In the world of mid-size pickup trucks, the Honda Ridgeline stands out as the sole truck with a unibody design (though it will soon get joined by the new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Fe). While bucking the traditional trend has gotten the Honda its fair share of criticism, its impressive performance is undeniable. Based on size and function, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline often is compared to the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. However, the new Ridgeline offers specific advantages over each.
Why a unibody frame? Simply put, it acts more like an SUV (the Honda Ridgeline is built on the same platform as the Honda Pilot), providing a smooth, stable ride with less cabin noise and is overall more comfortable. Truck purists may scoff at that and say it is not a true, tough truck, but thousands of satisfied Honda Ridgeline owners would beg to differ. Most drivers do not need to tow 10,000 pounds, and the versatile bed in the Honda Ridgeline is more than sufficient for the average driver’s needs. These are mid-size trucks – you would need to look to a full-size pickup to do the super heavy lifting.
The redesigned 2021 Honda Ridgeline got a rugged new look to help it be more of a tough truck. The Ridgeline also offers a few specific features not available in the Ranger, Colorado or the Tacoma.
A new dual-action tailgate opens conventionally from the top down or swings open from the side depending on what you need to load into the truck bed. Opening the trunk top-down also adds 300 lbs to your payload.
Lockable In-Bed Trunk®
The new Ridgeline offers a standard Lockable In-Bed Trunk® that sits below the truck bed floor, adding 7.3 cubic feet of storage space to the 5.3-foot truck bed. The in-bed trunk includes a drain plug and can be used as an ice chest – perfect for tailgating or camping. Use the available 150-watt/400-watt truck-bed power outlet to watch the game on a TV or plug in your power tools.
Lay-Flat Truck Bed
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is also the only mid-size pickup that can accommodate 4×8-foot sheets of plywood lain flat. The reduced wheel well housing increases the width of the truck bed to hold wider items than most trucks.
2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. Toyota Tacoma
The new Honda Ridgeline has a higher payload capacity than the new Toyota Tacoma, 1,596 lbs vs. 1,100 lbs. The Ridgeline is also much quicker than the Tacoma, going 0-60 in a mere 6.1 seconds versus the Tacoma’s sluggish 7.4 seconds. Car and Driver put the Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma head to head on an off-road course and found that the Honda beat the Toyota in handling, agility and speed. The Ridgeline also has more passenger room in its spacious cabin.
2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevrolet Colorado
Comparing the new Honda Ridgeline to the Chevy Colorado results in newly 10 feet more passenger space in the Honda, 107.9 cu ft vs. 97.6 in the Colorado, and the Honda as more advanced technology. Honda’s Intelligent Traction Management System helps drivers navigate over all kinds of tricky terrain, including Sand, Mud and Snow. Remote start is standard on the Ridgeline but costs extra in the Colorado.
2021 Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Ranger
Considering Ford is known for its trucks, it may be surprising to learn that the new Ridgeline beats the Ford Ranger in horsepower, 280-hp to Ford’s 270. Ford also does not offer an Intelligent Traction Management System like Honda’s and leaves it up to you to traverse rough terrain. Again, Honda wins for passenger room in the cabin.
The all-new 2021 Honda Ridgeline expertly blends style, capability and comfort into one mid-size pickup truck. Able to tow up to 5,000 pounds*, you get the best in pickup functionality with SUV comfort and technology. Available in four trims, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline features more upgraded tech and premium features, including:
- Standard AWD
- Power moonroof
- Leather-trimmed interior
- Heated front seats
- Wireless charger
- Truck bed audio system
- Power sliding rear window
- Apple CarPlay® / Android Auto™
- Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
- Honda Sensing® safety features
Experience the versatility of the new 2021 Honda Ridgeline with a test drive at Hayward Honda. Hayward Honda in Hayward, California, offers a great selection of new and used Hondas, plus is your Bay Area authorized Honda Service Center. Our experienced team is here to answer all of your questions about the rugged new Honda Ridgeline, and our expert Honda service technicians will keep your Honda running at its best. Shop online or visit Hayward Honda in Hayward, CA, today!
*Maximum towing capacity is 5,000 lbs. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.