The mid-size Honda Ridgeline is a renegade of the class and in the entire truck industry in the US. It will remain so until the arrival of the Hyundai Santa Cruz which should also be another SUV-based pickup in the crowd of the body-on-frame models. Thanks to the SUV-derived underpinning, the Ridgeline provides unmatched ride quality in the class while getting also high scores for interior comfort, material quality and flexible cargo bed. Like every good truck these days, the Ridgeline is also available in numerous configuration options and it earned also the five-star rating in the safety tests.
Still, the SUV-like design makes some compromises related to towing limit, off-road capability and that could be the reasons why this truck hasn’t performed very well on the market. The Ridgeline continues to be outsold by all other class members including the venerable Nissan Frontier. Honda sold just 14, 988 examples in 2018 and sales in 2019 are 1 percent down.
The next 2020 Ridgeline won’t likely change model’s standings. Honda announced the hybrid version for its entire light-truck fleet but no signs that hybridized Ridgeline will hit the roads for the 2020 model year. Unconfirmed reports indicate possible addition of the new nine-speed automatic transmission and model could also get some visual updates combined with upgraded interior tech and safety.
The range of the available versions should remain the same with the RT trim at the starting point and Black Edition topping the range. Buyers who want to get a few extras above the base version and stay close to $30, 000 should consider 2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport which comes with unique styling and more standard equipment and can equip all-wheel drive.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport: Design
Honda is still tight-lipped about the next Ridgeline but the new model year could bring similar upgrades as the last year refreshed Pilot SUV.
The front section of the model should gain refreshed headlights combined with tweaked grille and front bumper style. The profile will stay intact while the refreshed taillights should be mixed with the multifunctional tailgate.
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport version will also add several unique touches on the exterior side to make it unique in the range. The model will ride on 18-inch gray alloy wheels and include fog lights and body-color painted door handles and tailgate handle.
The cabin of the SUV-derived pickup will provide passenger car-like comfort and design. The model will have a most comfortable cabin in the class and should gain upgraded tech features while other aspects should remain pretty much the same.
Honda should expand the availability of crash avoidance technologies and the Sport version could gain these systems. The range should include automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The upgraded infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto should also appear in the Ridgeline and Sport version could also get a larger center display.
The Sport trim will also own several extras over the base trim including keyless entry and start, unique upholstery, three-zone automatic climate control, etc.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport: Powertrains
Honda hasn’t yet revealed details about the powertrain options of the next Ridgeline. Unfortunately, there are no signs that the Accord sedan-derived hybrid system will find the way in the upcoming Ridgeline. The turbocharged engine option is also just a matter of speculations for now. The most probable upgrade for the 2020 Ridgeline could, however, be and introduction of the 9-speed automatic transmission which could bring some performance and efficiency gains.
The part of the Ridgeline’s equipment list will remain a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V-6 engine and the Sport trim will offer both front- and all-wheel drive. In the current version paired with the six-speed automatic transmission, this engine delivers 280 horsepower and torque of 262 pound-feet. The front-wheel-drive version manages 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highways. The all-wheel drive will reach 1 mpg less than the front wheels-driven Ridgeline.
The unibody Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport: Arrival, Price
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will reach showrooms later in the year. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport should again be available in low-$30,000 range.