2012 Honda Ridgeline
Comfortable ride; payload and towing capacity; extensive standard safety equipment
The Ridgeline comes in three trim levels--RT, a new-for-2012-Sport, RTS and RTL--and they are all powered by a 3.5L, 250-hp V6 engine that makes 247 lb-ft of torque and utilizes a drive-by-wire electric throttle. The engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission in all three models, and they all feature a locking rear differential. The Ridgeline features a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds and a 1,500-pound payload capacity.
The Ridgeline is known as much for its smooth ride as for its tough-guy capabilities, thanks to its closed-box frame and independent suspension. It also has a slew of standard safety features, such as 3-point seatbelts for all five seats, air bags all around, anti-lock brakes, stability assist with traction control, brake assist and tire pressure monitoring. All of those features are standard across the board.
The base-level RT has air conditioning with an air filtration system, power everything, cruise control and a 6-speaker audio system with MP3 playback. The Sport adds 18-inch wheels, fog lamps, an upgraded stereo and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The RTS adds a security system, privacy glass, dual-zone climate controls and a more powerful 7-speaker stereo system with controls on the steering wheel. Like the RTL, it comes with a trailer harness.
The RTL has everything the RTS has, plus a moonroof, heated mirrors, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, HomeLink and XM satellite radio. It's also the only trim level to offer an optional navigation system, which also adds Bluetooth connectivity and a programmable multi-information display.
A Sport trim has been added for 2012. It includes 18-inch black alloy wheels, black-trimmed headlamps, fog lamps, dark-tinted glass, an upgraded stereo, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a choice of white, silver and black exterior paint. The uplevel RTS gets 18-inch wheels as well.
The Honda Ridgeline is in a class of its own--it is the only truck in the full-size segment to use a closed-box frame and unit-body construction. It utilizes independent front and rear suspension, but features a relatively short bed and a car-like driving experience. The Honda pickup is a bit more expensive than the Ford and Dodge, with a starting price around $29,000, and offers only one engine option. The Ridgeline may not be capable of the massive towing numbers of other full-size pickups, but it excels in 5-passenger comfort and handling that is decidedly better than that of a truck.
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