2020 Honda Ridgeline

2020 MODEL
$33,900 - $43,520
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2020 Honda Ridgeline Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 14, 2020
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Aayush Yadav

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The Honda Ridgeline is an odd one out for pickup trucks. Remember that weird kid in class that used to tinker with all his Star Wars memorabilia? That is the exact personification for the Ridgeline in a market dominated by Ford F-150s and Ram 1500s. Others might keep a distance from it and even laugh at the fact that it can’t handle anything outside the comfort of the tarmac, yet the Ridgeline keeps its head down and does its best to offer a nice driving experience in spades.

Honda Ridgeline wallpaper
The Honda Ridgeline does not look as brute and robust as other popular pickups, yet it makes up for a highly utilitarian option

Honda is known to manufacturer a lot of things throughout the range. Much like other Japanese brands, Honda also has its fingers in multiple jars. They manufacturer everything from a lawnmower to an executive private jet and everything in between. And, they are pretty good at all of it. Except for trucks, maybe. The Ridgeline has had its fair share of criticism and hatred for various reasons that make it not an "ideal American pickup". Is it any good? Let's find out.

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Pros

Lots of ingenious features

Spacious and comfortable cabin

Powerful V6 drivetrain

Excellent ride and build quality

Cons

Not meant for much off-roading

Underwhelming towing capacity

A bit too pricey for a crew cab pickup

What's New?

New 9-speed automatic transmission

Honda Sensing safety suite now standard

New 8-inch infotainment display

Streamlined lineup to just four trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$33900

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

9-Speed Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.6

dimensions

wheelbase

125.2 in.

length

210 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

70.2 in.

curb weight

4242 lbs.

ground clearance

7.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1465 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/25/21 mpg

highway range

487.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr. / 36000 mi.


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2020 Honda Ridgeline in Crystal Black Pearl color 2020 Honda Ridgeline in Lunar Silver Metallic color 2020 Honda Ridgeline in Modern Steel Metallic color 2020 Honda Ridgeline in Deep Scarlet Pearl color 2020 Honda Ridgeline in Obsidian Blue Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

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Ratings

Features

8.1

Engine And Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.4

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport

Sport

power
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$33,900 - $36,140


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $33,900 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $36,140 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9 speed automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL

RTL

power
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$36,670 - $38,820


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RTL 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $36,670 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic front wheel drive 5
RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $38,820 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

RTL-E

power
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$42,020


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $42,020 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

Black Edition

power
280 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
21 combined

$43,520


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) Starting at $43,520 MSRP (18/21/25) 280 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
9-Speed Automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Unlike most other pickups at this price range, the Honda Ridgeline only comes as a single body style. It is a unibody design instead of the traditional ladder-on-frame chassis like the Toyota Tacoma or the Nissan Frontier. Think of the Ridgeline as an extended truck version of the Honda Pilot. $33,900 for a V6-powered crew cab pickup may seem like a lot of money, yet the Honda Ridgeline does its best to get you your money’s worth with its large pool of features and rugged build quality.

Its price tag means that the Honda Ridgeline goes to clash with some premium pickup trucks on sale in the United States right now. The Ford Ranger and the Chevy Colorado both offer their higher trim levels past $30,000. You can even consider the GMC Canyon at this price range. It might not be as civilized as the Ridgeline, but its powertrain and design get it much better performance and off-road capabilities.

For the 2020 model year, Honda has made some changes here and there. The Ridgeline now comes equipped with a better, smoother, and more advanced 9-speed automatic transmission. In addition to that, the truck now also features a newer infotainment system as well with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as standard. The safety features have also been revised with the Honda Sensing safety suite being offered as standard.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Front View
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Rear View

8.1/10
Features

 

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

8.0/10
Safety

 

9.0/10
Competition

 

8.5/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Honda Ridgeline Features

8.1/10

The lineup has been trimmed down to just four trims, all of which share the same powertrain, it is simpler than ever to decide which one suits you the best. The prices for the 2020 Honda Ridgeline starts at $33,900 for the base Sport trim and can go up to $43,520 for the top of the line Black Edition. However, the features list is generously distributed over the entire lineup, and you would not be left out of much even if you go for the standard Sport trim. The RTL and RTL-Extended trims rack up the more luxurious and practical features, which is why these two make the best deal out of the lot. But if you really have to flaunt to other RAM and Toyota trucks that you might encounter on your journey, you better have the top-of-the-line Black Edition. It has some exclusive "blacked-out" design elements that bring out the bad-boy image on the surface and inside the cabin.

