2020 Honda Ridgeline

MSRP $36,140 - $43,520

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2020 Honda Ridgeline pulls off quite a show in the light pickup segment. This year, the base RT and RTL-T trims were discontinued. Therefore, the available trims in order are Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. The Ridgeline is available for sale with an astounding starting price of $33,900. It gets a 280-hp V6 engine that is now paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission to deliver swift acceleration. Its towing capacity is rated at 5,000 pounds. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline front angle view

The cabin of the Ridgeline has a good fit and finish and uses plenty of premium materials. It offers ample passenger space in both rows for up to five passengers. However, its infotainment system is not up to the mark. The Ridgeline stands out in the class with top safety ratings and offers an array of standard safety features. The Ridgeline goes head-to-head against the Chevy Colorado, the Toyota Tacoma, and the Nissan Frontier

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Pros

Smooth ride quality

Spacious and upscale cabin

Long list of standard active safety features

Efficient yet powerful powertrain

Cons

Laggy infotaiment touchscreen

Low towing capacity

High initial price

What's New?

9-speed automatic is now standard

RT & RTL-T trims discontinued

Honda Sensing Suite is now standard

8-inch touchscreen is now standard


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38820

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lbs.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

9 speed Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/13 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

125.2 in.

length

210 in.

width

78.6 in.

height

70.8 in.

curb weight

4445 lbs.

ground clearance

7.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

109.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

payload capacity

1569 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

487.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Sport$36,140 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Road departure mitigation

RTL$36,670 onwards

  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Sunroof

RTL-E$42,020 onwards

  • Blind-Spot monitoring w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Navigation system
  • Powerful audio system

Black Edition$43,520 onwards

  • Blacked-Out exterior trim
  • Red-accented leather seats

Colors and Styles

2020 Honda Ridgeline in Crystal Black color
Crystal Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

6.0

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.9

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

Final Verdict

8.5

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


With crossover SUVs and pickup trucks more popular than ever, Honda combines the two genres with the innovative 2020 Ridgeline- CarAndDriver

The Honda Ridgeline is more inclined towards refinement and basically built for city roads. It will be an excellent mate for your weekend excursion or fishing trips with your friends and family. Show it some serious off-road stuff and you might get disappointed. Starting at $33,900, the Ridgeline is on the expensive side for a base model of any mid-size truck in the country. However, all the luxury and smoothness sure come at a price.

If you plan on buying the Ridgeline, you'll have to compromise on the ownership costs as they are higher than other competitors. The main reason being it depreciates by nearly $14,500 over a period of five years. The total ownership cost one has to bear, including maintenance, repair, fuel, etc. is around $8,470 per year. The miles per dollar ratio is estimated to be 6.98, which is really good thanks to its solid gas mileage. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline Front View
2020 Honda Ridgeline Rear View

8.0/10
Features

7.9/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition

8.5/10
Final Verdict


2020 Honda Ridgeline Buying Advice

The RTL trim is brimmed well in terms of features and hence, it is good to go for. This model adds a moonroof, power-adjustable and heated front seats, power-sliding rear window, leather upholstery. We also recommend upgrading to options such as a heated steering wheel and rear parking sensors for $500 each. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline side view

2020 Honda Ridgeline Features

8.0/10

When it comes to versatility, the Ridgeline’s bed is second to none- Kelly Blue Book

For 2020, Honda has dropped the RT and RTL-T trims. So the total trim count of the Ridgeline is four, which are Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition. The base price tag of the Ridgeline is $33,900 while the range-topping Black Edition retails at $43,520. Add to that a $1,095 destination fee. Except for the RTL-E and Black Edition models, both FWD and AWD configuration are available. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline side view

Honda offers a few appearance and utility packages for the Ridgeline. The $3,372 Adventure package adds 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, skid plate, black roof rails, sport grille, fender flares, black running board, and crossbars for the Sport, RTL, and RTL-E trims. The Utility Package II adds running boards with lights, silver roof rails, front and rear splashing guards, and crossbars for the same trims at $1,591. 

