2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Honda Ridgeline

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Ranger’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ranger and the Ridgeline have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ranger’s warranty.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ranger’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Ridgeline’s camshafts. If the Ridgeline’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine

The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 48 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 262) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Ranger gets better fuel mileage than the Ridgeline:

MPG

Ranger

2WD

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

4WD

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/24 hwy

Ridgeline

2WD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ranger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Ranger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Ridgeline.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Ranger has larger standard tires than the Ridgeline (255/70R16 vs. 245/60R18). The Ranger’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ridgeline (265/65R17 vs. 245/60R18).

The Ford Ranger’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Ridgeline only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The Ranger has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Ridgeline’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ranger’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (126.8 inches vs. 125.2 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Ranger’s turning circle is 2.4 feet tighter than the Ridgeline’s (42 feet vs. 44.4 feet).

Chassis

The Ranger is 5.3 inches narrower than the Ridgeline, making the Ranger easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

Cargo Capacity

The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (43.3 vs. 33.9 cubic feet).

The Ranger SuperCab has a much larger cargo box than the Ridgeline (51.8 vs. 33.9 cubic feet).

Payload

The Ranger has much higher standard payload capacities than the Colorado:

Ranger

Ridgeline

SuperCab

1860 lbs.

n/a

SuperCab 4x4

1650 lbs.

n/a

SuperCrew

1770 lbs.

1465 lbs.

SuperCrew 4x4

1560 lbs.

1580 lbs.

Servicing Ease

The engine in the Ranger is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Ridgeline. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Ranger’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Ranger Lariat’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ridgeline’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Model Availability

The Ford Ranger comes in extended cab and crew cab bodystyles; the Honda Ridgeline isn’t available as an extended cab.

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