Most people either love or hate the 2012 Honda Ridgeline, as it leaves some feeling a bit confused. It offers the comfort of a car with the versatility of a pickup truck, yet it looks similar to a sport utility vehicle. While this may not seem like an issue, the biggest complaint most have is its modest towing capacity, as it can only handle around 1,500 pounds. This does not even compete with others in this segment. This is the main reason why the release of the Honda Ridgeline did not receive a warm acceptance from consumers and car reviewers. Aside from that, considering the market price of Honda Ridgeline, it won't be a choice among many when better, less expensive options are widely available.
The Honda Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 SOHC engine that is capable of a 250 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. It is offered with a five-speed automatic transmission that comes with Grade Logic Control technology, and all-wheel drive is standard. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 8.3 seconds, which is average. Though the Ridgeline looks smaller than most pickups, it is designed to work like one, with the rear pillars and thick, tall, rear fenders.
However, looking at its design, one still cannot consider it a pickup truck. The exterior design closely resembles a sport utility vehicle. The fuel rating of the Ridgeline is fair at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Handling proves to be remarkable and the four-wheel independent suspension grants all passengers with a smooth ride.
Despite the fact that the Honda Ridgeline Truck is misunderstood and not favored by many, there are still a few who find this power truck a good choice. When tested for safety, it was given a "Good" rating on frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests and can come to a complete stop from 60 mph in 133 feet. Just a few of the standard safety features to be appreciated include tire pressure monitoring, stability and traction control, engine immobilization, emergency brakeforce distribution, child seat anchors and a whiplash protection system in the front seats.
In all fairness, the 2012 Honda Ridgeline is certainly not a bad vehicle. Honda tried to offer something unique, providing a ton of versatility, and it works for the most part. The four-door crew cab sits five comfortably and you do essentially have the best of a car and a truck in one, but they could have improved towing capacity and exterior styling if they wanted to come out ahead in this segment.