2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Preview: Features and Specs

The Ridgeline is still one of a kind on the market, a unibody pickup truck, which puts ride quality over towing and hauling. That’s something you won’t get in other places, where you can get body-on-frame trucks only. The current generation has been around for nearly four years and the last-year refresh has brought a couple of interesting novelties. Besides mechanical improvements, we have also seen novelties in terms of trim level organization. At the top of it, you can find the Black Edition model, which is the most expensive Ridgeline you can get. It comes with loads of upgrades, particularly in terms of appearance and we are pretty sure that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition will carry on in the same way.

The next year shouldn’t bring any particular change. This refers to all models in the offer, including the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition. It will be a typical carryover model, which will keep features and specs familiar. Still, there is always enough room for smaller updates, particularly in terms of new features. We expect to see it sometime in the last quarter of the year.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Design

When it comes to 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition design and overall layout, things definitely won’t change. The next year’s model will carry one with a familiar look, which stands out in many ways compared to the rest of the lineup. Of course, we are talking about styling, which comes with loads of exclusive details. As the name says, pretty much all of them are blacked. Some of the highlights are parts like grille, trim, wheels and more.

On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the truck isn’t any different compared to the rest of the lineup. Of course, we are talking about a unibody platform, which brings all kinds of benefits. Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is the ride quality. This model rides like a typical crossover. It is far superior in terms of on-road comfort compared to the competition. However, the price you have to pay for that are overall capabilities. In these aspects, the Ridgeline lags behind the competition. For example, the max towing capacity goes just around 5.000 pounds, while models like Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado can tow way over 7.000 pounds, no matter the engine choice.

Interior

Once again, it’s all about black color. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition will carry on in the same way, with exclusive black leather upholstery and other dark details. Of course, the dashboard isn’t any different, so you will hardly find any light details inside this cabin.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Interior

When it comes to the overall cabin layout, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition won’t be different than the rest of the lineup. It will offer a spacious and comfortable cabin, which looks more like an SUV than a truck. The dashboard is very car-like, while we also like the fact that the list of standard equipment is pretty long/

Features

Speaking of features, this is the range-topping model in the lineup. However, things are essentially the same as in the RTL-E model, other than visual differences. Therefore, the list of standard equipment includes goodies like heated and power-adjustable front seats, a sunroof and a power-sliding rear window. Of course, the list of tech goodies includes a touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, premium audio system, navigation and more.

When it comes to safety features, you may count on a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control and many more.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Release Date

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Engine

In terms of powertrain, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition won’t be any different compared to other models in the lineup. Therefore, you may count on a well-known 3.5-liter V6 engine, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That’s a pretty appropriate amount of power for a vehicle of this size and weight, so driving dynamics are at a pretty high level. The engine comes in pair with a nine-speed automatic transmission, which does the job pretty well.

Thanks to a unibody platform and lighter weight, this pickup truck offers notably better fuel economy compared to the competition. You may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

As we already mentioned, max towing capacity goes up to 5.000 pounds, while the max payload goes around 1.580 pounds.

2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition Release Date and Price

Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, we presume that the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Black Edition will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. The price should change too much either, so it should go around 44.000 dollars.  

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