We already wrote about the possible performance oriented Type-R edition of the Honda Ridgeline. Also, we can find rumors speaking of a hybrid drivetrain. The early success of this sport utility truck made the Japanese company develop this model further. It is the only pickup in the US market that doesn’t use the body-on-frame platform. As a unibody truck, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline will have its own crowd. This architecture offers more versatile driving, and that is why you can hear the Ridgeline is a sport pickup.
Next season could bring the first serious upgrades since the vehicle entered its second generation in 2017. Facelift and interior update are part of the mid-cycle refresh for sure. Furthermore, the company could also include one more engine. Current V6 is reliable and powerful, but extra options will always find more buyers. The price of this truck might seem to be higher than for other models in the same segment, but 2020 Honda Ridgeline will offer the unique combination of driving impression, features, and exterior design.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Specs, Towing Capacity
Honda is using its most powerful and the most reliable drivetrain for its only pickup truck. The next Ridgeline is getting power from a 3.5-liter V6 engine, also appearing for the Pilot flagship SUV. The powertrain is ready to deliver 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard. It returns 19/26 mpg. The company could save some fuel by using more lightweight materials for the new 2020 Honda Ridgeline. Another possibility is the all-wheel drive that consumes 18/25 mpg on the current version.
This is another fun fact – all other mid-size trucks are using rear wheels for their 2WD to improve towing capacity. Ridgeline with FWD can haul only 3,500 pounds. However, when you switch to all-wheel drive, you can get a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. A power router is a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Features and Options
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will be the safest pickup truck on the market thanks to the unibody architecture. It soaks the energy better in crashes. Plus, Honda installs more features to boosts the overall safety. The truck is going to be available in the same trim levels as before. RT is the base model, Sport and RTL are the mid-range offer, while the Black Edition offers the most options. Unique paints and features make this version cost over $41,000.
Type R and Hybrid
Black Edition will remain the top option until the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R enter the market. According to rumors, the company plans this vehicle to be the next one to carry such a badge. It will borrow the engine from Civic. A turbo-four unit is capable to deliver 305 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Some spy photos are claiming to be images of the new Type R truck, but most experts confirmed this could be only the base version of the upcoming Ridgeline.
The other great upgrade could be the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid. As for the Type R, this is speculation. The Japanese company announced that they are working on the hybrid engine for Pilot SUV. Since these two models are using the same V6 petrol drivetrain, we assume that the upcoming electrified version could be the same.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The base truck, without destination, will cost under $30,000. Entry-level models by other carmakers are priced cheaper. We are not talking about plain versions with four-cylinder engines, but serious haulers with V6s. The 2020 Honda Ridgeline will start over $45,000. If Type R shows up, it will upgrade the highest price to $50k. Hybrid will depend on the kind of electric motor Ridgeline is getting.