Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline
Honda Ridgeline

2020 Honda Ridgeline

Pros: Unibody construction delivers smoother, better-composed ride and handling than traditional body-on-frame pickups; unique available features, versatile cargo bed

Cons: Only one engine and body style available; body-on-frame pickups offer better off-roading and towing capabilities

CG Says: The 2020 Honda Ridgelines now has standard Honda Sensing (forward collision warning and mitigation, lane-keep assist, road-departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control) on all models. The 6-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by a 9-speed auto. An 8-inch control screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality is also newly standard. The model lineup has been simplified with several trim levels, such as the base RT, dropped. Unlike other compact pickups that have body-on-frame construction, the Ridgeline has carlike unibody construction. A 5-passenger, 4-door crew cab is the only cab style available. A 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 with a 9-speed automatic transmission is the sole drivetrain, and front-wheel drive is available in addition to full-time all-wheel drive. The cargo bed is five feet four inches long and five feet wide; a four-foot-wide sheet of plywood will fit between the wheel arches. There is also a lockable storage well under the bed floor and the two-way tailgate can be opened either down (like a traditional pickup) or to the side. A novel “truck-bed audio” feature available on top-line models uses small electronic units mounted inside the bedliner that essentially turn the entire pickup bed into a speaker. Other available features include keyless access/starting, a navigation system, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated mirrors, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. After its 2017 redesign, Honda’s Ridgeline looked more like a traditional pickup truck than its predecessor. Ridgeline offers SUV-like on-road ride and handling characteristics that are a bit more refined than its GM, Ford, and Toyota rivals. Ridgeline also offers some clever interior and exterior cargo solutions that aren’t matched by its competitors. Unless you’re looking to do serious off-roading or towing, the Ridgeline will likely provide all the hauling versatility you’ll need, along with everyday driving manners and all-around sophistication that are a cut above its class competition.

The Facts
Class Compact Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) Crew Cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Honda
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices Sport: $34,995
AWD Sport: $37,235
RTL: $37,765
AWD RTL: $39,915
AWD RTL-E: $43,115
AWD Black Edition: $44,615

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Std. Transmission
9-speed autoamtic
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)