Trims

Sport

RTL

RTL-E

Black Edition

MSRP (FWD)

$33,900

$36,670

N/A

N/A
MSRP (AWD) $36,140 $38,820 $42,020 $43,520

Key Features

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Adds/ Upgrades to Sport trim Ads/ Upgrades to RTL trim Adds/ Upgrades to RTL-E trim
  8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Power front leather seats In-bed 115V power outlet Black exterior trim
  Push-button start

Heated front seats

Truck bed audio system 18-inch black alloy wheels
 

Fog lights

Power-sliding rear window Satellite radio

Red ambient LED lighting

 

18-Inch alloy wheels

Power moonroof HD radio Special edition leather seats
  7-speaker sound system Heated exterior mirrors 8-speaker audio system  
  Honda Sensing Suite Leather steering wheel Navigation system  
  Proximity entry   Blind-spot monitoring  
  Remote engine start   Rear cross-traffic alert  
      Front & rear parking sensors  
      Heated steering wheel   
      LED headlights  
      Auto-dimming rearview mirror  

There is another appearance package called Outdoor Essentials package that includes mostly the same contents as the Adventure package, except it adds black fender flares and red door sills. It costs only $2,399 as it skips skid plates and 18-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. 

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Engine and Performance

7.9/10

The engine feels smooth, and throttle response is especially receptive when you call for hard acceleration- CarAndDriver

The Honda Ridgeline shares its underpinnings with the Pilot SUV, so is the powertrain on this one. It is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine that pumps out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is teamed with a 9-speed automatic that delivers smooth and quick shifts just as any luxury SUV in the market. Both FWD and AWD configurations are available, depending on trims. Unlike its rivals, the Ridgeline gets just one engine and transmission combination. It further takes the beat with a low towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline engine

The Ridgeline is actually a family SUV disguised as a truck on the overall driving front. Driving the Ridgeline around the corner will ascertain our recommendation if driving pleasure on a budget is what we are shopping for. One of the big benefits of the Ridgeline's unibody platform is its refined ride. Controlled and poised, the Ridline's suspension tuning is firm and you feel this on rough roads. But, it doesn't have the bumpy jostling feel that you get in a traditional pickup truck. The Ridgeline shows that the truck doesn't need a truck-like ride. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline takes 6.6 sec to reach 60 MPH

The V6 on the Ridgeline is not the most powerful in its segment but sure has a lot of upswept advantages, acceleration being one of them. It can complete the 0-60 MPH test in 6.6 seconds, which is pretty decent for a pickup truck. It crosses the quarter-mile mark in 15.7 seconds with a top speed of 112 MPH. Just like its on-road performance, the Ridgeline also shows some serious stopping power and inspires confidence in the driver. It decelerates from 60-0 MPH in 129 feet while other trucks in the segment take a longer braking distance.  

Model

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Price $33,900 $32,115 $29,000 $27,900

Engine

3.5L V6 3.5L V6 3.6L V6 3.8L V6
Drivetrain FWD RWD RWD RWD
Transmission 9-Speed Automatic  6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic

Power

280 hp @ 6,000 RPM 278 hp @ 6,000 RPM 308 hp @ 6,800 RPM 310 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque

262 lb-ft. @ 4,700 RPM

265 lb-ft. @ 4,600 RPM

275 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

281 lb-ft. @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH 6.6 sec 6.8 sec 6.1 sec 7.3 sec
Quarter Mile 15.7 sec 15.2 sec 14.8 sec 15.6 sec
Top Speed 112 MPH 110 MPH 100 MPH 125 MPH
Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs 6,400 lbs 7,000 lbs 6,720 lbs

Due to its athletic engine and low curb weight, the Chevy Colorado is the quickest contender and also boasts the best towing capacity in the segment. On the other hand, the 310-hp Nissan Frontier shows sluggish acceleration but is an affordable option. The Toyota Tacoma also gives a good challenge to the Ridgeline in terms of performance and is a dedicated off-roader. 


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2020 Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is only moderately efficient- The Car Connection

The powertrain of the Honda Ridgeline is almost a symphony delivering excellent fuel economy. In its FWD form, the Ridgeline returns 19 MPG in the city, 26 MPG on a highway, and 22 MPG combined. The AWD models cut the combined fuel economy by 1 MPG. These fuel estimates are on par with other competitors in the segment. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline front driving view

Unlike its rivals, the Ridgeline gets a small fuel tank measuring 19.5 gallons. Hence, its driving range is less than its rivals. To be correct, the Ridgeline delivers up to 439 miles combined whereas the range falls down to 419 miles for AWD models. Overall, the Ridgeline delivers the best return to the price of gas from the lot.