Trim

Sport

RTL

RTL-E

Black Edition

MSRP

$33,900

$36,670

$42,020

$43,520

Key Features

Dual-Action Tailgate

One-Touch Powered Moonroof

Intelligent Variable Torque Management

Red Ambient Interior Lighting

 

In-Bed Trunk

10-way Powered Driver’s Seat

Trunk Bed Audio System

18-inch Black Alloy Wheels

 

Honda Sensing Safety Suite

Heavy-Duty Transmission Cooler

Blind-Spot Monitoring System

Exclusive Leather Upholstery

 

Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Heated Front Seats

Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Black Edition Exterior Trim

 

18-inch Gray Painted Alloy Wheels

Acoustic Windshield

Body-Colored Parking Sensors

 

 

Microsuede Upholstery

Leather Upholstery

540-Watt Premium Audio System

 

What would we recommend?

The RTL trim is the one that adds the most at the minimal price gap from the base trim level. You have access to most of the packages, so you can build the truck exactly as you want without mounting up a serious finance bill with your bank.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance

7.9/10

A naturally-aspirated 3.5L V6 engine drives the Honda Ridgeline forward. While the lower trim levels have FWD as standard, the i-VTM4 AWD system is the one that offers the most fun and function. The 3.5 L V6 engine of the 2020 Ridgeline produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for a mid-sized pickup. You get a brisk acceleration as you press down on the pedal. The throttle response is immediate and the Ridgeline can surprise you with its agility when you are behind the wheel.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab gets a 3.5L V6 with 280hp and 262 lb-ft of Torque

We are glad that the old CVT has been retired. In its place sits a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission that does a great job of handling all that power to the wheels. However, there is no gear lever or even paddle shifts. When Honda says that it is an ‘automatic’, that is meant literally. The driving mode is managed through a tiny selector dial on the center console. It is a weird experience for someone used to the conventional shifters but it is very convenient when you realize you will be driving the Ridgeline inside the city, mostly, with a lot of stop-and-go traffic situations during the day.

Models

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

MSRP

$36,670

$34,995

$36,390

$36,995

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L EcoBoost inline-4

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic with Shift-by-wire

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed SelectShift Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Horsepower

280hp@6000 rpm

308hp@6800 rpm

270hp@5500 rpm

308hp@6800 rpm

Torque(lb.-ft.)

262lb.-ft@4700rpm

275lb.-ft@4000 rpm

310lb.-ft@3000 rpm 

275lb.-ft@4000 rpm

It is the toque that matters most for the pickups. Taking that into account, the Honda Ridgeline ends up at the bottom of the segment. Its V6 engine may be decent for an SUV but on a pickup, it’s way behind the Ford Ranger or Chevrolet Colorado. Even the GMC Canyon has refined its 8-speed transmission for 2020, making it one of the fastest pickups at this price range.

How fast is the Honda Ridgeline?

Due to its sheer weight and lack of power, the Honda Ridgeline is stuck with commuting duty. The Honda Ridgeline accelerates from 60-0 mph in 7.2 seconds. That is good enough to provide a smooth curve to achieve reasonable speeds, yet it is barely good enough to let the Ridgeline overtake speeding traffic out on the freeway. Having said that, a 0-60 timing of 7.2 seconds for a 4445 lbs pickup truck is actually not that bad. There are a lot of compact SUVs and Crossovers that take longer than the Ridgeline to breach the 60MPH mark from a standstill. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline's 280hp engine makes it go from 0-60 MPH in Just 7.2 sec.

The acceleration is linear and the 9-speed gearbox makes sure that the shifts are smooth. However, the unibody construction of the Ridgeline results in some nose lift. That, in turn, reduces the traction of the front wheels which might result in torque steer. The AWD system with its smart torque vectoring definitely reduces the chances of the same.

