The current-generation Honda Ridgeline isn’t bad-looking per se , but as far as trucks are concerned, the pickup’s aesthetic ranks pretty low on the toughness scale. It seems the Japanese carmaker has noticed this and taken steps to change the vehicle’s image.
Say hello to the new Honda Ridgeline—now with a proper, burly pickup look. It doesn’t hit showrooms until early next year, but at least we can rest easy knowing this thing can keep up with the rest of the segment visually now.
Frankly, the front-end of the truck gives off the impression this thing is all-new. It now gives off an intimidating vibe thanks to massive new grille featuring bold chrome trim and large in-your-face headlights with daytime running lights. The truck’s shoulders finally have some muscle on them, not to mention there’s a new bumper, and new foglight housings replace the current-gen’s square vanilla-looking ones, too. It also runs on tougher-looking 18-inch wheels with 20mm of additional track width.
Alterations to the interior are considerably more subtle. There’s a new touchscreen infotainment system, while select variants get new seat inserts and new accents on the dashboard, steering wheel, and center console.
Standard on the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of 280hp and up to 355Nm of torque. The lone transmission option is a nine-speed automatic. Buyers have a choice between a 2WD or AWD version, with the latter flaunting an automatic torque-vectoring system. All units come equipped with Honda’s Intelligent Traction Dynamics system (though only AWD units get mud and sand modes).
Not bad. Not bad at all. Frankly, the face looks fitting of a pickup now—the front-end’s previous look could easily be mistaken for a crossover at times. How do you think the 2021 Honda Ridgeline stacks up against other trucks in terms of design?