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  • Alexander Mitich

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport w/HPD Package - So Good, We're Buying One

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline debuted with a bold new design that highlights the rugged and versatile capability of this pickup truck.

For 2021 models, the Ridgeline introduces a new veneer from the front roof pillars forward, with a new heavily embossed hood, new square front and more vertical grille, as well as new front fenders.

Flanking the grille are new LED headlights bisected by the crossbar above the grille, in gloss black for Sport and Black Edition trims, and chrome silver for RTL and RTL-E trims.

Body-colored lower front fender highlights the Ridgeline's bold new look, with a prominent skid plate and wide vents creating curtains to guide air through the fender and around the wheels and tires. front to improve aerodynamic performance.

The redesigned rear bumper reveals a striking dual exhaust, and all Ridgeline models come with 18-inch wheels that look more robust and a 20mm wider footprint for a wider, more stable stance. The new wheels complement the new, more robust look at the top, with a more aggressive sidewall and shoulder design. Added to the Ridgeline's exterior color palette is the new Radiant Red Metallic , like the one in this test drive.

The Ridgeline's standard V6 engine, fully independent suspension, and standard i-VTM4® torque vectoring AWD transmission give the Ridgeline the ability to tackle challenging roads and treacherous highways with maximum comfort and maneuverability.

Ridgeline continues to offer unmatched versatility, including the largest passenger and equipment cabin in the segment, an incredibly versatile platform with a category-unique In-Bed Trunk ® locking bottom compartment , and the highest cargo capacity on AWD models. standard.

In collaboration with Honda Performance Development ( HPD ), the US-based Honda racing company, a new HPD package was developed that includes exclusive grille treatment, an HPD emblem, black spoilers on the fenders, wheels on a imposing bronze color and special HPD graphics on the side of the platform, for a suggested retail price of $2,800.

This is one of four optional post-production packages available for all Ridgeline models, which also include the Utility ($1,465), Function ($270), and Function + ($1,315) packages.


Overall utility, usability and storage




HPD upgrades are purely cosmetic

Small taillights with red turn signals


Engine: 3.5L V6

Drivetrain: AWD

Power: 280 hp

Torque: 262 lb-ft

Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic

Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Comb.): 18/24/21 MPG

Curb Weight: 4,436 lbs

Base Price: $36,490

Price as Tested: $39,685

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