Despite seeing its sales drop by close to 50 percent in the first eight months of 2011 (from 11,320 units in Jan-Aug 2010, to 5,776 in the same period this year), the Honda Ridgeline is here to stay – at least for another year, that is.
For the 2012MY, Honda has made some mild changes to its unibody pickup truck that include visual tweaks, the introduction of a new Sport model and improved highway fuel economy.
Cosmetic upgrades on all trim models for 2012 include a different grille design and aerodynamic improvements.
The Ridgeline continues to be powered by a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine delivering 250HP and 247 lb-ft. of torque, but the Japanese company says that the aerodynamic improvements along with the friction reduction measures help improve the 2012 Ridgeline’s EPA fuel rating on the highway by 1mpg to 21mpg. City and combined figures remain the same at 15mpg and 17mpg respectively.
The newly introduced Sport grade gets bespoke 18-inch alloy wheels finished in black, an exclusive black honeycomb grille with black surround, while the some dark shade is applied on the door handles and fog light and tail lamp housings.
Inside, the Sport model gains a leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, an auxiliary audio input jack, all weather floor mats and tinted rear windows.
And that about rounds up the upgrades for the 2012MY Ridgeline. Pricing starts from $30,060 including the destination charge.