Honda is showing off the boldest version of the Ridgeline yet: The 2021 model embraces a more rugged look on the outside and adds an off-road package aimed at enthusiasts.
On the outside, all 2021 Ridgelines get new front sheet metal that is more truck-like and less crossover-esque. A new hood features a power bulge while the grille is now more vertical. The headlights that sweep up as they wrap around the fenders, giving the front end a look vaguely reminiscent of the early second-generation Toyota Tundra. A new fascia brings the body color lower than before and includes vents that route air around the front tires for improved efficiency. Those tires are now pushed further outboard thanks to new wheels with 10-mm less backspacing, adding up to a stance that is a 20-mm wider. Out back, a new rear lower fascia includes dual exhaust tips for the standard 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
It seems as though Honda has been paying attention to the 4×4 aftermarket. A new Honda Performance Development (HPD) package includes fender flares, a unique grille, bed graphics, and bronze-finished wheels. You can’t go to SEMA, Off-Road Expo, Overland Expo, or your local hiking trailhead without finding a pickup with bronze wheels, and the 18-inch design on the Ridgeline looks like it will fit right in among the off-road crowd.
Honda also added several minor changes inside the 2021 Ridgeline, including contrast stitching on the seats and a physical volume knob to go with the updated audio system.
The 2021 Ridgeline will be arriving at dealers next year. While Honda hasn’t yet mentioned an MSRP, the 2020 model starts at $35,000 and we don’t expect that to dip. While it comes nicely optioned, the 2020 Ridgeline is significantly more expensive than the $28,000 crew cab versions of the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma, not to mention the $29,000 entry point for the crew cab Colorado and Canyon. Still, the Ridgeline offers a combination of utility and ride quality that’s unique in the market and has been a solid showroom performer since its relaunch, with annual sales of around 30,000 since 2016.