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

0-60 MPH

7.2 sec

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

15.6 sec @ 88 mph

14.8 sec @ 95 mph

15.2 sec @ 91 mph

14.9 sec @ 94 mph

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L EcoBoost inline-4

3.6L V6

Emissions(Tons/yr of CO2 at 15k mi/yr)

7.2

7.6

6.7

7.6

Don’t expect the Honda Ridgeline to beat any of the other all-American mid-sized pickups in a race anytime soon. The Chevrolet Colorado with the Z71 package is the swiftest truck in this segment. Despite its lack of performance, the Ridgeline doesn’t deliver on the emissions as well. You would pay a lot less to the EPA if you would go for a Ford Ranger LARIAT. The Ford Ranger's 2.3L Inline-4 engine might seem meek here, yet the Ecoboost technology does its wizardry, providing ample grunt to the pickup. As a result, the Ford Ranger can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds

Are the brakes on the Honda Ridgeline any good?

The Ridgeline uses the same brakes as the smaller Honda Pilot, which means the Ridgeline is a chore to stop at high speeds. The brake travel is more than necessary and most of the bite does not kick in unless you really floor the pedal. In standard conditions, it takes 128 feet to stop the Honda Ridgeline from 60 mph. It is a good braking performance for its class if only the brakes were much more responsive.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab fitted with 12.6 inch Front rotors gives it a beefy look.

The Automated Emergency Braking System, part of the Honda Safety Suite, is still not optimized. It is too eager to slam on the brakes even if the front car is a good distance off the front grille. Apart from that, the brakes are exactly what you would expect from a pickup truck. The nosedive is apparent and that really eats up into the comfort quotient.

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

Front Brakes(in.)

12.6

12.2

12.2

12.2

Rear Brakes(in.)

13.0

12.8

12.1

12.8

Curb Weight(lbs)

4445

4109

4441

5800

60-0 mph(ft.)

128

126

127

139

In terms of braking, the lighter trucks in this segment only slightly exceed the Honda Ridgeline. Even though the Chevrolet Colorado has RWD, it can still stop better than the Ridgeline, thanks to the modular GMT 31XX chassis that utilizes better weight distribution. The heavyweight GMC Canyon ends up at the bottom for the same reason. It is way too heavy to stop promptly.

How well does the Honda Ridgeline handle?

The steering of the Honda Ridgeline feels exacting and sharp. For a pickup truck, it seems to handle more like a large crossover. Thanks to its tight body design, there is minimal roll along the corners. The Ridgeline feels planted and well-balanced even as you start to pick up some speed. With the FWD version, you may struggle to grip a windy road down a mountain, but the AWD system with torque vectoring grants it a lot of traction. Combine that with a compact Crew Cab size and this is the perfect truck blended for urban driving.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab with silver skidplates enhances the truck segment.

Since the rear axle is not solid, the ride quality suffers a bit. A multi-link rear suspension does its best to keep things composed, but a rough tarmac can be felt much easier than any Ford or Chevy truck. The engine at a manageable level. The use of acoustic glass on the windows further minimize the road noise. All in all, the unibody design helps the case- it adds to the comfort of the truck by minimizing body roll. It also reduces the overall weight of the vehicle that, in turn, makes it feel way less lethargic than some of its competitors.

Can the Honda Ridgeline go Off-Road and what are its towing capabilities?

The AWD system utilizes Honda’s intelligent Variable Traction Management(i-VTM) technology. This grants the Ridgeline the ability to tackle muddy, snowy, and wet roads conditions. Still, this truck is not suitable to go exploring trails out in the wild. There is not a low-range gearbox or a solid rear axle to make this pickup get over steep terrain. The low ride height is another reason why you would get damage to the underbelly if you encounter rough terrain on your expeditions.

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

Towing Capacity(lbs.)

5000

7000

7500

7000

The lack of power means that the Honda Ridgeline is not that much good towing heavy caravans, either. It is something the dealer would make it extremely clear to you when you go for a test drive at the showroom. With a towing capacity rated at 5000 lbs, it performs way behind the GMCs and Chevrolets of its class. The Ford Ranger has the best towing capacity, in spite of the smallest engine, thanks to its excellent turbocharging technology and a robust 10-speed SelectsShift transmission. The low toeing capacity of the Ridgeline can also be blamed on its unibody construction.

