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2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport HPD Review – Slightly “Truck” Than Before

2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD Sport HPD Fast Fact

3.5 liter V6 (280 hp @ 6,000 RPM, 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM)

9-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive

18 cities / 24 highways / 21 complex (EPA rating, MPG)

12.8 cities / 9.9 highways / 11.5 total. (NRCan rating, L / 100km)

Base price: $ 36,490 (US) / $ 49,440 (Canada)

Tested: $ 40,860 (US) / $ 51,821 (Canada)

Prices include a destination fee of $ 1,175 in the U.S. and $ 2,050 for freight, PDI, and A / C taxes in Canada and cannot be compared directly due to cross-border equipment differences. ..

One of the things this author always appreciates about the Honda Ridgeline is its car-like quality. When I was talking to my fellow Autoscribe about the Ridgeline, the phrase “stilt house accord” ran away from my lips many times. I meant it as a compliment.

Imagine my disappointment to find out what the refreshed 2021 Honda Ridgeline felt jussssst It’s a little more “truck” than before.

However, only a little. When I tooled around town on this Ridgeline, I still felt it was more like a car than any other truck of its size.

Obviously, being “car-like” is a disadvantage for some.Some people want to see their truck When Act tough to keep up with the trails. Ridgeline’s new facelift certainly corresponds to the first part-it looks much more ready for the backcountry. And although I haven’t taken the ridgeline of the year so far from the pavement, this current generation is said to be able to easily lighten off-road. That said, the true off-road vehicles are Chevrolet and Toyota shopping.

For me, the appeal of a truck with a ride quality that is reminiscent of a sedan lies in the use case. Not all truck buyers are challenging the backwood. Concert tailgates, people carrying supplies throughout town, suburban landscape architects – these people need to be careful. No need to apply boulder basher.

Honda says the Ridgeline suspension hasn’t changed, but when I was tooling around the town, it was a bit harder to ride than when I last drove one of these trucks. felt.The HPD package that my tester was equipped with is probably No Reason – This package adds fender flares, different wheels, different grills, different emblems and badges. That said, the changes were barely perceptible – and I admit it might be my imagination – and Ridgeline is more like a car in terms of both ride quality and handling than its competition. ..

Otherwise, changing the style doesn’t change the internal organs much. Not everything is the same – torque vectoring four-wheel drive has become standard. The system automatically sends up to 70% of the torque to the rear wheels and continuously shifts 100% of that torque between the left and right wheels based on driving conditions.

The 3.5-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, the output of which is delivered to the four wheels via a 9-speed automatic transmission. For suburban commuting, power is fine, if not surprising.

Besides the $ 2,800 HPD package, this track (remember that sports are base trim) has a rugged transmission cooler, Bluetooth, 18-inch wheels, all-season rubber, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and keyless. Start, USB, Tri-Zone Climate Control, Folding Rear Seats, Dual Action Tailgate, LED Headlights and Fog Lamps, In-Bed Trunk, Remote Start, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Brakes, Lane Maintenance Assistance, Road Deviation Mitigation, and $ 395 Radiant red paint work.

Including the $ 1,175 destination fee, the total amount was $ 40,860. Fuel economy is listed on 18/24/21.

Ridgeline appear Currently “Trucky”, it maintains the ride quality / handling characteristics of a car. It remains a truck for urbanites, tailgates, and those who do it themselves, filling the weekend with an excursion to the Home Depot.

It’s not a bad thing unless you simply Must Every weekend, I head to the off-road park. If you live your life on the pavement, the Ridgeline is perfect for you.

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