2021 Honda Ridgeline

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 12, 2020


Walter White was one hell of a gangster. Smart, sensible, sassy, and above all, truly useful. However, do you think that even Walter White would have been able to survive in the Sons of Anarchy backdrop amidst all that outlaw stuff, and knife fights, and street repo? Well even if he could have, it surely didn't seem so by the looks of Mr. White. However, that was before the Heisenberg avatar kicked in. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline gets several notable changes along with a refreshed exterior for 2021.

Something similar has happened with the Honda Ridgeline in 2021, as this pickup has gone bald (we mean, Heisenberg style). Just like Mr. White, the Honda Ridgeline has always made up for a smart and sensible choice in the mid-size pickup truck segment, yet it never emitted that OG vibe. Well, that's a thing of the past now, as the all-new 2021 Honda Ridgeline is back at the scene, in a more macho, amped-up, and trucked-up style.


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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?

Refreshed exteriors

Amped-up interiors


2021 Honda Ridgeline Latest Update

Pictures & Videos

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Styles

2021 Honda Ridgeline in Deep Scarlet Pearl color
Deep Scarlet Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.2

Engine And Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.9

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.5

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.0

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 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

2021 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

2021 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

2021 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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Honda has always made its way to the top by being amongst the most desirable and high-output automobile makers in the market. Since the beginning, Honda has been bestowed with many awards for its outstanding work. In the pick-up truck segment, Honda only manufactures two vehicles- The Honda Ridgeline and The Honda Acty mini-truck. 

Speaking of the Honda Ridgeline, the pickup truck is all-new for the model year 2021, flaunting a refreshed fascia, spruced-up cabin, better tech, and all in all, has become an even more well-rounded package. Honda Ridgeline comes only in Crew Cab configuration. Even while facing a low market share in the starting years, it has managed to be in the spotlight by working on its performance, looks, and comfort. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline will reach the dealerships in the first quarter of 2021.

The 2021 Ridgeline will reach Honda dealerships across the nation in the first quarter of 2021. Though there have been no official subtleties about the price of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, we expect it to come at a starting price close to the $35,000 mark. With a segment dominated by the American giants such as the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon, will the new Ridgeline be able to make a difference? Scroll down to find out. 


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The 2021 Honda Ridgeline's front fascia is where most of the changes have occurred..
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets a slightly restyled rear bumper

8.2/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.9/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2021 Honda Ridgeline Features

8.2/10

The Honda Ridgeline is all-new for the model year 2021, yet what hasn't changed is the trim lineup. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline limited its trim levels and the 2021 model is expected to follow the same path, with just 4 trims on offer. 

The prices of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline are expected to start at $35,000.

Though no official details are present as of now regarding the price of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, it is expected to come at a starting price close to $35,000, and go all the way close to $44,000 for the top of the line Black Edition model. 

Model Sport RTL RTL-E Black Edition
MSRP $35,000 (expected) $38,000 (expected) $44,000 (expected) $45,000 (expected)
Key Features Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control Adds to Sports features: Adds to RTL Features: Adds to RTL-E features:
  18-inch Alloy Wheel One-Touch Power Moon roof Blind-Spot Monitoring System Red Ambient Interior Lighting
  In-Bed Trunk Heavy-Duty Transmission Cooler Intelligent Variable Torque Management Exclusive Leather Upholstery
  Cruise control Acoustic Windshield Premium Sound System 18-inch black alloy wheels
  Wireless phone connectivity Remote engine start Navigation system Black edition exterior trim
  7-speaker audio system Illuminated locking glove box Memory setting  

The Sport trim stands at $33,900 with some impressive features for a base trim. The vehicle offers great comfort and a wonderful ride even at a low price. Some of the key features include a 7-speaker audio system, 18-inch alloy wheels, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

The RTL which starts at $36,670 is even considered as the most attractive trim amongst all. Besides the leather-covered steering wheel, the RTS even offers an acoustic windshield, one-touch power moonroof, and an illuminated glove box.

The RTL-E comes with more added convenience features which include a premium sound system, a navigation system, a truck-bed audio system, and SiriusXM Radio. The RTL-E trim comes at a price of $42,020 with assured entertainment.

