We knew Honda's load-lugging curiosity, the Ridgeline pickup, was getting a modest refresh for the 2012 model year, and we even knew there was a new Sport model waiting in the wings. But now we have more details – including pricing.

For 2012, the Ridgeline range starts at $29,250* for the entry-level RT model and zooms all the way to $37,180* for the top-shelf RTL with navigation. The sweet spot, however, might just be the new Sport model shown above. At $29,995* it's only $749 more than the base RT, yet includes such visual niceties as 18-inch alloys (the base RT rolls on 17-inch steelies), blacked-out honeycomb grille and matching light bezels, as well as fog lamps and tinted rear windows. Inside, there's a leather-wrap wheel with audio controls, an aux input on the stereo and floor mats. (*All Ridgeline models are subject to a $810 delivery charge).

Range-wide changes for 2012 include a new front grille and various small aero improvements that help net the genre-straddling pickup a revised fuel economy rating of 15 city and 21 highway, an increase of 1 mpg on the interstate. The rest of the range remains basically unchanged, including the 3.5-liter V6 that offers 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque and its trademark in-bed trunk.

Despite consistently slow sales, Honda recently pledged that the Ridgeline still has a future. While we haven't seen or heard anything official out of the Japanese automaker about a successor, it has been rumored that the new-for-2012 CR-V could spawn a light-duty pickup variant at some point down the road, an interesting idea about which we won't hold our breath.



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2012 Honda Ridgeline Adds New Sport Model, More Style and Fuel Efficiency
Updates include a new Ridgeline Sport model, new front styling and improved fuel efficiency on all models


Honda's four-door, five-passenger pickup receives styling upgrades and improved highway fuel economy for 2012, along with a new Ridgeline Sport model that provides high-value features targeted at the entry four-wheel-drive truck segment.

The 2012 Ridgeline is now available in four models, including the Ridgeline RT, new Ridgeline Sport, Ridgeline RTS and Ridgeline RTL. Upgrades on all models for 2012 include a refreshed grille design, aerodynamic improvements, friction reduction measures in the engine and a new EPA fuel rating of 15/21/17 city/highway/combined mpg, up 1 mpg in the highway rating.
The new Ridgeline Sport model adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: exclusive black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings.

The Ridgeline represents an exclusive and innovative approach in the half-ton pickup truck segment by prioritizing its construction and features based on the capabilities that many recreational truck buyers typically need and use. The Ridgeline is built with a closed-box, unitized body structure for a unique combination of capability, interior spaciousness and comfortable ride performance from its independent front and rear suspension. It also delivers a wide range of conventional pickup capabilities with a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds and a half-ton payload rating, all while offering unique features like a large In-Bed Trunk®.

Functionally Innovative Exterior
The unit-body architecture is designed for vastly superior rigidity compared to traditional body-on-frame designs and provides the foundation for the Ridgeline's spacious interior cabin and bed, safety performance and class-leading ride and handling performance. The Ridgeline's modern and athletic design incorporates a solid, one-piece appearance with no separation between the bed and the cab. Large side mirrors compliment rear vision while towing. The windshield wipers have a heated wiper zone to enhance wiper performance in cold, winter driving conditions and minimize ice scraping.

A 5-foot-long composite cargo bed with eight tie-down locations provides a payload rating of 1,100 pounds. Four cargo area lights illuminate both the bed and the in-bed trunk. A dual-action tailgate opens down for traditional access to the cargo area or to the side for ease-of-access to the 8.5 cubic-foot In-Bed Trunk®. The Ridgeline is available with a wide variety of accessories and can conveniently accommodate motorcycles and ATVs. The cargo area measures 49.5 inches wide between the wheel wells, 20.7 inches deep and 60.0 inches long (79.0 inches with the load-supporting tailgate in the down position).

Roomy and Comfortable Interior
The interior takes advantage of Honda's unit-body packaging efficiency to deliver full-size interior space dimensions while maintaining a garage-friendly, mid-size exterior footprint. The driving position provides ergonomically comfortable access to large and easy-to-use controls.
Ridgeline's large multi-function console features a sliding armrest and sliding lower tray – each with a hidden storage area. Other console storage areas accommodate items both large and small like mobile phones, beverages, compact discs and portable digital music players.
The 60/40 lift-up rear seats feature a storage area underneath large enough to accommodate a golf bag. Plus, the rear seating area can quickly convert for cargo duty by lifting the seats up to create enough room for a full-size mountain bike with the front tire removed. The rear seat incorporates three LATCH positions for compatible child safety seats.

