The Honda Ridgeline is dead! Long live the Honda Ridgeline!

Despite a coming refresh for the 2012 model year, Honda has been widely reported as planning to send its unibody Ridgeline down the same road as its Element and S2000 after 2013. Even if that's true, that doesn't necessarily mean the curtain will have completely closed on the automaker's pickup truck offerings. According to AutoWeek, the next-generation Honda CR-V – previewed in the official concept image seen above – could spawn a compact pickup variant. Since the CR-V is itself based on the Civic, in a roundabout way, this could mean that we're looking at a Civic pickup, which is a bit tough to wrap one's head around.

A full-size car-based pickup never really set Honda's sales charts on fire, so maybe a smaller iteration will do the trick, right? We'll believe it when we see it.

In the meantime, Honda has a bunch of other updates planned for the next few years, including the launch of an all-new Accord in 2012. The next Accord will once again be offered with a hybrid variant (which hasn't been offered since 2007), and this gasoline-electric powertrain could also find its way under the hood of the CR-V.

Elsewhere in Honda's portfolio, AW asserts that the slow-selling Crosstour will finally get an entry-level four-cylinder model, and the Pilot will get a complete overhaul in the fall of 2013. Furthermore, rumors of a hotter Mugen-inspired CR-Z are still being mumbled, and a Fit EV city car may arrive as early as 2012.


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      Typesbad
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a purely suburban dweller, my pick-up needs are pretty light duty. I've liked the idea of the Ridgeline, but it was always too much truck with too much engine to justify as something that would double as a commuter. I had a '84 Nissan King Cab for 21 years. All it had was a 2.4L I-4, but that was plenty for all my hauling needs. I miss that truck. A Honda compact Pick-up using their 2.4L engine could be an ideal replacement.
      futuramautoblog
      • 3 Years Ago
      Compact pick-up is currently a void in the market place. While it isn't going to become the best selling segment, there certainly is a need for such type of vehicle. Thus, it only makes sense for some automakers looking to fill that void. Toyota also introduced a compact pick up concept (Hybrid!) a few years ago.. perhaps it is currently in development? While their design and product as of late are coming short of expectations, one spirit of Honda I admire is their willingness to create something new. Element and Ridgeline, while not a great commercial success, are good, visible examples. What they do need is a better execution!!!!!!
      lostjr
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know if it would fly here, but compact based pickups are common in some other countries. I'd rather have a Fit Shuttle or Stream or something like that. Or even the JDM Odyssey.
      JIMMYZ
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cannot wait until Honda builds the CRV pickup. I just purchased a 2011 CRV for my wife & after driving it I said I wished they made a CRV pickup. Its all wheel drive & gets alot better fuel economy than my Nissan Frontier Crew Cab 4X4. I have to have all wheel drive to get to work in the winter, and it has to be a pickup to get gas for my mowers, or to bring garbage to the dump once a week. So if I could accomplish the same things & get better fuel economy, then the CRV Pickup is for me !
      theweegeean
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when I see it. Recently, a lot of companies have said they "might" build a compact truck. Toyota said so with its A-BAT, Kia said so with the Soul'ster, Chevy briefly mentioned a few mock-ups, Dodge mentioned its lifestyle truck in its four year plan, scheduled for 2012, and even Suzuki has recently suggested it might do one. So far Nissan and Ford are the only ones that have said they're absolutely positively not doing a compact truck. So with all these possibilies, where are we? Nowhere - none have been given a totally green light, and the official dates of production on all of them are still at least 3 years down the road at best, assuming the economy doesn't get any worse. Besides that, all these unibody trucks have died a quick death and revivals of plans have been tepid-first Toyota said it wouldn't do the A-BAT because of the economy, now it's saying it "might" do one, as a Scion, in 2014, three years away. Then KIA said the same thing, and hasn't said anything since. And I'm still not holding my breath for the others--where's that 2012 Dodge lifestyle truck? I haven't even heard a peep out of Mopar about that, and even the most knowledgeable people on Allpar aren't even sure what platform it will supposedly be on. The truth is that American tastes are the biggest reason car companies don't build compact trucks for Americans, and may never build a real compact for this country again. Ask a typical American what they want in a truck, and they say they need four doors, light duty towing, no or very few off-road abilities and basically something that can haul a few bricks or plants from Home Depot. These tasks can be done with a crossover SUV. A few people ask for two doors and the same light duty, but something about hauling a few 4x8 sheets of plywood. Again, a midsize crossover can do this with seats folded and hatch up, and the companies would rather you buy one of those anyway because they can make a huge profit off of it. And don't even get me started on size. Anecdotally, half the people I've heard from say they want a "smaller" compact truck, and half say they want a "bigger" midsize (as in, bigger than midsizers already are!) There's no consensus from compact truck fans about how "big" a compact truck should be. The litmus test for a US compact truck is "can companies make a profit off of this as big as they would off of a fullsize truck or crossover SUV?" and the answer is always a definite no. Everyone wants one that costs $16,000, which is similar to a mid-optioned subcompact. They would literally make more money selling a Fiat 500 than they would a two-door truck. Ask a consumer about a four-door CRV with a four foot bed and they'd expect lower price. Not going to happen. I would like a compact truck as much as anyone on this site, but I gave up on the segment a long time ago. They're just not interested. Any profit they could make off a compact truck they could make off a crossover SUV much more easily.
        stclair5211
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theweegeean
        Longest comment of the year. Bravo.
        Rudukai13
        • 3 Years Ago
        @theweegeean
        This just about perfectly sums up my feelings about these compact unibody trucks except for one - who says small and unibody has to mean no offroad capability? ESPECIALLY in truck form, I would expect to at least be able to conquer something rougher than a gravel road. I love the idea of a unibody, all-independent suspension truck, but it needs to have some balls in the dirt before I'd really consider buying one.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rudukai13
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      Kevin W
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just got my first Honda, and I hope they don't keep screwing up their product offering to the point where it's my last, because I think it's a wonderful car.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      A compact pickup is sorely needed! Give it a great basic amount of utility and high fuel efficiency and it will sell like hot cakes! Just don't give it the polarizing styling of the Ridgeline.
      DT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone look underneath the CRVs. The suspension is a joke. The suspension is a light duty go kart.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree, Please no...just improve what you currently have which is not really class competitive anymore, and once your main core products are improved, then you "treat' yourself to a pick up truck but really, Ridgeline-Lite? Do we need that fiasco again...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda and I, do not see eye to eye when it comes to automobile design. Honda use to make some nice looking cars, somewhere they went down the wrong road........that is, for me, others might see it differently.
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