Rumors have been swirling in recent months regarding a potential redesign of the popular Honda Ridgeline. As one of the safest, most fuel-efficient and satisfying to drive midsize trucks in the industry, the popular Ridgeline has developed quite the following since its debut in 2006. If there was one consistent complaint from owners and enthusiasts alike, however, it was that the Ridgeline’s styling was too tame and understated compared to the competition.
That is sure to change for the 2021 model year, as the rumors of the Honda Ridgeline’s redesign have been confirmed. No longer will you accidentally walk up to the front of a Honda Odyssey in parking lots and mistake it for your Ridgeline. With a look all to its own, the 2021 model is sleeker, bolder and more aggressive than its predecessor—much to the delight of potential buyers.
Rumored Exterior Design for 2021 Honda Ridgeline
While far from an extensive platform redesign, the changes made to the 2021 model escalate far beyond a typical mid-cycle refresh. The sheet metal from the front A-pillars forward is entirely new, resulting in a new Ridgeline that is hardly recognizable from the outgoing 2020 model.
The front end has been shifted from an aerodynamic profile to a more upright position—reminiscent of other competing trucks in the segment like the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. It’s flanked by a larger, more aggressively styled grille that compliments the Ridgeline’s rugged versatility.
The front fenders have changed shape to accommodate the new Ridgeline’s squared-off front fascia, which also features a more prominent power bulge hood. A stylish crossbar bisects the Ridgeline’s updated LED headlights—finished in gloss black on Sport and Black Edition trims and chrome on the RTL and RTL-E.
The front bumper itself has also been restyled—arguably the component most responsible for the Ridgeline’s dramatic transformation. Whereas before an unpainted plastic lower valance comprised the area below the grille, the body color has been extended further down the bumper on the 2021 Ridgeline. Aggressively styled side vents flank each side of the bumper and a functional skid plate resides underneath— the first tasked with improving aerodynamic efficiency and the second protecting sensitive drivetrain components below.
The rear bumper has also been reshaped to accommodate dual exhaust outlets. Polished aluminum tips peek through the bumper’s contoured openings—resulting in a far sportier look than the 2020 model that sheepishly hid its exhaust system entirely.
Rumored 2021 HPD Honda Ridgeline
It appears Honda Performance Division will get their hands on the 2021 Ridgeline after all—in the form of an all-new striking HPD appearance package. Rumors were persistent that HPD would be involved with the development of the 2021 Ridgeline, and enthusiasts are sure to love what they’ve developed for the new model. The HPD package adds a stealth blacked-out grille, oversized black fender flares and striking bronze-colored wheels to give the HPD Ridgeline a distinctive look from any other truck on the road. HPD graphics also adorn the bed walls, leaving onlookers with no doubt that this particular Ridgeline is anything but ordinary.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Pricing and Availability
Honda has yet to announce pricing for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline, though Car and Driver estimates pricing to start at $35,500. The restyled Ridgeline is set to go on sale in the early months of 2021.