2021 Honda Ridgeline Review: Still Refined, but a Bit Edgier – Kelley Blue Book


  • Well-judged dimensions
  • Muscular and refined engine
  • Under-bed storage area
  • Impressive payload capacity
  • Exemplary Honda build quality


  • Off-roading & towing talents eclipsed by rivals
  • No choice of cab size
  • Starts out pricier than the competition

What’s New This Year?

  • Infotainment system gains a dedicated volume knob
  • Styling revisions inside and out
  • New HPD package brings cosmetic additions

KBB Editors’ Overview

KBB Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup with a spacious 4-door cab and two rows of seating. Or it’s a refined SUV with a truck bed.

This dual nature comes, paradoxically, from a one-piece body. Most pickups have a body built on a ladder-frame chassis. It’s an unsophisticated old-school recipe, but it’s rugged, works well for off-road adventures and for towing. The Ridgeline isn’t like that.

It deploys a unibody construction, like the Honda Pilot SUV. The upside is that it can ride and handle like the Pilot, which is composed and comfortable.

Another area where the Ridgeline breaks with tradition is that its base model has front-wheel drive instead of rear-wheel drive. But that does bring better traction in snowy conditions.

And the Honda Ridgeline is still a highly capable truck. It offers an all-wheel-drive system with a multi-mode terrain response feature that can tackle slippery surfaces and give the truck some off-road talents. It will tow up to 5,000 pounds or handle a maximum payload of 1,580 pounds. And the space between the wheel wells allows users to load sheets of plywood or drywall that are four feet wide.

The 2021 Ridgeline also comes with several advanced