The popularity of the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck is well established; it has a fairly impressive number of devotees, who swear by its comfort and friendliness. However, it is often criticized for its appearance too soft, not robust enough. Honda fixes the issue for the mid-cycle refresh of the Honda Ridgeline by giving it a more muscular front end and a reworked rear portion for 2021.
The changes are purely cosmetic. Everything at the front of the A-pillar is redesigned. A higher hood, wider fenders, more dominant headlights and above all a squared and taller grille give the Ridgeline a more assertive front, which finally corrects the overly soft appearance of the current generation.
The rear portion is also slightly reworked, with a new design bumper allowing the integration of two tailpipes. For the rest, the body remains intact.
On board, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline changes are even more subtle. We changed the decorative appliques of certain versions and above all integrated a reworked infotainment system with more assertive graphic design. For the rest, the interior remains essentially the same.
Honda will also offer an aftermarket Honda Performance Development (HPD) accessory package. It features an exclusively treated radiator grille, black wheel arches, bronze colored wheels and decals on the side of the body.
Otherwise, the good news is that the overall qualities of the Ridgeline remain intact. Just think of its undeniable practicality, with the body panel with two openings and the presence of the trunk in the bottom of the body. The same goes for the rear seats, which can be raised in multiple ways, allowing objects of all shapes to be loaded.
The mechanics also remain the same, consisting of a 3.5-liter V6 delivering 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, mated since last year to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The i-VTM4 all-wheel drive is still there for assured handling and traction. Honda says that the qualities of comfort, handling and quiet ride remain the same.
The renewed Honda Ridgeline will arrive at dealerships in the coming months.