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

2020 Honda Ridgeline Model Overview - Germain Honda of Dublin

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

About the Honda Ridgeline

From city streets to challenging off-road trails, the bold Honda Ridgeline is engineered with proven performance and capabilities to help you get out and chase adventure. Infused with clever features you won’t find on any other pickup truck, the Ridgeline strikes a unique harmony between work and play. No obstacle will stand in your way thanks to its standard 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with the confidence of an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system.

No matter how far your journey takes you, the Ridgeline allows you to stay in touch with your social network thanks to its standard 8-inch Display Audio system featuring a high-resolution touchscreen along with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration. Demonstrating how firmly committed Honda is to protecting drivers, the Ridgeline is offered with 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

There is an assortment of exciting new updates on the Honda Ridgeline for the 2020 model year. All Ridgeline trims now come standard with a new 9-speed automatic transmission which helps enhance both acceleration response and efficiency. There are now a total of 4 trim levels to choose from due to the discontinuation of last year’s RT and RT-L models. Every trim also receives a larger 8-inch touchscreen as standard for the new model year. Finally, the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive safety technologies is now standard across the entire model range.

Honda Ridgeline Features

Honda Ridgeline Performance

Capability & Performance

Regardless of your destination, the standard 280-horsepower 3.5-liter i-VTEC® direct-injection V6 engine found beneath the hood of the Honda Ridgeline helps you rise to the challenge. This potent powertrain provides you with a total of 1,580 pounds of total payload capacity along with up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity. Letting you enjoy a smooth ride on paved roads without making any sacrifices on off-road performance, the Ridgeline is designed with a rigid lightweight unibody design and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension. When the tarmac turns to gravel, the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4™) AWD system is there to help you stay in control. Individual terrain modes for snow, mud, and sand in the Intelligent Traction Management system allows the Ridgeline to adapt to the conditions for greater confidence in tricky situations.

Honda Ridgeline Truck Bed

Versatile Truck Bed

Defying the conventional thought of what you can achieve with a pickup, the Honda Ridgeline is equipped with innovative solutions both inside and out. One example that’s exclusive in its class, the Ridgeline comes standard with an In-Bed Trunk that features 7.3 cubic feet of washable/drainable cargo storage. It’s easier than ever to haul large or flat items such as sheets of plywood thanks to the exclusive Dual-Action Tailgate that’s able to open either side-to-side or straight down. A total of 8 heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, each rated up to 350 pounds, makes it easy to keep your cargo safe and secure. Great for working outside, the optional Truck-Bed Audio System of the Ridgeline helps you enjoy your favorite tunes. It also features Bluetooth® compatibility that allows you to change songs with your compatible smartphone.

Honda Ridgeline Interior

Ergonomic Interior

Crafted with comfort as a top priority, the ergonomic cabin of the Honda Ridgeline offers space for up to 5 in addition to the highest passenger volume in the segment. Unlike most pickup trucks, you’ll find technology inside the Ridgeline that makes accessing your favorite features as easy as pressing a button. For a more luxurious feel, you can choose available leather-trimmed upholstery along with a heated steering wheel. Great for carrying bulky items including a bike or camping equipment, standard 60/40 Split Lift-Up rear seats help expand cargo-carrying possibilities. Optional Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control keeps all occupants comfortable on the way to your destination.

Honda Ridgeline Safety

Advanced Safety

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

Trims & Specs



  • 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

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

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®

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.