2020 Honda Ridgeline: What’s New?

By Justin Cupler | January 16th, 2020

The Honda Ridgeline took the 2015 and 2016 model years off as the automaker retooled this midsize pickup. In 2017, it returned with an all-new look but all the same usefulness it always had. Since its return, the Ridgeline has remained mostly unchanged, but the 2020 Honda Ridgeline beings in a host of updates. Here’s what to expect when the 2020 Honda Ridgeline arrives in Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas.

Updated Powertrain

No, Honda will not scrap the tried-and-true 3.5-liter V-6 engine, so you can still bask in its 280 horsepower and enjoy its great fuel economy. What will change is the transmission backing up this engine.

Gone is last year’s dated six-speed automatic gearbox and in comes a fresh nine-speed unit with the extra gears you need for a smoother ride and more stable towing.

Front-wheel drive will remain the standard setup, but all-wheel drive will be available in the Sport and RTL trims. All-wheel drive will come standard in the RTL-E and Black Edition models.

Even More Tailgate Innovation

The Honda Ridgeline had an innovative tailgate before innovative tailgates were cool. Even in its first-generation, the Ridgeline boasted a dual-hinged tailgate that allowed you to open it downward like all other pickups or swing it outward like a door. The 2020 Ridgeline adds to its innovation with a new remote-locking capability, so you can secure the cargo area using the key fob.

Easier Rear-Seat Access

The Ridgeline’s crossover basis has always allowed it to be a passenger-friendly rig, even for rear-seat passengers, with wide-opening doors, comfortable seating, and plenty of legroom.

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will build on this with even wider-opening rear doors that give rear passengers all the room they need to flow into the spacious rear thrones.

Enjoy More Tech While You’re in There

Getting into the 2020 Ridgeline is now easier, so you’d might as well enjoy yourself while you’re in there. The 2020 Ridgeline is happy to oblige with its new standard Display Audio infotainment system.

Gone is the entry-level 5-inch infotainment system that lacked Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. In its place comes a standard 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ so you can connect your smartphone and access your favorite music apps, navigation, call management, and text messaging via the infotainment system or voice control.

Safety is Now Standard

The current 2019 Ridgeline(with Honda Sensing and specific headlights) is already a 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick, but this is only with its optional automatic emergency braking, which is standard on RTL-E and higher trims.

Honda doesn’t want safety to be a compromise for any buyers, so the 2020 Ridgeline will come standard with the entire Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive features. This includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

Simpler Lineup and New Pricing

The current Ridgeline has a robust lineup that includes six trim levels. The 2020 Ridgeline will simplify things by dropping two trims, leaving the Sport, RTL, RTL-E, and Black Edition.

Pricing will be as follows:

  •       Sport (2WD): $33,900*
  •       Sport (AWD): $36,140*
  •       RTL (2WD): $36,670*
  •       RTL (AWD): $38,820*
  •       RTL-E (AWD): $42,020*
  •       Black Edition (AWD): $43,520*

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will hit the Garber Honda showroom, serving Rochester, Henrietta, Pittsford, and the surrounding areas, on Dec. 16, 2019. Keep an eye on our online inventory to be the first to know when we have in-stock 2020 Ridgeline models ready for delivery in the Rochester area.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.