The Black Edition Red is one the most dazzling Ridgeline trim with luxury and comfort. While the RTL-E and Black Edition offer similar features, the Black Edition offers red ambient lighting, 18-inch black alloy wheels, and an exclusive blacked-out exterior.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

In terms of reliability, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline is rated 3.5 out of five by the J.D Reports which is rather moderate, below is a breakdown of this score:

  • Quality & Reliability- 81/100
  • Driving Experience- 79/100
  • Resale- 87/100
  • Dealership Experience- 74/100

Though the J.D.Power Score of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline may not come out as straightaway impressive, the customer feedback tells a different tale with a positive and excellent reliability rating. To maintain its position as a reliable vehicle, the Ridgeline comes with an amazing list of safety features and good visibility feedback. Also, Honda has always delivered its vehicles with a strong body frame as well as a high-performance powertrain.

Year

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Tax Credit

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Insurance

$801

$829

$858

$888

$919

$4,295

Maintenance

$171

$660

$397

$2,235

$1,543

$5,006

Repairs

$0

$0

$101

$239

$350

$690

Taxes & Fees

$1,919

$111

$111

$111

$111

$2,363

Financing

$2,043

$1,642

$1,216

$761

$275

$5,937

Depreciation

$4,459

$2,860

$2,708

$3,176

$3,008

$16,211

Fuel

$1,656

$1,706

$1,757

$1,810

$1,864

$8,793

Cost of Ownership

$11,049

$7,808

$7,148

$9,220

$8,070

$43,295

Speaking of the maintenance cost of the Honda Ridgeline, well this is a facet, where the Japanese auto-marques outshine the homebred American brands. With an ownership cost of $43,295, over a period of 5 years, the Ridgeline comes with a nominal cost. This amount includes a number of costs such as insurance, taxes and dealership charges, depreciation, repairs, fuel, financing, etc.

Honda Ridgeline has proved itself to be a reliable vehicle with a standard maintenance cost. The amazing thing about a Honda Vehicle is that they come with quality, assured safety, and predictable driving.

Warranty

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets a decent warranty package with a duration of 5 years and an unlimited warranty period for corrosion and roadside assistance for a period of 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever is earlier. No complimentary scheduled maintenance is offered which is a very common occurrence in this class.

Criteria

Period

Limited Warranty

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

Powertrain Warranty

5 years/ 60,000 miles; whichever is earlier

24-Hour Roadside Assistance

3 years/ 36,000 miles; whichever is earlier

For a more assured experience, a drivetrain warranty and 24-hours roadside assistance are offered as valid for a period of 3 years or 36000 miles. The Ridgeline comes with a similar warranty package as its rivals.

Miles per Dollar

While driving 15,000 miles in a year at a combined mpg of 21mpg, the Ridgeline is expected to have a fuel cost of $1,458 per annum which is not the lowest in the class as the Ford Ranger offers a slightly better fuel mileage. The Ridgeline manages to outshine other rivals with its performance.


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2021 Honda Ridgeline Buying Advice

Although all the trims on offer stand as very reasonable options in their own terms, the RTL has more to offer at a comparatively low price and most of the packages and features are available with it, so anyone looking for a few add-ons and a little bit of customization gets a good deal.

Is buying a used Honda Ridgeline a good idea?

It is always a sensible decision to buy a used car, as it saves you a lot of money while giving you a larger selection of options within your price range. Moreover, when you buy a used car, you do not take a hit on the depreciation factor.

According to many reports, the Honda Ridgeline is expected to retain 64.3% of its original value after 3 years and 48.1% after 5 years which is actually good, and with that, the Ridgeline is counted amongst the group of pick-up trucks with the most resale value. With the trust in Honda, we can surely say that with the strong chassis and powerful engine, the beast would perform perfectly fine even after multiple years of rough rides. 

In case you are looking to buy a used Honda Ridgeline, we recommend you go for the 2016-17 model. The reason being, the Ridgeline received its last major overhaul in the year 2016, so you can score yourself a good deal that can save you quite a few bucks, without making you compromise on the available features. 


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2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance

7.9/10

When we say that the Honda Ridgeline has reintroduced itself to the market of pickups, we mean totally cosmetically. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline does not get any changes underneath the hood.

Yes, you read that right. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets a powerful 3.5L V6 engine that has the capability to give up to 280 horsepower and 262lb-ft of torque. The mechanical configuration of the 2021 Ridgeline and the power figures are exactly the same as its predecessor.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets the same 3.5L V6 engine as its predecessor.

