The second-generation Honda Ridgeline debuted in 2017 with cues pulled directly from its platform-mate, the Honda Pilot. The 2021 Ridgeline will go through a front-end refresh that’ll pull it away from is donor crossover slightly and give it a more trucklike look.
From most angles, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will look the same. From the A-pillars forward, though, it’ll boast a new design that’ll give it a more trucklike appearance. This new design will include fresh sheet metal, a power-bulge hood, larger LED headlights, a larger and more upright grille, and a new bumper with larger air intakes. Around back, Honda will add a new bumper and twin exhaust outlets.
Honda will also add a new Honda Performance Development Package that’ll include unique grille treatment, black fender flares, aggressive bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics on the bed walls.
Inside, the 2021 Ridgeline will remain mostly the same, but it’ll gain a new Display Audio infotainment system with cleaner graphics, new touchscreen icons, and a physical volume knob. In the Sport trim, the Ridgeline will gain new cloth seat inserts, and the Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims will get new accents on the dash, steering wheel, and center console.
Under its hood, the 2021 Ridgeline will continue with its standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that’ll pump out 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine will pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission that’ll deliver power to the front wheels as standard. Optionally, buyers will be able to add i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, which will send up to 70% of the power to the rear wheels and up to 100% of its torque to the left or right wheels.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety gear, which will include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, road-departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.