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Honda Ridgeline

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The Good

Unlike most other trucks in its class, you don’t have to sacrifice a smooth ride and quality handling with the 2012 Honda Ridgeline. The quality of its interior is also head and shoulders above the competition, and even the base model delivers everything that most drivers will need for complete satisfaction.

The Bad

Premium performance and features are reflected in the price, which approaches that of full-sized pickup trucks. While there are some fans of the Honda Ridgeline’s bold styling, there are just as many who feel it needs a major redesign.

The Bottom Line

If you want a mid-sized pickup truck that offers interior refinement and handling capability as well as rugged practicality, Honda Ridgeline reviews say this is the vehicle for you.

Price

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline is priced at a premium for its market segment. These figures are aggregated from Honda’s official MSRPs and nationwide sale price averages.

MSRP: $29,350 to $34,930

Average paid: $28,025 to $33,368

Performance

Acceleration and power

The standard 3.5 L V6 engine performs admirably, offering maximums of 250 horsepower and 247 lb/ft of torque. Payload and towing capacities are generous, coming in at 1,546 pounds and 5,000 pounds respectively. According to factory specifications, the base model (and all other models) post a 0 to 60 MPH acceleration time of 7.2 seconds. This is one of few vehicles in its class that comes with a standard V6 engine; competitors typically start with inline-4 engines and force customers to pay significant upgrade costs for extra power. However, Honda Ridgeline gas mileage is slightly below average for its class, owing in part to the standard V6 engine, but also to the vehicle’s relatively bulky curb weight.

Handling and braking

Again, unlike the competition, you don’t have to sacrifice a quality ride if you opt for the Honda Ridgeline. Its handling, steering, suspension and ride quality are all far above average for its class, and reviews indicate very high levels of customer satisfaction in this arena. Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with generously sized rotors provide you with smooth and even deceleration that inspires confidence.

Interior

Seating

The Ridgeline offers standard seating for five passengers, and reviewers note that the seats, and the interior as a whole, are far more comfortable than what is offered by the competition. Seats are well-designed and finished in quality cloth, with available leather upgrades. The rear seat is a 60/40 retractable split bench seat, which is a major upgrade from the fold-down front-facing side-mounted seats available in extended cab versions of competing vehicles.

Features

Honda has also included a generous selection of standard features with the 2012 Ridgeline, including an adjustable steering column, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, power windows, power locks, remote/keyless entry, heated rear seats, air conditioning with a filtration system, two 12-volt power outlets, an anti-theft system with vehicle immobilizer, second-row garment hooks and a six-speaker, 100-watt AM/FM stereo with CD and MP3 playback capabilities.

Cargo space

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline’s total cargo capacity is 41.4 cubic feet; its cargo box measures 49.5 inches in width at the wheel housings. This is slightly above average for its class.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Honda Ridgeline a four-star rating for rollover resistance, which is above-average in a class where most other vehicles only get three stars. Standard safety features include power ventilated front brakes, all-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, daytime running headlights, childproof rear door locks, a tire pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams and dual-stage front airbags. The vehicle also comes standard with side impact airbags, as well as side curtain airbags (with rollover sensors) in both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Warranty information is as follows:

  • Basic: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Drivetrain: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Corrosion: 5 years, unlimited miles
Specifications

Compared to 2011 Honda Ridgeline, the 2012 model is unchanged. There are four basic trim packages available, starting with the base model RT 4×4 crew cab and culminating with the top-end RTL 4×4 crew cab with leather interior. These specifications cover the base model 2012 Ridgeline; only one engine is available for this vehicle – a factory V6.

  • Transmission: 5-speed automatic transmission with overdrive capability
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Engine Type: Gasoline V6
  • Engine Size: 3.5 L
  • Horsepower: 250 @ 5700 rpm
  • Torque: 247 @ 4300 rpm
  • Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy, City: 15 MPG
  • Honda Ridgeline Fuel Economy, Highway: 21 MPG
  • Payload: 1,546 pounds
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 pounds
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