Word on the street is the new 2021 Ridgeline will hit our South Florida Honda Dealers’ showrooms any minute. Its arrival is somewhat of a bittersweet moment for us. Although we’re certainly sad to see the 2020 Ridgeline leave, we’re also super-duper thrilled to see the truck get a redesign.
Did the Ridgeline need that redesign? Not necessarily. The 2020 model was as rugged as ever, as innovative as ever, and as safe as ever. It remains our favorite compact pickup truck in Miami by a mile, but we’d be nuts to turn down an even better one. And it’s safe to say the 2021 Ridgeline is destined to be just that: A better truck.
2020 vs. 2021: What’s New?
While the ‘21 Ridgeline will continue to provide versatility and class-defying ingenuity — it’s still the segment’s only truck with a built-in trunk — it will offer some new features and characteristics not found in the 2020 model.
For 2021, Ridgeline features all-new sheet metal from its front pillars to its newly squared-off nose. The grille has grown in height — it’s now more “upright,” as Honda says — and is bookended by new, brighter bisected LED headlights. Lower front bumpers also house new skid plates and side vents to promote more airflow around the standard 18-inch tires, which look more rugged than those on the 2020 Ridgeline.
In the back, the 2021 Ridgeline is completely reshaped to draw more attention to its new twin exhaust ports. And if you’re a fan of red cars, you can now buy or lease a red Ridgeline. That’s because Honda added a new Radiant Red Metallic paint color to the palette.
Honda Performance Development, or HPD, packages are now available on the Ridgeline. This package adds several HPD-exclusive features, including a more prominent grille and front-end with HPD emblem, black fender flares, bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics along the side of the bed.
Best of all, it looks like a bad mama jama. (See?)
Audio volume knobs have been added, much to the delight of all our South Florida Honda salespeople (a one-up on the all-digital controls, in our opinion).
Also added to the mix is wireless phone charging, which comes standard on 2021 Ridgeline RTL-E models.
All Ridgelines are accentuated by new contrast stitching on seats. Ridgeline Sport models add updated cloth seat inserts, while all trims but the top Black Edition get a cabin reno in the form of new dashboards, center console, and steering wheels.
The 2021 Ridgeline even carries over its best-in-class passenger space (109.7 cu ft in the Sport) and rear-seat legroom (36.7 inches), as well as a 2.7-cubic-foot storage compartment under the foldaway rear seat.
Ridgeline doesn’t mess with perfection. For 2021, max towing stays the same at 5,000 lbs*; payload capacity stays the same at 1,583 lbs; and horsepower and torque stay the same at 280 hp and 262 lb-ft, respectively. But there’s one big difference between the 2020 and 2021 Ridgeline: Standard all-wheel drive.
Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD, which was previously an available option, is now standard across the lineup. With i-VTM4, Ridgeline will automatically send up to 70% of the engine’s available 262 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels, depending on road conditions and surfaces.
The standardizing of AWD also opens the door to standardized Intelligent Traction Management. This system enables you to engage Snow, Sand or Mud drive modes by a single click of the button.
The full Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistive and safety features also carries over from the 2020 to the 2021 Ridgeline. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control.
New for 2021 is the addition of a standard Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Monitor to the Ridgeline RTL model. The BSI system was only available on the RTL-E and Black Edition trims last year.
Buy or Lease a Ridgeline in Miami
Be the first on your block to own this year’s best new truck. Amp up your ride with the ruggedly handsome and cleverly designed 2021 Ridgeline this weekend, and all your future weekends will go off without a hitch (unless you order and have a Ridgeline trailering hitch installed).
Contact your South Florida Honda Dealers to check Ridgeline availability, get a quote, or schedule a test drive. We have Miami Honda truck dealerships throughout the entire region, from as far north as Fort Pierce and as far south as Florida City.
Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.