Truck buyers looking for a midsize pickup will want to take a close look at the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. While competing vehicles in this segment have a body-on-frame construction, the Ridgeline features a unibody design and an independent rear suspension that provide this SUV with better driving dynamics and a more comfortable ride than rivals. Customers of the San Leandro Honda dealer tell us they appreciate the Ridgeline’s powerful engine, comfortable interior and exceptional build quality.
The Honda Ridgeline gets a redesign for 2021. According to the Honda dealer in San Leandro, the styling is definitely more rugged. Newly designed 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires are standard. The Ridgeline also gets a wider stance. Inside, the revised infotainment system features updated graphics that make the system even more user-friendly. All models now get standard all-wheel drive.
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The 2021 Honda Ridgeline gets accolades from the automotive press. Edmunds writes: “The Honda Ridgeline has been our top-ranked midsize pickup truck for a while now. No other truck in the class can match its smooth ride, innovative storage options, and quiet and comfortable interior. It also has enough towing, hauling and off-roading capability to handle the majority of work or recreational tasks you’ll want to use it for.”
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline seats five passengers and comes as a crew cab. The Ridgeline is available in four trim levels, listed as Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition. Powering the Ridgeline is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, teamed to a nine-speed automatic transmission. EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway.*
The Ridgeline’s multi-mode terrain response feature adds capability on slippery road surfaces. Towing power maxes out at 5,000 pounds, and the Ridgeline can handle payloads of up to 1,580 pounds. There’s 50 inches of space between the wheel wells, allowing drivers to carry up to four-foot-wide loads of drywall or plywood.
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The base Sport trim is packed with features, including many you’d expect to find in an SUV, such as 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, active noise cancellation, tri-zone automatic climate control, a lockable 7.3-cubic foot in-bed trunk, a dual-action tailgate, bed lighting, and eight tie-down cleats. The infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 200-watt stereo system with seven speakers, an auxiliary audio input and two USB ports.
Safety is an important consideration for truck buyers. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes with the Honda Sensing set of safety features. It includes road-departure mitigation, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and lane departure warning. Buyers also get hill start assist and Honda’s Intelligent Traction Dynamics System. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline received the highest overall safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.