2020 Honda Ridgeline
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is a unibody-built pickup that nicely blends the drivability of a crossover with the utility of a truck. Given that those are the most popular vehicle segments, it ticks all the right boxes for a big percentage of drivers and is just right for those who appreciate a carlike ride but need to haul some stuff on occasion. Plus, with the available in-bed audio system, it’s ideal for tailgating. For the 2020 model year, the Ridgeline gets a new nine-speed automatic transmission and expansion of its standard equipment: the Honda Sensing active safety suite, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are now found on all trim levels. The trim lineup has also been streamlined from six to four.
The four trim levels of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline are the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. Unlike competing light pickups with their body-on-frame construction, the Ridgeline is made with unibody construction for a more comfortable and less truck-like ride, yet it still offers the utility of a pickup. The powertrain is made up of a 280 hp (262 lb.-ft. of torque) 3.5-liter V6 and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Sport and RTL trims, but all-wheel drive is optional. The RTL-E and Black Edition get AWD as standard. The 2020 Ridgeline also achieves an EPA-estimated 19 mpg around town and 26 mpg on the highway with FWD and 19 city/24 highway with AWD.
Comfort and Convenience
Accommodations are aplenty in the 2020 Honda Ridgeline. On the base-level Sport this includes a dual-action tailgate, an in-bed trunk, LED taillights, an integrated class III trailer hitch, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and a 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage. The RTL adds heated side mirrors, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-trimmed interior, and heated front seats. The RTL-E receives LED headlights, a walk-away auto lock feature, memory function for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and ambient blue interior lighting. Reaching the top of the range, the Black Edition – as the name indicates – gets a blacked-out exterior trim and wheels plus red-accented leather seats and interior lighting.
Driver-Assist Features and Technology
All versions of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline come with the Honda Sensing suite of active drive aids. This includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. The RTL-E and Black Edition also get blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and automatic high beams.
The Sport and RTL get the base infotainment system, featuring an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capabilities, a seven-speaker audio system, and two USB data ports. The RTL-E and Black Edition add satellite and HD radio, two additional USB data ports, integrated navigation, a premium eight-speaker audio system, and a trunk bed audio system.
*(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).