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Detailed Review of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline is a tough pick-up truck with all-wheel drive and a peppy V6 powertrain. The rugged exterior gives way to a comfortable interior with plenty of versatility and SUV DNA inside. The Ridgeline isn’t the most powerful truck on the market, but it is one of the most reliable vehicles for work or play.

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Configurations

The 2021 Ridgeline doesn’t overcomplicate its qualities. There are just four model trims for the Ridgeline. For a pick-up truck, that’s refreshingly streamlined and simple. There is the Sport model that comes with 18-inch wheels, rearview camera and dual-action tailgate. The next level up is called the RTL. It provides leather upholstery, a power moonroof, and heated seats. For just a small increase in price, the RTL model is a top value. Then, there’s the RTL-E. This is the top model of the Ridgeline and it comes with advanced tech features like navigation, wireless phone charging, and cross traffic monitors. For an MSRP of $42,420 the Ridgeline truck with the best features is quite affordable.

There is a special trim called the Black Edition. This model adds unique style elements to the Ridgeline. As the name would suggest everything has a blacked-out aesthetic. It comes with black exterior accents and 8-inch black alloy wheels. The interior features black leather upholstery and contrasting red ambient lighting.

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Exterior Style of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

Competition for the Honda Ridgeline is tough. Perhaps that’s why the Ridgeline has an even tougher exterior design for 2021. The front bumper, grille and hood have all been updated. The result is a front end that matches up with contemporary style cues that consumers expect for a pick-up truck in 2021.

The rear of the Ridgeline has dual chrome-tipped exhaust ports. That’s a new feature. The tailgate is attractive and incredibly versatile. It can flip down vertically or open horizontally on side hinges. The bed itself is a rust-resistant composite with lockable trunk storage. It’s 64 inches long and 60 inches wide from wall to wall.

The Honda Performance Development (HPD) package gives the Ridgeline a sporty, almost throwback style upgrade. It comes with bronze 18-inch wheels, chunky fender cladding, and a unique front grille design. However, it doesn’t add any mechanical advantages to the Ridgeline. The name is a bit misleading in that regard. It’s an appearance package for now, but Honda might use the moniker to add off-road prowess to the Ridgeline in the near future.

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Performance Capabilities of the Ridgeline Pick-up Truck

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a 3.5 liter V6 engine for a power plant. It makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. The Ridgeline is a swift little mover that shunts power to all four wheels with a 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. It gets 18 miles per gallon in urban settings and 24 MPG on the highway. For the point of comparison, the 2021 Ford Ranger pick-up truck gets slightly better gas mileage with 21/26, but the Honda Ridgeline does stretch highway driving a bit farther than the Toyota Tacoma.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. and a maximum payload of 1,583 lbs. That falls a bit short of the competition. The 2021 Ford Ranger can pull 7,500 lbs. and haul up to 1,860 lbs. when properly configured. However, the Ridgeline can still handle the average workload with ease.

Both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma have performance packages. There’s the Tremor off-road package for Ford and the TRD off-road model from Toyota. That doesn’t mean the 2021 Honda Ridgeline isn’t tough enough for the trail. It has a durable unibody frame with a 20.4 degree approach angle and 7.64 inches of ground clearance. The V6 engine is capable enough to power through some tricky terrain, but it lacks the performance underpinnings for managing challenging variations in elevation.

There are MacPherson front suspension struts and a multi-link rear suspension in the rear. The steering is quite smooth for a pick-up truck, too. The Ridgeline handles itself like an old-school SUV. It’s comfortable on the interior but capable of towing a car out of the mud or carrying a living room’s worth of furniture across town.

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Interior Amenities of the 2021 Ridgeline

The 2021 Ridgeline pick-up truck looks a lot like the Honda Pilot when you open the doors. That’s actually a good thing. The Honda Pilot is a fantastic SUV, so it bodes well for the Ridgeline to borrow some of the Pilot’s finery.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has comfortable seating for five passengers and there’s underseat storage in the rear for extra gear. With leather seating and matching leather steering wheel, the interior of the Ridgeline dares to present itself as an upscale vehicle when you get to the mid-level trim.

The base model has plenty of amenities though. There’s a standard 8-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity comes standard on all models and so does a 7-speaker premium audio system. There are at least 2 USB ports and a wireless charging on the higher level models.

Safety Technology from Honda

Honda offers the Honda Sensing Safety Suite with every model of the Ridgeline truck. So many automakers provide advanced safety features across a number of costly packages, but Honda offers them as standard features.

