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

Honda Ridgeline Model Overview at Honda East Cincinnati

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
  • 5,000 lbs maximum towing capacity and 1,580 lbs maximum total payload capacity
  • Standard Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features
  • Available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with voice recognition and Honda HD Digital Traffic
  • Standard 8-inch Display Audio with high-resolution touch-screen, customizable feature settings, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration

About the Honda Ridgeline

Whether you’re forging a mountain trail or cruising down the open highway, the rugged Honda Ridgeline has the power and agility to turn any trip into an adventure. Engineered with innovations that will change the way you see a pickup truck, the Ridgeline not only helps you work harder — but also work smarter. Experience robust power from the 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 along with exceptional control in all types of road conditions with the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system. No matter how far off the beaten path you travel, you’ll always be connected with the standard 8-inch Display Audio system and a high-resolution touch-screen along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Highlighting the Honda commitment to safety, the Ridgeline continues to offer the comprehensive Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver assistive features, including the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

What the Critics Say

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
While other trucks come standard with rear-wheel drive and offer four-wheel drive, the Ridgeline comes with front-wheel drive and offers all-wheel drive. It rides like a car or crossover SUV, and its ride is the smoothest in the class. Even large bumps in the road are absorbed with ease, since the Ridgeline eschews the tough body-on-frame construction of other trucks.” — U.S. News & World Report

What’s New for 2020

The Honda Ridgeline receives a handful of impressive updates for the 2020 model year. In terms of performance, the Ridgeline now comes standard with a new 9-speed automatic transmission for enhanced fuel efficiency and response. The lineup has been trimmed down to four models with the discontinuation of both the base RT and RTL-T variants. Another newly-standard feature that’s sure to impress pickup shoppers is the new 8-inch touchscreen display inside the Ridgeline. Lastly, the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive features is now included as standard across the entire model range.

Honda Ridgeline Features

2020 Honda Ridgeline In-Bed Trunk

Versatile Truck Bed

Pushing the limits of what a pickup truck can do, every aspect of the Honda Ridgeline was carefully considered to expands your possibilities. The standard, class-exclusive In-Bed Trunk offers 7.3 cubic feet of secure storage space along with a drain plug for quick water removal and easy cleaning. A Dual-Action Tailgate opens either to the side or straight down for hauling large, flat items such as sheets of plywood. An available Truck-Bed Audio System features 6 exciters in the truck bed walls allow for maximum sound along with Bluetooth® compatibility for complete control via your smartphone. 8 heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats rated up to 350 lbs help ensure your cargo stays safe and secure.

Performance & Capability

Not only does the standard 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct injection V6 engine provide plenty of muscle for rough terrain, it also gives the Honda Ridgeline up to 1,580 lbs of total payload capacity and 5,000 lbs of towing capacity. A fully independent multi-link rear suspension and rigid lightweight unibody design give the Ridgeline a composed ride on the highway without sacrificing off-road capability. The available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system comes in handy when the asphalt ends and the trail begins. With dedicated terrain settings for snow, mud, or sand — the Intelligent Traction Management system in the Ridgeline can adapt to the conditions for the utmost control in tricky situations.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Off-Road Capability
2020 Honda Ridgeline Interior

Sophisticated Interior

Step inside the Honda Ridgeline and you’ll be greeted by a spacious interior with seating for five passengers along with the most passenger volume in its class. Thoughtfully crafted to provide a unique, modern truck experience, the Ridgeline features upscale amenities and an array of available technologies at your fingertips. Optional leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a heated steering wheel add a touch of luxury. Standard 60/40 Split Lift-Up rear seats make multiple rear seat configurations possible while creating room for anything from a bike to groceries or camping gear.

Technology & Safety

While the Ridgeline is equipped to take you places you’ve never seen, it’s also always looking out for you with innovative technology and driver assistance features. An impressive 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display and steering-wheel mounted controls make it effortless to answer phone calls, change the song, or turn up the volume. The Ridgeline keeps you connected with your favorite media with an available 540-watt Premium Audio System, HondaLink®, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Featuring cutting-edge confidence boosting technologies, the Ridgeline helps look out for your safety with a standard Rearview Camera and optional Blind Spot Information System. 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).

2020 Honda Ridgeline Apple CarPlay Smartphone Integration

Honda Ridgeline Trims & Specs

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

Honda Ridgeline RTL (AWD Available)

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

Honda Ridgeline RTL-E (AWD Standard)

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®

Honda Ridgeline Black Edition (AWD Standard)

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.