Redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline unleashes new styling
Equally home on dirt and mud strewn trails as it is on the highway or twisting mountain roads, the 2021 Ridgeline 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. The 2021 Ridgeline features new sheet metal from the front roof pillars forward. 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. The 2021 Ridgeline’s spacious cabin, which offers top class passenger comfort and rear seat legroom, receives an updated Display Audio system with crisp new graphics, easier to use touchscreen icons, and a physical volume knob.
Standard on every 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a 280 horsepower, 3.5 liter direct injected VTEC V6 backed by a smooth and responsive 9 speed automatic transmission. Available on Sport and RTL, and standard on RTL E and Black Edition, is Ridgeline’s i VTM4 torque vectoring all wheel drive system, which 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. ■