2021 Honda Ridgeline looks more trucklike, adds tough-appearance package
The new truck is arriving early next year, starting at about $35K.
Honda has pulled the covers off the refreshed 2021 Ridgeline compact pickup truck. Changes include a new front end, a new skid plate, a set of standard 18-inch wheels, and a tougher rear end with dual exhaust tips. A new Honda Performance Development (HPD) appearance package is also available when it goes on sale next year.
The front end gets a more squared-off top end with a redesigned crossbar atop the grille (as opposed to running through the grille), which is either gloss black or chrome depending on trim, that connects the headlights. The lower bumper has also been redone, adding side vents that help move air around the front wheels.
Honda Performance Development package (Honda)
There's also a new Honda Performance Development appearance package, which sounds like Toyota's TRD division. The package, which is available on every trim, adds a unique, more aggressive-looking blacked out grille, black fender flares, bronze wheels, and HPD graphics on the bed walls. The package brings no mechanical changes, however.
All 2021 Ridgelines are powered by a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. AWD is standard on the RTL-E and Black Edition models, and is optional (and recommended, since in enables a 5000-pound towing capacity) on the base Sport and RTL models.
Inside, there is a new infotainment system with a volume knob (finally!). All trims get new contrast stitching, while the Sport, RTL, and RTL-E models get new dash, steering wheel, and center console accents. Honda Sensing, which includes forward collision warning, lane-keep assist, lane departure, and adaptive cruise control, comes standard.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline pickup will arrive in the U.S. early next year starting at just over $35,000.
(Source: Car And Driver)