2021 Honda Ridgeline: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - October 12, 2020

Model Preview

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.

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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.

Pricing & Release Date

Honda hasn’t announced an official on-sale date for the refreshed 2021 Ridgeline, but it expects to have the Ridgeline on sale in early 2021.

Pricing also remains unconfirmed, but with only a visual refresh, we don’t expect it to stray far from the current MSRP range of $35,020 to $44,640 (destination fees included).

This midsize pickup will compete with the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Ford Ranger.

Learn more about the current Ridgeline on sale now »

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