There's also a price increase.
The Honda Ridgeline received a major midlife update for the 2021 model year, so little will be changing for 2022. The automaker recently updated its official US website with pricing and trim details for the new model year and we happened to notice two key things.
First off, there's no TrailSport off-road trim. This package, which just debuted on the 2022 Passport crossover, consists of bolder bumpers, unique grille styling, machined 18-inch wheels, and special badges, would look fantastic on the Ridgeline. The additional ground clearance should also come in handy for outdoor adventure types. Needless to say, we're disappointed. It's still possible a Ridgeline TrailSport will debut at a later date, so never say never. But for now, it's a no-go.
The second change involves pricing. Now, last year the then-new facelifted Ridgeline received a significant price bump compared to the 2020 model. The difference? At least $2,590 for the base Sport trim. Honda could justify that with the addition of the standard torque-vectoring i-VTM4 all-wheel-drive system. The Ridgeline shares the Passport's platform, meaning it lacks the traditional body-on-frame chassis found on rivals like the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.
For 2022, the Ridgeline receives yet another price increase though not anywhere near as substantial. Prices will begin at $38,115 including destination ($36,890 without), which is $400 more than last year. All Ridgeline trims will see the same price increase.
The most expensive version remains the Black Edition, which kicks off at $45,545. It appears option packages will also carry over, such as the Honda Performance Department Package (pictured here), priced at $2,800. This adds goodies like a black grille, special body decals, special 18-inch wheels, and flared fenders.
Given the Ridgeline's tough new looks and now-standard all-wheel drive, it'd make complete sense for a TrailSport version to arrive, especially with new competition like the also car-based Hyundai Santa Cruz. Hyundai is no stranger to making bold decisions and the Santa Cruz is proof. It takes guts to enter the American truck market. Honda will need to find a way to help retain its edge somehow.