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Its size doesn’t let the Honda Ridgeline fall behind for fuel economy. With AWD, the truck can manage a respectable 21 miles per gallon of fuel. The FWD variant does even better with 22 mpg combined. Credit goes to direct injection and cylinder deactivation that do their part for the impressive numbers. The numbers have been further divided- the Ridgeline manages 19 MPG at city speeds and 24 at highway speeds with the AWD drivetrain. 

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

MPG(City)

19

17

20

17

MPG(Highway)

24

24

24

24

MPG(Combined)

21

19

22

19

Fuel Tank Capacity(gal.)

19.5

21.0

18.0

21.0

Range(city/highway/combined) (miles)

370/468/410

357/504/399 360/432/296 357/504/399

Even with a smaller 19.5-gallon fuel tank, the Ridgeline can go 410 miles when it finally needs a refill. It beats almost all other mid-sized pickups for their fuel economy, except for the Ford Ranger. This one uses an EcoBoost engine that delivers more miles per gallon of fuel. The 2020 Ford Ranger delivers a segment-leading combined mpg figure of 22. However, its smaller gas tank limits the driving range.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior

9.0/10

Seated inside the Honda Ridgeline, you might get flashbacks of the Pilot if you have driven the crossover before. The interior is cavernous and there is plenty of legroom in the back even with taller passengers seated upfront. One of the major problems we had with the predecessor was a restrictive rear door opening that made it difficult to ingress/egress the vehicle for the rear passengers. Thankfully, the 2020 update finally fixes the problem.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab offer lumbar power adjustment in the front seats.

Aside from a few panel gaps, the Honda Ridgeline's interior is very well organized. Build quality is exactly what you expect from Honda. Even the cloth upholstery is put together with immaculate attention-to-detail. The RTL trim gets you leather interior, adding even more to the aesthetics of the cabin. At the top of the hill sits the Black Edition. This trim gets custom upholstery and special red interior ambient lighting, giving a little more character to the truck. You also get a sliding rear window that allows the cabin to feel more airy and open.

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.8/56.7/43.1

41.4/57.5/45.0

Second Room(Head/Shoulder/Leg)(in.)

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.3/56.2/35.8

As for the competition, their large size gives them more headroom in the front. Yet, the rear passenger space is cramped since the Honda Ridgeline has no rear solid axle. This allows for more space at the front of the bed. The GMC Canyon is a larger truck in general, which accounts for its excess space. Even so, none of the American pickups can match the Ridgeline for its comfort and interior quality.

How good is the infotainment system on the Honda Ridgeline?

A new upgraded 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display inhabits the front dash. It supports smartphone integration through both Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Navigation and multimedia control is much better when you pair your smartphone with the system. However, Honda’s satellite-based navigation system is a good alternative. When compared to Google Maps that you might use through your smartphone, the stock navigation takes much longer to decide on routes and the traffic data is usually not up to speed. Both the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay make it easier for the user to access their mobile phones via driving. This can be used for various other tasks apart from using the navigation. 

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline features an 8-inch infotainment screen.

The Honda Ridgeline also offers voice commands. However, the system understands only basic commands. You can long-press the voice command button to activate your phone's voice assistant. Probably the biggest let down of the infotainment system is the lack of a physical volume knob. If you are wearing gloves, it makes it impossible to change the volume without taking the gloves off. Having said that, the Ridgeline does have a trick up its sleeve in the infotainment department. It can be opted with speakers in the bed. Tailgate parties are on!! In addition to this, the system uses actuators to vibrate the whole bed turning it into one large speaker.

Some of the most notable infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Navigation
  • AUX Cable Input
  • In-Bed Audio System
  • HondaLink Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • Dual USB Smart Charging Ports

How much can the Honda Ridgeline carry?

Besides the cargo bed, there are two other cargo spaces that can be used to store substantial luggage. A 7.3 cubic feet storage is present inside the bed. It is waterproof, so you can store your clean clothes when out on a trip. The tailgate opens two-way, making it easier to load both wide and taller items in. A second compartment behind the rear seats offers another 2.9 cubic feet of storage.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Has underfloor storage that can double up storage.

