Honda Ridgeline has unique advantages in the segment like the clever bed solution, SUV-like styling and interior, and most of all the SUV-based, unibody design which provides the class-best road manners and ride comfort. Still, that comes at the cost and the Ridgeline can’t tow as other, mid-size, body-on-frame trucks and a lower ride height also limits the off-road capability.
The Ridgeline has the single powertrain option but offers the variety of options and quality materials. The model was all-new for the 2017 model year while its SUV counterpart was redesigned a year earlier. The Pilot SUV received the mid-update for the 2019 model year and we expect now the 2020 Honda Ridgeline to follow.
The 2020 model year should bring revised styling like on the three-row SUV and the interior is expected with some design changes and upgraded tech features. Honda should also make the suite of active safety system available on all versions. There could also be more upgrades as Honda promised the electrified light-truck range and the 2020 Ridgeline could gain the Accord sedan-based hybrid setup. Still, everything is unofficial.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Design
The mid-size Ridgeline uses the reinforced platform and underpinning of the Pilot-SUV and shares the same styling language as well.
Following the refresh of the Honda Pilot, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline should also apply similar styling updates. The front fascia of the model should introduce the revised grille design with the thicker chrome bar like the Pilot SUV. The front section should also get the re-sculpted bumper and fog light housings with the restyled running lights.
The body lines, profile and size will remain the same while the tailgate should come with the slightly different styling of the taillights following again the changes of the Pilot SUV.
Inside the cabin, the similarities with the Pilot SUV won’t stop. The models share the same dashboard design and equipment. The truck comes with the quality materials and comfortable seats.
For the new model year, the Ridgeline should gain the updated infotainment system. The new version should come with the new 8-inch touchscreen and better-organized menu. The redesigned instrument cluster should also be the part of the update.
Honda is also expected to boost the safety of the model with the Safety Sense Suite available in all versions. All Ridgeline versions should include adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with emergency braking. Further safety upgrades will include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert but that will come at an extra cost in upper grades.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Powertrains
The unibody design and SUV-based suspensions provide the class-best handling and road manners to the Honda Ridgeline. The model shares its structure with the Pilot SUV but the same is with the powertrain.
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine sourced from the SUV model makes 280 hp and torque of 262 pound-feet. It is achievable with the six-speed automatic in the current version and Honda doesn’t offer the 9-speed automatic in the mid-size truck like in the Pilot SUV. Honda improved the 9-speed automatic for the refreshed Pilot and there is a chance that this transmission becomes the part of the Ridgeline as well.
The new transmission could slightly improve the fuel economy of the truck and now it returns 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. The towing capacity of the model will likely stay at 5, 000 pounds.
The big news for the 2020 Honda Ridgeline could also be the introduction of the hybrid powertrain. Honda promised the electrification of the model but wasn’t specific about the launch date. If the hybrid option arrives, it will adopt some form of the two-motor hybrid system from the Accord sedan. The system integrates the Atkinson cycle, combustion engine and two electric motors with the lithium-ion battery pack as well. The hybrid version would improve the fuel efficiency but remains to see what combination Honda will use and effects on the fuel economy and performance.
2020 Honda Ridgeline: Arrival, Price
The arrival of the updated 2020 Honda Ridgeline will be in the third quarter of 2019. The current version starts just below $30, 000 but if the reports about the mid-update prove to be accurate the price of the base version would likely close to 31, 000. Still, we should wait for the debut of the model for the precise details.