2012 Honda Ridgeline

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 3, 2011

Honda introduced today the 2012 Ridgeline, an upgraded version of its four-door, five-passenger pickup which promises to offer improved fuel economy on the highway as well as some styling upgrades. According to Honda, the 2012 Ridge line will be available in four flavors: the Ridgeline RT, new Ridgeline Sport, Ridgeline RTS and Ridgeline RTL. All the receive for the 2012MY a new grille design, aerodynamic improvements, friction reduction measures in the engine and a new EPA fuel rating estimated of 15/21/17 city/highway/combined mpg, up 1 mpg in the highway rating.

The most important will be the addition of the Ridgeline Sport model which adds the following features to the Ridgeline RT: new black 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels (+1 inch from RT steel wheels); exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround; leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls; auxiliary audio input jack; fog lights; rear privacy glass; all weather floor mats and black headlight and brake light housings. Under the hood we find a standard all-aluminum, 60-degree, SOHC 3.5-liter VTEC engine delivering 250 hp @ 5,700 rpm and 247 lb-ft. of torque at 4,300 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission featuring Grade Logic Control in order to help maintain the most appropriate gear when the car is going uphill or downhill to avoid gear "hunting." Moreover, the fully automatic Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive system (VTM-4) is perfect when driving in rain, snow, ice, sand and mud. Still, the system is operating predominately in front-wheel-drive during dry-pavement cruising conditions and continuously proportions torque to the rear wheels during acceleration and low traction situations.

Some of the standard features found on the 2012 Honda Ridgeline RT include: : integrated trailer hitch; pre-wiring for seven-pin trailer wiring; trip computer with instantaneous and average fuel economy; air conditioning; tilt steering wheel; power windows and door locks; power sliding rear window; cruise control; keyless entry; automatic heated wiper zone; six-speaker, 100-watt audio system with CD player and MP3/WMA playback capability; and 60/40 split lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage.

The 2012 Ridgeline RTS adds the exclusive 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a seven-pin trailer wiring connector, body-color painted door handles, painted inner grille surfaces, a seven-speaker 160-watt audio system with subwoofer, six-disc in-dash CD system, steering wheel-mounted controls, an auxiliary audio input jack; dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat with lumbar support, privacy glass and all-weather floor mats.

The top of the line Ridgeline RTL features leather-trimmed interior with heated front seats, exclusive 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, moonroof, 115-volt power outlet, XM Radio1, HomeLink remote system, carpeted floor mats and a compass in the rearview mirror. The RTL models are available with the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition and Zagat Survey restaurant information.

Ridgeline Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing Ridgeline RT: $29,250; Ridgeline Sport: $29,995; Ridgeline RTS: $31,995; Ridgeline RTL: $34,830 Ridgeline; RTL with Navigation: $37,180.

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