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?
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.
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