• 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

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