Strong, Versatile Performance
Ridgeline's all-aluminum, 60-degree, SOHC 3.5-liter VTEC engine produces 250 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. Variable valve timing enhances low rpm torque while extending high rpm horsepower for a broad power band. The 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission features Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when going uphill or downhill to avoid gear "hunting." The fully automatic Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4®) provides confident operation in rain, snow, ice, sand and mud, while also improving on-road and towing performance by distributing torque to all four wheels as needed. The system operates predominately in front-wheel-drive during dry-pavement cruising conditions and continuously proportions torque to the rear wheels during acceleration and low traction situations. VTM-4 lock button located on the instrument panel allows the driver to temporarily hold engagement of both rear wheels to aid traction while in gears "1" and "2" at speeds of up to 18 mph.
Standard equipment for towing includes an integrated tow hitch, transmission and oil coolers, heavy duty brakes, dual radiator fans and a wiring harness for a seven-pin trailer hook up (pre-wiring only on RT and Sport).

Chassis Specifications
Fully independent, a MacPherson strut front suspension and a multi-link with trailing arm rear suspension provide a smooth ride and responsive handling. A heavy-duty braking system includes 12.6-inch front and 13.1-inch rear 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. The Ridgeline RT has 17×7.5-inch steel wheels and P245/65 R17 all-season tires, while the Ridgeline RTS upgrades to 17×7.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Ridgeline Sport and Ridgeline RTL models are uniquely equipped with 18×7.5-inch aluminum alloy wheels and all-season P245/60 R18 tires.

Committed to Safety
All Ridgelines are equipped with these standard safety features: advanced dual-state, multiple-threshold driver's and front passenger's SRS airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS); two-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor; front-seat active head restraints; a tire pressure monitoring system; and daytime running lights. Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), commonly referred to as electronic stability control, can apply braking force to a wheel with low traction and direct driving force to the wheel with more traction.

Standard and Available Features
Standard features on the Ridgeline RT include: integrated trailer hitch; pre-wiring for seven-pin trailer wiring; trip computer with instantaneous and average fuel economy; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power windows and door locks; power sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; six-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player and MP3/WMA playback capability; and 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage.

The new Ridgeline Sport model adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: exclusive black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings.

The Ridgeline RTS adds the following to the RT: exclusive 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a seven-pin trailer wiring connector, body-color painted door handles, painted inner grille surfaces, a seven-speaker 160-watt audio system with subwoofer, six-disc in-dash CD system, steering wheel-mounted controls, an auxiliary audio input jack; dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, privacy glass and all-weather floor mats.

Exclusive Ridgeline RTL features include leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats, exclusive 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, moonroof, 115-volt power outlet, XM Radio1, HomeLink® remote system, carpeted floor mats and a compass in the rearview mirror.
The Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™2 with Voice Recognition and Zagat Survey® restaurant information is available on RTL models. It includes XM Radio3,Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, a multi-information display and a back-up camera display. The navigation system includes a compass, thus eliminating the compass in the rearview mirror.

Warranty
The 2012 Honda Ridgeline is covered by a 3-year/36,000-mile new-car limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and a 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion limited warranty.

Ridgeline Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing

Ridgeline RT: $29,250
Ridgeline Sport: $29,995
Ridgeline RTS: $31,995
Ridgeline RTL: $34,830 Ridgeline
RTL with Navigation: $37,180

Upgrades on all models for 2012 include a refreshed grille design, aerodynamic improvements, friction reduction measures in the engine and a new EPA fuel rating of 15/21/17 city/highway/combined mpg, up 1 mpg in the highway rating.

The new Ridgeline Sport model adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: exclusive black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings.


