Consumer Reports Recommends the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Yet Again

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline might not be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a beefy pickup truck. In fact, this capable and surprisingly refined option seems to live in the shadow of the more popular pickup truck options, like the Ford F-150. Regardless, test drivers and owners alike can agree that the Ridgeline offers a surprising amount of style and an road performance that you probably won’t be expected. Altogether, it is easy to see why the 2021 Honda Ridgeline receives a recommendation from Consumer Reports another year in a row.

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A silver 2021 Honda Ridgeline splashes through a puddle.
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The 2021 Honda Ridgeline scores well in almost every area on the Consumer Reports grading scale, earning a place as #1 amongst the rated compact pickup truck segment. In fact, the Ridgeline receives the highest overall score of 80 out of 100, but the recommendation from the site is nothing new. The past several model years have also received this recommendation, and year after year, Honda seems to be working at making minor changes and adjustments to make the pickup even better.

Is the 2021 Honda Ridgeline a good pickup?

While it isn’t as large as full-size pickup trucks, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline offers plenty of space and capability. As a compact pickup, it’s comfortable and easy to drive in daily traffic, even in larger cities, without losing any off-road aptitude or style. The cabin is well finished with soft-touch materials, a dash of modern technology, and most of the standard safety features you’d expect from any new vehicle, and a quiet, comfortable ride quality.

While you won’t be dominating any rocky overlanding trails with the Ridgeline, the in-bed cargo space and dual-action tailgates serve well off the pavement, no matter what adventure you’re headed on. Overall, it is a well-rounded pickup for drivers who want utility without having to drive a full-sized pickup.

The Ridgeline does exceptionally well in a road test

Where the 2021 Honda Ridgeline really shines isn’t just in the list of features or options, but rather where it matters most: on the road. The road tests for the Ridgeline are the biggest highlights for the vehicle. Consumer Reports themselves claim that it is “the most civilized pickup truck [they’ve] ever tested.”

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is yet another year that the underrated pickup truck has snagged the sought-after recommendation from Consumer Reports. Like many other recommended vehicles, the Ridgeline balances its few pitfalls by being an otherwise well-rounded option for drivers who all might be looking to get something a little bit different from a compact pickup truck.

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