In spite of a testosterone-filled facelift, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is neither as tough nor as able as other fair size pickup trucks—however that is OK. All things considered, the main Honda with a payload bed is a one-size-fits-all option in contrast to conventional pickup trucks. While the Ridgeline setup does exclude a rough terrain prepared model or a discretionary diesel motor, it has a standard team taxi that is roomier and more agreeable than any of its rivals’. Its minivan-based underpinnings and V-6 powertrain don’t permit it to tow in excess of 5000 pounds, yet they do empower the Ridgeline to quicken rapidly, burn-through fuel productively, and drive with unmatched spryness and refinement. Its host of standard driver helps and inventive highlights—remembering a for bed trunk and a multifunction rear end—further reinforce the 2021 Ridgeline’s status as what might be compared to a Swiss Army blade.
What’s going on for 2021?
Prior to the 2021 model year, individuals could state the Ridgeline resembled a ton of things, however tough wasn’t one of them. We don’t know that the moderate size truck’s makeover—which incorporates a new plan from the front rooftop columns forward—will calm all the haters, yet it unquestionably looks bolder than previously. Upgrading this new tasteful is another bundle from Honda Performance Development (HPD) that is accessible on all trim levels and adds dark overfenders, a particular passed out grille, HPD designs on the bed dividers, and cool-looking bronze wheels. Non-HPD models get a standard arrangement of recently planned 18-inch wheels with more forceful off-road tires and decreased deleting that gives the Ridgeline a more extensive track and a more extensive position. Inside, there is a sprinkling of unpretentious changes, yet the greatest update is the reconsidered infotainment framework. Alongside improved illustrations and screen symbols that Honda says are simpler to utilize, the Ridgeline presently accompanies a physical volume handle, tending to our long stretches of protests.
This fragment of medium size trucks has become oversaturated with customary body-on-outline pickups that give abundant towing and able going romping. Nonetheless, the Ridgeline takes into account people who need a more agreeable and eco-friendly other option. While the priciest models have the fanciest highlights, we think the RTL has the best blend of alluring gear and worth. We’d suggest adding the discretionary all-wheel-drive framework, since it makes the Honda helpful in every one of the four seasons and permits it to tow as much as 5000 pounds (front-drive models maximize at 3500 pounds). In like manner, the Ridgeline RTL gets preferred standard highlights over the lesser Sport trim level. These incorporate warmed front seats, a calfskin managed inside, and power-flexible front seats.
Motor, Transmission, and Performance
The solitary powertrain is a 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 262 lb-ft of force and attaches to a nine-speed programmed transmission. The motor feels smooth, and choke reaction is particularly responsive when you call for hard speeding up. An untraditional pickup from numerous points of view, the Ridgeline shocks from in the driver’s seat. Out and about, it is respectful and feels amazingly able. Its curl sprung autonomous back suspension adds to a carlike ride quality not accessible with the leaf-sprung, strong hub arrangements utilized by the opposition. Body slender in corners is negligible, and little knocks are scarcely observable. The electrically helped controlling feels fitting. The Ridgeline’s slowing down execution stands apart as its solitary powerful flaw. Its slowing down good ways from 70 mph to zero is on the long side, and we thought the brake pedal felt delicate and had a lot of movement during typical use.
Towing and Payload Capacity
The Ridgeline is brisk, however with regards to towing, it’s inadequate. Front-wheel-drive models can tow a limit of 3500 pounds. All-wheel-drive Ridgelines are evaluated at 5000 pounds, which is somewhere in the range of 2000 and 2500 not as much as V-6 adversaries, for example, the Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger.
Efficiency and Real-World MPG
The Ridgeline’s motor is the most eco-friendly V-6 in its group, whether or not it’s furnished with front-or all-wheel drive. On our 75-mph mileage course, which mimics genuine thruway driving and is essential for our broad testing routine, an all-wheel-drive Ridgeline acquired 28 mpg. That figure coordinates our outcomes for a GMC Canyon with the diesel motor and all-wheel drive, which is noteworthy thinking about the Honda’s gas motor.
Inside, Comfort, and Cargo
The Ridgeline’s inside is tops in its group as far as common sense and solace. Similarly as with most other fair size pickups, the Honda includes hard plastics beneath the scramble level. Something else, the materials are better than expected. Back seat travelers will appreciate the most space of all average size adversaries. Overlay down armrests on both front seats are an invite expansion, particularly since the middle support sits low between them. The Honda pickup has just one bed length, 5.3 feet, which lines up with contenders’ short beds and has the second-most minimal volume at 34 cubic feet. The antitoxin to this divergence is its locking, climate tight in-bed trunk with a 7.3-cubic-foot limit. There’s one more bit of leeway: with 50.0 crawls between its bed’s wheel wells, the Ridgeline is the main average size pickup that can fit a sheet of four-by-eight-foot building material level on the bed floor. Cunning highlights proceed inside. The back seat parts 60/40 and, when flipped up, gives space to fit a full-size bike. Tragically, stacking huge things might be troublesome, as the back entryways don’t open wide.
Infotainment and Connectivity
Each Ridgeline comes like basic with a 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment framework. It currently includes a physical volume handle and screen symbols that Honda says are simpler to use than its archetype was. Nonetheless, we haven’t got an opportunity to test this case or the refreshed Display Audio framework for ourselves. The Ridgeline likewise comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, certain models can be furnished with an in-bed sound framework that can liven up any back end party. Utilizing actuators that vibrate, it transforms the freight bed into a gigantic speaker.
Security and Driver-Assistance Features
The Ridgeline acquired a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and it was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Honda pickup truck additionally incorporates a large group of standard driver-help innovation. Key wellbeing highlights include:
Standard forward-crash notice and computerized crisis slowing down
Standard path takeoff cautioning and path keeping help
Standard versatile voyage control
Guarantee and Maintenance Coverage
While Honda has serious restricted and powertrain guarantees, practically the entirety of its rivals are more great since they offer free booked support.
Restricted guarantee covers three years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain guarantee covers five years or 60,000 miles
No free planned upkeep
2019 Honda Ridgeline RTL AWD
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door pickup
PRICE AS TESTED
$38,864 (base price: $37,765)
SOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
212 cu in, 3471 cc
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Suspension (F/R): struts/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 12.6-in vented disc/13.0-in disc
Tires: Firestone Destination LE2, 245/60R-18 105H M+S
Wheelbase: 125.2 in
Length: 210.0 in
Width: 78.6 in
Height: 70.8 in
Passenger volume: 109 cu ft
Trunk Volume: 7 cu ft
Curb weight: 4471 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 6.9 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 19.6 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 28.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 7.2 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 5.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.4 sec @ 91 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 191 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.76 g
PERFORMANCE (40,000 MILES)
Zero to 60 mph: 6.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 18.2 sec
Zero to 110 mph: 14.0 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 6.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 3.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 4.6 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.0 sec @ 92 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 112 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.80 g
Observed: 20 mpg
Unscheduled oil additions: 0 qt
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 21/18/25 mpg
3 years/36,000 miles bumper to bumper;
5 years/60,000 miles powertrain;
5 years/unlimited miles corrosion protection;
3 years/36,000 miles roadside assistance