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The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a great choice for anyone that needs a vehicle that functions like a truck but doesn’t drive like one. It’s easy to own and fun to drive. And while there are some disadvantages to owning a Honda Ridgeline, there are many advantages as well. Here are five of them.  

1. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has some really handy storage solutions

2021 Honda Ridgeline seat-bottom storage visual showing a 55-inch TV stored in the cabin.
2021 Honda Ridgeline seat-bottom storage | Honda

Have you ever seen a pick-up truck with a trunk? If not, then take a look at the bed of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and be prepared to be awe-struck. OK, maybe it’s not that revolutionary, but the Ridgeline does come with an in-bed trunk that measures 7.3 cubic feet. It’s lockable and it even has a drain plug so that in case you fill it up with ice and use it as a cooler, you can drain the water after.

Additionally, there’s more storage underneath the rear seat. The seat bottom folds up to reveal a vertical storage solution that allows you to carry taller cargo like a plant or even a mountain bike.

2. The Ridgeline’s seats are comfortable, even in cloth form

The black cloth seats in the 2021 Ridgeline Sport
2021 Ridgeline Sport with HPD Package | Honda

I have had the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport HPD for a week and I can say that the front seats are very supportive and comfortable. My tester is the entry-level trim, which means that it has cloth seats, but I like them. They don’t get too hot or too cold when the in-cabin temperature fluctuates, nor do they leave me sore after long drives. In comparison to the semi-comfortable seats that can be found in the Toyota Tacoma, I highly recommend them.

3. It’s a truck that drives like a car – or a Honda Odyssey

A side shot of the 2021 Ridgeline Sport shown in red.
2021 Ridgeline Sport with HPD Package | Honda

Unlike its main competitors, the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier, the Ridgeline rides on a uni-body chassis as opposed to a body-on-frame one. That means it’s more comfortable for every type of driving, even off-road, and it’s easy to maneuver. By comparison, the Toyota Tacoma’s chassis makes it feel like you’re traversing a rocky trail when you’re driving across a parking lot with uneven pavement.

On the other hand, the Ridgeline feels composed and almost Honda Odyssey-like during almost any driving situation. This is especially handy on long road trips.

4. There’s a bevy of standard safety features

the rearview camera on the 2021 Ridgeline Sport
2021 Ridgeline Sport | Honda

The 2021 Ridgeline is priced higher than the ($36,899 starting) its competition, however, that price tag includes a lot of value. For example, the Ridgeline is as safe as it can be right out of the box. Its most notable standard safety features include adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, a lane-departure warning, and collision mitigation braking system. Of course, a rearview camera with different viewing modes is standard as well.

5. It has a 5,000-pound tow capacity

A shot of the 2021 Ridgeline Sport towing a Honda ATV
2021 Ridgeline Sport | Honda

OK, so it might not be as impressive as the over-6,000-pounds tow capacity as the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma, however, the Honda Ridgeline can still tow a pretty good amount. Remember that uni-body chassis? Yes, it’s a bit of a hindrance in this department, but 5,000 pounds is still a lot to tow regardless. Also, keep in mind that the Ridgeline is still more comfortable than the others when it’s towing.

The advantages of owning a Honda Ridgeline

the in-bed trunk in the 2021 Ridgeline Sport
2021 Ridgeline Sport in-bed trunk | Honda

These are just five of the main advantages of owning a 2021 Honda Ridgeline, but there are plenty more depending on what you need to use it for. Sure, it might not be as capable – or as affordable – as the other in its class. But if you need a truck that can do truck-like things while feeling like a car, then there’s no better choice than the Ridgeline.


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