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Here’s a Look at Honda’s Newly Emboldened Pickup


The Honda Ridgeline has been trying to share the pickup truck sandbox with beefier, chunkier rivals like the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Those competitors haven’t played very nicely, with sales every year that easily surpass the plucky Honda.

Now, with new, squared-off duds and standard all-wheel-drive, the 2021 Ridgeline finally looks the part it has been trying to play.

Last year’s Ridgeline looked like what it was — a Pilot crossover with the back portion of the roof lopped off in favor of an open pickup bed. Underneath its boxier front end and behind rugged-sounding accessory package names such as Utility and Function, the refreshed 2021 Ridgeline is the same crossover-based pickup.

But that’s no bad thing. Honda’s pickup has always been a smart choice thanks to creative storage solutions such as a hidden, lockable trunk compartment in the bottom of the bed, plus a comfortable ride and decent fuel economy by truck standards. The EPA says to expect about 21 mpg combined, which isn’t bad for a pickup.

2021 Honda Ridgeline price

When it goes on sale Feb. 2, the 2021 Pilot will arrive with a base price of $36,490 (plus $1,175 destination fee). That’s up around $2,600, but most of that increase is because all-wheel drive is now standard.

Last year, Honda charged $2,240 to upgrade from front front-wheel drive to all-wheel drive. That’s more than rivals’ base prices, but the Ridgeline is quite well-equipped with a suite of active safety and driver-assistance features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. It also includes an 8-inch touchscreen, and for 2021 gets an easier-to-use physical volume control rather than the fussy touch-based slide control. At the top end, the Ridgeline runs about $44,000.

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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