The 2021 Ridgeline comes with lane keeping technology, road departure and lane departure warnings. The Ridgeline has forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking. It comes with adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera. Blind spot warnings are available on every model except the entry level Ridgeline. The previous year’s Honda Ridgeline received a 5-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Final thoughts on the 2021 Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has an MSRP of $36,490. There’s no smoke and mirrors with the Ridgeline. The base model comes with all-wheel drive and a V6 engine. Thankfully, Honda didn’t force a four cylinder engine into the lineup just to get interested buyers to skip up to a costlier model.

When it comes to off-road performance, the Ridgeline doesn’t quite match up to the Ford Ranger or the Toyota Tacoma. However, that still leaves a lot of room for the Ridgeline to win over new buyers. It’s a hearty everyday truck that doesn’t specialize in any one particular aspect. It’s mechanically well-rounded and that’s an essential quality for a pick-up truck.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline has top notch safety equipment and fantastic safety ratings. The interior of the Ridgeline has everything that you’d want from a family SUV. There’s leather upholstery, a fantastic sound system, push button ignition, a moonroof, and infotainment. For drivers who plan to spend plenty of time behind the wheel, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline promises a fantastic long-term relationship. It’s got everything that you need and nothing that you don’t.

Real Review of the 2021 Honda Passport

The 2021 Honda Passport is a mid-sized SUV that offers a spacious interior, Honda Sensing safety gear and some light off-roading forays. It’s an attractive vehicle in the budget bracket, but base models won’t raise any eyebrows. The Passport Elite is the top tier model trim and upgrades the 2021 Honda Passport so that it breaks away from its big brother, the 2021 Honda Pilot.

There are four model trims available for the 2021 Honda Passport. The base model Sport trim comes with Apple CarPlay connectivity and the Honda Sensing safety features. The next level up is EX-L. This model trim adds leather seating and a one-touch power moonroof. The Touring model has parking sensors, premium audio, and navigation systems, as well as a hands-free power liftgate. The top level model is called Elite. It has some of the best features of any mid-sized SUV on the market. Let’s take a closer look at how the Elite model puts all the best features on the 2021 Honda Passport.

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2021 Honda Passport Exterior Style

The 2021 Honda Passport has a front end that features harder surface paneling than painted body. This is an attempt to make the Honda Passport more rugged than the Odyssey or the Pilot and for the most part it works. From the profile, the Passport can’t hide its resemblance to the Honda Pilot. When you start to add on some of the package features like roof rails and running boards, the Honda Passport starts to live up to its adventurous mission statement.

Colors

The color choices for the exterior are rather limited. There are only four color options that come standard with the 2021 Honda Passport, but you can choose from three different premium paints that cost an additional $395. One of the most attractive colors, Deep Scarlett Pearl, happens to be in the premium section.

Wheels

20-inch gloss black alloy wheels come standard with the new Honda Passport. They have a nice premium look that complements the other black accents of the exterior. You can include machined chrome wheels that are the same size, but that adds over two thousand dollars to the build without adding much style.

Packages and Add-ons

There are two accessory packages that you can include in the final build of the 2021 Honda Passport, Adventure Packages and Urban Packages. There is a tiered group of features for each package. You can get a basic Adventure Package or the advanced package. The highest level Adventure Package comes with protective door handle film, fender flares, wheel locks, running rails, cargo tray and seatback protectors. It’s all the little things you need to take the 2021 Passport on an outdoor adventure.

The highest-level Urban Package includes welcome lights on the exterior, underbody spoilers in the front and rear, and crossbars. The interior gets outfitted with cargo bins and illuminated door sill trim. This package is ideal for families or people that put a lot of miles on their mid-sized SUV in their daily rounds.

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2021 Honda Passport Performance Capabilities

The 2021 Honda Passport has a 3.5 Liter V6 engine. It’s the same one from the Honda Pilot. It’s capable of achieving 280 horsepower and 262 pound feet of torque. The 2021 Honda Passport gets decent fuel economy considering that it has a V6 powertrain. The front-wheel drive version gets 20 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway. The all-wheel drive Passport only loses a single digit in each category. This is the standard powertrain package for the Elite model.

The 2021 Honda Passport has a 9-speed automatic shift-by-wire transmission. It’s one of the only negative marks on the 2021 Honda Passport. The 9-speed transmission has a nice acoustic sound, but it doesn’t deliver the power. In low gears it hesitates, and frustrated drivers will likely just mash the accelerator to power through the lag. This will sacrifice some gas mileage for sure.

This mid-sized SUV has decent towing capacity thanks to its robust V6 engine and all-wheel drive traction control. The 2021 Honda Passport Elite with all-wheel drive has intelligent traction management for snow, sand, and mud. The Honda Passport isn’t as hearty as the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it’s still up for some outdoor fun. The front-wheel drive model can tow 3,500 pounds and the all-wheel drive variant of the Elite model pulls 5,000 lbs.

