Honda is hoping third time’s the charm for its fledgling pickup, the Ridgeline. For the 2021 model year, it earns new truck-like duds to accompany its innovative bed and slew of interior upgrades.
Chief among the changes is a front end and profile that may actually earn a bit of respect from fellow truck owners.
Ridgeline has had a lot of sand kicked in its face over the years (and your author has admittedly done his fair share of the kicking) from shoppers who felt the vehicle’s appearance had far too much in common with the Pilot SUV and, worse, the Odyssey minivan. Oh, the horror.
The 2021 Ridgeline features all-new sheet metal fore of the A-pillars. Design changes include a new hood sporting a pronounced power bulge (insert crude jokes here) and new front fenders that emphasize the squared-off nose and upright grille. That maw is bookended by