2025 Honda Ridgeline: The Unibody Pickup Truck Gets a Major Redesign – In the mid-size pickup truck market, the Honda Ridgeline is one of a kind. Other trucks in its class include the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, and Chevrolet Colorado. On the other hand, the Ridgeline shares its platform with the Honda Pilot SUV and is made of a single piece. This makes it ride smoother, handle better, and have more space inside than regular body-on-frame trucks. But some buyers and reviewers have also called out its flaws, such as the fact that it can’t pull as much, doesn’t look as rugged, and can’t go off-road as well as others.
Honda has been trying to fix these problems by constantly updating and improving the Ridgeline. For the 2021 model year, the Ridgeline will get a more considerable change in its appearance. But now the Japanese car company is ready to release a third-generation Ridgeline that has been thoroughly remade for the 2025 model year. So far, we know this about the new pickup truck with a single body.
What’s Different in 2025?
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will differ significantly from the current model in many ways. We can expect a more aggressive and modern look based on digital models and spy shots. The new Honda Pilot SUV served as inspiration for this design. The hood will be more oversized, the headlights will be sharper, and the lip will be shaped. The side appearance will have wheel arches and lines that stand out more, and the back will have new taillights, a reworked tailgate, and two exhaust systems.
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will also have a new dashboard, driving wheel, and entertainment system. To make the inside more comfortable and valuable, there will be leather seats, front seats that can be heated and cooled, wireless charging, support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a digital instrument panel, and a head-up display. The Ridgeline will also keep the features that make it stand out, like the in-bed trunk, the dual-action door, and the roomy back seat.
Design: Exterior and Interior
One of the best things about the 2025 Honda Ridgeline will be how it looks on the outside. The new model, which looks more like the Honda Pilot SUV, will have more muscle and be more beautiful than the old one. A hexagonal face with gold details will be on the front of the car. It will also have LED headlights with daytime running lights and fog lights. For a more sporty look, the hood will have a power bulge. The bumper will have big air openings and skid plates for better cooling and safety.
Side views of the 2025 Honda Ridgeline will show that it is made of a single piece of metal with smooth edges and curves. The wheelbase will be slightly longer than the current model’s 125.2 inches. This will make the ride smoother and more stable. The wheels will be between 18 and 20 inches in diameter, depending on the trim level. The rims will have black coverings to make them stand out. The door handles will be gold, and the mirrors will be body color and built-in turn lights.
With C-shaped LED taillights around the sides of the bed, the back of the 2025 Honda Ridgeline will look very different. The tailgate can open in two ways: swing down like a regular hatch or to the side like a door. This will make it easy to get to the in-bed trunk, a secret space under the bed floor that can hold up to 7.3 cubic feet of stuff or be used as a cooler. The bed will be 64 inches long and 50 inches wide between the wheel wells. There will also be eight tie-down hooks and an optional sound system in the bed to play music from the entertainment system or Bluetooth devices.
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will have a roomy cabin that comfortably fits up to five people. Changing and supporting the front seats will be possible, and the driver will have power back support. Plenty of legroom and headroom will be in the back seats, which can be folded in half to make more place for goods behind the front seats. A cup holder, storage bins, and USB ports will be in the center armrest.
In the 2025 Honda Ridgeline, the panel will be sleek and easy to use. It will have a new 9-inch tablet display on a more recent version of the HondaLink entertainment system. It will be possible to connect wirelessly to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system will also have mapping, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The instrument panel will be digital and can be customized. It will have a 7-inch screen that shows essential data like speed, fuel level, and features that help the driver. Audio, speed control, and phone settings will be built into the steering wheel. The Ridgeline will also have a 10-inch head-up display showing important information on the windshield, like speed, driving directions, and alarms.
Many safety and security features will come standard on the 2025 Honda Ridgeline. It will have the Honda Sensing set of technologies that help the driver. Along with adaptive cruise control, these will have blind-spot tracking, lane departure reduction, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. There will also be a surround-view camera system, a multi-angle back camera, and a rear seat reminder on the Ridgeline.
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will keep the same engine as the current model. A 3.5-liter V6 engine will make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission will be paired with the engine. This transmission will send power to either the front or all four wheels. Intelligent Variable Power Management (i-VTM4) will be standard on the Ridgeline. This system will split power between the front and rear axles and the left and right rear wheels to improve the car’s handle and grip. The Ridgeline will also come with an Intelligent Traction Management system that will change the settings for the engine, transmission, and stability control based on the driving mode (Normal, Snow, Mud, or Sand).
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will have good performance for a mid-size pickup truck. It will take about 7 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph and top at 115 mph. Like the current model, it will get 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model and 18 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined for the all-wheel-drive model. The gas tank for the Ridgeline will hold 19.5 gallons.
When compared to its competitors, the 2025 Honda Ridgeline will not be able to pull as much. This type can pull up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive and 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive. These are less than the Chevrolet Colorado (7,700 pounds), Toyota Tacoma (6,800 pounds), and Ford Ranger (7,500 pounds). But the Ridgeline can carry up to 1,580 pounds, a good amount.
Release Date and Price
The 2025 Honda Ridgeline will likely arrive in late 2024 or early 2025, with a 2025 model year. The actual release date and price have not been mentioned yet, but they will be about the same as the current model. Ridgeline prices range from $36,490 for the base Sport trim to $43,920 for the top-of-the-line Black Edition trim. About $40,000 is what most people pay for a new Ridgeline.
Other mid-size pickup trucks on the market, like the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, Hyundai Santa Cruz, and Ford Maverick, will give the 2025 Honda Ridgeline a lot of competition.