2021 Honda Passport Interior Amenities

There are two interior upholstery options for the Elite model. There’s black leather and grey. The front seats are heated and ventilated to provide all-weather comfort throughout the year. If you live in a cold climate region, then you’ll be delighted to see that the 2021 Honda Passport Elite model comes with a heated steering wheel, as well.

The Elite model comes with some impressive technology. There’s a wireless charging pad in the center console. Just place your smartphone on the charging tray and your Honda Passport tops up your battery. The Passport has home link technology, ambient LED lighting, three USB ports, three 12-Volt power outlets, and Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities. Unfortunately, the center console only has an 8-inch touchscreen display even on the top tier Elite model.

The interior has ample space for 5 adults and some cargo. There is 114.9 cubic feet of passenger volume and 100.7 cubic feet of cargo volume. The rear seats fold down and split with one touch to accommodate odd-sized luggage and travel gear. Gaining access is made easy by the hands-free power liftgate in the back.

Safety Options

Honda Sensing and Driver-Assistive Technologies are standard on all models. Even the base model comes equipped with lane keeping technology and adaptive cruise control. All but the base model comes with blind spot detection. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) give it 5-stars overall.

Rain-sensing windshield wipers come standard on the Elite model. It’s not an essential safety feature, but it’s comforting to have one less mechanical function to worry about in an unexpected downpour. There’s also a multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic gridlines on the Elite model.

Final Thoughts

The 2021 Honda Passport has a starting cost of $32,790. The top of the line Elite model trim carries an Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $44,180. When outfitted with premium paint, machined-finish alloy wheels, and the urban accessory package, the final build cost can reach more than $48,605. Still, that’s a decent bargain for a mid-sized SUV with V6, all-wheel drive and some added creature comforts.

You can compare the 2021 Passport to a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The starting cost of a Grand Cherokee is slightly higher, and the Limited model is more expensive, as well. The 2021 Honda Passport isn’t as capable as the Jeep in off-road settings and doesn’t have all of the refinery but makes up for it by offering top safety equipment, style, and interior comfort for a bargain. It might take some thinking, but most consumers will find that the 2021 Honda Passport is the better buy.

Detailed Review of the 2021 Honda Civic Type R

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R is a hatchback that’s built for racing. It has a zippy, turbocharged engine and plenty of aerodynamic enhancements. Critics will balk at its garish Fast and Furious appeal, but only a fool would easily pass up so many standard safety and tech features. You don’t have to build this Honda race car in your garage to get 300 horsepower.

Have you ever stopped at a traffic light and heard a droning four-cylinder engine revving that can only be an old modified Honda Civic? It’s got an aftermarket turbo, VTEC controller, and body kit crawling up to the line next to you. Then, you look over to see a teenager in a ball cap giving you a head nod and yet another annoying rev of his barely legal powertrain.

Well, the 2021 Honda Civic Type R is the grown-up version of that image. It’s a sporty little race car for people who don’t have time to build one in their garage. This year, the Honda Civic Type R sheds some of its juvenile appeal for a more advanced list of features like driver-assisted safety, a Limited Edition model, and high-performance tires and brakes.

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Here’s a more detailed review of the 2021 Honda Civic Type R

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The 2021 Honda Civic Type R has two model trims – the base model and a Limited Edition. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox that puts the fun of driving fully in your capable hands. You’ve got a 2.0 Liter turbocharged and an intercooled VTEC engine at your disposal. That’s right. It’s already been modified by Honda engineers so that you don’t have to do it yourself. The 2021 Honda Civic Type R delivers 295-pound feet of torque and produces 306 horsepower straight off the lot.

Just in case you didn’t know, Honda is famous for its VTEC engines. VTEC stands for Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control. VTEC systems put out high performance in the high RPM range and let you conserve fuel at low RPMs. Some Honda enthusiasts equip their vehicles with aftermarket VTEC controllers to boost their efficiency, but with the 2021 Honda Civic Type R that’s totally unnecessary.

Brembo Brakes

The Civic Type R has Brembo aluminum front brake calipers and improved power-assisted rear brakes. The chassis is made of lightweight steel and the Type R’s hood is made of aluminum. So, it skips across the road to boost its speed and if you want further weight reduction, just look to the Limited Edition model. It’s managed to shave 46 pounds off the body.

Limited Edition

The Limited Edition goes even further to boost performance by incorporating Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and BBS aluminum wheels. The Limited Edition also has enhanced dampers and sport-tuned steering. It might save a few seconds on your lap time, but it doesn’t upgrade the powertrain or transmission.

