Honda has already released a few details of what we can expect from its Ridgeline pickup truck for the 2012 model year, but a new series of spy shots from our friends at PickupTrucks.com offers even more clues.
In addition to the already announced Ridgeline Sport (an oxymoron?), the rest of the line will get a revised fascia that more closely mimics the automaker's latest Pilot, with which the Ridgeline shares much of its underpinnings. In place of the somewhat homely grille-within-a-grille sported by the 2011 model, the 2012 Ridgeline will apparently receive a version of the more handsome three-bar face seen on the 2012 Pilot.

We're also told to expect some interior tweaks for Honda's unibody pickup as well as a slight boost in fuel economy, which, for 2011, was rated by the EPA at 15 miles per gallon in the city, 20 on the highway and 17 combined. Considering that the Ridgeline is offered only with a relatively tame V6 engine, it really ought to do better... especially since Ford's base V6 offers 52 more horses and manages 17/23 from the EPA, and it's mounted in a much larger truck.

For the full rundown of spy shots and commentary from PickupTrucks.com, click here.


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      rdl2004
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have one and love it. It does all I need and the 4WD has got me out of some tight spots. It is comfortable on trips but the mileage could be better. To each his own.
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      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 4 Years Ago
      Judging by the ratings and comments, a Honda fan site is sending people here. Everyone at Autoblog, and any auto enthusiast will agree that when shopping for a pickup truck this one is so low on the list that it's barely on the list. A nip and tuck isn't needed, a complete redesign is well overdue.
        BigJayDogg3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Timothy Tibbetts
        If I could thumbs up you more than once, I would. I'm sorry, but a front wheel drive truck isn't going to cut it for me. Especially one that gets fuel economy on par with a full size.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          There you go being retarded again, Continue. As I stated in a previous response to you, the majority of the Ridgeline's power is being sent to the front wheels. Therefore, making it primarily FWD.
          jtav2002
          • 4 Years Ago
          @BigJayDogg3
          It's FWD biased AWD. Same thing. As far as the locker, what trucks don't offer it? Off the top of my head only ones I can think of are the Ranger and Colorado/Canyon, and they're crap anyways. Tundra is the only worthy mention of not having one. F150, Silverado/Sierra, Ram, Tacoma, Frontier, Titan all offer one. Doesn't matter that it's standard in the Ridgeline cause most Ridgeline owners aren't wheeling their Ridgelines. I agree though that obviously the Ridgeline forums posted this and everyone feels the need defend their vehicles. So silly.
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        @Timothy Tibbetts
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      GreaseMonkeySRT
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait...people buy these?
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        @GreaseMonkeySRT
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          Continue
          • 4 Years Ago
          Let me guess, MMANLY Men need a Dodge Ram Heavy Duty Cummins Turbo Diesel Dually to drive to their office. Is that what you drive to prove to your secretary that you are a MANLY man?
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        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GreaseMonkeySRT
        Who says we're praising The Big 3? We could easily pull up numbers for the Tundra and Titan that would make the Ridgeline look pointless.
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          @Elmo
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      XT6Wagon
      • 4 Years Ago
      How to tell this is a truck for people who have no idea what a truck is for. Go fill the bed with gravel. Drive 20 miles out of town. Try to change the a tire on your own simulating getting a flat tire said 20miles out of town. Let me know how that awesome "in bed trunk" with the spare tire in it works with 750lbs of gravel on it. This and other idea failures show that Honda just didn't understand that trucks require more than a Minivan with a bit of cut n paste behind the rear seat.
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        @XT6Wagon
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          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          Aww, he's mad because nobody agrees with his mommy. Gotta feel pity for momma's boys.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          No, I am not the troll here. YOU are the one who is overpraising the Ridgeline because your mommy likes it. You, ebony, and Continue are showing their complete and utter ignorance towards what a true pickup is.
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      KaiserWilhelm
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...And Honda continues to slowly fade into irrelevance.
      Basil Exposition
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would they feature this car on pickuptrucks.com?
