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  • (4.7) 21 reviews
  • Available Prices: $14,361–$27,049
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18
  • Engine: 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Towing Capacity: 5,000 lbs.
2012 Honda Ridgeline

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Honda Ridgeline

What We Don't Like

  • Can't fit traditional bed cap or toolbox in the bed
  • Could use more power and torque for towing

Notable Features

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

2012 Honda Ridgeline Reviews

Vehicle Overview

This four-door, five-passenger truck breaks away from traditional truck design with its unitized body construction rather than body-on-frame design used by other truck manufacturers. While many avid truck aficionados don't like this type of construction, Honda capitalizes on it by providing extra interior room and cargo space, along with good handling performance from a quiet ride.

The Ridgeline comes in RT, RTS and RTL trim levels, and in 2012, a new Sport model is available. The Sport model is geared toward four-wheel-drive fans and comes with a host of exterior and interior changes, but nothing that actually gives the vehicle better off-road performance other than black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The Ridgeline's single-overhead-cam 3.5-liter V-6 engine produces 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque, and a five-speed automatic transmission features Honda's Grade Logic Control, which keeps the Ridgeline in the appropriate gear to avoid "gear hunting" in uphill and downhill situations.

New for 2012
Honda's pickup truck receives some mileage improvements and a new Sport model for 2012, and all models feature a new grille design, aerodynamic improvements and reduced engine friction, all of which contribute to improve the truck's overall fuel efficiency by 1 mpg on the highway. Everything else on the Ridgeline stays the same as on 2011 models.
Honda's new Sport model adds some features to the RT, including black alloy 18-inch aluminum wheels and a black honeycomb grille with black surround. The headlight and taillight housings are also black, and a set of fog lights are included.

The RT, RTS and RTL models feature a new grille design and slight improvements to the Ridgeline's aerodynamics, allowing it to cut through the wind easier and help improve fuel economy. The 5-foot-long cargo bed features eight tie-down locations. The tailgate can open from the top down, like a traditional tailgate, or from the side, left to right, to access the 8.5-cubic-foot in-bed trunk that allows for storage under the open cargo bed. Exterior features include:

  • New RT Sport model
  • Improved aerodynamics
  • Four cargo area lights

The Ridgeline's interior is spacious and feels like you're in a full-size pickup rather than a midsize. There is a large center console with tray and hidden storage area. Honda goes one step further and creates storage compartments that fit your mobile phone, CDs, water bottles and more. The 60/40-split rear bench seats fold down to create more cargo space inside the vehicle.

The Sport's interior features all-weather floormats and a black leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls for the entertainment system, which also has auxiliary audio input jacks and darkened rear privacy glass. Other interior features carry over from the 2011 models.
Interior features include:

  • Great storage compartments for gadgets and gear
  • RT Sport model features leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls
  • Ergonomic and comfortable driving position
  • Rear seats fold down for extra interior cargo space

Under the Hood
The base 24-valve, 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 with variable valve timing produces 250 horsepower and 247 pounds-feet of torque. A standard five-speed automatic transmission with Honda's Grade Logic Control and automatic Variable Torque Management four-wheel-drive system improves traction and towing performance by applying torque to all four wheels when needed.
All Ridgeline models come with standard driver and front-passenger airbags and front side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags and front-seat active head restraints. A rollover sensor and tire pressure monitoring system are included, along with an electronic stability system. The Ridgeline also features daytime running lights.
Of Interest to Truck Owners

Gross vehicle weight rating: 6,050 pounds
Payload capacity
1,546 pounds, 1,491 pounds (RTL), 1,486 pounds (RTL with Navigation)
Towing capacity:
5,000 pounds
Fuel tank capacity:
22 gallons
Axle ratio:
Minimum ground clearance:
8.2 inches


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    Ridglines are amazing!

    by TwoHondas from Columbus, OH on October 10, 2017

    Very excited about purchasing my used 2012 Honda Ridgeline RTL. It is a great family vehicle that offers not only room for 5 people but also the ability to tow/transport this. In my estimation it is... Read Full Review

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    2012 Honda Ridgeline Safety Ratings

    Crash-Test Reports

    IIHS Ratings

    Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

    Head Restraints and Seats
    Moderate overlap front
    Roof Strength

    IIHS Ratings

    Based on Honda Ridgeline RT

    G Good
    A Acceptable
    M Marginal
    P Poor

    Head Restraints and Seats

    Dynamic Rating
    Overall Rear
    Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

    Moderate overlap front

    Left Leg/Foot
    Overall Front
    Right Leg/Foot
    Structure/safety cage


    Roof Strength


    Driver Head Protection
    Driver Head and Neck
    Driver Pelvis/Leg
    Driver Torso
    Overall Side
    Rear Passenger Head Protection
    Rear Passenger Head and Neck
    Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
    Rear Passenger Torso
    Structure/safety cage
    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


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    Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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    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.


    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.

    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).

    Free Scheduled Maintenance

    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.

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