The 3.5L V6 engine of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is further mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Though the gearbox happens to be pretty smooth, sharp, and precise, yet the only downside happens to be the fact that this is the only available transmission setup here. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline does not get any other transmission options. 

However, it's not all "cut-copy-paste" when it comes to the mechanicals of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. What happens to be a welcome change in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the availability of  Honda’s intelligent Variable Traction Management (i-VTM4) torque-vectoring AWD drivetrain. This torque-vectoring AWD drivetrain is offered as optional on the lower trims (Sport and RTL) and as standard in the top trims (RTL-E and Black Edition). 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets Honda’s intelligent Variable Traction Management AWD.

This setup can route up to 70% of the available 262 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels and apportions 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels, depending on the driving conditions laid out at each wheel. 

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

MSRP

$35,000 (expected)

$34,995

$36,390

$36,995

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L EcoBoost Inline Four-Cylinder

3.6L V6

Drivetrain

FWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

308 hp @ 6,800 rpm

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

308 hp @ 6,800 rpm

Torque

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Although the Ridgeline offers a fun ride, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon provide a stronger engine and better performance. To stand strong in the competition the Ford Ranger comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission that is mated to a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-pot engine. Though the Ford Ranger gets the smallest engine block in this comparison, yet churns out pretty impressive power figures. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Acceleration and Braking Performance

If you are looking for a speedy monster then the Ridgeline might not satisfy you as it has turned out to be the slowest truck in its class. Although the speed is sufficient for a pick-up truck, however, a faster vehicle is always appreciated. 

Though there have been no official details about how well the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will be able to accelerate. However, since there are no mechanical changes taking place, we expect the new model to be just as fast as the 2020 model. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds - the same as the 2020 model, while the quarter-mile is achieved in  15.6 seconds, at a speed of 88 mph. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets 12.6-inch front brake rotors and 13.0-inchers towards the back. Due to its bigger brakes and lower curb weight, the braking system feels finer than the others in this class. The braking setup can decelerate the 2021 Honda Ridgeline from 60-0 mph in a distance of 128 feet. 

Besides, Honda has equipped the Ridgeline with ventilated disc brakes with ABS and EBS. Though the braking system of the 2021 Ridgeline remains the same as the 2020 model, it would be able to give tough competition to other 2021 pick-up trucks.

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

0-60 

7.2 seconds

6.1 seconds

7.0 seconds

6.3 seconds

Quarter-Mile 

15.6 seconds

14.8 seconds

14.7 seconds

14.9 seconds

Top Speed 

130 MPH

125 MPH

N/A

130 MPH

60-0 

128 feet

126 feet

127 feet

139 feet

Chevrolet Colorado Z71 proves to be the fastest in terms of acceleration and consists of a great braking system. On the other hand, the Ford Ranger steals the show in the quarter-mile fixture, all credits to its Ecoboost engine doing the wizardry at higher rpms. The Honda Ridgeline's acceleration figures feel lackluster when compared to its rivals. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Towing and Payload Capacity

When it comes to pickup trucks, the towing and payload capacities matter a lot more than the sprinting capabilities. Speaking of the new Ridgeline, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline offers a standard towing capacity of 5000 pounds, which isn't really an impressive figure. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets a payload capacity of 1580 lbs.

The lack of power means that the Honda Ridgeline is not that much good at 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. Furthermore, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets a 5.4-inch bed that offers a payload capacity of 1580-pounds. 

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

Towing Capacity

5000 lbs.

5000 lbs. 

7500 lbs.  5000 lbs. 

Payload Capacity 

1580 lbs. 

1492 lbs. 1770 lbs. 

1492 lbs. 

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.


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2021 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Fuel mileage is an important aspect of a pick-up truck. Although there are no confirmed reports on the mileage of the 2021 model, yet since the new model carries the same powertrain as its predecessor, it is expected to deliver similar fuel-efficiency figures as the 2020 model

Following this development, we can say that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will be able to roll for 19 miles in the city or coast through 24 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline you feed it. Furthermore, the Ridgeline comes with a maximum fuel capacity of 19.5 gallons, which happens to be pretty smart, and can secrete up to 370 miles of range in the city or 468 miles on the highway, before finally coming to a refill stop at a gas station. 

