There’s nothing more exciting than brand new vehicles, and every year, drivers are treated to some fine automobiles by a variety of manufacturers. One vehicle, however, that has seemingly been making headlines and is well worth your attention is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Among your local dealerships, there’s no better place to get your vehicle from than Honda of Newnan. Here, you’ll find all of the most popular Honda vehicles, including the newest arrivals, such as the 2021 Ridgeline. The Ridgeline is a fairly familiar model lineup to Honda drivers, with its initial debut into the North American market in the mid-2000s before entering a brief hiatus in the mid-2010s. It didn’t take long until the Ridgeline returned, and after several years, the 2021 Ridgeline is here, and with it come a few interesting changes.
The 2021 Ridgeline is available in a variety of trims. The base trim, the Sport, starts at an MSRP of $36,490.1 With the Sport, you can expect to receive a highly performant V6 engine and an Intelligent Variable Torque Management system powering it, along with a host of quality-of-life improvements riddled throughout the experience. The RTL is the next available trim and adds various interior enhancements, most notably is the addition of leather seats, which are also heated, along with an integrated moonroof, to name a few. The RTL-E then adds more modernized features such as wireless charging capabilities for devices such as smartphones, and features such as an upgraded audio system help enhance your favorite music. The Black Edition sits at the top of the model lineup, and this is the most aesthetically pleasing of the bunch with its sleek black design that is complemented by some subtle red accents.
The performance of the 2021 Ridgeline is practically identical to its preceding model. This ultimately means that your Ridgeline will come equipped with the same 3.5L V6 as last year. The 2020 Ridgeline was the first model to include a 9-speed automatic transmission, and this is exactly what the 2021 Ridgeline’s engine comes paired with. This V6 engine can produce 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, and for a pickup truck within its price range, the performance remains plentiful for everyday drivers and workers alike. With this power, a properly-equipped example of the 2021 Ridgeline will have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. EPA-estimated ratings for the Ridgeline also look excellent as well for its associated class as the 2021 model receives ratings of 18 MPG city and 24 MPG highway.2
More recently, there has been a slew of changes made to the Ridgeline, many of which have started with this most recent iteration. The 2020 Ridgeline also brought forth several changes, many of which can easily be considered crucial. For example, the 2020 Ridgeline made a 9-speed automatic transmission standard across the available trims. However, the most notable addition was the standard inclusion of Honda Sensing, a safety suite that adds a plethora of advanced safety features to the Ridgeline that will greatly enhance the driving experience, but more importantly, makes traveling far safer as well.
This year, all of the changes from the previous year make their way over to the 2021 model, along with a few new enhancements. While the changes made last year may seem more drastic in retrospect than this year’s model, this latest Ridgeline sweetens the deal further with AWD coming standard. Although this ultimately resulted in lower EPA-estimated ratings when compared to last year’s model with an FWD configuration, the trade-off is better traction in harsher conditions such as snow, ice, and rain.
Ever since the 2020 Ridgeline added the Honda Sensing safety suite, the model lineup has become one of the more reliable pickup trucks that you can purchase today. Honda Sensing added much-appreciated features such as a Collision Mitigation Braking System, which will help you stop your vehicle in case of an emergency. Adaptive Cruise Control also comes standard as part of Honda Sensing and will adjust your vehicle’s speed depending on the vehicles in front of yours and the distance between them.
A Lane Keeping Assist System also comes with your Ridgeline. It will correct unintentional steering mishaps that see yourself leaving your intended lane and help you retain your placement on the road. You’ll also have an extra layer of visibility thanks to the Blind Spot Information System that will warn you if it’s unsafe to switch lanes. Lastly, a Cross Traffic Monitor system will also be included. It will allow you to reliably back out of a parking space as this system will warn you of any potential collisions caused by bypassing traffic, for example.
Included with every 2021 Ridgeline is an infotainment center that’s positioned in the center of your media hub and is displayed on an 8-inch screen. As is the case with most tech-centric setups in modern-day automobiles, Bluetooth comes built-in, which is important as audio quality is a strong aspect of Ridgeline’s interior. Coming included on both the Sport and RTL trims is an audio system comprised of seven speakers and even includes a dedicated subwoofer.
You’ll find two USB ports inside of the Ridgeline, and these USB ports are important for a couple of reasons. Firstly, if you’re looking to charge a device that you own, such as any smartphone, all you’ll need is your charging cable, and you’ll have extra battery power whenever you’re on the road. Connecting your phone to your Ridgeline’s USB ports will also grant you full access to either Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These two feature suites will allow you to utilize functions of your smartphone such as communication, navigation, and media, without ever needing the actual device in hand. All of these features help to create an experience that’s fun and safe, and the Ridgeline manages to feel modern as a result of its capabilities.