• 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.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport pickup bed with in-bed trunk.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport pickup bed with in-bed trunk.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport pickup bed with in-bed trunk.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport pickup bed with in-bed trunk.
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (pre-production model shown)
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport
  • 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport
Three years ago, Honda said there would be no new-generation Honda Ridgeline coming in 2011. In late 2011, when there was still no word on a replacement for the little truck that's been carrying on pretty much the same since 2006, within the space of a month both Honda's US truck planner and the CEO of American Honda said the Ridgeline would continue and that it was an integral part of the lineup.

But that doesn't mean it can't take a two-year timeout. A report in Ward's Auto says that the Lincoln, AL plant that builds the Ridgeline will cease its production in September, 2014 and a new one won't arrive until 2016. That's a walk-back from when the plan was to have the current truck run until a week before the next-generation truck went into production. Even so, Honda still says the Ridgeline isn't going away forever, a company spokesman telling Ward's, "Ridgeline continues to be an important part of our lineup."

2016 is a long way away, though, and we all know how quickly a product line put into a coma can end up suffering fatal consequences. Even though we keep talking about the Ridgeline, perhaps what Honda is actually saying is that the small pickup market is important to them, and they're working on a way to take better advantage of it than the Ridgeline was doing. We'll find out one way or the other in three years.


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      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      When redesigning, please make sure they add a smaller cheaper entry level model and a diesel engine option...this would handily separate it from the rest and give it a distinct advantage...no point in going head to head with Ford/GM/Dodge's larger pickups.
      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      The haters here should talk to some Ridgeline owners. Most love their trucks. Maybe you could learn something from them.
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          rsholland
          • 1 Year Ago
          My point is Ridgeline owners tend to be a bit more mature, better educated and more affluent than your typical truck owner. They're not into impressing other pickup owners. Yeah, they're mostly Harry Homeowners and not tradesman or pickup cowboys. The Ridgeline fits their needs perfectly. It's a true dual-purpose vehicle, handling family and household chores equally well. Out where I live they fairly commonplace.
          The Other Bob
          • 1 Year Ago
          Better educated? So 16,000 plus people who bought one last year were so much smarter than the over a million who bought everything else? If they were smart, they wouldn't even consider a fwd-based truck-thing that does nothing well.
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          Jarda
          • 1 Year Ago
          @rsholland: "Ridgeline owners tend to be a bit more mature, better educated " #sourceneeded
          DK
          • 1 Year Ago
          More mature? How can you quantify that?
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          Interesting conclusion. I am college educated with a corporate job and I drive a Tundra. I must have REALLY screwed up.
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rsholland
        whoa whoa, easy there, leave some cool aid for Tundra kids
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      ihatedavebushell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please keep it dead Honda!
      Big Squid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Skroo the Ridgeline. Bring back the Element!!
        DK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Big Squid
        Seriously, I would be surprised if the Ridgeline sold more than the Element.
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        GasMan
        • 1 Year Ago
        This is essentially the same as the Ford Explored SportTrac which was a popular vehicle until the new Explorer came out and it was dropped. What if they had called this a "Pilot Sportback" and not tried to market it as a truck? I think it would have been much more accepted for exactly what it is, an SUV with a useful truck bed.
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          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GasMan
          @aaron The Sport Trac did get better mileage (with 40 more HP and 60 more lb. ft. of torque). The Sport Trac had a bigger bed. The interior was only down two cubic feet total with a much more spacious first row. And it got a 5 star safety rating in 2006 and was certified in advance for crash testing standards that were to be adopted in 2011. Do you get that OR DO YOU NEED ME TO TYPE IN CAPS FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM SAYING
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @GasMan
          The SportTrac was Body-on-Frame, had a V8, had a true 4x4 system, and got better mileage than the Ridgeline. Ford had no TV marketing for the SportTrac but it really made the Ridgeline look like a joke.
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        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        While I would never buy a Ridgeline, it serves the purpose for what a lot of smaller truck buyers want. So more power to them. Unless you want a truck to wheel off road in which case the Tacoma and Frontier would be better options it probably does everything else people need for a DD plus occasional hauler of crap. I had a Tacoma myself and never considered the Ridgeline myself though. But I could see it's appeal to some. I mean nothing different than having BOF SUV's and now CUV's. If you're not towing a lot or taking it off pavement a CUV is fine for 99% of people.
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        John
        • 1 Year Ago
        Nissans Titan has been unchanged for even longer and is one of the least customizable trucks on the market. The Tundra isn't much better. Take a look at the Domestic offerings directly beside a foreign truck and you'll understand how the domestics keep blowing them completely out of the water. The imports have a long way to go to build a truck that can fit as many needs as the domestics. And no, I'm not saying this as a domestic fanboy. My DD is a 2011 Mazdaspeed 3.
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      rstonnerdd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford, Chevy and Dodge - why did Honda even bother?
      KingNine
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm being completely serious, not trying to be funny here, but I have never seen one of these in person before. Everyone were I live drives F-150s, Silverados, and Tundras. I have never seen the Ridgeline out in the wild before.
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      rsholland
      • 1 Year Ago
      @ The Other Bob "Better educated? So 16,000 plus people who bought one last year were so much smarter than the over a million who bought everything else? If they were smart, they wouldn't even consider a fwd-based truck-thing that does nothing well" So by your definition, people who buy Mustangs are smarter than those who buy Porsches, simply based upon the fact that more Mustangs are sold than Porsches, correct? Maybe Porsche owners (and Ridgeline owners) see and value features in their vehicles that you don't. As to to your comment about FWD (or FWD-based) not being truck-worthy: The new Sprinter-/Transit-sized Ram Promaster van is FWD, and has a unit-body as well. It has a max payload of over 5,100 pounds. It's been on sale in Europe sold as the Fiat Ducato for years, and is one of the most popular vans sold in Europe. So, is that not a legit truck? Again, people who buy Ridgelines know exactly what they're getting, and it fit's their needs perfectly.
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      Justin Shaw
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please resurrect the Honda S2000, the new NSX looks sick on the inside but I honestly prefer the original design. And fix Acura, I remember growing up all I wanted was an Integra type-R then and the 2000's hit it changed quickly to the RSX type-S, but now there is literally no compelling products from Honda/Acura. I suppose the TL with SH-AWD is a solid sedan, yet no SH-AWD on the TSX or the Accord... Still have faith that you (Honda) can turn things around.
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