So many trucks try to be all things to all people, but few pickups pull this off. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is one of the only midsize pickup trucks that delivers on the promises made to so many different drives. Its strong towing and payload ratings will make drivers looking to use it for work very happy. Its great assortment of safety features, as well as its roomy crew cab interior, are sure to please drivers looking to use their Ridgeline as a family vehicle. Its exceptional mileage and standard Intelligent Variable Torque Management All-Wheel Drive System will appeal to drivers looking for a midsize truck that handles well and will provide solid traction, especially in inclement weather.
The Honda Ridgeline first hit the road in time for the 2006 model year. Truck drivers immediately took note, seeing in the Ridgeline a perfect balance of ruggedness and refinement, with its tough exterior carrying over to a roomy and comfortable interior. The current model debuted in 2017, with improved aerodynamic lines as a result of being built on the same platform as the popular midsize SUV Honda Pilot. As a result, drivers get a truck that is tough and rugged but with a smoother ride like an SUV. As a result, the 2021 Ridgeline will give you a pickup truck built to do the job, but driving it won’t feel like work at all.
Honda offers the 2021 Ridgeline midsize pickup truck in four trim levels. The base model is the Ridgeline Sport, with an MSRP of $36,490.* It features an in-bed trunk to make storage easier and a dual-action tailgate that will help you load and offload your Ridgeline. Like each model of the 2021 Ridgeline, the Sport features the HondaLink infotainment system on an 8-inch color touchscreen so that you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility for your smartphones.
The Ridgeline RTL adds a leather-trimmed interior, heated front seats, and a one-touch moonroof, improving the Ridgeline’s already comfortable crew cab. The RTL and Sport models include a 215-watt 7-speaker audio system. The Ridgeline RTL-E includes a 540-watt premium audio system that carries over to the trunk bed audio system, so you can listen to your favorite music while loading your trunk or if you are out tailgating at a sporting event. The RTL-E also includes a wireless phone charger and a Honda satellite-linked navigation system, so you can stay connected while you get to wherever you are going in your Ridgeline.
The top trim is the Black Edition. This one really boosts the curb appeal of the Ridgeline, with trim specific exterior detailing and a unique black leather interior with red ambient LED lighting. The Ridgeline Black Edition rides on 18-inch black alloy wheels.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes with a standard crew cab, providing plenty of space for up to 5 passengers. Honda has provided 109.7 cubic feet of passenger space in the Ridgeline’s cab, plenty of room for you and your passengers to stretch out after a long day of work. Honda is well known for maximizing the space for passengers in its vehicles, and the Ridgeline is no exception. Front-row passengers will enjoy 40.1 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 62 inches of shoulder room, and 59.1 inches of hip room in the Ridgeline. Fortunately, your passengers in the back row won’t feel cramped with 38.8 inches of headroom, 36.7 inches of legroom, 61.5 inches of shoulder room, and 56.6 inches of hip room. No matter where you sit in the Honda Ridgeline, you are going to enjoy the roomy and luxurious interior of this truck.
Every model of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline features a 3.5-liter V6 gas engine. This engine utilizes direct fuel injection and variable cylinder management to improve engine performance and efficiency. It produces 280 horsepower and generates 262 pound-feet of torque.
The Ridgeline pairs its 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 9-speed automatic transmission. This includes shift-by-wire and paddle shifters, giving you more control over your powertrain’s performance. Unlike most other automakers that offer such features as paddle shifters, Honda includes them on all trim levels of the Ridgeline, so you don’t have to pay more for improved performance. With this engine under the hood, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets exceptional fuel economy. You should get an estimated 18 miles per gallon in city driving, 24 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 21 miles per gallon.
Honda has made its Intelligent Variable Torque Management AWD system standard on all models of the Ridgeline. This provides you with exceptional traction on an all-wheel drivetrain that is functioning at all time. It features an Intelligent Traction Management system with special settings for snow, sand, and mud. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension to give you a smooth and comfortable ride. The front stabilizer bar is solid, while the rear stabilizer bar is tubular, giving you the best of both worlds in the Ridgeline’s suspension system.
While the 2021 Ridgeline is a midsize truck, it actually handles more like a midsize SUV, with a 43.4-foot turning diameter despite its 125.2-inch wheelbase. This will make parking the Ridgeline easier than most other trucks in its class. It should also provide solid cornering, especially on the highway.
The Ridgeline may be a midsize truck, but it still provides you with excellent capability. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, allowing you to tow many trailers, especially for recreation. It also has a payload bed with 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space, allowing you to carry up to 1,583 pounds of stuff.
Every 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes with a standard set of 6 different systems as part of Honda Sensing Safety Technologies. This suite of features helps to keep you and those around you safe through a series of alerts and driver aids that act as an extra pair of eyes while you are on the road. In the end, you are left with a vehicle that works to prevent accidents before they even occur.
Sometimes we get a little fatigued driving on long trips or after a long day at work. This can cause us to drift out of lane, creating a hazardous situation. There are three systems in the Honda Sensing Technologies that work to either avoid a collision or minimize the impact. Lane Departure Warning will alert you if you start to drift over the line in your Ridgeline. Similarly, the Lane Keeping Assist System will apply slight steering adjustments if the system thinks you are drifting. Finally, Road Departure Mitigation System will apply the brakes if your Ridgeline starts to go off the road, helping to slow it to a stop.
Two of the Honda Sensing Technologies help you avoid a front-end collision or reduce the damage from an impact. The Forward Collision Warning will sound if the system thinks you are driving too close to the vehicle in front of you or if it detects a pedestrian in your path. The system will then apply the Collision Mitigation Braking System to slow your Ridgeline or bring it to a stop since the system can often react faster than a driver.
Adaptive Cruise Control will adjust the speed you are cruising at to the traffic in front of you. Like regular cruise control, you need to set the speed at which you wish your Ridgeline to travel. Unlike regular cruise control, Adaptive Cruise Control will slow your truck down if it detects a slower moving vehicle in your lane in front of you, so you don’t have to. Once that slower moving vehicle departs, Adaptive Cruise Control will bring your Ridgeline up to the speed you originally set.
Finally, every 2021 Honda Ridgeline is equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines. This will make it easier for you to back your truck out of a space, allowing you to see if there are any objects, pedestrians, or vehicles behind you. With this suite of features, you have all sides of your vehicle covered.