Honda offers four trims for the 2024 Ridgeline: Sport, RTL, TrailSport, and Black Edition. They are all the same mechanically, getting a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and standard torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Each trim level is capable of towing as much as 5,000 pounds, while the maximum payload capacity runs between 1,509 and 1,583 pounds depending on the trim level. According to the official estimations done by the EPA, most Ridgeline trims return 18 mpg around town and 24 mpg on the open road. The slightly heavier TrailSport dips just a tad with highway fuel economy of 23 mpg.
The Ridgeline Sport is nicely equipped with tri-zone automatic climate control, fabric upholstery, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, LED fog lights, power side mirrors, LED low-beam headlights with auto on/off, rear privacy glass, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a 7-inch driver information display, a 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with underseat storage, two USB ports, wireless device charging, and 18-inch alloy wheels. A dual-action tailgate, an in-bed trunk, a Class III trailer hitch with a seven-pin connector, and cargo bed lighting and tie-down points reflect some of the Sport’s truck-centric features. The upgrades for the RTL include leather upholstery, a power moonroof, heated front seats, a ten-way power driver’s seat with lumbar controls, a driver’s memory system, a four-way power front passenger seat, a power-sliding rear window, heated power side mirrors, sound-reducing windshield glass, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
As mentioned in the intro, the TrailSport gets unique exterior treatments, including LED daytime running lights, and is ready for travel beyond the pavement with all-terrain tires, skid plates, and specialized suspension tuning. Custom spring rates and damper valve adjustments improve off-road ride quality while still ensuring on-road comfort. Its comfortable cabin features leatherette upholstery with orange accent stitching, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, heater power side mirrors with a power-folding feature, illuminated front-row beverage holders, and LED ambient interior lighting. The Black Edition expands on the RTL’s standard features with heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated power side mirrors with a power-folding feature, illuminated front-row beverage holders, LED ambient interior lighting, LED cargo bed lighting, LED daytime running lights, two second-row USB ports, and a cargo-bed power outlet.
The Honda Sensing system of advanced driver-assist features is standard with all 2024 Ridgelines. The technology provides forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic monitoring, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams. The TrailSport and Black Edition add front and rear parking sensors. Every Ridgeline also gets a full array of airbags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, and a rearview monitor with dynamic guidelines.
A 9-inch touchscreen is the command center for the Ridgeline’s infotainment system, which now has a faster processor for lag-free performance. All trims get wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, and access to HondaLink remote services. While most trims get a 215-watt, seven-speaker audio system, the Black Edition is upgraded with a premium 540-watt, eight-speaker arrangement. SiriusXM satellite radio is standard on the RTL and higher. The TrailSport and Black Edition also receive navigation.