2021 Honda Ridgeline Towing Capacity

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 lbs if it’s an AWD vehicle. The 2WD truck can only carry 3,500 lbs. The actual towing capacity of these vehicles is slightly higher if there are no additional passengers or cargo.

All information was taken directly from the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Owner’s Manual.

This information is a great starting point to help you determine the general capacities of your Ridgeline towing, but should always be calculated on your own to make sure.

I will also comment that the information listed in their owner’s manual is different than what is listed online, so check with your local dealer, manual, and label stickers to confirm these capacities.

Read: How to Calculate Towing Capacity?

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and necessary equipment.

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Trim Levels Honda Ridgeline

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline comes in 4 trim levels. The main difference between these levels is the luxury. The cheapest Ridgeline is the Sport and the most expensive is the Black Edition which has the most luxurious features.

There is also no option for various truck bed lengths. All Ridgeline truck beds are 5′ 4″.

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Regardless of the trim level on the Honda Ridgeline, there are a few things that remain the same. The first is that they all have a seating capacity of 5 and have 4 doors. This means that the overall dimensions for the Ridgeline are virtually the same between trim levels.

Engine Performance and Power

There is only one engine available in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. This is the 3.5 L V6 engine. This has a max hp of 280 and 262 lb.-ft.

There is no manual transmission available, but there is both a 2WD and AWD option.

Gas Mileage for Honda Ridgeline

According to Honda, the Ridgeline gets an estimated average of 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

This of course will vary on many conditions such as loading, passengers, driving conditions, and driving styles.

With a tank of 19.5 gallons, a single tank in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline can go between 351 and 468 miles.

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Given that this is a mid-size pickup truck, it doesn’t have the highest power compared to full-size pickup trucks.

However, compared to other mid-size trucks it still has pretty good power.

It has a hp of 280 @6,000 rpm and a torque of 262 lb.-ft @4,700 rpm.

Towing Capacity

Compared to the 2021 version of the Honda Ridgeline, there is no Trailer Hitch Towing Kit. All 2021 models of the Ridgeline come with a Class III tow hitch with a 7 pin connector.

The highest towing capacity in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is 5,000 lbs. This assumes a vehicle loaded with 2 passengers of 150 lbs, 17.6 lbs of cargo for each passenger, and an AWD vehicle.

The 2WD equivalent maximum towing capacity listed by Honda is 3,500 lbs under the same conditions.

These numbers above, however, do not necessarily apply to your conditions. You first must know the GCWR and then calculate the towing capacity.

Honda does list the GCWR for their Ridgeline trucks with 8,245 lbs for 2WD and 10,031 for AWD.

2021 honda ridgeline towing capacities chart from manual

Tongue Weight

Tongue weight is the amount of weight that is directly applied to the trailer hitch.

If you need more information on tongue weight, how it’s measured and why it’s important, read: What is Trailer Tongue Weight?

Honda does however list the max tongue weight that can be applied to their 2WD and AWD vehicles. The 2WD vehicles have a maximum tongue weight of 420 lbs and the AWD has a max tongue weight of 600 lbs.

Honda and many towers suggest that for trailers a proper tongue weight should be between 10-15% of the total trailer weight.

Payload Capacity

So how much weight can be added to your Ridgeline?

This is based on a few factors and is broken down into more details in my article: What is GVWR?

In its simplest form, payload capacity refers to the maximum amount of weight that can be added to a truck. This includes passengers, cargo, accessories, and tongue weight.

Payload capacity can be calculated by subtracting the curb weight from the GVWR.

The GVWR of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is 5,710 lbs (2,590 kg) for 2WD models and 6,019 lbs (2,730 kg) for AWD models.

Honda estimates that the maximum payload for the Honda Ridgeline is between 1,400 lbs and 1,534 lbs for the 2WD and AWD respectively.

The payload capacity depends on which vehicle you own, but can be found in the chart below.

2022 & 2021 Honda Ridgeline Payload Capacities Chart from Owners manual


The 2021 Honda Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 lbs under certain conditions.

The best way to calculate the towing capacity of your Ridgeline is to use the GCWR which is found in this article and in your owner’s manual.

You should always calculate your own towing capacity because it will vary depending on how much weight is added to your vehicle.

Need help walking through this process? Read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? Here you will find a helpful calculator as well.


I, Joey, am the owner and primary writer for Tailored Trucks. When I'm not writing, I enjoy taking my RAM pickup to the White Mountains for skiing, camping, or ATVing. Thanks for reading!

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