NEW FOR 2012:

– New front-end styling
– Improved highway fuel economy
– EX-L and EX-L Navigation trim lines replaced with new Touring trim line; new Sport trim level added

For 2012, the Honda Ridgeline has changes to its trim levels. The EX-L and EX-L Navigation trim lines are replaced with a new level, the Touring. There is also a new Sport trim line.

The front end receives styling changes, including a new grille on the DX, VP and Touring trim lines. Aerodynamic enhancements produce an improvement in highway fuel economy.

The Ridgeline uses a 3.5-litre V6 with five-speed automatic transmission. Unusual for a pickup truck, its standard four-wheel drive system runs primarily in front-wheel drive. When needed for acceleration or extra traction, the system sends torque to the rear wheels.

Trim lines are the DX, VP, Sport and Touring.

Features on the DX include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, dual-action tailgate, integrated trailer hitch, seven-pin trailer connection, pre-wiring for trailer brake controller, black door handles, heated mirrors, front and rear tow hooks, eight tie-down cleats, in-bed trunk, variable intermittent wipers, heated wiper park zone, active front head restraints, six-way manual driver’s seat, 60/40 lift-up rear seat with under-seat storage, composite cargo bed, illuminated vanity mirrors, exterior temperature gauge, multi-functional centre console, power-sliding rear window, auto up/down driver’s window, keyless entry, cruise control, and CD/MP3 stereo.

The VP adds 17-inch alloy wheels, body-colour door handles and mirrors, privacy glass, compass, and auxiliary input jack.

The Sport adds exclusive 18-inch black wheels, black honeycomb grille, and black headlight and brake light housings.

The Touring builds on the VP and adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, power sunroof, security system, eight-way power driver’s seat, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 115-volt outlet, ambient console lighting, garage door opener, six-CD/MP3 stereo, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, XM satellite radio, navigation system, rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity.

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