2020 Honda Ridgeline adds new safety tech and a 9-Speed transmission

MSRP has gone up around $4,000, but do the new features justify the price?

1y ago

I'm a sucker for a good underdog story, so when Honda unveiled the second-generation Ridgeline back in 2016 for the 2017 model year, I was blown away. It actually looked like a proper truck. While it still uses the chassis from the Pilot, the Ridgeline is a crossover first, and a pickup truck second, but there are many reasons why I am okay with that. For starters, the Ridgeline touts best-in-class fuel economy for a six cylinder mid-size truck, coming in one MPG better than the GM twins, and three MPG better than the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

These new numbers come from Honda's venerable 3.5-liter V6. With 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, the Ridgeline can tow 5,000 pounds which is more than enough for a truck in this class. Unlike the off-road variants of the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, the Ridgeline goes all in with good road manners and an overall experience that is similar to the Honda Pilot.

Because of its relation to the Pilot, the Ridgeline now comes standard with Honda's suite of safety features, Honda Sensing, which includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control.

The downside to these new additions is that the base Ridgeline is $4,000 more expensive than last year's base model. The Ridgeline starts at $35,000 including destination for a two-wheel-drive Sport model. A Black Edition with all-wheel-drive starts at $44,615 including destination. Which is nearly the same price as a GMC Canyon Denali, which offers more power and a better tow rating. This worries me, because a base Frontier starts under $20,000 and a Tacoma starts at $26,000. Heck, for $35,000 you could get a moderately equipped F-150 or RAM 1500.

The Ridgeline is enough of a truck to handle most of the common man's truck-related problems. The Ridgeline is easy to live with and isn't going to spend every other weekend in the shop. If you want the appearance of a truck and the livability of an SUV, get a Ridgeline, if you go mudding and you need to over validate your masculinity, don't get a Ridgeline, it's as simple as that.

Do you think the Ridgeline priced itself out of its category? Do its new features justify its price tag? Comment Below!

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Comments (22)

  • It is overpriced for the category. You could get the new Tesla for 4k more or the dual motor version for about the same as the top spec. with the adventure package. You could get the Toyota Tacoma with the TRD off-road sport package for the same as the base price of the Honda. I love Honda but not that much. I know I'd spend my money elsewhere.

      1 year ago
  • I’m a Honda devotee. They’re super reliable but, for that price? I’d try the Tesla truck.

      1 year ago
    • Also I heard bad things about the suspension components and how people who had a single dirt bike in the bed what had happened was components would completely bust

        1 year ago
    • I know a person who has one, not the newest but the previous generation and we've loaded it way past its own limit and nothing ever broke so I do wonder if it is common.

        1 year ago
  • I dearly love Honda but I agree with that it's priced outside of its category. By definition, the Ridgeline was revolutionary for what it is. In that it gives you both worlds of the SUV and trunk. However, it's not designed to be a "truck," unless you're a city goer who needs to get mulch for the yard and still pick up the kids while sipping gas; which is what it's target market is. At its current cost there are better options at a lower price tag that still get the job done and its basically sitting in price territory of full sized pick ups that the ridgeline cannot compete with. Even with all the technology, a lot of the other trunks in its category are coming with the same thing and yet still at a lower cost. I think Honda may need to rethink this. Even with the safety and the new trans, it's not enough to justify its price tag

      1 year ago
  • I like its subtle styling, it does not look overdone. It looks practical and freshly styled, instead of looking like something blingy that Id be afriad to get muddy. Neato!

      1 year ago
  • Alright, there's a need for a correction here. They've just removed the RT from before and now the first one is Sport. For 35 grand you can't get a decent F150 that would rival the Ridgeline in terms of equipment and driving characteristics. This is not a truck for hauling stuff. This is the most carlike truck and it is the only one out there. They did not priced out themselves out of the market because if I remember correctly the top trim level costs the same as it did. There is just more for the money right now with no 30 grand trim spec.

      1 year ago