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2012 Honda Ridgeline Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2012 Honda Ridgeline RTS by ernieD2

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Introduction

New member; first review.

Reviewed: 2012 Honda Ridgeline

4dr SUT 250-horsepower 3.5L V6 5-speed automatic AWD

Why the 2012 Honda Ridgeline?

Exterior styling

Maybe I'm strange but I always liked the ext styling of the Ridgeline since I saw it on the Honda lot while buying my 08 Pilot.

Interior styling

I really like the interior amenities of the RL. The front seats (cloth) are fairly comfy but the room it offers over my traded 03 Tacoma 4dr is what sold me on it. The '12 Toy Tundra I tested while truck shopping last year is a beautiful truck. But its a huge truck and I just didn't need that.

Rear seat room & comfort

I too love that the rearseats can both flip up. This offers me alot of rear floor space to haul my music gear instead of laying it out on the rear bed area.

Cargo capacity

I mentioned the interior space above but the real gem here is the in-bed trunk in the RL. It locks/unlocks with the factory door locks and can hold a pretty good amount of small-med sized items for me. And the two way opening tailgate makes it real easy to access the bed area. Freaks folks out when they see how it can swing open like that. BUT HONDA!!! REALLY??? Still no tailgate lock yet after all these years? C'mon man. I bought a aftermarket PopNLock but have still not installed it.

Why Not the 2012 Honda Ridgeline?

Exterior styling

Looks virtually the same since 2006. Could use a minor face lift.

Fuel economy

Like many have said, should get better gas mileage for its smaller size.

Conclusion

Med sized truck like this served my purpose more than a full size truck would have. The RL is large enough over my 10 year old Toy Tacoma 4dr and that suits me fine.

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