2012 Honda Ridgeline Overview
With a unique take on the traditional pickup truck, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline offers excellent fuel economy for a midsize pickup as well as several innovative storage options.
Changes to the 2012 Ridgeline include a new grille and reduced engine friction/aerodynamic improvements which account for an extra mpg in highway driving. A Sport model is also new and joins the RT, RTS, and RTL in the Ridgeline lineup for 2012. Competitors include the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
Powering the Honda Ridgeline is a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 247 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. Honda’s variable torque management four-wheel-drive system operates in front-wheel drive until more traction is needed, upon which additional torque is sent to the rear wheels. Honda’s Grade Logic Control keeps the Ridgeline in the appropriate gear helping it avoid “gear hunting” in uphill and downhill situations. In terms of fuel-efficiency, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline receives 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
The 2012 Ridgeline has a unitized body instead of a body-on-frame design, which accounts for less ruggedness. However, the Ridgeline makes up for whatever shortcomings that construction accounts for with more interior room, cargo space, handling, performance, and quietness than is usually found in a truck with a more traditional suspension. That’s not to say that the Ridgeline gets completely lost where the road ends; an independent front /rear suspension and a locking rear differential do help in rugged terrain. When properly equipped, the five-passenger Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds and sports a 1,546-pound total payload capacity.
The Ridgeline’s bed is also extremely versatile. In addition to a 5-foot truck bed, there is also an 8.5 cubic-foot lockable in-bed trunk, and a dual-action tailgate that can swing out like a door, or lie flat to accommodate longer items. Eight tie-downs are located inside the bed to keep cargo secure.
Inside, the 2012 Ridgeline sports 112 cubic feet of passenger room and a 60/40-split rear bench that can fold down to create more cargo space. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows and locks, and steering wheel-mounted cruise control. The Ridgeline is also available with all-weather floor mats, auxiliary audio input jack, a navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, moonroof, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats.
Front-passenger airbags, front side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags, front-seat active head restraints, daytime running lights, an electronic stability system and a rollover sensor keep you protected at all times.
Enjoy a smooth and comfortable ride in the versatile 2012 Honda Ridgeline.