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      Andre Lavoie
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a shame really. The Ridgeline was a good idea, Honda just didn't execute.
      JB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok, as a Ridgeline owner, I feel I have to comment every time there is a post about it. I like it, it has great room for 5 people, rides very well (IRS) and the trunk is very handy. I did wish it got better mileage. The Honda diesel would have been great for it. That being said I don't need an F150. I enjoy watching F150 and Ram drivers try to park their trucks in the lot, the spaces are too small so they can barely get out! Hilarious! I would like Honda to have the cylinder deactivation from the minivan to improve economy. I admit when it came out I was not impressed, but after 3 years I am happy with it. No issues whatsoever and it is unlikely to be stolen, even for a joyride - it may be the perfect urban vehicle since the Element was cancelled!!
        Oceanblue78
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JB
        Go ahead and laugh as you park your minivan with an open bed, and they park their real trucks.
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          You mean the d*ck compensation trucks. They arent even put to use.
          Dixon Ticonderoga
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          @TruthHertz I sacrificed utility for looks by getting a coupe, most people here will happily sacrifice utility AND efficiency for speed. Sacrificing utility a fuel economy for ease of use and comfort is not a bad trade. The Ridgeline is likely more truck than the majority of full sized pickup truck owners will ever need. In fact, the only person I know who owns had bought F-1XX pickups for the better part of 30 years before getting his because he found it more practical and it did everything he needed (including towing his fishing boat). You don't like it, that's fine, but please stop pretending that everyone who needs a truck needs a big ol' body on frame job with a huge tow rating. Most people, honestly, just needs something that'll fit some plywood sheets, a couch or a load of bicycles and the Ridgeline works extremely well for them.
          TruthHertz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          Considering that many "Full Sized Trucks" get the same or better mileage while being more capable, the only argument left is that the Ridgeline is easier to park and rides better. Congrats, that means you don't know how to drive and that you are willing to sacrifice utility and fuel economy for comfort. Then we get to looks which are subjective and the Ridgeline is just fugley from every conceivable angle. Last but not least, it is as expensive or more expensive than it's competitors and has less power. Go figure. American trucks are reliable as a wood burning stove, that argument is out too.
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          @Oceanblue78
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          Oceanblue78
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          Talk about dick compensating, Mt GTR lol. Please man that is about as old and tired as Found On Road Dead.
          Justin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Oceanblue78
          Mine is
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        @JB
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      hevace
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not much of a pickup truck for thirty grand.
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          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          People constantly bitch about the Colorado, but that's being replaced by a new model next year.
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        EJ
        • 3 Years Ago
        But........But........it has optional 18" wheels.... *sigh*
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        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        It isn't really pitched at the same market as the competition. Mind you nobody knows who that market is, and that's borne out in the sales.
          XT6Wagon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Its pitched at honda owners who never realised they can get rubber mats for the cargo area in a Odessy or a small trailer if they haul stuff that might actualy damage the interior. Whats really depressing is finding out today that the ridgeline uses Honda's faketime4wd. Starts to shut off at 6mph and is completely FWD by 18mph. Thats flippin awesome.
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      XT6Wagon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Woot, A "sport" model that is both 50hp down on the bottomfeeder V6 F150 and gets worse milage. Or if you really like the word sport to mean something, Ecoboost F150 is a solid 115HP, 173ft-lbs up, and gets the same 15/21mpg as the ridgeline. To put it in perspective, The Ecoboost makes more torque at 1,500rpm than the ridgeline makes at peak. Honda needs to wake up, Its not 2005 anymore and a blacked out grill on a little changed 2005 ridgeline simply won't cut it with anyone who actualy cross shops brands.
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          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          It's a competitor to mid-size trucks, not full-size SUVs. It's a pickup truck. It has a bed and it has limited seating.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        Tacoma's cheaper by $6k.
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          @Synthono
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          Synthono
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          In Canada.
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      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still has the outdated, underpowered, inefficient 3.5L v6 motor? This is a recurring theme with Honda. It's as if they stopped putting money into R&D in the early 2000's. General Motors and Ford are kicking their butts.
        TruthHertz
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        The K-Series 4 Cylinder has been around since 2001 and the J-Series 6 Cylinder has been around since 1998. The only newer engines aren't used in widespread applications or are too small in displacement to move larger vehicles. Meanwhile you have the Koreans releasing direct injected and turbo'd vehicles all over the place. What is Honda's competitor to the well received Genesis Coupe? I used to love Honda, but even the halo cars like the Civic Si have gone soft.
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      Papi L-Gee
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sell the Honda Ridgeline: the one thing Chuck Norris cannot do.
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          WillieD
          • 3 Years Ago
          How much is Honda paying you?
          Rob
          • 3 Years Ago
          The y have sold under 8,000 units so far this year. Is that your definition of "very well" ?
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          btulliani
          • 3 Years Ago
          Sorry fellow countryman, there are few and far between here in Montreal
          TheStagg
          • 3 Years Ago
          um i see none here in toronto ... or any area surrounding it .... or anywhere further away from the city
      Mobis21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sales of the Ridgeline in 2005 hit 42,593. The following year it hit the magical 50k mark with 50,193 units sold in 2006. That was the Ridgeline’s best year. But since that peak, it has only gotten worse each year. Fast forward to 2011 and the free fall has continued since then. The Ridgeline's plumetting sales are indisputable proof that Honda has failed with this model. Year-to-Date Sales October 2011 October 2010 7,356 13,959 Sales are off 47.3 % Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/american-honda-reports-october-sales-133019998.html If they would pull their heads out and star refocusing on actually building and designing cars then maybe mediocre products like the Ridgeline would no longer exists.
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      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought honda had discontinued these umm SUV's , Its rare to see one of these on the road now a days. If honda wants to build a truck, they need to make a real truck like the way nissan and honda did with theirs.
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