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The 2021 Ridgeline offers standard advantages over new rivals

By Product Expert | Posted in Honda Ridgeline on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 7:19 pm
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline pulling a trailer through a field.

Can the 2021 Honda Ridgeline tow more than the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz? 

There are several reasons why the latest version of the Honda Ridgeline stands out from the rest of its class. Current and former Ridgeline owners in Meridian we have spoken to have enjoyed the trucks slim profile that is comfortable to drive on the road but still also offers the kind of capability needed to do a lot of things – including towing. Now that a new competitor is poised to hit the market, Meridian Honda customers are coming to our showroom to ask, ‘Can the 2021 Honda Ridgeline tow more than the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz?’ Well, that will depend on how each truck is set up. All four 2021 Ridgeline trims, Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition use the same powertrain and they are also equipped with all-wheel-drive. Let’s take a closer look at some new information. 

READ MORE: How does the 2021 Ridgeline compare to the 2022 Santa Cruz? 

2021 Honda Ridgeline Sport2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz SE
Engine3.5-L, V-6 2.5-L, 4-Cyl. 
Horsepower/Torque280/262 191/181 
DrivetrainAWD FWD 
Towing Capacity5,000 lbs. 3,500 lbs. 

2021 Ridgeline vs 2022 Santa Cruz Performance Specs 

The most glaring difference between the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be the power plants employed by each midsize pickup truck. Honda has equipped the 2021 Ridgeline with a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that will make 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Since all 2021 Ridgeline trims are equipped with all-wheel drive, all of them will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.  

Hyundai forces future buyers to make a hard decision when they are considering the new Santa Cruz pickup truck. Entry-level Santa Cruz models will use a 191-horsepower naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine that can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Only by making the jump to the highest trim grades will future owners of the 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz be able to match the towing capacity of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline. 

Meridian Honda customers can learn more about the 2021 Honda Ridgeline and the rest of the current lineup today when they make an appointment with a dealership representative. 

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