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2012 Honda Ridgeline

$10,983 — $27,515 USED
Truck
5 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Great storage compartments
  • Excellent gas mileage for a midsize pickup
  • New RT Sport model with blacked-out color scheme and 18-inch wheels
  • Dual-action tailgate opens down or to the side

The Bad

  • Can't fit traditional bed cap or toolbox in the bed
  • Could use more power and torque for towing
2012 Honda Ridgeline exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Honda Ridgeline
  • Four models now available: RT, Sport, RTS and RTL
  • Improved highway fuel economy
  • New grille design and aerodynamic improvements
  • Engine friction reduction

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Find out who's the 2012 King of the Hill as PickupTrucks.com tests the entire small-truck segment to determine which little pickups fly, and which fall flat.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
25 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Great Vehicle

by Goinwonce from Arizona on September 11, 2018

I wanted a full size truck and my wife wanted an SUV. The Honda Ridgeline is a perfect compromise and we are both very happy we purchased it. It is comfortable, drives nice and loaded with features. ... Read full review

(5.0)

A woman that loves her first Honda Ridgeline!

by ~Marianne from Albany, NY on August 1, 2018

My truck is a beauty! I bought my 2012 Honda Ridgeline used with 94,000 miles, no complaints. Not only is she pretty driving down the highway, she hauls my kayaks with ease! It is so convenient to ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Honda Ridgeline currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Honda Ridgeline RT

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Honda

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ridgeline received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker