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2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline – featuring bold new styling that underscore its rugged and versatile pickup truck capabilities – begins arriving in dealerships the first week of February.

We are very bullish on Ridgeline as the mid-size pick up truck that starts with being a well featured premium level SUV and finishes with an innovative cargo bed that both works and entertains. 

Ridgeline’s standard V6 power, fully independent suspension and standard torque-vectoring i-VTM4 all-wheel drive give it the capability to tackle challenging trails and treacherous roads with class-leading ride and handling both on and off-road.

Ridgeline continues to bring unmatched versatility, including the segment’s largest interior for passengers and gear, a brilliantly versatile bed featuring the class-exclusive In-Bed Trunk lockable storage compartment, and best-in-class standard AWD model payload capacity of 1,580 pounds and towing up to 5,000 pounds.

Ridgeline RTL-E w/HPD Package

If you are torn between a new truck or an SUV, you simply must look at the 2021 Honda Ridgeline as a very nicely priced  combination of the two.

What’s New

For the 2021 model year, Ridgeline features all-new sheet metal from the front roof pillars forward, including a new hood with a pronounced power bulge, a new squared off nose and upright grille, and new front fenders.

Flanking the grille are new, brighter LED headlights bisected by the crossbar atop the grille, which is painted gloss black on Sport trims and Black Edition, and is chrome plated on RTL and RTL-E. The body-color lower front bumper further accentuates the Ridgeline’s tough new look with a prominent skid plate and broad side vents that create air curtains to route air through the bumper and around the front tires and wheels to improve aerodynamic performance.

A reshaped rear bumper exposes aggressive new twin exhaust outlets. All Ridgeline trims feature tougher looking 18-inch wheels enhancing an increased track width to give Ridgeline a broader, more planted stance. New tires top off the more rugged look with a more aggressive sidewall and shoulder design.

Ridgeline also adds a new Radiant Red Metallic to its exterior color palette.

A new HPD Package was developed in collaboration with Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda’s U.S.-based racing company.  It adds a unique grille treatment, an HPD emblem, black fender flares, aggressive bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics on the side of the bed—for a suggested retail price of $2,800. It’s one of four new post-production option packages available on all Ridgeline trims that include Utility ($1,465), Function ($270), and Function+ ($1,315).

Inside, the 2021 Ridgeline’s spacious cabin offers top-class passenger comfort and rear-seat legroom.  The flat floor and foldaway 60/40-split rear seat bottoms, offer enhanced flexibility for carrying long and tall items in the cabin.

 

Other features include an updated Display Audio system with crisp new graphics, easier-to-use touchscreen icons, a physical volume knob, wireless phone charging and new contrast stitching on the seats.

 

Sport trims add new cloth seat inserts. Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims have new dash, steering wheel and center console accents.

Powertrain

A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V6 backed by a smooth and responsive 9-speed automatic transmission powers the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Honda’s  

i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive is now standard across the lineup. The system automatically sends up to 70 percent of the engine’s 262 lb.-ft. of torque to the rear wheels and continuously apportions 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels based on driving conditions at each wheel.

Ridgeline’s standard Intelligent Traction Dynamics System further optimizes power delivery and distribution in various conditions, including snow, pavement, mud and sand.

Premium Bed Flexibility

Ridgeline’s extra-wide stance enables an extra-wide standard bed, making it the only truck in its class that can flat-carry 4-foot-wide items, such as plywood and drywall, between the wheel wells.

The bed is constructed of glass fiber-reinforced SMC composite that resists dents and scratches without the need for a separate bed liner.  Inside the bed are eight standard tie-down cleats rated at 350-pounds each for securing loads.

Ridgeline also comes standard with a washable, lockable In-Bed Trunk, offering an additional 7.3 cu.-ft. of secure storage space under the bed floor.

Truck bed access is enhanced by its Dual-Action Tailgate, which opens downward or to the side, making access to cargo and the In-Bed Trunk a snap.

Tailgating Too

The available In-Bed Audio system utilizes four “exciters” to turn Ridgeline’s entire bed into an outdoor speaker (RTL-E and up trims). Combined with its Dual Action Tailgate and In-Bed Trunk, which can do double duty as an ice-filled cooler, Ridgeline is a great tailgating companion.

Safety

All 2021 Honda Ridgelines come standard with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, featuring Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Ridgeline for 2021 comes in four well-priced trim levels starting with the Sport (MSRP $36,490). The RTL ($39,470, RTL-E ($42,420) and Black Edition ($43,920) complete the lineup.

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Source: Honda Press Release