2020 Honda Ridgeline Model Review with Prices, Photos, & Specs

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Honda Ridgeline

Key Features

  • Starting at $35,020 MSRP*
  • 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system
  • Dual-action tailgate, In-Bed Trunk®, and integrated trailer hitch
  • Standard 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen, customizable feature settings, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration
  • Optional Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • 5,000 lbs maximum towing capacity and 1,580 lbs maximum total payload capacity

Honda Ridgeline Video

About the Honda Ridgeline

From rough mountain trails to smooth downtown boulevards, the rugged Honda Ridgeline has the performance and capability to help you create memories that last a lifetime. Engineered with groundbreaking features not found on any other pickup truck, the Ridgeline helps you achieve a balance between work and play. Giving you enough muscle to conquer the toughest tasks is a standard 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with the confidence of an optional Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system.

Even if you’re miles away from home, the Ridgeline helps you stay connected to your social circle with its standard 8-inch Display Audio system and a high-resolution touch-screen along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Helping to illustrate the Honda commitment to safety, the Ridgeline offers the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

What the Critics Say

There’s an old saying that goes: “If you own a house, you should own a truck.” While the 2020 Ridgeline may not share the same DNA with traditional pickups, the second generation of the unique Honda truck is one of the best-rounded vehicles of its kind to have around a household.” — NY Daily News
The engine feels smooth, and throttle response is especially receptive when you call for hard acceleration. An untraditional pickup in many ways, the Ridgeline surprises from behind the wheel. On the road, it’s well-mannered and feels extremely competent. Its coil-sprung independent rear suspension contributes to a carlike ride quality not available with the leaf-sprung, solid-axle setups used by the competition.” — Car and Driver

What’s New for 2020

For 2020, the Honda Ridgeline receives an assortment of key updates. First, all Ridgeline models come equipped with a new 9-speed automatic transmission which helps bolster efficiency and response. Last year’s RT and RT-L grades have been discontinued, leaving buyers with a total of 4 trims to choose from. Additionally, the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive safety technologies is now included as standard across the model lineup. Finally, the Honda Ridgeline also gets a larger 8-inch touchscreen as standard for 2020.

Honda Ridgeline Features

Honda Ridgeline Performance

Performance & Capability

No matter what obstacle stands in your way, the Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine to help you conquer the challenge. This workhorse of a powertrain gives you up to 5,000 lbs of towing capacity along with 1,580 lbs of total payload capacity. Allowing for a smooth ride on the highway without compromising off-road abilities, the Ridgeline is engineered with a rigid lightweight unibody design and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension. Once the terrain turns rocky, the optional Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system is there to help you stay in control. Individual terrain settings for snow, mud, and sand in the Intelligent Traction Management system allow the Ridgeline to adjust to the conditions for enhanced control in tricky situations.

Versatile Truck Bed

Challenging the conventional beliefs of what a pickup is capable of, the Honda Ridgeline is designed with smart solutions both inside and out. A class-exclusive feature, the standard In-Bed Trunk of the Ridgeline offers 7.3 cubic feet of secure cargo space along with a drain plug for easy cleaning. Use the Dual-Action Tailgate which opens either straight down or side-to-side to haul large or flat items such as plywood sheets. Keep your cargo stable with a total of 8 heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, each rated up to 350 pounds. Enjoy the perfect soundtrack while you work with the available Truck-Bed Audio System of the Ridgeline. It includes Bluetooth® compatibility that allows you to change songs with your compatible smartphone.

Honda Ridgeline Bed
Honda Ridgeline Interior

Ergonomic Interior

Designed with comfort as the main priority, the ergonomic interior of the Honda Ridgeline has room for up to 5 along with the highest passenger volume in the segment. Different from most pickups, the Ridgeline is infused with technology and makes accessing your favorite features as simple as pressing a button. For a more upscale feel, you can select optional leather-trimmed upholstery along with a heated steering wheel. Great for carrying bulky items such as a bike or camping gear, standard 60/40 Split Lift-Up rear seats help create endless cargo-carrying possibilities. Available Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control keeps all occupants comfortable on the way to your destination.

Advanced Safety

No other pickup truck prioritizes your safety quite like the Honda Ridgeline. A standard Rearview Camera helps you maneuver in or out of a tight space with confidence with an available Blind Spot Information System helps alert you to unseen vehicles when driving on the highway. Standard Honda Sensing,® a full suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies are designed to assist and help protect you and your passengers. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), and Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

Honda Ridgeline Safety

Trims & Specs

2020 Honda Ridgeline Sport


  • Starting at $35,020 MSRP*
  • 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system
  • Honda Sensing®
  • In-Bed Trunk®
  • 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration

2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL

RTL (AWD Available)

  • Starting at $37,790 MSRP*
  • Leather-Trimmed Interior with Heated Front Seats
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof
  • Power Sliding Rear Window
  • Exclusive 18-inch Machine-Finished Alloy Wheels
  • Push Button Start

2020 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E

RTL-E (AWD Standard)

  • Starting at $43,140 MSRP*
  • 540-Watt Premium Audio System and Truck-Bed Audio System
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™
  • Heated Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock®

2020 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

Black Edition (AWD Standard)

  • Starting at $44,640 MSRP*
  • Perforated black leather-trimmed seats with red under-fabric and red stitching
  • Crystal Black Pearl paint with gloss black door handles
  • Exclusive 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels
  • Red ambient LED lighting
  • Black Edition badging

*MSRP includes $1,120 destination charge, but excludes tax, registration, and options. Dealer set own prices.

**19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Use for comparison purposes only. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.