New Car: 2011 Honda Ridgeline Sport


There’s a new trim level of the Honda Ridgeline truck for the 2012 model year, and although it’s called Sport, the trim is mostly distinguished by visual changes rather than performance upgrades. The Sport trim debuts alongside several other tweaks for the 2012 Ridgeline.

The key word for the Ridgeline Sport is black, as the color is applied to the head-, fog-, and taillight bezels; the mirrors; door handles; unique honeycomb grille; and 18-inch wheels. It’s a cool look, but we wonder whether the Sport label is truly justified by what’s essentially just a collection of blacked-out body parts. From what we can tell, the Sport will sport much of the same equipment as a typical Ridgeline RT model.

New duds aren’t limited to this black-on-black model, as Honda will graft a new grille design onto every 2012 Ridgeline. There are no pictures of the non-Sport model, but our money says the Ridgeline will score the same chrome-slat grille design as the 2012 Pilot.

The 2012 Ridgeline is said to boast improved fuel economy; the 250-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine will probably remain unchanged while the five-speed automatic transmission could be swapped for a six-speed unit, like that used on the Acura MDX, which rides upon a similar platform. The truck is currently EPA-rated at 15/20 mpg (city/highway). The new Ridgeline (and the Sport variant) goes on sale this November.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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