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

MPG (City)

19

17

21

17

MPG (Highway)

24

24

26

24

MPG (Combined)

21

19

23

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

19.5

21 

18 

21 

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

370/468/410

357/504/399 

378/468/414

357/504/399

When it comes to the fuel-efficiency of the pickup trucks of this segment, the mpg figures are indirectly proportionate to the particular truck's power figures. The Ford Ranger, being the least powerful truck here with the smallest engine, churns out the best in class mpg figures. The Ridgeline follows the suit, giving a similar mileage output as well as fuel range.

The Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, which happen to be the most powerful trucks of this segment fall behind with a combined mpg figure of 18. However, in order to compensate for these meeker figures, both these trucks get the most cavernous fuel tanks, capable of stowing up to 21 gallons of fuel. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Interior

8.9/10

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has gone all robust for the model year 2021, but what comes as delight is the fact that the folks at Honda have not fiddled with the aspect that has been earning the Ridgeline all the laurels - the interiors. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets more or less the same cabin as its predecessor, with minor touches here and there.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline remains mostly unchanged from the inside, which means that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline's cabin, just like its predecessor, reflects utility, quality, and comfort. Though we are not saying that the designers have saved the efforts and have not revamped the interiors at all. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline's cabin is similar to the previous design but definitely feels much more premium and spruced up for the model year 2021. For the model year 2021, the Honda Ridgeline adds a number of artistic touches inside the cabin. These tweaks include new cloth seat inserts in the Sport trim. Apart from this, all the trims of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline get new contrast stitching on the seats, and Sport, RTL, and RTL-E trims have new accents on the dash, steering wheel, and center console.

2021 Honda Ridgeline can easily accommodate up to 5 passengers with the utmost ease. 

The major USP that the Ridgeline had over its rivals was the fact that this pickup did not compromise on comfort for the sake of a rugged and utilitarian feel. While the cabin of all the other pickup trucks of this segment is characterized by hard-touch plastics and rugged-looking upholstery, the Ridgeline still gives you a warm welcome with a comfortable seating arrangement for 5 and cabin covered mostly in soft and plush material. 

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.8/56.7/43.1

41.4/57.5/45.0

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.3/56.2/35.8

The front seats of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline are electronically adjustable and feel more comfortable with under-thigh support whereas the rear seats offer the most space in the class. The texture, material, and minute detailing work add to the look of the cabin. 

Compared to its rivals, the Honda Ridgeline feels a lot more premium on the inside. 

Inside the cabin, sufficient-sized cup holders and other storage spaces are provided for daily-use products. Coming to the most important part, the Ridgeline comes with 41.4 cubic feet of truck bed cargo capacity and 7.3 cubic feet of lockable in-bed trunk volume making it a strong contender for the spot of the highest amount of space on offer, amongst its rivals.

How’s the 2021 Honda Ridgeline’s infotainment system?

Well, as we discussed above, the folks at Honda have more or less retained the same interior design for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Yet, being inside the new model feels a lot more intriguing and joyful. So what really makes the difference here? Well, its the infotainment arrangement of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. 

Now you can adjust the volume with your gloves on, all credits to the newly-introduced volume knob.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline’s infotainment duties will be carried out by the same 8-inch touchscreen panel as the 2020 Ridgeline. However, these 8-inches of digital wizardry now feel and look a lot more premium as the 2021 Honda Ridgeline receives an updated Display Audio system. 

This upgrade encompasses various facets of the new Ridgeline's infotainment forte. With the advent of crisp new graphics, easier-to-use touchscreen icons, and finally a physical volume knob, the Honda 2021 Honda Ridgeline hits it right on the spot on the tech front. 

With a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, SiriusXM, Bluetooth Connectivity, HondaLink connectivity, and a premium sound system in some trims, the truck is hard to beat in this segment. What's more? The Ridgeline does have another 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 prominent infotainment features of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline are:

  • 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
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Voice Control

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2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab front seats
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab front seats
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab front seats
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab rear seats
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab rear seats
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab steering wheel
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab sunroof

2021 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

7.0/10

The Honda Ridgeline is undoubtedly a great option in the mid-size pickup truck segment, it always has been. However, despite that, the truck has not been able to collect many feathers into its hat, all blame on to the humble and "guy-next-door" looks of the Ridgeline. 

Like obviously we all want a pickup truck that can look the part, and post an imposing statement. The Ridgeline looks like a Honda Passport, with an extended bed. Place the Ridgeline amidst a heard of rivals such as the Canyon, or the Ranger, and it seems like they'll snack upon the Ridgeline. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline looks a lot more macho and imposing. 

