2021 Honda Ridgeline Interior, Availability, Changes – With me today, I have a brand new and refreshed 2021 Honda Ridgeline. Now Honda made some big significant changes to the Ridgeline for this model year. Nothing on the outside but a lot of things on the inside. Including a brand new transmission, new infotainment screen, more standard safety features, and two of the biggest annoying things about the Ridgeline have been fixed. So is this the best Ridgeline ever, and is it simply the best midsize truck you could buy today? Well, keep reading and find out.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Changes
Starting with outside, the front end of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is very similar to the front end of a Honda Pilot or a Honda Passport. It’s curvy and round in isn’t as masculine as some of the other bolder and chiseled competition. You do have a large chrome trim piece that spreads from one headlight to the other along with a big black grille. On the upper trims, you have full LED headlights, but all trims get fog lights.
Now the side of the ridgeline definitely looks different than a pilot due to its five-foot bed in the rear. This RTL-E trim has chrome handles along with chrome window surrounds. However, if you’re not a fan of chrome, you could go with the sport or black edition for a completely black look. You also have matte black cladding that’s around the wheel fenders and lower door panels. And 18-inch gray-painted alloy wheels. All trim levels on the ridgeline come with some variant of 18-inch wheels.
Now the back of the Ridgeline is very truck-like. You have a large tailgate, a big emblem, and a bumper that is covered in matte black. The all-wheel-drive Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds. While the two-wheel drive, Ridgeline can tow 3,500 pounds. For 2021 the first annoyance that was fixed was the son locking tailgate. Previous years you couldn’t lock the tailgate without a special kit. That is no longer the case as the tailgate locks and unlocks with the rest of the doors.
The tailgate once a lock can open two ways. One way is the normal way, and the second way is from the side, which makes access to the bed much easier. Inside a bed, you’ll see the entire area covered in a composite material that is virtually scratch and dent-proof. in this RTL-E, you also get an outlet in the rear for those that need to plug in power tools.
There is a hidden trunk inside the bed which no other truck on the market offers. It is massive and is great for smaller things like groceries. You can even fill it up with ice since it is waterproof, and there is a drain plug on the bottom. The second noise house fixed in 2021 is the rear door opening. In previous years the door opening was narrow and made it hard to get into the second row and load things.
Inside this 2021 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E, you have leather cover seats and panels. If you wanted more cargo room, simply fold up the seats for a flat floor bottom. The second role passengers get a pair of vents and a pair of USB ports. With the front row seats slid all the way back, this is due to memory seats I have only about an inch of legroom. But in a normal driving position, it would be more like three inches. Also, I have about four to five inches of headroom; there’s plenty of width for the shoulder room.
The front of the cabin looks almost identical to a pilot or passport, but that isn’t a bad thing. You have a nice design and a modern dash. You have a large implement screen and a whole lot of space. The leather wrap steering wheel looks good and feels good too. Buttons the right controlled adaptive cruise control and info screen in the gauge cluster. Buttons on the Left Scrolls through the different modes of menus in the infotainment screen as well as the volume. You also have buns for phone control, voice control, and heated steering wheel.
The gauge cluster has a sizable screen that you can use to get a lot of information. Such as the compass, TPMS trip, computer, etc. buttons on the left of the steering wheel is for mirror control, safety features that you get with Honda sensing cargo light, and AC in the trunk and traction control. On a door panel, your memory seats, and you do have auto up/down windows for just the front passengers.
Now we’ll be on to the infotainment screen. It is a large 8-inch screen and has been updated in 2021. all trims now get this screen. It supports apple car play and android auto. And the interface is modern and responsive. Besides playing music in the cabin, you could also play music utilizing the trunk as a gigantic speaker very, very cool.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Engine
As for the engine and transmission, the engine stays the same for 2021. it is still a 3.5 liter V6 pushing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The transmission, however, has changed for 2021, a new 9-speed automatic. For some reason, though, the miles per gallon for highway actually went down by one with the newer nine-speed over its previous 6-speed.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Price and Release Date
A lot of haters out there saying it’s not a truck, it’s a pilot with a bed, it looks ugly, it can’t perform as well as the other trucks. That’s maybe true, it’s not gonna be an off-road king like let’s say a Jeep Gladiator. It’s not gonna be as fast or as good-looking as some of the other trucks out there. But as a daily driver you really can’t beat this truck because it’s more comfortable, it’s more spacious, and it’s a lot more practical too.
2021 Ridgeline now only has four trim levels. The sport is the base trim and starts around $34,000. Now the RTL-E that I’m reviewing today comes with leather, blind-spot system, trunk bed audio, the torque management all-wheel-drive system, premium audio, and more. And that tops out around 42,000 dollars. Now the top-of-the-line Black Edition comes in a little bit higher at forty-three thousand five hundred.
Next, let’s look at the good and bad to this brand new Ridgeline. Starting with a good, you get a quiet and comfortable ride. You have a spacious cabin, especially for a midsize truck. And you get a wide bed with that dual-action tailgate, which is really useful. It also has a hidden trunk with the tailgate speaker. You also now get locking tailgate and a wider second row opening for the doors. And lastly, a Honda sensing it’s now standard.
As for the bad, there are a few things as well. The exterior looks not as bold as the competition. The 9-speed auto is not as good as the six-speed, in my opinion. The infotainment screen is missing that very special volume knob. And finally, the towing capacity is below the competition.