2019 Honda Ridgeline vs The Competition
The Ridgeline debuted in 2006 as Honda’s entry into the midsized pickup truck market. Now in its second generation, this popular truck stands out for its smooth ride, spacious and comfortable interior, and long list of standard and available features. This is also the only unibody pickup truck sold in the United States (it’s based on the Honda Pilot’s platform). The Ridgeline’s competitors include the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. Let’s take a closer look how it compares to the competition.
Pricing and Warranty Coverage
The Ridgeline may have a higher starting price than most of the competition, but its list of standard features easily makes up for that. No other vehicle in the class offers a base trim standardly equipped with a 6-cylinder engine, front-wheel drive, and crew cab. It is also worth noting that a fully upgraded Ridgeline has a lower MSRP than a fully upgraded GMC Canyon and Toyota Tacoma.
When it comes to protecting your purchase, you are not going to find much variation among this class of pickup trucks. Honda stays on par with the rest of the segment by offering a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Performance and Fuel Economy
No base trim in this class can compare to the Ridgeline’s 3.5-Liter i-VTEC V-6 cylinder engine with an outstanding 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. of torque. All other vehicles in the class equip their lowest-priced model with a turbocharged or naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine. In comparison, the base Tacoma delivers 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. of torque, while the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado both deliver 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft. of torque. Regarding fuel economy, all of the vehicles in this class perform similarly. The Ridgeline delivers a class-average, EPA-estimated 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
Because of its emphasis on a plush ride and amenities for the occupants and its maximum towing capacity of 5,000 lb., Honda’s pickup is the ideal choice as a daily driver for somebody who needs the utility of towing, say, a small boat and carrying moderate amounts of supplies back from the home improvement center on the weekend.
Passenger Comfort and Amenities
The Ridgeline’s ride is more carlike than trucklike, thanks to one of the most spacious and luxurious cabins in its class and a unique four-wheel independent suspension that creates an exceptionally smooth ride. It comes standard with a 5-seat crew cab, whereas the crew cab is only available on competitor vehicles for an additional fee. The Ridgeline also offers more driver and passenger space than any other vehicle in its class, and it’s generously set up with USB ports and power outlets to keep everyone charged and connected.
The Ridgeline also has one of the most versatile truck beds, with a dual-action tailgate and in-bed storage trunk. Music enthusiasts, take note: Honda is the only manufacturer that includes a subwoofer in the base trim. Other audio and connectivity technology, such as HondaLink, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, and HondaLink, are available in higher trims.
All vehicles in this class have good safety ratings (the Nissan Frontier was not yet rated at the time of this writing), but only the Ridgeline and Colorado received a 5-star NHTSA overall safety rating. Standard safety-related features across this segment include a reinforced body structure, advanced airbags, and integrated rear view camera. Quarter-ton pickups aren’t known for having extensive driver-assist features, but some manufacturers make this more of a priority than others. Toyota puts its Safety Sense suite of active safety features on the base Tacoma, and higher-tier trims on the Ridgeline are equipped with Honda Sensing, which includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.