the other ensembles are likely to be announced at a later date.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline benefits from an updated Display Audio system with new graphics, bigger touchscreen button zones and—finally—a physical volume knob. The base Sport trim level get new cloth seat inserts, contrast stitching is added to all trim levels, and most Ridgeline variants receive new dash, wheel and centre console accenting.
Mechanically, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is unchanged. Motivation comes from a 3.5L V6 managed by a nine-speed automatic transmission, which develops 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A front-wheel drivetrain is standard in the U.S., while the brand’s i-VTM4 all-wheel drive system is available, which sends up to 70 percent of engine to the rear wheels, in addition to shifting 100 percent of that power between the rear wheels as needed. AWD is standard in Canada.
As before, the Ridgeline with AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds (2,268 kilograms) when properly equipped, while the FWD truck can pull up to 3,500 pounds. Payload capacity is rated at up to 1,580 pounds in the U.S. and 1,530 pounds (694 kg) in Canada. The Honda has a class-exclusive in-trunk bed that can be locked and drained out with a volume of 7.3 cubic feet (207 litres).
Pricing for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline hasn’t yet been announced. It competes with the Ford Ranger, the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Jeep Gladiator, the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma in the midsize pickup category.