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Because it's a pickup truck, whether it fits your definition or not.
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        William Graham
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not the Detroit crowd that is intimidated, it's the customers who are imtimidated massively rejecting this pseudo pickup. The Ridgeline a favorite of those who actually will never buy any truck.
      Continue
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love reading the misinformation spewed by Autoblog. Some of the most uninformed posters on the web. First, the Ridgeline body and platform are 92% unique. And second, it has a fully boxed frame in addition to the unibody structure. This is why the Ridgeline for instance has a higher payload capacity than a Chevrolet Avalance.
        Dave
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Continue
        It has a higher payload capacity than an Avalanche on the moon.
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          @Dave
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          @Dave
          Avalance 4wd payload is 1231 lbs max Avalance 2wd payload is 1160 lbs max Ridgeline AWD payload is 1546 lbs max
          BG
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Dave
          That is not much of an endorsement. Way would anyone in his right mind buy an Avalanche? Both this and the Ridgeline, to me, look like suburban play trucklets. That is an outcome when a commodity, like gasoline, is incredibly cheap.
        Elmo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Continue
        The Ridgeline is based off of the Element's chassis, which is of unibody construction and is primarily FWD. The majority of the power in the Ridgeline is being sent to the front wheels. Every person who has ever owned a true pick-up knows that using FWD to tow as much as any true half ton can is just utterly retarded. Oh and one more thing... How is 5,000lbs more than 12,000lbs? Because 5,000lbs is the max towing capacity for the Ridgeline. 12,000 for the Avalanche. Hell, I'm pretty sure the 1st generation Avalanche with the 8.1L Duramax can out-tow the Ridgeline. Good god, you're just like miketim when it comes to being a fanboy. You overpraise the crap out of the Honda Ridgeline.
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          @Elmo
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          cashsixeight
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'd buy a ridgeline purely because the people who tow landscaping equipment and crappy late 70s "race cars" are pieces of trash.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'm ignorant, yet you're the one who agrees with Continue that the Ridgeline is superior. Yeah, ok. Everything I posted was fact. Ok, your mother likes the Ridgeline. Doesn't exactly make it a superior truck. She hauls around antiques, not landscaping equipment or full-size race cars to the Saturday night races. Which is what the Avalanche can do, along with the Silverado, Sierra, F-150, and Ram.
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          @Elmo
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          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          So winged sprints, super modifieds, and dwarfs are 70s race cars? Wow, could have fooled me. Thanks for showing your ignorance towards oval racing once again, cashsixeight.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Nice, now M is just assuming he knows what kind of person I am lol. He's failed at trying to make me look stupid, so now he's getting desperate. There's Saturday night oval racing everywhere in the US. Just because it's oval racing, doesn't mean rednecks are attending.
        Continue
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Continue
        Avalance 4wd payload is 1231 lbs max Avalance 2wd payload is 1160 lbs max Ridgeline AWD payload is 1546 lbs max
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          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Continue
          Oh, wait... Avalanche (both 2WD and 4WD): 1,598lbs And when it comes to the Silverado, F-150, and Ram, you're looking at over 2,000lbs payload capacity. Which makes this "truck" obsolete.
          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Continue
          Correction: Avalanche payload: 2WD - 1,320lbs 4WD - 1,350lbs Ridgeline payload: 1,510lbs lol you even tried to overpraise its payload when it already had a much larger payload. I'll give you that, though. But as someone already pointed out, let's see you get the spare out with the bed filled. lol@your in-bed trunk
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          Elmo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Continue
          say what, how many times are you going to use that "UAW trolls" comment? Because it's becoming overused. Every article you have posted in has included those words. YOU are a troll. Go back and look at your comments on other articles and tell me which ones have been downvoted.
      Autoblogist
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the AB crew nailed it on Monday night's podcast. This is a prime example of how off pace Honda is. When an until recently broken Chrysler is ahead of them in transmission technology, you know Honda is a serious funk.
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