However, all this has now changed! Yes, the Honda Ridgeline has notched its belt for the model year 2021. The facelift brings along a couple of cosmetic changes, and finally "trucks-up" the Ridgeline. 

Starting up front, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline flaunts all-new sheet metal from the front roof pillars forward. The truck has also received a number of styling upgrades that include a new hood, new front fenders, a more upright grille, updated LED headlights, a new front bumper, and broader side vents. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets dual exhaust tips.

Few more attentive stares, and what will catch your eye is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline's front fascia, which is characterized by a crossbar that connects the headlight lenses. Well, it's not all form over function here, for the new Ridgeline. The new-gen Ridgeline also gets new side vents on the front bumper. These vents have been made broad enough to route air through the bumper, creating air curtains for improved aerodynamics (sassy move, Honda!)

Coming to the rear-end, well folks at Honda have more or less retained the rear fascia of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline. However, the rear bumper has received a slight restyling in order to draw your attention to the two large exhaust pipes.

Models

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado (Z71)

2021 Ford Ranger (Lariat)

2021 GMC Canyon (Elevation)

Curb Weight (lbs)

N/A

4,477

4232

3,943

Length (inches)

N/A

212.7

210.8

212.4

Width (inches)

N/A

74.3

73.3

74.3

Height (inches)

N/A

70.7

71.1

70.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

8.30

8.4

8.3

Wheelbase (inches)

N/A

128.3

126.8

128.3

Apart from these maquillage enhancements, the all-new 2021 Honda Ridgeline also flaunts new kicks. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets new 18-inch wheels as standard. These new wheels increase the new Ridgeline's track width by a total of 20 mm over the preceding gen, thus lending the pickup truck a broader and more planted stance. Furthermore, these 18-inch wheels have been slapped upon by all-season donuts with a new, more aggressive sidewall and shoulder design. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets 18-inch wheels as standard.

There are a number of enhancements that the new Ridgeline boasts, and being honest, the folks at Honda have indeed taken the feedback quite seriously and have really stepped up their design game with the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. However, if all these changes are still not chic enough for you, Honda further strengthens its case with the new package on offer. 

The HPD Package loads the 2021 Ridgeline with bronze wheels, a unique grille, black fender flares, and HPD graphics.

For the model year 2021, Honda has introduced a special package for the Ridgeline, going by the name Honda Performance Development package. This bundle adds a number of goodies to the Ridgeline, the most prominent of which happens to be bronze wheels, a unique grille, black fender flares, and HPD (Honda Performance Development) graphics. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab three quarter view
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab front view
2021 Honda Ridgeline basic Crew Cab front view
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2021 Honda Ridgeline Safety

8.5/10

Honda carries its image in every vehicle it manufactures, which is an assurance of high-class quality and safety. The NHTSA awarded the 2020 Honda Ridgeline with a 5-star Overall Safety Rating and the IIHS recognized it as the top safety pick. 

Yes, the Ridgeline is getting some major updates for the model year 2021, however, these updates are merely limited to the look and feel of this pickup. Since the facelift does not introduce any structural changes, we expect the 2021 Honda Ridgeline to fare similarly on the safety front as its predecessor. The 2021 Ridgeline gets Honda Safety Sense as standard. Honda Safety Sense is an array of driver-assist highlights that offer Front collision mitigation and automated emergency as standard.

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline scored a 5-star overall safety rating. The 2021 model is expected to fare similarly.

Elevate to the upper trims and the list of driver-assist features gets lengthier with more advanced highlights such as Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring, making the Ridgeline safer in heavy traffic. 

Apart from these, some of the prominent safety features that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets as standard include:

  • 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

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Competition

9.0/10

2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Chevrolet Colorado is a high-class powerful pick-up truck; it offers a better powertrain as well as a more predictable driving experience. On the opposite side is the Ridgeline with a spacious comfortable interior and an impressive fuel mileage.

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71

Even though the Ridgeline offers greater reliability and a long list of safety features, Colorado manages to perform better in most of the segments that a pickup truck shopper will be concerned with. Be it the towing or payload capabilities, or the potency to go the unpaved way, Colorado is more of a pickup truck than the Ridgeline. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline vs 2021 Ford Ranger Ranger 

Ford Ranger stands as a better performer in terms of speed as well as handling with a greater level of predictability. With a better fuel mileage and ride quality, the Ranger proves itself as a stronger pick-up truck whereas the Ridgeline has upgraded tech features, utility, comfort, and style making it a more practical choice as the performance is also satisfactory, if not the best.

