2021 Honda Ridgeline for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline begins the popular pickup’s fourth generation. Honda debuted the Ridgeline in 2005 as a utility vehicle with special attention on ride quality: whereas most pickups are built body-on-frame, this one uses unibody construction for increased passenger comfort. With its ruggedness, practical cargo bed, and ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds, it presents an attractive balance as a daily driver that comes in handy on the weekends.
The most noticeable changes that this redesign brings start with its front-end appearance: the hood and more squared-off front fascia look more aggressive and indicate the power behind the scenes. The grille and fenders also show an updated look, with side vents to increase aerodynamics for optimal fuel economy; a skid plate has also been added. In back, the high-mounted rear bumper and dual exhaust add to the tough-yet-refined appearance. Mud-ready all-terrain tires come standard on all ’21 Ridgelines.
Inside, there’s more comfort and practicality than ever. The back seat splits three ways and folds up to help fit items that are challenging to carry (such as bicycles and home improvement materials). The cockpit has an updated look, with newly designed elements throughout. A new option, the Honda Performance Development (HPD) Package, also debuts to add bronze-toned wheels, a special grille, black fender flares, and unique graphics on the bed walls.
Honda presents the 2021 Ridgeline in four trim levels: Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Their power comes from 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. Its transmission is a nine-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive comes standard. The towing capacity peaks at 5,000 pounds, depending on how much weight is inside the vehicle (the Ridgeline boasts a class-best standard payload capacity of 1,580 pounds). The EPA has rated the ’21 Ridgeline’s fuel economy at 18 miles per gallon in around-town driving and 24 mpg on the open highway.
The Sport is a well-equipped base trim, getting remote start, keyless entry, push-button ignition, automatic LED headlights, LED fog lights and taillights, a dual-action tailgate (with hinges on both the bottom and side), a locking trunk in the truck bed, eight heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, rear privacy glass, a Class III trailer hitch with a 7-pin connector, and dual exhaust. Inside, there are front and center console 12-volt power outlets, multiple USB ports, automatic climate control with three zones, a HomeLink remote system, and a 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with secure underfloor storage. The base version of the backup camera is a deluxe one, in that it has a dynamic guidelines feature for extra confidence.
The RTL trim adds a moonroof, a power-sliding rear window, heated exterior mirrors with position memory, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power driver’s seat with memory, a power front passenger’s seat, and leather upholstery. The front seats are heated. The keyless entry system is upgraded in the RTL-E, which also gets a heated steering wheel, a wireless smartphone charger, front and rear parking sensors, LED truck bed lights, a truck-bed power outlet, and blue ambient interior lighting. The Black Edition is distinct with its Crystal Black Pearl paint, red ambient interior lighting, gloss-black exterior moldings, black chrome accents, and gloss-black 18-inch wheels.
Driver-Assist Features and Technology
Honda Sensing, a proprietary package of active safety technologies, is standard issue on every 2021 Ridgeline. The most basic edition includes forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. The RTL and higher also get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and the RTL-E and Black Edition receive automatic high beams.
Honda’s base infotainment system for the ’21 Ridgeline has an 8-inch touchscreen and contains everything the driver and passengers need to stay informed, connected, and entertained.
Standard features range from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth to hands-free text messaging and a sound system with seven speakers. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is added at the RTL level. The RTL-E and Black Edition also get high-definition radio, a navigation system, an upgraded audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer, plus audio for the truck bed – the ultimate tailgating accessory.
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Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
*(NHSTA) Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).