The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t let loose its grip on the world, car manufacturers included. However, just because 2020 was the absolute worst year in the history of years, that won’t stop us from looking to the future for some much-needed positivity.
So, how much love is Honda lavishing us with in 2021 and beyond? Which new cars are coming out in America? And what’s the deal with airplane peanuts? Let’s dive into the future of Honda automotive.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Redesigned
Set to launch in the spring of 2021, the newly redesigned Honda Ridgeline is a sight to behold. And behold the Ridgeline we shall, with its brilliantly versatile truck bed, all-new sheet metal foundation, rugged skid plate, and shiny twin exhaust outlets. It’s upped the ruggedness ante, which means mud trails look to be in our future — how about yours?
2020 vs 2021 Ridgeline: What’s New or Changed?
Ridgeline’s most notable changes and upgrades for 2021 include:
- Special Honda Performance Development Package available
- New front bumper with side vents to improve aerodynamics
- Standard 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires
- Wider track and stance
- Available i-VTM4 torque-vectoring AWD w/ selectable Mud, Snow, Sand and Normal modes
- Standard Intelligent Traction Dynamics
- Best-in-class AWD payload capacity (1,580 lbs)
- Extra-wide 4-foot cargo bed
- Improved, more intuitive infotainment system with physical volume knobs
While Ridgeline pricing and sales dates are still TBD, we anticipate the 2021 Honda truck to grace our presence early in 2021, priced similarly to the 2020 model. Contact our Valley Honda Dealers and ask to get a notification once the new Ridgeline goes on sale in Phoenix.
Say Hi to John Cena, Honda’s New Brand Ambassador
This year, WWE superstar John Cena joined the Honda team as the brand’s newest mascot for Honda cars and light trucks. You can hear his intimidating voice in this Honda ad. Welcome aboard, Mr. The Prototype.
2022 Honda Civic Prototype
Speaking of prototypes, we can’t talk about cool future cars coming out without mentioning the new Honda Civic. The 2022 Civic, one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming Honda cars, is a bona fide stud. From trunk to grille, it’s filled with Civic DNA; but don’t let that fool you — this is anything but your standard Honda compact.
Overall, the ‘22 Honda Civic is a perplexing mix of “young and chic” and “working professional.” Entering into its 11th generation, the 2022 Civic becomes a more matured version of its past, charming self, and you can almost see the Accord if you squint at just the right angle, with just the right amount of light.
It’s softer in places, more aggressive and sporty in others. It’s cleaned up some of the busywork around the wheel wells, while adding some embellishments here and there. It feels lower to the ground — the hood is dropped down by an inch-ish — yet also higher off the ground — enhanced A-pillars improve visibility — all at once. Perplexing, right?
You want specifics? You can’t handle specifics! (But we’ll give you a little tidbit to tide you over, anyways.)
Looking inside the Honda Civic, 2022’s changes quickly become apparent. Making an exit are Civic’s previous race-inspired front seats, which are swapped out with sleeker, more refined seats that are Accord-esque. On the dash, Civic is donning a mesh covering that runs horizontally through the center, between steering wheel and passenger-side door. Oh — and there are physical knobs and buttons to control the radio, climate settings, and the whole shebang.
The ‘22 Civic is slated to hit a Honda dealer near you this spring (‘21) as a sedan, hatchback and a Limited Edition Type R. To get updated when it arrives at our Arizona Honda dealerships, contact your closest Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix.
Honda: The Future of Electric Cars
Although the Honda Clarity Electric is being discontinued, Honda has taken up arms with GM to develop two all-new Honda EVs for production in 2024-2025. These upcoming electric cars (or SUVs? Or trucks?) have yet to be officially named or announced, but we expect them to harness some of GM’s electric battery modules and in-car tech, paired with HondaLink and Honda’s other future car technology and features. Sharing is caring.
Honda Becomes First Automaker to Sell Used Cars Online
Did you hear the news? Honda has become the very first mass-market company to offer pre-owned vehicles online. Now, shoppers can browse HondaCertified.com to shop and purchase both Certified Pre-Owned Hondas and other non-certified used Honda models from their local Honda dealer.
Want to learn more about how you can buy a used Honda online? First, take a look at the Honda Certified Pre-Owned program to see the benefits of buying CPO. Then, when you’re ready to take that next step, visit HondaCertified.com or any of our Arizona Honda dealerships to begin shopping. You can also call your Valley Honda Dealers for details — though they won’t know why airplane peanuts are the way they are.