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2012 Honda Ridgeline Review

Though it can't tow as much as other compact trucks, test drivers agreed that the 2012 Honda Ridgeline has a car-like ride, a spacious and utilitarian cabin and innovative cargo features.

Pros & Cons

  • Car-like ride and handling
  • Spacious rear seats
  • Useful cargo features
  • Lots of hard interior plastics




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.7
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2012 Honda Ridgeline Overview

The 2012 Ridgeline comes with a V6 engine, and reviewers said it provides abundant power. A five-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are standard. According to the EPA, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline gets 15/21 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the fuel economy estimates of similar four-wheel drive compact pickup trucks. Most reviewers said the 2012 Ridgeline has a comfortable, car-like ride and relatively nimble handling. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5,000 pounds, which is lower than the maximum towing capacity of most other compact trucks.

Test drivers wrote that the 2012 Honda Ridgeline's cabin contains too much hard plastic, but most found the design straightforward and functional, with lots of useful storage areas for smaller items. Reviewers said the five-seat Ridgeline has spacious rear seats, which is an unusual compliment in this class. Critics appreciated the usefulness and utility provided by the Ridgeline's lockable in-bed trunk and its tailgate that can be opened down or to the side. Standard features include a power-sliding rear window, keyless entry and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include an auxiliary input, satellite radio, an upgraded audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power moonroof, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and navigation.

Other Trucks to Consider

The 2012 Nissan Frontier can tow up to 6,500 pounds, which is good for the class. Reviewers said it has nimble handling for a compact truck, and they appreciated the quick acceleration provided by its available V6 engine.

Reviewers said the 2012 Toyota Tacoma has superb interior assembly quality. They also praised the spacious rear seats in Double Cab models as well as the Tacoma's off-road dexterity when equipped with the available TRD off-roading package.

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