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Honda gives 2020 Ridgeline a new transmission, standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

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Honda is giving the Ridgeline a host of important updates for the 2020 model year including added safety technology, a new standard transmission, a narrowed trim lineup, fresh tailgate functionality, and standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

For 2020, Honda will offer the Ridgeline in four trim levels: Sport, RTL, RTL-E and Black Edition. It has a starting price of $33,9001 (excluding $1,095 destination and handling).

2020 Honda Ridgeline Honda has given the Ridgeline standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the 2020 model year.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The truck has gotten few exterior tweaks at the front aside from available LED headlights, but its tailgate now features remote locking. The truck's rear doors open wider to make ingress and egress easier.

The Ridgeline continues to be powered by Honda's 3.5-liter V6 engine, which will now be mated to a standard nine-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Two-wheel drive is standard on Sport and RTL trims, which have available all-wheel drive. Ridgeline RTL-E and Black Edition grades get standard all-wheel drive.

Honda's Display Audio system now comes standard and includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in addition to an 8-inch touch screen. An eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support and ambient interior lighting are also available.

2020 Honda Ridgeline The Ridgeline's tailgate now has remote functionality.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The automaker has added a standard suite of safety and driver assistance technologies to the Ridgeline for the new model year including a collision mitigation braking system with forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2020 Honda Ridgeline goes on sale at dealerships in the U.S. on December 16.

Watch the videos on AutomotiveMap or visit the Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum to see the cars and motorcycles in person.

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Like sand through the hourglass, these are the Honda vehicles of our lives. The Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum is dedicated to sharing the passion behind late motorcycle racer and dealership owner Dave Mungenast Sr.'s vehicle collection with the St. Louis community and beyond. Mungenast became a Honda motorcycle dealer in 1965 and was one of the first Acura dealers in the U.S.

The newest videos in the museum's "Honda Kokoro" series pay homage to the 1960s and 1970s, taking viewers on a virtual visit to the Honda showrooms of the era. They celebrate the heritage, culture, people, and products that make Honda unique, according to a release.

The two-part video that can be watched below shows of Honda's automotive and motorcycle history through the products and memorabilia that are located at the museum.

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The videos feature several rare vehicles including Honda "S" model cars that were never sold in America, a Z600, and a 1979 Civic. There's also the first Honda Scrambler to win a National Championship, a XLV750R (never sold in America), Z50 Mini Trail, XL250, CBX, GL 100 Gold Wing, and a 1970 CB750.

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To see the cars and motorcycles in person, visit the Mungenast Classic Automobiles & Motorcycles Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Honda Civic Type-R has gotten some enhancements for the 2020 model year.

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Honda's most race-ready version of the Civic is getting a makeover for the 2020 model year designed to help improve its driving dynamics and keep up with the market's technology trends.

Changes start at the front where the model has gotten a larger grille opening and improved engine cooling. The 2020 Type-R will be available in an exclusive Boost Blue paint color.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R The Boost Blue paint job on this Civic Type-R is new for the 2020 model year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

The car has new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads designed to allow for more efficient braking. The dampers have been updated for better ride comfort and stiffer rear bearings allow for better grip. The front suspension has been modified to reduce friction resulting in better steering feel.

In the cabin is a new Alcatara-wrapped steering wheel. The Type-R's shifter and knob have been restyled resulting in shorter throws.

Honda has added the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance technology to the Type-R, as it has with all Civic models and trim levels.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R The 2020 Honda Civic Type-R goes on sale later this year.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Additional information about the U.S.-spec 2020 Honda Civic Type R will be available closer to its on-sale date later this year.