The midsize pickup from Honda has gone through multiple upgrades, improvements, and iterations over the years to captivate and entice enthusiasts and potential truck shoppers. The newest model year of the Honda Ridgeline brings a brisk selection of brand new features to the table across four exciting trim variations, which includes the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and the Black Edition. Those looking for a well-rounded midsize pickup truck will definitely want to keep the 2021 Honda Ridgeline in their sights.
The newest model year iteration has been given an overhaul from top to bottom, from front to back. Honda has refined what works well for the Ridgeline and included a lot of brand-new standard features and technology in the pickup's trim line-up. This means you get a lot more than you've ever gotten before from a Ridgeline, complete with off-road-ready performance and interior comfort features.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is powered by a bold 3.5-liter direct-injection 280 horsepower i-VTEC V6 engine with a patented Intelligent Variable Torque Management all-wheel drive system standard. The active i-VTM4 all-wheel drive for the Ridgeline enables precise torque distribution between the wheels for maximum traction thanks to electronically activated hydraulically-actuated clutch packs. This allows for a flexible distribution of torque to each wheel based on the situation at hand. Up to 70% of the 262 pound-feet of torque can be sent to the rear wheels, and the system can ensure that traction is maintained for cornering, gripping wet pavement, or preventing loss of control on icy or snowy roads.
The i-VTM4 system is standard across all trims of the Ridgeline, giving exemplary performance across multiple road surfaces and various types of terrain. Paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission with integrated paddle shifters for manual shifting, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is designed for easy handling and enabling drivers to have complete control over how the vehicle performs on the road at all times.
Thanks to Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), the Ridgeline can reduce fuel consumption and increase fuel efficiency, which is how it manages an impressive fuel economy rating of 18 miles per gallon in the city and up to 24 miles per gallon on the highway.2 With the solid torque and the i-VTM4 system, the Ridgeline is capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds while also being capable of hauling up to 1,538 pounds of payload.
With the electronically power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, multi-link rear suspension, and both front and rear stabilizer bars, Ridgeline owners can very conveniently take the midsize pickup on to trails, dirt roads, and more on the 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires. And with a ground clearance of 7.64-inches, you have some room to explore the Ridgeline's off-road capabilities.
Plenty of standard technology comes equipped across the entire trim range of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. From remote engine start to a push-button ignition with an immobilizer that works as a theft deterrent, there are lots of safety, infotainment, and security features made standard for this model year. Altogether, the 2021 model is the most robust and feature-rich Ridgeline to date.
Honda's 2021 model year pickup is outfitted by the Honda Sensing safety suite, which comes standard across every trim available. You get the Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation System standard. A Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor is a standard feature on the RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition trims.
Active safety features such as a multi-angle rearview camera, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution and assistance, as well as the patented Vehicle Stability Assist with traction control are all standard across every Ridgeline trim. Passive features include tire pressure monitoring, multiple sets of airbags throughout the cabin, and the integration of Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) for the second-row seats.
Popular features such as Adaptive Cruise Control are also standard for all Ridgeline trims. There is Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which includes audio streaming from smart devices and the patented HandsFreeLink that enables drivers and passengers to make use of voice-activated device access, calls, and messaging. For occupants who want to make use of dedicated MP3 players, a port is available, along with SMS text messaging via the Bluetooth system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration are also both a standard feature on all trims, so you can easily pair your smartphone or tablet to the Ridgeline with no problems.
The HondaLink app adds further convenience to the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, so you can easily access vehicle guides, schedule service appointments, get the latest information about recall notices, and even receive roadside assistance. SiriusXM satellite radio and HD radio are also available on select trims, along with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System for complete access to routes, roadways, and traffic information. Wireless phone charging is also offered, while an 8-inch touchscreen with customizable apps and features comes standard so you can easily access devices, vehicle health information, and more right from the comfort of the center dashboard.
For audiophiles, a premium 540-watt premium audio system featuring 8-separate speakers and a subwoofer can help increase the entertainment value of the Ridgeline. And unique to this truck is a special truck-bed audio system that uses the bed walls to act as speakers, giving you your favorite music from the job site to the tailgate party.
The Ridgeline's bed has also undergone some technological upgrades in the format of a Dual-Action Tailgate, enabling easier access to cargo, as well as additional measures to keep everything in the bed lodged down and secure. An integrated Class II trailer hitch with a 7-pin connector also comes standard, so you can tow and trailer up to 5,000 pounds in a variety of different ways. And with an In-Bed Trunk, you can store up to 7.3-cubic feet of gear without leaving it exposed in the bed.
All 2021 Honda Ridgeline models seat up to five passengers in the roomy four-door crew cab. The rear seat has a 60/40 split and can be lifted up for convenient under-seat storage. The cabin has lots of space for each occupant, with 40.1-inches of headroom, 40.9-inches of legroom, and 62-inches of shoulder room. The Ridgeline boasts a total passenger volume of 109.7-cubic feet, which is more than many SUVs and gives passengers plenty of room to move about.
All new contrast stitching has also been implemented across the seating for every 2021 Ridgeline trim, while a 10-way power adjustable driver seat with lumbar support and two-position memory made standard for the RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition trims. A 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat is also standard across most trims, providing both driver and passengers with maximum amounts of comfort in a midsize pickup.
Leather-trimmed seating also comes standard on the RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition trims, while a telescopic steering column is standard on every model, along with multi-functional center console storage and illuminated steering-wheel-mounted infotainment controls. Tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and enhanced air filtration also comes standard in every Ridgeline, and those who want extra luxury out of their midsize pickup can take advantage of an available heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Additional cabin features include smart entry with an auto-lock feature, as well as an acoustic windshield to block out external sounds, making for a quiet interior cabin. Rear privacy glass is also standard on all trims, as well as power doors, tailgate locks, and power windows.