Honda is taking the Ridgeline pickup to the trail for 2024. The updated Ridgeline will be the third Honda to get the TrailSport off-road treatment. Plus, the entire Ridgeline lineup will get tech and cabin upgrades that should make this midsizer a better place to spend your time, on pavement or off.
TrailSport is how Honda badges the most rugged grades of its crossovers and now its pickup. Like Chevrolet’s Z71 or Subaru’s Wilderness-branded vehicles, TrailSport models give buyers more capability on rough roads straight from the showroom. The package launched on the Passport in 2022, the Pilot last year, and is now on the Ridgeline.
2024 Honda Ridgeline TrailSport Gets All-Terrain Upgrades
The 2024 Honda Ridgeline TrailSport’s upgrades start with 18-inch wheels wearing General Grabber all-terrain tires. The tires are the same size as those found on other Ridgeline grades, but they should offer much better traction in dirt, sand, mud, and over rocky terrain than the more pavement-oriented tires on other versions of the truck. The A/T tires should also be more durable if you venture off road.
Honda has re-tuned the Ridgeline TrailSport’s suspension to help fit the truck’s changed role. New spring rates and dampers should help the rough road ride, and softer sway bars should improve the pickup’s suspension articulation to keep those tires on the ground.
New steel skid plates wrap up the mechanical changes. The new plates protect the oil pan, keeping lubrication inside the 3.5L V6 if you get a little too close to off-road hazards.
Ridgeline TrailSport Gets Lots of Orange
Honda also has some cosmetic changes lined up for the Ridgeline TrailSport. On the outside, the truck gets a special grille with a new mesh design. The door pillars and mirrors are painted black, and the lower front bumper is painted gray to match the wheels.
Hop inside and you’ll find TrailSport’s trademark orange. The truck gets orange ambient lighting as well as orange contrast stitching on most of the cabin’s major surfaces. The all-season floormats get orange trim too, and the badges inside and out are orange-accented.
Then there’s our favorite new detail: the TrailSport’s tailgate. Honda has taken a page from the toughest of trucks and added stamped letters spelling out the truck’s name to the tailgate. They don’t add any functionality, but they do look good — especially on the blue paint exclusive to the TrailSport.
New Console, Screens for All 2024 Honda Ridgeline Models
Every 2024 Honda Ridgeline, including the Sport, RTL, and Black Edition trucks, will get a new center console. The new console, similar to the one we’ve seen already in the 2023 Pilot, gets a larger armrest and a bin that can hold a full-size tablet.
At the front of the console, Honda has made room for a pair of smartphones to sit side by side. Only one of the two has a wireless charge pad, though, so you might have to fight over it.
A 9.0-inch center screen is now standard, and the infotainment system comes with a faster processor. It will also have wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Last but not least is a new and standard 7.0-inch digital display in the dash. The screen displays the tachometer along with other essential information for the driver on the left side of the panel. The right side continues with a mechanical speedometer.
Expect the Alabama-built 2024 Ridgeline to hit dealers starting this winter. Honda didn’t announce pricing, but the 2023 model starts from $38,800.