When Honda released the second-generation, Pilot-based Ridgeline for the 2017 model year, it added some segment-first features to its midsize (and only) pickup truck, including a Truck Bed Audio System that used transducers mounted inside the pickup truck bed and paired to a user's Bluetooth smartphone to wirelessly stream stereo audio during tailgates, a 60/40 "split" rear tailgate design that could open downwards like a traditional tailgate, or swing open to allow for items to be loaded without having to drop the entire tailgate, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. However, one complaint about the second-generation Ridgeline was its lack of standard equipment, and confusing trim levels. For 2020, Honda has simplified the Ridgeline lineup, and has pared the trim levels down to only four (Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition) from the previously-available six (RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition). The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will have an MSRP (Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price) of $33,900, including a mandatory destination fee, which is up by a hefty $3,910 from the 2019 Honda Ridgeline (which began at $29,990), but is up only $510 from the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Sport (which had an MSRP of $33,390). However, this price increase includes a higher level of standard equipment for the Ridgeline this year. NOTE: All pricing discussed in this article excludes any applicable taxes or other fees.
Starting out the 2020 Honda Ridgeline lineup is the base Sport trim. Starting at $33,900 for a Front Wheel Drive (FWD) model (or $36,140 for an All Wheel Drive (AWD) model), the Sport now includes standard Honda Sensing (Honda's suite of driver assistance technologies), cloth seating surfaces ,a standard Class III trailer tow hitch and towing package, gray-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, a security system, keyless entry with proximity entry and push-button start, a 200-watt, seven-speaker audio system (including a subwoofer), and a newly-standard eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless stereo audio streaming (this replaces the antiquated five-inch, non-touchscreen color LCD A/M-F/M stereo audio system with Bluetooth that was standard in the 2019 Ridgeline LX).
The midlevel 2020 Honda Ridgeline trim is now the RTL, which starts at $36,670 for a FWD model, and $38,820 for an AWD model, adds more luxury features to the base Sport trim, including luxury leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated side mirrors (for AWD models only), a power sunroof, a power-sliding rear window, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a ten-way, power-adjustable front driver's bucket seat with power lumbar support, a four-way, power-adjustable front passenger's bucket seat, dual heated front bucket seats, and upgraded aluminum-alloy wheels.
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E is now the most luxurious Ridgeline trim level. Starting at $42,020 (with mandatory AWD), the luxurious RTL-E adds more luxury and convenience items to the already well-equipped RTL trim, including ambient interior lighting, a 540-watt, premium amplified audio system with a Truck Bed Audio System as well as a subwoofer, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with a paid trial subscription and HD Radio, GPS navigation with subscription-free HD Traffic, a 150-watt/400-watt in-bed AC household-style power outlet, and a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Sitting at the top of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline lineup, the sporty Black Edition is based on the luxurious RTL-E trim, but adds sporty styling features not offered on other Honda Ridgeline trim levels. Starting at $43,520 (and including standard AWD), the Black Edition includes standard Crystal Black Pearl exterior paint (this is the only exterior paint color option offered on the range-topping Black Edition trim), Gloss Black exterior accents, and Gloss Black-finished aluminum-alloy wheels.
Exterior color options on the 2020 Honda Ridgeline include Modern Steel Metallic (Dark Gray), Platinum White Pearl (Pearl White), Lunar Silver Metallic (Silver), Crystal Black Pearl (Black, required on the Black Edition trim), Obsidian Blue Metallic (Dark Blue, n/a on the Base Sport or range-topping Black Edition trims), Deep Scarlet Pearl (Maroon, n/a on the base Sport or range-topping Black Edition trims), and Pacific Pewter Metallic (Bronze, n/a on the base Sport or range-topping Black Edition trims). Depending upon the exterior paint color option selected, either Gray, Black ,or Beige interior color options (in luxury leather trim on most models (RTL, RTL-T, and Black Edition, or cloth on base Sport trim) are available. Front Wheel Drive (FWD) is standard on base sport and midlevel RTL trims, while All Wheel Drive (AWD) is standard on luxurious RTL-T and range-topping Black Edition trims (AWD is also optional on base Sport and midlevel RTL trims). All 2020 Honda Ridgeline models are powered by a 280-horsepower, 3.5L V6 gasoline engine that also produces 262 lb. ft. of torque, and are all mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission (which replaces the old six-speed unit in the 2019 Ridgeline). The Honda Ridgeline is produced exclusively at the Honda Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) Assembly Plant in Lincoln Alabama, where the production line is shared with the related Pilot midsize SUV, as well as the Honda Passport midsize SUV, and the Honda Odyssey minivan. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline goes on sale at Honda dealerships nationwide this month (December 2019). What do you think of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline? Would you buy a Honda Ridgeline over the midsize Japanese Nissan Frontier or Toyota Tacoma, or one of its American midsize pickup truck competitors (the Chevrolet (Chevy) Colorado, the Ford Ranger, the GMC Canyon, or the Jeep Gladiator)? Let us know in the comments down below!