Comfort Meets Power: 2020 Honda Ridgeline
Honda has come a long way since it started in 1946. Starting out as a small-time manufacturer focused on designing smaller engines than the readily available counterparts of the time, they slowly worked their way to developing motorcycles, and eventually automobiles. To compete with an ever-increasing automotive market amongst other corporations in Japan, Honda’s design philosophy gained extensive notoriety due to each vehicle’s dependable nature and an indistinguishable emphasis on quality. This philosophy has continued to this day. Today, when you walk into a Honda dealer, you’ll find many different varieties of automobiles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs, all made with that same Honda quality.
Amongst the offered selection, the Ridgeline fills an important gap in Honda’s lineup as it’s their only truck sold in the North American market. The modern-day 2020 Ridgeline is part of the second generation of the lineup, as production on the original models ceased in 2014, followed by a three-year hiatus.
Introducing the 2020 Honda Ridgeline
The Ridgeline excels in a multitude of ways. With it, Honda has found an impressive blend with a pickup truck that has a spacious full-size cabin. This year, the 2020 Ridgeline looks to build upon much of last year’s success with some additional improvements, while making things more streamlined by removing two trims from the lineup entirely, the RT and RTL-T. With these two trims omitted, there are four trims that remain, starting with the Ridgeline Sport, which serves as the base trim and has a starting MSRP of $33,900.*
All four trims receive the same powertrain, a 3.5L V6 that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, each trim gets a nine-speed automatic transmission paired with the engine. This trim comes standard with front-wheel-drive (FWD), although you may opt for all-wheel-drive (AWD) for an additional fee. This engine has an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway (22 combined) when fitted with FWD. Although, it’s worth mentioning the numbers don’t change much when paired with AWD, which grants EPA-estimated ratings of 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway (21 combined).**
Those looking to perform some lighter towing should have no problems at all. With this engine, the Ridgeline can tow a maximum of 5,000 lbs if you opt for the AWD variant, while FWD can tow 3,500 lbs. Although, it’s worth mentioning that payload capacity is dependant on the trim you have chosen, but AWD models typically handle a bit more. Each trim has the same bed size, which is 5.4 feet long, and they all come with a dual-action tailgate plus an additional storage container located under the bed that measures in at 7.3 cubic feet. Although not the best in its class, the towing capabilities are much appreciated, especially on the base model.
The Ridgeline RTL is the next available trim and has a starting MSRP of $36,670.* This trim has a heavy focus on enhancing your interior. With RTL, the driver’s seat becomes a 10-way power-adjustable seat with additional heating capabilities that is perfect for any cold weather. This trim also fits your cabin with a power-sliding rear window plus an immersive moonroof to top it all off. Those looking for AWD may again opt for its inclusion with this trim at an additional price.
The Ridgeline RTL-E is the next available trim and grants a plethora of safety features to your Ridgeline. This trim starts at an MSRP of $42,020 and included with it comes features such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and both front and rear sensors for parking.* With this trim, you’ll also be getting a premium 540-Watt audio system containing eight high-quality speakers fit throughout your cabin and both HD and satellite radio. Complementing these speakers is a truck bed audio system that acts as a type of subwoofer to give your audio more bass. AWD comes standard with this trim, plus Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) that improves handling overall, especially in rough weather conditions.
The last trim available for the Ridgeline is the Black Edition. Starting at an MSRP of $43,520, this trim, in particular, has a strong emphasis on cosmetic design as it adds black trims to the exterior along with black alloy wheels.* This trim also contains leather seats that are special edition, and your interior will include red ambient lights throughout the cabin that give this trim a style unlike any of the others. Much like the RTL-E, AWD comes standard along with i-VTM4 on this trim.
The Ridgeline has a class-leading interior and comes standard with a host of features that make this truck stand out amongst similar trucks in its price range. Many will notice how, in a sense, the inside of this truck shares many comforts typically found in crossover SUVs. Each trim has an arrangement of five seats, and you’ll find an ample amount of space no matter what. Seven speakers come standard along with two USB ports located near the Ridgeline’s infotainment center, which is displayed on an 8-inch touch screen that now comes standard. The included 8-inch screen is a massive upgrade over last year’s base Ridgeline that came with a 5-inch display with no infotainment capabilities whatsoever.
Connecting your smartphone to the Ridgeline is seamless thanks in part to Bluetooth integration. Additionally, your 2020 Ridgeline will now come standard with two very sought after software suites, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Formerly, these two inclusions were reserved as optional upgrades and or reserved for higher-tier trims. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll have the ability to connect your iPhone or Android device to your infotainment center, granting you access to functions to media controls, navigation, phone calls, and more. Both Siri and Google Assistant are accessible completely hands-free to help with anything you’ll need, such as music, directions, or making phone calls and texts, all while keeping your eyes on the road. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto grant you access to their respective app stores where you can download more apps that serve further functions for your vehicle. These two software suites coming standard in the 2020 Ridgeline is a huge win, especially for those looking at the base model.
Where to Go From Here
With the 2020 Ridgeline, Honda has continued to raise the bar in terms of quality and dependability. Those looking to try a Honda for themselves and learn more about their options should visit a reputable Honda dealership where they will get the service they deserve, we are one of those dealerships. We’re Ralph Honda, and our location is 3939 West Ridge Road, Rochester, New York, and we serve Rochester and the surrounding areas with an extensive catalog of Honda’s best, plus top-notch service.
With our exceptional sales team, finance centers, and on-site service, our dedication to helping you find the vehicle you wish to drive in a hassle-free process, you’ll be in good hands. We look forward to your visit at our location!