Since its launch in 2005 as the very first Honda pickup in North America, the Ridgeline has been an innovative, capable, comfortable and more fuel-efficient alternative to traditional full-size pickups. It boasts a more rigid unibody construction with independent front and rear suspension, which helps maximize ride quality, interior roominess and comfort and allows for innovations like the handy In-Bed Trunk® – a lockable storage trunk hidden beneath the bed.
For 2012, Honda has given the rugged, yet composed Ridgeline new styling cues, added fuel efficiency and a new Sport model (the second of five versions) that will appeal to buyers who want the sleek looks of a city machine and the utility of a rural workhorse.
Available in a stealthy, all-black configuration, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport (MSRP $29,995*) is outfitted with exclusive black 18-inch alloy wheels, black honeycomb grille, black headlight and brakelight housings and black body trim all around. Inside, the Ridgeline Sport continues the black theme with standard tinted privacy glass, black all-weather floor mats and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.
The Ridgeline Sport is powered by an all-aluminum 3.5-liter VTEC V6 good for 250 hp and 247 lb/ft of torque while returning up to 21 mpg highway**. Paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, the Ridgeline Sport includes standard innovations like Grade Logic Control to prevent gear “hunting” on inclines and descents, and an automatic Variable Torque Management 4-Wheel Drive system (VTM-4) that dynamically distributes torque during acceleration and low traction situations.
The system operates primarily in front-wheel drive, engaging the rear wheels only when needed, and allows the driver to lock up the system with the push of a button for maximum traction in first and second gears.
For towing duties, a standard integrated trailer hitch is pre-wired for a seven-pin connector. The Ridgeline Sport can tow as much as 5,000 pounds and features a 1,100-pound payload capacity. Heavy-duty brakes, dual radiator fans and oil coolers for the transmission are all standard features as well.
Another aspect that sets the Ridgeline Sport apart from all other pickups is a fully independent suspension that delivers a superior ride and responsive handling. The one-piece, unibody architecture joining the cab and bed of the Ridgeline Sport virtually eliminates the excessive body and frame flex often experienced on traditional pickups.
Inside, the Ridgeline Sport can serve as a city-bound luxury machine just as effortlessly as it can as a mobile contractor’s office. It delivers full-size truck interior space with the ergonomics and driving position of a car. Innovative console storage areas and power outlets are found throughout, enabling you to accommodate everything from cell phones to laptop computers. The 60/40-split rear seats lift up to reveal a cargo area big enough to fit a couple of bicycles or golf bags.
Out back, the five-foot-long cargo bed, (which can extend to 79 inches with the load-supporting tailgate in the down position) is made of corrosion and dent-resistant Steel-Reinforced Composite (SRC). It features eight tie-downs and four cargo area lights for easy, safe loading day or night. Because the wheel arches barely reach the bed, the Ridgeline has nearly 50 inches of bed width, more than most trucks in its class. Another innovation on the Ridgeline Sport is the dual-action tailgate that opens either downward or to the side for easy access to the 8.5-cubic-foot In-Bed Trunk.
Safety is of the utmost priority for every Honda built, and the 2012 Ridgeline Sport comes standard with a host of safety features including six airbags, Active Head Restraints for front driver and passenger, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and Anti-lock Braking System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution.
If you’re looking for a capable work truck that can easily double as a sleek, stealthy, blacked-out city machine, the 2012 Ridgeline Sport delivers a unique combination of style, comfort, versatility and innovation that you simply can’t find in any traditional pickup.
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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $810.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2012 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.