2021 Honda Ridgeline

MSRP range: $36,490 - $43,920
4.5 out of 5 stars(26)
Edmunds suggests you pay$38,571
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 Honda Ridgeline video

TRAVIS LANGNESS: This is the Honda Ridgeline. It's Edmunds' top ranked midsize pickup truck for years. And we know what you're thinking, and we know you're going to type it in the comments below. And we'd appreciate it if you take caps lock off for it, but, yes, it is a truck. And this 2021 model has had some changes, so we want to tell you why it's remained Edmunds' top rated pickup truck. So what does that mean? Can it tow and haul the most? Can it go the furthest off road? The Edmunds' testing process is about finding the best overall vehicle, so while that means looping in the other stuff, we also like to look at on-road performance, comfort, tech, what's the interior like, and how useful is it on a day-to-day basis. We're going to go into all those details with the 2021 Honda Ridgeline in this video, and if you want to see more videos like this, be sure to click the link below to subscribe and go to Edmunds.com/sellmycar to get a cash offer on your car or truck today. First thing's first, it looks like a truck. Woo. Yes. From the A pillar forward, this has got all new sheet metal. It's new bulging hood, boxier fenders, and that big kind of squared out grill. It doesn't look like an SUV that's had the back chopped off anymore. It looks more like a purpose-built truck, which is good. And it's also got all wheel drive as standard. No more front wheel drive, which means the price goes up a little bit, but you get a standard 5,000-pound tow rating. On the inside, you get updated infotainment graphics. You get available wireless smartphone charging, and a volume knob is back. Every Ridgeline gets a new dual exhaust, and across the model lineup, there are all sorts of new packages like this HPD package that adds plastic cladding and gold wheels. I'm here for it. In the bed is where the Ridgeline stands out from the rest of the segment. It's got this composite bedliner so you don't need to do a spray on bedliner, and it's got all sorts of cool features, stuff like in-bed storage, which can be used as a second trunk, or it can be used to wash out your muddy gear. There's even a drain at the bottom to let it all go. Then there's the multifunction tailgate. It opens up and down or side to side, which is something you don't get in any other midsize truck. It's also the only midsize truck that can fit a sheet of 4x8 plywood without sitting on top of the fender walls. And on upper trim levels, you get stuff like an in-bed plug, or you can turn these sides into speakers with drivers. Tailgate mode. How cool is that? It's also got a pretty impressive payload, over 1,500 pounds, which means you can put a quad or a couple of motorcycles in here without overloading the capacity. Admittedly, the Ridgeline does have a drawback in the towing department. It maxes out at 5,000 pounds. Rivals, like the Colorado, max out over 7,000 pounds, but when you think about what you're towing on a regular basis, 5,000 pounds is quite a bit. It can accommodate stuff like small boats or dolly trailers. Even a lightweight aluminum car trailer would be just fine. And if you're towing near 7,000 pounds all the time, it's going to be a pretty awful experience to do it in a midsize pickup truck. You might want to think about full size at that point. On the inside, there is a ton of space in the Ridgeline. I mean, it's a pilot after all, right? There's good driving position, and the materials are decent. The sport trim level, the base, has some hard plastics around you, but it's better than anything you get in a base Tacoma or Colorado. And as you move up the trim levels to things like the RTL and the RTLE, things get really nice inside the Ridgeline. There's also all this great Honda storage solution stuff, so you get multiple levels of storage in the door, multiple levels of storage below the infotainment screen, and this massive center console that's bigger than anything in the class. Plus there's a couple of USB ports, and power outlets, and pretty decent touchscreen that's now got a volume knob. Since the Ridgeline only comes in crew cab configuration, you get a pretty big rear seat. It's got more leg room than almost anything in the class, and it's got these great flip up seats with a flat floor so you can store all kinds of big items in the back if you don't want to throw them in the bed or in the trunk in the bed. There are a lot of storage solutions in this truck. No matter what it looks, like the Ridgeline has never had the rough and tumble body on frame capability of some other midsize trucks, but what it does have is an excellent balance between truck capabilities and on-road comfort. Under the hood, you have the same V6 and nine speed automatic as previous model years, and they make a great combo. At our test track, this is one of the fastest vehicles in the segment, and according to EPA estimates, it's also one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the segment. What the Ridgeline doesn't have though is any optional powertrains, so while some rivals have a four cylinder and a V6 or an optional diesel, with the Ridgeline, this one engine is what you get. It is, however, the most comfortable, and quiet, and refined pickup truck on the highway in the segment. It doesn't get upset by mid-corner bumps. It soaks up most of the road imperfections in the city, and steering and handling are car-like. They're really top notch and better than what you would expect from a truck that's this capable. So what does the Ridgeline offer in terms of off-road capability? Well, there's no skid plates. There's no lift kit. You can't get off road knobby tires or remote reservoir shocks on this one, but it does have standard all wheel drive now and independent suspension, which means it's less likely to blow out of shock at Racetrack Playa. Let me tell you what I mean. So Edmunds took our old long term Ridgeline line, a 2017 model, same underpinnings as this truck, out to a place called Racetrack Playa. It is a brutal 26-mile drive down a washboard road to get to the racetrack. It's a big open space in the desert, and our Ridgeline blew out a shock along the way, one of four. But the other two support trucks, Toyota Tacoma and a Nissan Titan, blew out two and four shocks respectively. Click the card thing wherever it is for more information. But basically what we discovered was all that heavy equipment hanging out underneath those trucks caused more stress on the shocks and caused them to fail. So what you get with a truck like the Ridgeline is the capability to go places off road that aren't necessarily the toughest in terms of, woo-hoo, articulation, but you can still get to beautiful destinations with a little bit of guidance. So, yes, if you want to use a term like lifestyle truck, fine, go ahead. But this truck is not a poser. It can do truck things. And if I'm honest, the Ridgeline is more comfortable on these kinds of roads anyways. If I'm just going somewhere, a staging area to launch my motocross bike, or I want to have a nice picnic in nature, maybe do some hiking somewhere that I've never seen before, the Ridgeline is going to be more comfortable on the way there. And when I'm done adventuring, it's going to be more comfortable on the way home. The Ridgeline also has some cool traction management modes, which I'll go through now, normal, snow, mud, and sand. What sand does is allow you to loosen up the traction control a little bit and have some fun. Woo-hoo. So if you're not going over crazy rocks, you can just toss it around on the sand. Defining the Ridgeline as a pickup truck totally makes sense. Just look back at the long history of cars with the back cut off, the El Camino, the Ranchero. Even the Ford Model T had a truck version, right? What doesn't make sense is putting it up against vehicles like the Gladiator, the Tacoma TRD Pro just because it's got tougher looks. The tougher looks are great, and hopefully it'll get buyers in the door and help them realize that their needs aren't dictated by the small percentage of things they think they'll do but what they'll actually do with a pickup truck. The Ridgeline can do 90% of what you see in truck commercials anyways. You can splash it through the mud. You can take it to Home Depot and load it up with lumber. You can take it out to the desert and go camping for the weekend. And on the times in between those adventures, it's going to be a better vehicle to live with on a day-to-day basis. So go ahead. Stand up to the truck bullies, the ones that call you a poser, the ones that say it's not a real truck. It's a truck. Come on. Bring on the comments. I'm waiting to read them. Caps lock. For more videos like this, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And if you want a cash offer on your car today, go to Edmunds.com/sellmycar.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Review | Honda's Pickup Truck Gets Updated

