2020 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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Safety

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The Ridgeline has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Gladiator doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

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 Gladiator’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 Gladiator offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Ridgeline. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Gladiator.

The Ridgeline’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Gladiator doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Gladiator doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

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 Gladiator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Ridgeline and the Gladiator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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 blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Gladiator has not been tested, yet.

Reliability

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The engine in the Ridgeline has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Gladiator 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 18 points higher than the Gladiator.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 14 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Ridgeline

FWD

Auto

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

4WD

Auto

3.5 SOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

Gladiator

4WD

Manual

3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/23 hwy

Auto

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/22 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Ridgeline’s fuel efficiency. The Gladiator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Ridgeline has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Gladiator doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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The Honda Ridgeline comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Gladiator.

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 Gladiator.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Ridgeline stops shorter than the Gladiator:

Ridgeline

Gladiator

70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Gladiator Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Ridgeline’s tires are lower profile than the Gladiator Overland’s 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ridgeline has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Gladiator Sport.

Suspension and Handling

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The Honda Ridgeline’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Gladiator’s solid front axle, which allows the Ridgeline’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.

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 Jeep Gladiator has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

For much better steering response and tighter handling the Ridgeline has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Gladiator.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ridgeline is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Gladiator.

The Ridgeline Black Edition handles at .79 G’s, while the Gladiator Rubicon pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Ridgeline Black Edition executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Gladiator Rubicon (27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.4 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Honda Ridgeline may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 600 pounds less than the Jeep Gladiator.

The Ridgeline is 8 inches shorter than the Gladiator, 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 Gladiator doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Ridgeline has standard flush composite headlights. The Gladiator has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

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

Passenger Space

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The Ridgeline has 6.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Gladiator (109.7 vs. 102.9).

The Ridgeline has 5.2 inches more front hip room, 6.3 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear hip room and 5.8 inches more rear shoulder room than the Gladiator.

Cargo Capacity

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

Ridgeline

Gladiator

Length

64”

60.3”

Max Width

60”

56.8”

Min Width

50”

44.8”

Height

16”

17.7”

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 Gladiator 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 Gladiator doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Ridgeline’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows cost extra on the Gladiator.

The Ridgeline’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Gladiator’s optional power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Ridgeline’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Gladiator’s optional power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

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 Gladiator can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Ridgeline’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks cost extra on the Gladiator.

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 Jeep Gladiator’s Push Button Start doesn’t unlock the doors or the tailgate.

The Ridgeline has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Gladiator has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Overland/Rubicon.

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 Gladiator doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ridgeline has standard power remote mirrors. The Gladiator only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them 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 Gladiator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Model Availability

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The Ridgeline is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Gladiator doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Honda Ridgeline, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Gladiator isn't recommended.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2019 issue and they ranked the Honda Ridgeline RTL-E higher than the Jeep Gladiator Overland.

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

The Honda Ridgeline outsold the Jeep Gladiator by 34% during the 2019 model year.

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