Model

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

MPG (City)

19

19

18

18

MPG (Highway)

26

24

25

24

MPG (Combined)

22

21

20

20

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 19.5 21.1 21.0 21.1
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 371/507/439 401/506/453 378/525/451 380/506/443

All the competitors in this segment yield similar fuel estimates. I observed closely, the fuel economy of the Toyota Tacoma is very close to the Ridgeline. Considering the power it makes, even the Nissan Frontier's fuel ratings are good. The Chevy Colorado keeps up with the competition with a good economy and range. 


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2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior

9.0/10

This Honda’s cabin is well-designed, well-appointed, and quiet, and it’s arguably the nicest interior in the class -Cars.USNews

The interior of the Honda Ridgeline is along the lines of the Pilot SUV, It's a cockpit-like cabin with an interior wrapped in leather upwards of the RTL trim. The dashboard is made out of soft plastic that meets the lines of luxury and sophistication. The Crew Cab configuration seats up to five people. While the front seats are comfortable and supportive, they are heated and power-adjustable except for the Sport trim. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline dashboard

Taking the low ground clearance into consideration, the Ridgeline has the lowest seating position in the class. While low seating height can be an issue for some looking for a bird’s eye view from inside of the car. Otherwise, the rear seats are well-cushioned. Getting in and out of the vehicle is not going to be an issue for even people with small bones. Speaking of passenger space, there is plenty of them in both rows. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline infotainment system

An 8-inch touchscreen HondaLink infotainment is standard across the range and supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Garmin-based navigation is available on the top two trims and tends to work well. The infotainment system is not much fun to use, it’s more on the lines of unresponsive, and takes time to get used to. The standard seven speakers are responsible for sound duties but the Black Edition trim gets an 8-speaker audio system. 

Model

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.9/58.3/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/58.9/32.6

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.6/58.3/33.6

Cargo Space (cu-ft.)

33.9

N/A

49.9

33.5

The Ridgeline comes with just one cargo bed that offers a cargo capacity of 33.9 cu-ft. The bed also has 7.3 cu-ft. in-bed trunk with a lockable and sealable opening. You can store anything from tools to spare tires. The trunk is quite big in size, so big that it can accommodate a full-grown male in it. The trunk has a flusher at the bottom, which means that the trunk can be used as an icebox. The Ridgeline also comes with an in-bed audio system, which is unique in this segment. Some other cabin highlights are:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function leather heated steering wheel
  • Power front heated seats
  • Cloth & leather upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Ambient lighting
  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors
  • Moonroof
  • 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation system
  • Satellite radio
  • 7 & 8-speaker audio system

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Exterior

8.0/10

It's not unattractive, but it also doesn't look like it wants to get itself covered in mud at the first opportunity- Carbuzz

The Honda Ridgeline remains unchanged as far as the exterior design is concerned. Upfront, you get the typical Honda grille, not the updated version that updated version that you see in the Pilot. The Black Edition model adds a blacked-out grille with a bronze finish. The top trims come with LED headlights while the lower trims get halogen beams as standard. Also, fog lamps are standard on every Ridgeline. The Ridgeline rides on 18-inch alloy wheels as standard but every single trim does have a different wheel design.

2020 Honda Ridgeline three-quarter view

Looking at the measurements, the Ridgeline is the widest truck in the category even without the mirrors. This contributes to better shoulder room in the cabin than its rivals. The low ground clearance makes it easy for the passengers to get in and out of the truck easily. Unlike its rivals, the Ridgeline is a unibody structure which means that the bed and the truck are actually one piece. The rear design of the Ridgeline has a less trucky look than some rivals. However, you do get LED taillights but no exhaust outlets. 

