The first examples of the redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline will begin arriving at dealers across the U.S. on February 2, featuring a bolder exterior design paired to the truck’s “unmatched versatility”.
Honda has refreshed the exterior look of the Ridgeline to make it look more rugged, introducing all-new sheet metal from the A-pillars forward. This includes a new hood with a more pronounced ‘power bulge’, a squared-off nose, and a more upright grille, as well as new front fenders.
The 2021 Ridgeline’s new front grille is accompanied by a crossbar on top of it and a set of new, brighter LED headlights. Sport and Black Edition models come with a gloss black crossbar while the RTL and RTL-E trims get a chrome one. A new body-colored lower front bumper features a prominent skid plate and wide side vents for a more purposeful look, the rear bumper has been reshaped and the exterior color palette now features the new Radiant Red Metallic.
All 2021 Ridgeline models come with new 18-inch alloy wheels and an extra 20 mm of track width to give Honda’s unibody truck a more planted presence on the road.
One of the most important new features of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the HPD package that’s aimed to those who want an even more aggressive look. Developed in collaboration with Honda Performance Development (HPD), it adds a unique front grille, black fender flares, bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics and badging for a suggested retail price of $2,800. Other new option packages include the $1,465 Utility, the $270 Function, and the $1,315 Function+.
Honda claims that the interior of the Ridgeline is the roomiest for passengers and their stuff in the segment, and it now features a physical volume knob for the infotainment system, as well as wireless phone charging. All trim levels get contrast stitching on the seats, with Sport models featuring new cloth upholstery. Sport, RTL, and RTL-E models also get new accents on the dash, steering wheel and center console.
The 3.5-liter V6 engine remains unchanged, producing 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque, and is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission and Honda’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system, which is now standard across the range.
In addition, all 2021 Ridgeline models feature the company’s Sensing suite of active safety and driver-assistance technologies as standard. This includes systems like Collision Mitigation Braking System with Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.