2021 Ford Ranger Ranger Crew Cab

The Ranger beats the Ridgeline in terms of performace and capabilities, while the Ridgeline has an edge in terms of comfort and practicality. So if you need a hardcore pickup truck, go for the Ranger, but in case you don't want to compromise on the comfort aspect, Ridgeline is the best choice. 

2021 Honda Ridgeline vs 2021 GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon is similar to the Colorado, so it offers better performance but the Ridgeline is able to outshine it as most of the features and comfort factors in the Canyon can only be availed in the higher trims, making the other trims rather uncomfortable and impractical to buy.

2021 GMC Canyon

Even the Ridgeline Sport has so much to offer with much better styling and comfort level that it seems like the perfect option.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict

8.5/10

Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab is reliable as well as comfortable with a well-equipped interior and stylish exterior. Among an armada of solid and hearty machines, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline separates itself with a pleasantly adjusted bundle of features on offer. It looks sharp and offers a premium and upscale cabin, is enjoyable to drive, offers extraordinary effectiveness, and a first-class sense of well-being. 

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline makes for a much better-rounded package than its predecessor.

Also, the creative utility that the Ridgeline offers is unmatched. With a little modification, the pick-up can become an unbeatable monster and the top pick for everyone. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab is expected to carry forward the legacy of Honda and attract everyone with a meaner approach and upgraded features. To conclude, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is worth all the time and effort.


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2021 Honda Ridgeline FAQs

Are all Honda Ridgelines AWD?

No, the Honda Ridgeline is offered in a total of 4 trims, namely - Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Out of these, the base two trims (Sport & RTL) come with an FWD drivetrain as standard and offer the option of AWD for a couple of extra bucks. The top two trims (RTL-E and Black Edition) get AWD drivetrain as standard. 

What's the annual maintenance cost of a 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline had an annual maintenance cost of around $502. Since no structural or mechanical changes have been made to the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, we expect the new model to fare similarly in terms of the annual maintenance cost. 

How many miles will a Honda Ridgeline last?

If cared for properly with timely maintenance and servicing, a Honda Ridgeline can last for more than 200,000 miles with ease. 

Can Honda Ridgeline go off-road?

There have been various claims about the Honda Ridgeline being off-road capable. However, going by the spec-sheet, we suggest you refrain from the thought of taking your Ridgeline to the unpaved way. Reason being, the low ground clearance of this pickup, which can result in a scrapped underbelly when taken over some serious bad patches. 

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Overall Reviews


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Peter G. Gribble

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Top value vehicle.

Pros - Lots of ingenious features

Cons - Consumes more drops of gasoline

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

Strong engine performance. Unfortunately, it? not quite efficient in gas consumption. Good payload capacity.

7/10
Features
5/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
Dealer Review

RC

Rosendo A. Campbell

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Advantage & disadvantage of 2020 Honda Ridgeline.

Pros - Spacious and comfortable cabin

Cons - Less towing ability

Overall Review

7 /10 Overall Rating

It drives great on the offroad. It? not a big deal breaker on the towing big camper or boat trailer.

9/10
Features
4/10
Interior
7/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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Paul P. Moore

2020 Honda Ridgeline

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: October 7, 2020

Trips and tricks of Honda Ridgeline.

Pros - Excellent ride and build quality

Cons - Not meant for much off-roading

Overall Review

6 /10 Overall Rating

I use it for truck stuff all the time. It? a great family vehicle too. Road trips with the dog and baby, and cargo, very comfy.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
6/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
8/10
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9

User Overall Rating

Top value vehicle.

Strong engine performance. Unfortunately, it? not quite efficient in gas consumption. Good payload capacity.

by Peter G. Gribble

7

User Overall Rating

Advantage & disadvantage of 2020 Honda Ridgeline.

It drives great on the offroad. It? not a big deal breaker on the towing big camper or boat trailer.

by Rosendo A. Campbell

6

User Overall Rating

Trips and tricks of Honda Ridgeline.

I use it for truck stuff all the time. It? a great family vehicle too. Road trips with the dog and baby, and cargo, very comfy.

by Paul P. Moore

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 Monte T. Ollis

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 Michael D. Robinson

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