The bed is rated to hold more than 1500 lbs of cargo, which is good enough for its class. Inside the cabin, there are several smartly-placed storage compartments, which means you have space for essentials like wallets or purses. A slide-open pocket in the center of the console allows for even more storage space. All cupholders can hold beverages of all sizes, not letting you worry the next time you turn up at the drive-thru during your weekend trip. 

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

Storage Volume with all seats upright(ft.3)

10.2

N/A

7.5

N/A

Payload Capacity(lbs.)

1569

1578

1560

1590

When compared to the rivals, the Ridgeline does better in terms of the cargo area. However, it falls slightly behind in terms of payload capacity. Having said that, the Ridgeline comes with a dent-resistant bed which means that the chances of it getting a dent are much lower. In addition to that, the Ridgeline also offers a lower load height when compared to the rivals that make it easier to load heavy stuff into the bed.

What to expect inside the Honda Ridgeline?

  • 3- zone climate control
  • Front Seatback Storage
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Front And Rear Cupholders
  • Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror
  • Universal Remote Transmitter (For Garage Door, Security System, Etc.)
  • Interior Air Filtration    

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2020 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Honda Ridgeline, head-on comparison.

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

8.0/10

On the outside, Honda has played it safe with the overall design of the Ridgeline. There is not a difference in the front when compared to a Pilot. That doesn’t mean it is not fit for an urban environment. The sleek LED headlamps and subtle foglights add to both the form and function of the truck. The exterior design is comparatively bland. Even with the Adventure Package, the Ridgeline doesn’t look like a tough off-roader.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab looks simple from either sides.

From the front, the Ridgeline gives the look of a crossover- the Honda Pilot in particular. The rounded design and sloping hood make it look like a family hauler. All trims ride on 18-inch wheels that differ only in alloy and finish when it comes to options. The color options are severely limited, which is a disappointment since the Ridgeline can look really beautiful in shades of cyan and red. Features like roof rails, hard truck bed cover, black fender flares, and splash guards are all parts of additional packages.

Model

Honda Ridgeline RTL 

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

Ford Ranger LARIAT Crew Cab

GMC Canyon SLT Crew Cab

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4255

4477

4441

5800

Length(in.)

210.0

212.7

210.8

212.4

Width(in.)

78.6

74.3

73.3

74.3

Height(in.)

70.8

70.7

71.8

70.7

Ground Clearance(in.)

7.92

8.30

8.90

8.30

Wheelbase(in.)

125.2

128.3

126.8

128.3

Track Width(in.) F/R

66.1/66.0

62.4/65.9

61.4/61.4

62.4/62.4

Compared to other mid-sized crew cab pickups in the segment, the Honda Ridgeline is quite compact in its dimensions. It keeps up with the city-friendly design of the truck. It is still wide enough to completely cover a whole lane but the Ridgeline sits really close to the ground. Combine that with a short wheelbase and you have the right truck that you would easily park in any lot closest to your local Walmart. The Ridgeline also has a lower ground clearance than the competitors which leads to limited off-roading capabilities.

The Honda Ridgeline offers a dual-action tailgate that can be opened like a conventional tailgate or from the side.

The Honda Ridgeline has quite a few party tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the bed. First up, it has the underfloor storage bin. Yes, a lot of trucks offer the same however, Honda was the first to do so with the 1st generation of the Ridgeline (the underfloor storage area also houses the spare wheel). In addition to that, the underfloor storage area can be used as a drink cooler!!! And once all your ice melts into water, the bin also has a drain plug. However, the quirks and features of the bed don't end. The Ridgeline also has a twin opening tailgate- it can open like a conventional tailgate and it can also open sideways making it easier to access the contents in the bed.

The power outlet in the bed can be had with 140-Watt and 400-Watt options

The truck bed of the Ridgeline also has an inbuilt speaker and a power outlet that can be even be used for power tools. The power outlet is offered in the RTL-E and Black Edition trim and the buyers have a choice between a 150-Watt system and a 400-Watt system. The 150 Watt system can be used while the vehicle is in "accessory" mode whereas you need to switch on the truck in order to use the power-intensive 400 Watt outlet.

