2021 Honda Ridgeline gets bold redesign

Honda has alerted us that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline will launch early next year with a bold redesign reflecting its adventuring and versatile pickup truck capabilities.

According to Honda, the 2021 Ridgeline will continue to be equally at home on dirt and mud-strewn trails as it is on the highway or twisting mountain roads.  It features standard V6 power, class-leading ride and handling, the segment’s largest interior for passengers and gear, a brilliantly versatile bed, and the best standard AWD model payload capacity.

For 2021, it will now more fully look the part.

New Bold Exterior

The 2021 Ridgeline will feature all-new sheet metal from the front roof pillars forward giving it a more imposing look consistent with its adventuring capability.

Design changes include a new hood sporting a pronounced power bulge, and new front fenders that emphasize the squared-off nose and more upright grille, flanked by LED headlights updated for better illumination.

Atop the grille is a crossbar that bisects the headlight lenses – gloss black on Sport trims and Black edition, chrome on RTL and RTL-E. Below, a new front bumper highlights the toughness of the new Ridgeline’s design and adds broad side vents that route air through the bumper and around the front tires and wheels, creating air curtains to improve aerodynamic performance.

The body color is also extended farther down the front bumper, and a prominent skid plate emphasizes Ridgeline’s tough new look. In back, a reshaped bumper exposes aggressive new twin exhaust outlets.

All trims feature tougher looking 18-inch wheels with backspacing reduced 10 mm, increasing track width a total of 20 mm and lending the Ridgeline a broader, more planted stance, bolstered by all-season tires with a new, more aggressive sidewall and shoulder design.

New HPD Package

For those looking to take Ridgeline’s dynamic new styling to the next level, a new package has been created in collaboration with Honda Performance Development (HPD).  

The new HPD Package adds a unique grille treatment, black fender flares, aggressive bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics on the bed walls. Part of a new group of post-production options (PPO), the package will be available on all Ridgeline trims and is one of four new PPO packages that include Utility, Function and Function+ packages.

Upgraded Interiors

The 2021 Ridgeline’s spacious cabin, which offers top-class passenger comfort and rear-seat legroom, gets an updated Display Audio system with crisp new graphics, easier-to-use touchscreen icons, and a physical volume knob.

In addition, Ridgelines in Sport trim add new cloth seat inserts. All trims get new contrast stitching on the seats, and Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims have new dash, steering wheel and center console accents. Ridgeline’s flat floor and foldaway 60/40-split rear seat bottoms continue to offer enhanced flexibility for carrying long and tall items in the cabin.

Fully Automatic Torque-Vectoring AWD

Standard on every 2021 Honda Ridgeline will be the 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V6 mated to a smooth and responsive 9-speed automatic transmission.

Ridgeline’s i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system will be available on Sport and RTL and standard on RTL-E and the Black Edition.  It 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.

Standard on all Ridgelines, will be the Intelligent Traction Dynamics System that optimizes power delivery and distribution for various conditions including snow and pavement for 2WD models. Ridgelines equipped with i-VTM4 get additional selectable modes for mud and sand.

Ridgeline-Exclusive Platform Design

Underpinning its extraordinary packaging, hauling and driving character is Ridgeline’s unit-body construction, featuring Honda’s proprietary Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. It features fully boxed frame members for the body sides and rear tailgate frame with truss-style inner construction, plus a robust fully independent rear suspension.

This unique construction delivers uncompromised ride comfort and handling on paved roads, while supporting a best-in-AWD class standard 1,580-pound payload capacity and up to 5,000-pound towing capacity.

Optimal 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.

Based on the packaging efficiency of its unibody construction and independent rear suspension, 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.

Ridgeline’s versatility 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. The tailgate can handle dynamic loads of up to 300 pounds, supporting long payloads such as motorcycles and ATVs.

A Tailgating Champion Too

An 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.

2020 model shown


Safety & Driver-Assistive Technology

Ridgeline comes standard with the Honda Sensing, 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).

Design and Manufacturing

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline was designed and developed by Honda R&D Americas in California and Ohio, and will be manufactured along with its V6 engine at the Honda plant in Lincoln, Alabama.

More information about the 2021 Ridgeline, including prices and detailed specifications, will be available closer to its on-sale date early next year.

In the meantime, you can explore the current – very capable – Honda Ridgeline HERE:

 Source:  Honda press release