Hoping to bolster buyer interest in its unique interpretation of the light-duty four-door AWD pickup formula, the newly minted 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport enhances the mild restyle received by the entire line with a few choice tweaks of its own. Based on the entry-level Ridgeline RT, the new Ridgeline Sport features a blackout treatment on its unique honeycomb grille insert and surround, black headlight/taillight housings, foglamps and black 19-inch alloy wheels in place of the RT's 18-inch steel rims. Inside, the Ridgeline Sport adds a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel auxiliary audio input jack, rear privacy glass and all weather floor mats.
Like its RT, RTS and RTL siblings, the new Ridgeline Sport is fitted with the same 3.5-liter VTEC V6 engine that makes 250 horsepower and 247 lb-ft of torque. It's backed by a five-speed automatic transmission that's teamed with a Honda's Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive (VTM-4) all-wheel drive system. As a result of friction-reduction efforts in the engine, the Ridgeline's EPA highway fuel economy rating has risen from 20 to 21 mpg.
Pricing for the 2012 Honda Ridgeline Sport opens at $30,805. That's a $749 bump from the entry-level RT but $2,000 below a Ridgeline RTS model.