The towing performance of Chevy Colorado is the best largely due to its weight. It is also a rather long and wide mid-sized pickup, which makes it the biggest in this section. The Ford Ranger is quite heavy, yet it keeps its weight closer to the chassis, making it much better for off-roading or hauling cargo. The GMC Canyon lives up to its namesake with its weight, too.

The Honda Ridgeline has a few exterior features that aid with its overall form and functionality. These include:

  • Dual-Action Tailgate
  • In-Bed Cargo Dividers
  • Illuminated Door Sill Trim
  • Black Running Boards
  • Available power outlet in the bed
  • Available Bed Extender And Cargo Nets

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab Exterior

2020 Honda Ridgeline Safety

8.0/10

Honda is keen on making the Ridgeline as safe as possible. The decision to use a unibody construction not only gives this truck its handling characteristics but also adds additional strength to the pickup. The Honda Ridgeline has been tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS, receiving excellent ratings from both organizations. It has even earned the Top Safety Pick award for the latter, with high praise to the truck’s crashworthiness and an excellent collision avoidance system.

In terms of safety features, Honda Safety Sense is now standard for the Ridgeline pickup. Front collision mitigation and automated emergency come by default with the base trim levels. Upper trims grant you more advanced features like Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring, making the Ridgeline safer in heavy traffic. The standard safety features on offer in the Honda Ridgeline earn it a ‘Superior’ rating. Utilizing the systems, the truck was able to avoid a collision at speeds up to 25 mph.

What safety features does the Honda Ridgeline offer?

  • Electronic Stability Control(ESC) with Roll Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual-Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Airbags
  • HondaLink Emergency SOS
  • Lane Departure Warning And Lane Keep Assist
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual-stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Honda Sense Front Collision Warning with Automated Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Sensors
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts
  • Back-Up Camera with Cross-Traffic Assist

2020 Honda Ridgeline Competition

9.0/10

Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Chevrolet’s famed mid-sized pickup is known for the capabilities its powerful V6 engine grants it. It is a humungous beast but its drivetrain does a good job of getting it around and over any obstacles that get in its way. The Z71 package adds in a nice assortment of features that make Colorado a truck much better suited for off-road scenarios. However, it is not nearly as comfortable or as high-tech as the Ridgeline. If you are not much of adventurer, the Honda Ridgeline is the perfect fit for all your urban needs.

Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Ranger

2020 Ford Ranger

A smaller sibling of the best-selling truck in the United States, the Ford Ranger offers a lot in a compact package. It has more power and better gas mileage than the Ridgeline, with a much more confident tone of “Let’s go off the beaten track!” Moreover, for the price of a Ridgeline RTL, you can get the LARIAT trim that has more premium features as standard. If it wasn’t for Honda’s quality and advanced technology, the Ford Ranger would have been a clear winner. Not to mention the slick transmission that is much more engaging than the annoying selector switch of the Ridgeline.

Honda Ridgeline vs. GMC Canyon

2020 GMC Canyon

The Canyon is a work truck, plain and simple. It still doesn’t offer push-button start even if you have an upper-level trim like the SLT. In stark contrast to the roomy and well-built interior of the Ridgeline, the Canyon is rudimentary and a bit cramped. Sure, there is a great finish of the leather upholstery and the controls are much more convenient for all of us who are not used to scroll through a ton of screens just to change the A/C temperature. Still, it is not a truck that you would be comfortable in for an extended period of time. This is where the Honda Ridgeline shines brighter.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict

8.5/10

The Honda Ridgeline was never a good off-roader. With the latest redesign, Honda seems to keep it that way. That being said, it is a comfortable high-tech vehicle with plenty of room for five passengers. If you don’t mind sticking to the tarmac, it is a great choice for an urban pickup. Now that a hybrid version is also in the works, perhaps the performance and towing capacity will be upgraded as well.

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2020 Honda Ridgeline FAQs

Are Honda Ridgeline trucks good?

Yes, as an overall package, the Ridgeline offers plenty of features as standard including a ton of safety equipment. In addition to that, the V6 motor offers just the right amount of punch to get you out of tricky off-road situations. Even in terms of interior features and space, the Ridgeline is a step above the competition.

Is Honda Ridgeline worth the money?