Models

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,242 4,180  4,251  4,320 

Length (in)

210.0 212.3 224.9 205.5

Width (in)

78.6 75.2 74.3 72.8

Height (in)

70.2 70.6 70.6 70.1

Ground Clearance (in)

7.3 9.4 8.1 8.6

Wheelbase (in)

125.2 127.4 140.5 125.9

Owing to its true off-roading character, the Toyota Tacoma's ground clearance is the highest in this segment.  The Nissan Frontier's wheelbase is almost equal to the Ridgeline but its rear row isn't spacious as one. The Chevy Colorado is less wide than the Ridgeline and this impacts the shoulder room inside. Some main exterior characteristics of the Ridgeline are:

  • LED headlights
  • LED DRLs
  • LED taillights
  • Fog lamps
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Exterior entry lights
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • LED pickup bed light
  • Black grille
  • Dual-action tailgate
  • Black window trim

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2020 Honda Ridgeline Safety

8.0/10

The Honda pickup truck also includes a host of driver-assistance technolog- CarAndDriver

The Honda Ridgeline is one of the safest trucks around. It received a perfect 5-star overall safety rating for its crashworthiness. It was also awarded the Top Safety Pick by IIHS, which is the agency's second-highest accolade. Almost all crash tests were rated Good on safety measures. The front crash prevention was given a 'Superior rating. 

2020 Honda Ridgeline IIHS crash test

Honda has carefully decided that Ridgeline should be the clear pick for anyone who is looking forward to buying a safer truck, if not the safest, which it might pass for. Several driver-assist features can be found as standard on the spec list of Ridgeline. These features can prevent the risk of an accident and ensure a safe ride. Some of them include:

  • Rearview camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Lane departure warning
  • Road departure mitigation
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Front & rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2020 Honda Ridgeline Competition

8.0/10

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab vs 2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab 

The Chevrolet Colorado offers two engine options and offers class-leading towing capacity. Its longer bed also contributes to good cargo and payload capacity. However, the Ridgeline has a better fuel economy and offers a smoother ride quality. Inside, both trucks are equally spacious. The Colorado's infotainment system is more user-friendly while the Ridgeline's cabin feels upscale and offers more standard features. Also, the Ridgeline is a better pick in terms of safety.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab vs 2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab 

Toyota is known for its build and off-road capabilities and the Tacoma only impresses when both of these are concerned. Its towing capacity is also greater but the ride quality of the Ridgeline is better. The Tacoma's rear row feels cramped for adults but its infotainment system is good and it also comes with a longer bed. However, the Ridgeline offers some unique bed features. Like the Ridgeline, the Tacoma also offers a long list of standard driver aids. 

2020 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Crew Cab vs 2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

The Ridgeline is a better choice than the Nissan Frontier in almost every aspect. Although less powerful, the Ridgeline displays better agility than the Frontier but the latter has a dedicated off-road model. The Frontier's cabin looks outdated and its technology works like it's from a different era. Moreover, the rear row offers less passenger space than the Ridgeline. It also lacks in terms of safety features but beats the Ridgeline when it comes to hauling heavy loads. 

2020 Nissan Frontier Crew Cab

2020 Honda Ridgeline Final Verdict

8.5/10

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline is one powerful contender when the city roads are where you spend most of your time. However, for the wilder ones, who hit the trails more often, the Ridgeline doesn't check the right boxes. For those who tow their belongings around on a regular, this truck might fail you. There are other trucks in the market that are more utilitarian and are more truck-like, unlike the uni-body Ridgeline. For those who carry deep pockets and are city runners, the truck would fit right in the bill. With all the luxury and space, also features like the in-bed trunk and bed speakers, this is surely a rocker for the modern buyers, looking at SUV-like trucks.

2020 Honda Ridgeline three-quarter view

2020 Honda Ridgeline FAQs

Is Honda Ridgeline good in snow?

Yes, the Honda Ridgeline can be driven on snow-covered roads. Its AWD system offers plenty of grips. 

Is the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition worth it?

Starting at $43,520, the Honda Ridgeline Black Edition is an expensive truck in its category but it comes loaded with premium features while its black exterior trim adds to its styling quotient. 

How much will a Honda Ridgeline tow?

The towing capacity of the Honda Ridgeline is rated at 5,000 pounds, which is the least in its segment. 

Does Honda Ridgeline have problems?

According to NHTSA, a total of 11 complaints were registered against the Honda Ridgeline. The most common problems were related to the failure of electrical systems, engines, brakes, and propulsion systems. 

Is the Honda Ridgeline reliable?

Yes, it scored 81 out of 100 in the J.D. Power reliability test and ranks second on the list below the Ford Ranger.

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