Built for Adventure? 2021 Honda Ridgeline AWD HPD

The mid-size truck segment has become very competitive in recent years, which has us wondering if there is still space for a different type of truck to breathe. Recent efforts by Honda, like their “Start Your Adventure” commercial or presence at Overland Expo, have led us to believe that Honda is targetting a younger, more adventurous customer with their All-Wheel-Drive vehicles. The HPD Package offered on the new Honda Ridgeline is also sending a similar message, so we were excited to get behind the wheel for a week in Maryland to see if the Ridgeline was indeed ready for adventure.

Now in its second generation, the Honda Ridgeline offers truck capabilities, like a very functional bed and adequate towing capacity, with the ride of a Honda crossover. It comes standard with AWD and a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque. That enables the Ridgeline to tow up to 5,000 lbs, which is enough to support many adventurous pursuits. The iVTM-4 AWD system offers four traction assisting drive modes (Normal, Mud, Snow, and Sand), which should be enough to get you down any trail that isn’t marked “4×4 Only!”

Our tester model included the sharp-looking Honda Performance Development (HPD) Appearance Package ($2800) which features :

  • 18″ HPD Alloy Bronze Wheels
  • Fender Flares
  • HPD Grille
  • HPD Decals & Emblem

The Ridgeline is an appealing package for those drivers looking for a Mid-Size truck that drives like a compliant crossover. As it ships from dealerships, the Ridgeline is adequately equipped to handle what most buyers would throw at it in terms of seeking out weekend adventures. With a relatively easy upgrade to slightly larger All-Terrain tires, we even think the Ridgeline would be able to support all but the most extreme adventurous of lifestyles.

For much more detail including a towing test, please watch my full video review of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline below :

Philip Van der Vossen

Philip Van der Vossen founded and hosts the Trail Trek Tour, a traveling series of off-road events for automotive media. In 2020 he launched the off-road travel site, OffRoadTripz.com, as the content focused side of TrailTrekTour LLC. Philip has been an online publisher since 2008, and has covered the automotive industry since 2010. Prior to founding Trail Trek Tour, he served for three years as the Rally Director for the Washington Automotive Press Association.

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