At $33,900, the Ridgeline is not cheap by any standards. However, for the money, it offers plenty of goodies. In addition to that, the competition like the Ford Ranger also cost the same if not more.

Is the Honda Ridgeline 4 Wheel Drive?

No, the Ridgeline is offered in an AWD (all-wheel drive) configuration but Honda does not offer a 4WD option yet. Click here to understand the difference between AWD and 4WD.

Are Honda ridgelines good in snow?

The Ridgeline is offered with an AWD drivetrain that makes it easier to get out of tricky and slippery snow. In addition to that, the Ridgeline also gets other features such as remote start that allows you to heat up the engine by remotely starting the vehicle through the key fob.

What should I pay for a Honda Ridgeline?

The Honda Ridgeline has a base MSRP of $33,00 throughout the States. Click here to get more in-depth knowledge of the Ridgeline's pricing.
 

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Kevin D. Ellsworth

2020 Honda Ridgeline

Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

I've a blacked edition truck

Pros - Classy red black comfortable seats, blacked out exteriors, bed audio system

Cons - Powerband, Should have had a rear dvd system

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Don't want to tell but I think it would be injustice to all the people who are planning to buy it and just getting one last piece of info from other users and their experiences. The power band is not the best I've had in a car and one needs to have significantly heavy foot to get going. Not sure if this is a bad thing but didn't have this in my previous truck.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

ND

Nelson A. Dawson

2020 Honda Ridgeline

RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

Bang for buck

Pros - Safe to drive, low maintenance cost, steering controls setup

Cons - Awkward center screen positioning & size of moonroof

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

This is my first truck and it never felt like one. A lot of pointers on driving trucks from experienced drivers, it never seemed like a big hefty vehicle where I started to go off the note on what to do. Visibility is decent and so are the driver assisted features and scratching off the kerb where you don't even know it is not a thing for Ridgeline. On top of all this, maintenance cost is more like small cars and that has encouraged us to drive it even more

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

TK

Thomas D. Krebs

2020 Honda Ridgeline

RTL 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

A better deal!

Pros - Push button transmission, two way opening tailgate, lockable bed trunk

Cons - Ground clearance, size of buttons on hvac panel, mpg

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

With a lot of emphasis on easy driving, the size of Ridgeline never creeps up when behind the wheel. This is the first time I've been driving a truck with push-button transmission and it works like a charm particularly for reverse. Not the best truck to take off the asphalt into the wilderness because of its ground clearance. Not an issue for me though since I mostly drive on highways.

10/10
Features
9/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Top User Reviews

9

User Overall Rating

I've a blacked edition truck

Don't want to tell but I think it would be injustice to all the people who are planning to buy it and just getting one last piece of info from other users and their experiences. The power band is not the best I've had in a car and one needs to have significantly heavy foot to get going. Not sure if this is a bad thing but didn't have this in my previous truck.

by Kevin D. Ellsworth

10

User Overall Rating

Bang for buck

This is my first truck and it never felt like one. A lot of pointers on driving trucks from experienced drivers, it never seemed like a big hefty vehicle where I started to go off the note on what to do. Visibility is decent and so are the driver assisted features and scratching off the kerb where you don't even know it is not a thing for Ridgeline. On top of all this, maintenance cost is more lik...

by Nelson A. Dawson

9

User Overall Rating

A better deal!

With a lot of emphasis on easy driving, the size of Ridgeline never creeps up when behind the wheel. This is the first time I've been driving a truck with push-button transmission and it works like a charm particularly for reverse. Not the best truck to take off the asphalt into the wilderness because of its ground clearance. Not an issue for me though since I mostly drive on highways.

by Thomas D. Krebs

9

User Overall Rating

Not practical but active

Doesn't look like it will have this much decent power under the hood which is transferred to the wheel depending on the driving mode you're in. Throttle mapping and shifts are manipulated automatically without having a driver do much except enjoy the music and control the steering wheel

by Martin M. Worthy

10

User Overall Rating

Sports Ridgeline 2020, a trustworthy driver

A truck that is always up for adventure, daily commuting, leisure driving along with those quick runs to supermarts. We don't tow much but have been using every single inch of that bed for stuff which wouldn't fit in our other car. All this works pretty fine for me

by Raymond B. Simmons

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