We at Edmunds happen to love the old Ridgeline, and we have repeatedly ranked it as the best midsize truck. What else does Honda have in store for the 2021 model?


Is the Honda Ridgeline a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Ridgeline both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.5 out of 10. You probably care about Honda Ridgeline fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Ridgeline gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Honda Ridgeline. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline:

  • Restyled front end and new rear bumper with dual exhaust
  • Updated infotainment system adds physical volume knob
  • New aesthetic packages from Honda Performance Development
  • Part of the second Ridgeline generation introduced for 2017
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Is the Honda Ridgeline reliable?

To determine whether the Honda Ridgeline is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Ridgeline. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Ridgeline's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Ridgeline and gave it a 8.5 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Ridgeline is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

The least-expensive 2021 Honda Ridgeline is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $36,490.

Other versions include:

  • Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $36,490
  • RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $39,470
  • RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $42,420
  • Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) which starts at $43,920
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What are the different models of Honda Ridgeline?

If you're interested in the Honda Ridgeline, the next question is, which Ridgeline model is right for you? Ridgeline variants include Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A). For a full list of Ridgeline models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

2021 Honda Ridgeline Overview

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is offered in the following submodels: Ridgeline Crew Cab. Available styles include Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), and Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A). Honda Ridgeline models are available with a 3.5 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 280 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 9-speed automatic. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Ridgeline 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Ridgeline.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Ridgeline featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburn area.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A)

Which 2021 Honda Ridgelines are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4dr Crew Cab AWD SB (3.5L 6cyl 9A), 9-speed automatic, regular unleaded
21 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG21
Transmission9-speed automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.5 L
Passenger Volume109.7 cu.ft.
Wheelbase125.2 in.
Length210.2 in.
Height70.8 in.
Curb Weight4436 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Honda Ridgeline?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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