2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid Review, Specs, Updates

The upcoming 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will hit the markets with the minor changes. The exterior comes with the unibody design that looks very elegant. We could say the same for the stylish interior that delivers plenty of upscale features and materials. Unfortunately, the changes and upgrades are really minor. However, the hybrid drivetrain is the most significant upgrade for this pickup truck.

On top of that, Ridgeline Hybrid comes with independent suspension and the ride quality is superb. The quality of the ride is closer to the SUV models than the pickup trucks. Tow rating is slightly above average for the segment and the interior offers plenty of standard amenities.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid side

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid gets more chrome materials

The upcoming 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will use the same platform that underpins Honda Pilot. Even the styling is similar, especially up front with the squared-off front fascia and a new set of fog lights. The front grille comes with Honda’s badge and more chrome materials. Headlights will get LED units, just like the daytime running lights.

Even with those upgrades, the exterior will look the same as the current model’s design. Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will also draw some cues from the Accord sedan, which is a good thing. The only change is a two-way tailgate system that provides easier loading of the cargo. This system will be optional.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid interior

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid interior

The same pattern continues inside the cabin as the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will borrow most of the things from the Honda Pilot. However, the Ridgeline model comes with ample interior room, which includes both legroom and headroom. The layout of the seats is perfect and the controls and buttons are laid out very logically. Even that Ridgeline is a pickup truck, the interior is inviting and comfortable. Driving this pickup during the night is now a great experience thanks to the new backlighting system. Besides that, the rest of the interior won’t suffer any changes.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and we mentioned the Ridgeline Hybrid offers numerous standard systems. Unfortunately, if you want luxury, you’ll have to opt for the optional stuff or buy upper trim models. There is room for five persons, cargo space is ample, even without folding the rear seats flat.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid side look

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid engine

The standard model will arrive with the 3.5-liter V6 taken from Honda Pilot that is rated at 280 HP and 265 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid offers a completely different drivetrain. Honda will most likely apply the same system as on the Accord sedan. A 2.0-liter engine that produces 143 horses will be paired with two electric motors which are good for 212 horses. However, 212 HP is the output of the Honda Accord, so we don’t know how much horses will the Ridgeline Hybrid produce.

No doubt, the performance will be additionally boosted, and that includes the torque figures. Front-wheel-drive remains standard and the all-wheel-drive setup is optional as before. Hybrid drivetrain will also improve fuel economy. For example, current Ridgeline with the front-wheel-drive is rated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. A hybrid version will offer 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid rear view

2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid price and release date

The all-new 2020 Honda Ridgeline Hybrid will cost around $35,000. The base model is priced at $29,000 so the hybrid variant will be in line with the mid-trim models. The upper trims such as Black Edition will surely cost over $40,000.

We are still waiting for Honda to deliver closer details about the specs and release date. If everything goes according to plan, a new Ridgeline Hybrid truck will hit the markets later in 2019.

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