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2021 Honda Ridgeline grows more macho with redesigned looks – Roadshow

Beep beep, new pickup coming via.


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The Honda Ridgeline hangs with an odd truck crowd. As you in all probability know, it isn’t a “conventional” pickup truck. It rides on a unibody platform that makes some take into account it a poser. In all equity, the Ridgeline is a pleasant pickup, however for its 2021 redesign, it is grown extra macho than earlier than.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline revealed itself on Wednesday with way more aggressive seems than earlier than. Straight away, it is clear Honda designers needed the Ridgeline to look much more like a truck with the power-bulge hood, bigger, extra upright grille and wider monitor width. The remainder of the fascia receives adjustments, too, with a black or chrome crossbar that connects the headlights, and new aspect air vents that assist create air curtains for improved aerodynamics.

The adjustments work. The Ridgeline seems far much less like a Honda Pilot with a pickup mattress within the again. It is maybe slightly generic, drawing comparisons to the Toyota Tundra from a pair Roadshow workers, however total, it isn’t too shabby. Each Ridgeline trim additionally will get new 18-inch wheels to make this pickup truck even truckier, and new all-season tires with an “aggressive” sidewall and shoulder design double down on the Ridgeline’s extra in-your-face seems. Not too in your face, although. That is like being passive aggressive to Grandma, not flipping her off. 

As for the rear finish, it goes largely unchanged with a easy, restyled bumper that helps pronounce two massive exhaust pipes. However the nifty in-bed trunk stays, which offers nearly eight cubic toes of storage underneath the mattress. For those who’re seeking to load the 2021 Ridgeline to the gills with junk, it will haul 1,580 kilos and tow 5,000 kilos if the truck options all-wheel drive.

For these seeking to go additional, Honda will supply a Honda Efficiency Improvement pack that provides bronze wheels, a novel grille and black fender flares together with HPD graphics. It isn’t the Ridgeline’s greatest look for my part, however the wheels are form of neat. Anticipate much more particular packages within the close to future too, Honda stated.

The cockpit retains on holding on, however the infotainment display will get a redo with cleaner graphics that make the system less complicated to make use of, based on Honda. Material seats obtain new inserts, and dearer trims bundle new inside accents to spruce up the cabin. Flat-fold and 60/40 rear seats hold the Ridgeline mighty purposeful, although. Honda Sensing additionally bundles a collection of lively security gear and driver-assist options.

What would not change are the mechanicals for the 2021 Ridgeline. Each model nonetheless comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and pairs with a nine-speed automated transmission. Entrance-wheel drive is normal on the Sport and RTL trims, whereas AWD with torque vectoring is normal on the RTL-E and Black Version fashions. Oh, and yeah, it has VTEC.

General, the 2021 redesign is a secure, and good-looking replace to the nonconforming pickup. The Ridgeline’s all the time been about maximizing actual usability. The newest updates simply assist the truck look the half extra, and you will find the truck at sellers early subsequent 12 months.


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Sean Szymkowski