Compare 2012 Nissan Frontier vs 2012 Honda Ridgeline

2012 Nissan Frontier
2012 Honda Ridgeline
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
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4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD Crew Cab RT 15 21 $26,845 $29,350
4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $27,524 $30,095
4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,312 $32,055
4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $31,934 $34,930
4WD Crew Cab w/Navi RTL 15 21 $34,078 $37,280
Pricing
Invoice Price
$18,264
$26,845
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$19,260
$29,350
Monthly Payment Estimate
$321 / month
$489 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can. The 2012 Honda Ridgeline won't satisfy those who need a real full-size truck, but for those who need hauling on occasion, it offers an interesting alternative.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 21 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 57.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 63.2
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 39.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 62.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 40.8
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 57.6
Second Leg Room (in)
25.4 36.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 40.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 112.0
Exterior Dimensions
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
205.5 -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.7 -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 70.3
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.2 -
Wheelbase (in)
125.9 122.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.7 -
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 77.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - -
Overhang, Front (in)
31.3 -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 66.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- NA
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.1
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.2
Length, Overall (in)
- 206.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
30.9 -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
61.4 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 - TBD -
Cargo Volume (ft³)
33.5 -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
61.4 -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.4 49.5
Tailgate Width (in)
58.8 -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.3 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.7 12.6 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.7 13.1 x 0.4
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 22
Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion Var Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3.6 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
43.4 42.6
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.38
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 18.5
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
NA -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA -
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA -
Front Tire Size
P235/75R15 P245/65TR17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA -
Spare Tire Size
P235/75R15 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA -
Rear Tire Size
P235/75R15 P245/65TR17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7936 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2531 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1658 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4690 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2531 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2027 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4504
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7.0 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.8 8.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4400 247 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200 250 @ 5700
Engine Type
Gas 4-cyl Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 15
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 2.69
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA -
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.07
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.53
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA -
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.63 1.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.07 1.60
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.76
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.53
Summary
Body Style
King Cab 4 Door Crew Cab
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Honda Ridgeline
Body Code
125.9 WB -
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
C200 -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 0.91
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
4.08 -
Axle Type - Front
NA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Multi-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 1.00
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 2
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.7 11.0
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- 4WD Standard Pickup Truck
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- --
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- --
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- --
Side Barrier Rating
-- --
Side Barrier Rating Driver
-- --
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- --
Rollover Rating
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