After a two-model-year break, the Honda Ridgeline returned for its second generation in 2017. Like the previous generation, the second-gen Ridgeline was based on the Pilot crossover. Other than trim level tweaks and an updated nose, this midsize pickup has remained mostly the same since 2017.
In 2021, the Honda Ridgeline gained an updated front end that included a larger grille, new chrome applique, revised headlights, and a new bumper. This new look gave it a more truck-like style up front and put some separation between the Ridgeline and its Pilot source material. We expect this more pickup-like design to remain the same in the 2022 Ridgeline.
Inside, the current Honda Ridgeline boasts all the same design cues it’s had since 2017. This design is a near carbon copy of the Pilot – the only distinguishing traits are its more truck-like steering wheel and the tighter rear seats. Inside, the current Ridgeline’s standard equipment includes keyless start, cloth upholstery, power features, an 8-inch touchscreen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. We expect the interior design and standard features to remain the same in the 2022 Ridgeline.
Powering the current Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This pairs with a nine-speed automatic transmission and standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. With all-wheel drive, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. We expect these powertrain numbers to remain the same in the 2022 Ridgeline.
Every Honda Ridgeline comes standard with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. The IIHS hasn’t tested the 2021 model, but the 2020 model was a Top Safety Pick thanks to its “Good” crash test scores in all but the passenger-side small-overlap test, “Good” optional LED projector headlights, and “Superior” automatic emergency braking. We expect these safety ratings and features to remain the same in 2022, but it won’t retain its Top Safety Pick status due to its ”Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small-overlap test.