It’s just built for weekend jaunts on a curvy racetrack or detours on a long, winding road. It’s a fully functional racecar. The Type R comes with a data-tracking app called Honda LogR that you access from the center console display. You have access to your racing data in real-time with the app.

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Driving Modes

There are 3 driving modes. You can toggle between normal, comfort, and +R Mode. This automatically tightens the steering response, reprograms the throttle, and optimizes your suspension for peak performance. Just be advised that +R mode will tax your fuel economy. Speaking of fuel economy, it’s surprisingly decent for a sports car. The 2021 Civic Type R gets 28 miles per gallon in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

Civic Type R Exterior Styles

At first glance, you might look at the Civic Type R’s body design and think that it’s all for style points. After all, it’s got three exhaust ports. Well, you couldn’t be further from the truth; it’s really all about aerodynamics and performance.

In the rear, the Type R Civic has a high wing spoiler and an air diffuser over the hatch. These create downforce and help the Civic maintain control at high speeds. The roof has finlike attachments called vortex generators that help to funnel air toward the rear diffuser and wing. Toward the front of the Civic, there are underbelly spoilers, a hood scoop, and front fender air vents for engine cooling.

Interior Options for the 2021 Civic Type R

Technology isn’t the strong suit of the Civic Type R, but it’s not a weakness either. There’s a single 12V outlet in the front of the interior and 2 USB ports. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility are standard features for the 2021 Civic Type R. However, accessing those apps are frustrating on the 7-inch touchscreen display. One of the most impressive tech features for the interior is the standard navigation system with voice controls. Sometimes that might cost you extra, and it’s a nice touch to have satellite-linked navigation without ordering an additional package.

Interior Space

Four people can fit comfortably in the new Civic. There are 97 total cubic feet of passenger volume. It has high bolstered sport seats in the front, but only in one style. It’s red on black for everyone. People riding in the front seats get 42.3 inches of legroom. Fold the rear seats down and you’ve got 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Steering Wheel

The steering wheel is wrapped in Alcantara. That’s the same material that Aston Martin uses as a headliner for their swanky DBX crossover. The steering wheel has illuminated controls, so you don’t need to take your hands off the wheel as much. Sport pedals match the aluminum shifting knob. Just be careful when parking out in the sun, because you might come back to a blazing hot ball of metal in your center console.

Instrument Cluster

If you love modified Civics, then you’ll love the instrument panel of the 2021 Type R. It has a G-force gauge, compass, boost gauge, lap timer, digital speedometer, and other vital stats for your car. You can also customize certain aspects of the display so that you see only what you want to see.

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How Safe is the New Civic Type R?

As mentioned earlier, the 2021 Honda Civic Type R prioritized driver-assisted technology this time around. It comes with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and auto high-beam headlights. It also has road departure mitigation and collision mitigation braking. It will be interesting to see how many racers try to disengage these safety features for better performance.

In addition to the Honda Sensing Suite, the 2021 Type R also has enhanced traction control, a full complement of advanced airbags, and a rearview camera. You don’t need to pay extra for these safety features and that is a huge plus for this vehicle. Just jump the lot to Acura and you’ll find these same safety features bundled into a package deal that adds thousands to your initial cost.

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At the Finish Line

The 2021 Honda Civic has a surprisingly comprehensive list of safety gear and it all comes standard. You get passive, active and driver assistance features without the pricey add-on packages. The Limited Edition gets a bright yellow color swap and even better handling but doesn’t improve overall power. For nearly 10 grand more, it hardly seems worth it.

Technology

When it comes to technology that doesn’t relate to performance, the 2021 Civic Type R loses power, too. It has a 7-inch screen and lacks any options to upgrade tech amenities. Thankfully, it does have a premium audio system and standard navigation.

Options

That lack of options is echoed at nearly every level with the Type R. You get exclusively designed sport seats, a single body kit design, and a suped-up powertrain. Basically, they’ve kitted out a Honda Civic for you and that’s that. This could frustrate some auto enthusiasts who like the idea of modifying nearly every aspect of their Honda Civic. However, Honda automakers don’t hide this fact. It’s like there’s a sign posted at the entry that says – this vehicle is ready already and there’s no need to tweak it further. If you accept that fact, then you’re sure to have a lot of fun in the 2021 Honda Civic Type R.

Price

The 2021 Honda Civic Type R has an MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $37,495. That’s not bad considering that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on aftermarket parts. Otherwise, the pricey Limited Edition is skippable. You’re in good hands with the base model and all its amazing standard features. This is the perfect sports car for people who enjoy the thrill of racing but never quite figured out what all that stuff is under the hood.