2020 Honda Ridgeline Reviews

2020 Ridgeline New Car Test Drive

Introduction

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck takes a different approach. It's built on a lighter platform than other trucks-it admits it's all the truck most buyers will ever really use. What it lacks in brute strength it makes up for in comfort, efficiency, and practicality.

For 2020, Honda adds some standard equipment. All Ridgelines now come with a 9-speed automatic transmission, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. But more significantly, the 2020 Ridgeline gets Honda's Sensing suite of safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. 

From the front, the Ridgeline looks just like the Honda Pilot crossover SUV. The bed is stamped into the body; it's not a separate piece as in some pickup trucks. The car-like cabin is sleek and high-quality, with enough buttons and knobs to be useful but not feel like it's trying too hard. 

A smooth 3.5-liter V-6 making 280 horsepower is paired to the 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard (more of the different approach) with all-wheel drive available.

The Pilot's integrated frame sacrifices some towing capacity and off-road capability, but its on-road driving manners are unmatched by any other pickup. They provide a smooth and confident ride that feels very much like the Pilot.

Thoughtful design features made possible by this truck's structure allow more storage beyond the bed. There is a lift-up rear seat with extra storage, a tailgate that either folds down or swings out, and a lockable trunk in the bed. 

The front-wheel-drive Ridgeline makes 19 mpg city, 26 highway, 22 combined, while the all-wheel-drive version is rated at 19/24/21 mpg, on regular fuel. 

The NHTSA gives the Ridgeline five stars overall for crash safety. The IIHS has made the latest Ridgeline a Top Safety Pick. 

Lineup

For 2020, two models have been dropped, leaving four: the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition.

The front-wheel-drive Sport starts at $34,995 including destination, which is a $510 increase over last year's base model. It includes keyless ignition, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth, and Honda's suite of active safety tech including automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. All-wheel drive is available for $2,240.

The RTL starts at $37,765 and adds an acoustic glass windshield, power moonroof, power-sliding rear window, leather upholstery, 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, and 4-way power passenger seat, both heated. The all-wheel-drive version costs $39,915.

Ridgeline RTL-E models get all-wheel drive standard and start at $43,115. For that you get LED headlights, daytime running lights, bed lights, automatic high-beam headlights, blind-spot monitors, front and rear parking sensors, a 150/400-watt power outlet in the bed, a heated steering wheel, ambient interior lighting, two second-row USB ports, satellite navigation improved audio, and a truck bed audio system that's perfect for tailgating.

The Ridgeline Black Edition costs $44,615 and features the same equipment as the RTL-E, but wears unique black wheels, black paint, and red interior ambient lighting.

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