2020 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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Safety

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Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Ridgeline deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Ridgeline’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Colorado’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Ridgeline has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Colorado offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Colorado doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Ridgeline uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Colorado uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Ridgeline and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 all wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Ridgeline the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Colorado was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty

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The Ridgeline’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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The engine in the Ridgeline has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Colorado have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Ridgeline’s reliability 44 points higher than the Colorado.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (280 vs. 200) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Ridgeline

FWD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Colorado

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

4WD

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

ZR2 3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/18 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ridgeline’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 Colorado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Honda Ridgeline, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Colorado.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ridgeline’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

Ridgeline

Colorado

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.75 inches

The Ridgeline stops much shorter than the Colorado:

Ridgeline

Colorado

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Ridgeline’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Colorado’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ridgeline has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Colorado.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Honda Ridgeline has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Colorado has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Ridgeline has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ridgeline flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

The front and rear suspension of the Ridgeline uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Colorado, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ridgeline is 2 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Colorado.

The Ridgeline Black Edition handles at .80 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ridgeline Black Edition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4WD (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Ridgeline is 1 foot, 2.9 inches shorter than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab, making the Ridgeline easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Ridgeline’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Colorado doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The Ridgeline uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Colorado doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ridgeline’s cargo box is larger than the Colorado’s in almost every dimension:

Ridgeline

Colorado Short Bed

Colorado Long Bed

Length

64”

61.7”

74”

Max Width

60”

57.8”

57.8”

Min Width

50”

44.4”

44.4”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Ridgeline. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload

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The Ridgeline has a higher standard payload capacity than the Colorado:

Ridgeline

Colorado

Crew Cab

1465 lbs.

1444 lbs.

Crew Cab 4WD

1580 lbs.

1496 lbs.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Colorado doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Colorado doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Ridgeline’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Colorado’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Ridgeline the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Colorado can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Smart Entry standard on the Ridgeline allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ridgeline has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Colorado doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Ridgeline’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Colorado’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Colorado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ridgeline has standard power remote mirrors. The Colorado Base doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

When the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Colorado’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Ridgeline Sport/RTL/Black Edition’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Ridgeline and the Colorado offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ridgeline has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Colorado doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ridgeline has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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The Ridgeline will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Ridgeline will retain 58.64% to 59.99% of its original price after five years, while the Colorado only retains 46.35% to 94.95%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Ridgeline, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its July 2017 issue and the Honda Ridgeline RTL-E won out over the Chevrolet Colorado Short Box LT Crew Cab 4WD.

The Ridgeline was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 3 of the last 3 years. The Colorado has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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