By James Raia
The much-anticipated 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a new look and a new higher price.
Honda recently announced the MSRP for all of the unibody design pickup trucks’ trims as well as the costs of the option packages.
The new Ridgeline will be available in Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition trims.
The Sport trim begins at $37,665 (all prices include a $1,175 destination charge). It’s $350 more than the 2020 model and is the least expensive new Ridgeline available.
Last year’s 2020 front-wheel-drive Sport had a beginning MSRP of $35,075. It’s been discontinued.
The prices of the remaining trims in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline lineup include: RTL ($40,645), a $650 increase from 2020; RTL-E ($43,595), $400 higher; Black Edition ($45,095), also a $400 increase.
While not a new generation, the new Ridgeline will include all-wheel-drive standard and a few exterior and interior tweaks.
2021 Honda Ridgeline package prices
All new Ridgeline models will be equipped with a 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.
The all-wheel-drive Ridgeline will have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Honda also announced pricing for the four dealer-installed accessory packages available on all Ridgeline trims.
The Honda Performance Development Package ($2,800) includes a unique grille, HPD emblem, black fender flares, bronze-painted wheels and special bed graphics.
Other packages: Utility ($1,465), Function ($270) and Function Plus ($1,315). Details of the three packages have not been released.
The new 2021 Honda Ridgeline is expected at dealerships nationwide on Feb. 2.
James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.