Boasting an array of off-road-ready features to make it more capable on the trail or cross-country, the new TrailSport trim of the 2024 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck arrives as a competitor to the Chevy Colorado Z71 and GMC Canyon AT4.
Honda describes the TrailSport as being designed for “weekend adventurers” and says the all-terrain trim will arrive along with other 2024 Honda Ridgeline trims during winter 2023 to 2024.
The 2024 Honda Ridgeline TrailSport will be equipped with steel underbody skid plates to protect the oil pan from gouges and punctures while negotiating rough ground. Standard tires for the trim are high-traction 245/60R18 General Grabber A/T Sport tires wrapped around five-spoke 18-inch wheels with a Pewter Gray finish.
Other provisions for improved off-road performance include damper valve tuning and trim-specific spring rates. Extra articulation is provided both by this tuning and the model’s stabilizer bars. Honda claims the model retains good handling and on-road manners despite its off-road verve. The i-VTM4 torque-vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) standard on all 2024 Honda Ridgeline trims gives some extra trail capability to the TrailSport as well.
Honda also gave the TrailSport eye-catching, rugged aesthetics to set it apart from other 2024 trim levels. These include orange TrailSport grille and tailgate badges, a unique grille, door pillar, and mirror trim treatment, and an exclusive Diffused Sky Blue exterior paint color.
The trim’s cabin also gets distinctive appearance elements, ranging from TrailSport headrest logos to orange upholstery stitching and orange ambient lighting. The cockpit also has a flat floor and 60/40 rear foldaway seats to maximize room for carrying bulky camping or outdoors equipment.
All trim levels of the pickup feature a lineup of safety and convenience technologies, including but not limited to adaptive cruise control, rear-seat warnings, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.
All four trim levels of the 2024 Honda Ridgeline, including Sport, RTL, TrailSport and Black Edition, receive several updated features for the new model year. These include a new center console with additional storage, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 9-inch color touchscreen, and styling updates, including several optional appearance packages.
American Honda sales VP Lance Woelfer says that the automaker expects the “more rugged Ridgeline will continue its strong momentum with sales up over 20 percent this year.”