Used Honda Ridgelines Have a Lot to Offer: A Look at the Past Few Years

May 12th, 2023 by

A black 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is shown from the side after leaving a dealer that has a used Honda Ridgeline for sale.

When you have to replace your vehicle, it can be easy to overlook the used market. You see ads for brand-new makes and models that promise the world. However, on a year-to-year basis, many models only evolve a little. It’s possible that a 2021 model and a 2022 model do not differ as much as you think; in fact, the main difference might simply be price. That’s not to say that small evolutions don’t result in better models. It does mean, though, that if you are interested in the overall feel of a model, it might not matter as much which year it is, and you could end up driving away in a used model just as happy as you would if it was new.

At Gwinnett Place Honda, we’re happy to have a selection of used Honda Ridgelines for sale. Recent Ridgeline models have been effective, aggressive trucks, perfect for the daily grind and fun. If you stop by for a test drive, you’ll go home with a Ridgeline that you and your family will be thrilled with. You don’t have to break the bank to own an excellent performing Ridgeline, either if you go to the used market. Let’s take a gander at some of the recent models to see what they have to offer and why used may be the ideal option.

The 2019 Ridgeline

Hard to believe 2019 was four years ago, don’t let that dissuade you, though. This model still impresses Ridgeline buyers and owners. One benefit of buying a used vehicle in our current day is that automobiles are made of sterner stuff and with advanced tech, so an older model can impress for a long time. If you are shopping for a 2019 model, you will find six trims: the RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T, RTL-E, and Black Edition available.

The 2019 model features a lot of great benefits and features. You can find a power sunroof, two USB ports, a power-sliding rear window, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and much more with this model year. These trucks tend to have smoother rides than others; the 2019 model is no exception. Its rear suspension is partially responsible for this, along with its electric-enhanced steering. Both give this truck a sense of grace.

This model also comes with some power. It has a 280 horsepower V6 engine along with a six-speed transmission. And when you take off? You won’t feel it. This truck doesn’t have any lag or awkward thrust.

A red 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport is shown from the front at an angle.

Moving Into a New Decade: The 2020

With the advent of the 2020s, the Ridgeline once more saw a new model hit the market. For this model year, Honda dropped some trims of the Ridgeline, leaving only the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Four great options that still leave plenty of room for great features. If this model is equipped with all-wheel drive, the Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds if its properly equipped.

This model gives you more fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated combined 21 MPG: a nice number for a truck this size.[a] No surprise there, though, as Honda has long been known for its competitive fuel economy ratings. With the 2020 model, it made sure the Ridgeline kept Honda’s fuel efficiency tradition. This was great in 2020, but it’s even more thrilling now as gas prices continue to fluctuate. A truck with a little more efficiency can lead to some very long-term savings.

The transmission of the Ridgeline received a bit of an upgrade, too, in 2020. The 2020 model features a nine-speed transmission instead of the six from 2019. More command means an even nicer ride. Infotainment also improved, with an 8-in touchscreen inside to make audio management easier while you are driving.

The 2021 Ridgeline

The crew cab on the 2021 model outdid all others that year in terms of space. For anyone who doesn’t want to feel cramped in their truck, then the 2021 Ridgeline will come as a gift. This isn’t just for those in the front passengers, though. Passengers in the rear will also feel comfortable as opposed to packed in like they would in so many other trucks. Its spacy interior does not add much drag, though; its EPA-estimated fuel efficiency stays competitive at a combined rating of 21 MPG.[a]

Yet, the biggest difference is the exterior. The Ridgeline adopted a more aggressive look in 2021. Its front grille has more of a grin to it, and its overall build adds a dash of boldness that had previously been lacking. All trims of the 2021 model come with an optional Honda Performance Development package that gives drivers extra features both inside and out, like black fender flares and eye-catching bronze wheels. This model’s 18-inch wheels come with better all-terrain traction; in other words, this truck has an advantage if you find yourself traversing different locales with varying terrain.

The smooth ride that had become a hallmark of the Ridgeline remains. Drivers will feel very little turbulence even on rougher roads, meaning that the Ridgeline gives you a more comfortable drive than other trucks.

Moving Towards the Present: 2022 Ridgeline

The 2022 model retains the Ridgeline’s EPA-estimated fuel efficiency ratings of the previous two years, spaciousness, and smooth driving. The 2022 Ridgeline retained the V6 engine and nine-speed transmission offered on earlier models as well. This model can be found in one of four trims, the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. In 2022, the model featured a new paint color: Sonic Grey Pearl. Otherwise, the model remained pretty much unchanged.

Often, you’ll see models wax and wane with each passing year, some models better than others. What’s impressive about the Ridgeline is that the 2019 model starts strong, and each model after the 2019 only builds on those strengths, never taking away the most desired elements and always finetuning the features.

A grey 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E is shown from the front at an angle while hauling a pair of dirt bikes.

The Used Ridgeline Advantage

Since the Ridgeline has long been spacious and fuel-efficient, buying an older Ridgeline does not mean settling for less. Because the 2019 model already had a spacious interior and great EPA-estimated fuel efficiency, it still beats many other manufacturers’ modern trucks because the Honda Ridgeline has yet to be outdone. When you opt for a quality make, the year matters a little less as it’s likely to be outdoing the field not just because of one year’s adjustment but because of its underlying structure and design philosophy. The Ridgline’s success comes from exactly those elements, so used models will still be spacier and more fuel efficient than offerings at other dealerships.

Come to Gwinnett Place Honda for Your Used Ridgeline

We have a great selection of used Ridgelines, and we want to help you find a great one. At Gwinnett Place Honda, we are all about the Ridgeline. We will be happy to let you test drive our trucks, and we’re also thrilled to chat with you about each year’s model, so you know that what you’re getting will be exactly right for your driving lifestyle. We’ve spent years satisfying customers, which is why they come back as part of the Gwinnett Place family. We want you to be our next member, so we can make your time on the road better than ever. Come on over and check out one of our used Ridgelines as soon as you can.

[a] Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Mileage will depend on model year, trim, and condition of the vehicle. Your mileage will also vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.