Honda’s pickup truck has recently received a facelift and that clearly indicates that the current generation is about to remain in production for a few more years. That also indicates that the 2022 Honda Ridgeline shouldn’t feature any bigger changes. Simply, the recent update has brought a lot of novelties, starting from a new front end and updated infotainment system. So, we presume it can remain fresh for another few years.
Therefore, you may expect the next year’s model with familiar design characteristics. Of course, we are talking about the segment-exclusive unibody layout, along with a comfortable and well-equipped cabin. This truck features a class-leading driving experience, while we also like the refined V6 engine. On the other side, such comfort and convenience are compromised with below-average capabilities, particularly in terms of towing. Off-road performances aren’t particularly great either. Since no bigger changes are about to come, we presume that the launch date will be scheduled for the last quarter of the year.
2022 Honda Ridgeline Redesign
When it comes to the overall design, the 2022 Honda Ridgeline definitely won’t feature any bigger changes. The current generation has been around since 2015 and it still looks pretty fresh in all aspects, especially after the recent update. To remind you, the recent update was mostly about a facelift. We saw a new front end, with redesigned grille and bumper, as well as with revised headlights, which all make this truck more rugged than before.
Mechanically, things have remained pretty much the same but that’s definitely isn’t an issue, considering the models, class-exclusive, unibody platform. It offers far superior handling and comfort compared to rivals and acts more like a crossover than a pickup truck. On the other side, the obvious drawback of such a design is the lack of capabilities, especially when it comes to towing capacity, which goes just to 5.000 pounds, while rivals like Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado go way over 7.000 pounds.
The same thing goes for the interior design, which is very car-like. You can find most similarities to the Pilot and the overall impression is that this cabin is a very nice place to be in. Materials are nice, while the build quality is excellent. Also, we really like the sound insulation, which is on par with most crossovers.
The recent update has brought a new infotainment system. It now features better graphics, faster response and seems a little bit more intuitive. However, the best thing about it is that Honda has brought back the physical volume knob.
The 2022 Honda Ridgeline will continue with just one configuration, in a crew cab layout with a 5-feet 4-inch bed. Both rows are very generous with space and accommodate adults with ease.
We could see some novelties in this aspect but most of the things will probably remain the same as in the current model. For reference, the current model comes standard with things like tri-zone automatic climate control and an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, seven speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Additionally, you can get options like a truck bed audio system, a moonroof, navigation, an eight-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and HD Radio.
When it comes to safety, all models currently come with standard features like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, you can get things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors.
2022 Honda Ridgeline Engine
Once again, things are about to remain the same. You may count on a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine, which puts out around 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which works pretty well. The whole drivetrain seems very refined and we really like the fact that AWD is standard in all models.
When it comes to the fuel economy, you may count on about 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the segment.
2022 Honda Ridgeline Release Date and Price
The 2022 Honda Ridgeline should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with the starting price of around 35.000 dollars.