Honda is giving the company's Pilot a mild refresh for 2012. The SUV will ditch its bulky front fascia for a slightly more restrained nose with a three-bar grille replacing the thick-chrome grin of the 2011 model. In addition, Honda plans to squeeze a little more fuel efficiency out of the SUV with a new transmission, saying it will boast the highest EPA-estimated mileage of any three-row crossover. The old five-speed automatic gearbox has been replaced with six-speed unit for 2012.

Honda is throwing in a few interior updates as well. Buyers will be able to enjoy a slightly massaged cabin, complete with an updated navigation system and stereo to match. Finally, new paint colors and wheel options will round out the changes.

2012 Honda Ridgeline SportIn addition to the revised Pilot, Honda has also added a new Sport model to its familiar Ridgeline for 2012. Above the Ridgeline RT standard features, the Sport will get exclusive black 18-inch alloy wheels, black honeycomb grille, standard fog lights, black headlight and brake light housings, and black mirrors and door handles. The 2012 Ridgeline goes on sale November 2011; the Pilot a few months earlier.

See the brief blurbs from Honda for each model after the break. You can also click on either image for an enlarged view.
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2012 Honda Pilot Touring

The 2012 Honda Pilot embraces a new, more refined look, improves its comfort and convenience features, and is designed to deliver the highest EPA fuel economy available in a three-row, 8-passenger SUV, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced on July 25, 2011. The substantially updated model will go on sale in September 2011.

2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline receives improvements for style and fuel efficiency as the new Ridgeline Sport (pictured) introduces popular high-value features consistent with the entry 4-wheel-drive truck segment, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced on July 25, 2011. The new Ridgeline Sport model adds the following to Ridgeline RT standard features: exclusive black 18-inch alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels), exclusive black honeycomb grille, standard fog lights, black headlight and brake light housings, and black mirrors and door handles. The 2012 Ridgeline goes on sale November 2011.


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      brgtlm
      • 3 Years Ago
      The grille is definitely improved over the previous version. They should work on the interiorand the button fest inside next.The outside is rather Isuzu Trooper retro. It's tolerable.
      peakarach1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It look somewhat better overall but I would not have buy it for me or for my mom. The new CRV I can see alot of older women but a boat load of it when it release.
      stclair5211
      • 3 Years Ago
      You all are clearly nuts. It's as good of or a better effort than anyone else is doing. I'd buy this over new product like the explorer. The ridgeline is far better and more the kind of vehicle people need than ford or GM are doing and they are hondas. Meaning quality and resale. They are playing it safe sure, but be fair. The products are solid.
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @stclair5211
        The world class Grand Cherokee crushes this Alabama class hideous thing like a soda can. The 5 speed transmissions in these Hondas were worse than American cars, want to bet these transmissions are awful as well. The Ridgeline sold 587 units last month vs 49,618 F150's.
          poorboywrx
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          clearly you haven't driven a ridgeline, the transmission is amazing. Honda transmissions, from my experience, do NOT operate like your typical slush box auto. It's by no means a big seller but you do see them around.
          • 3 Years Ago
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          tyler
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          The five speeds were bad. Anyone who owned a vehicle with the 5-speed (my father had a 2003 TL) at least heard about the horrific possibility of the transmission locking up at highway speed when third gear had a catastrophic failure. Folks who try to argue with this are ignorant fools. Just ask anyone who received a letter in the mail saying that Honda will warrant your transmission to 105,000 miles and then tell you "tough luck" after that. I won't argue with grade logic being a good technology. But anyone who argues with Honda's 5-speed auto being a perfect transmission is clearly an idiot who hasn't done their research.
          • 3 Years Ago
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          QAZZY
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MAX
          You can't really compare a Ridgeline (light truck) to an F150 (large truck)...
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        AlphaGnome
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, boost does not fit here, boast is correct. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boast
        Jake
        • 3 Years Ago
        It might should have been "toast".
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      Tanooki2003
      • 3 Years Ago
      Say whatever you want about it's looks. The Pilot is still popular and selling in large numbers. I do state to state highway commuting and I see them about as often as I do Camrys', Altimas', and Accords.
      dax xanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      awful design... just awful.
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      Ace Convoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ridgeline sport me likey
      BG
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm often amazed that I see Ridgelines being driven, presumably by some person who voluntarily bought or leased the thing. As long as they are happy.....
        The Calligrapher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BG
        Well, apparently there are some intelligent people among the light-truck drivers. Sadly, the fact that there are not so many Ridgelines on the road indicates that the precentage is not very high.
      jayss2k07
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sort like it for what it is...the looks aren't offensive.
        matt_shift
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jayss2k07
        i agree. clean and unfussy. i'd take boxy any day vs swoopy/curvy lines.
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