Honda Ridgeline vs. Competitors – 2022 Model Side-by Side Comparison

Honda Ridgeline vs The Competition

When it comes to midsize pickup trucks, the Honda Ridgeline is a refreshing alternative to the uninspired entrants that have filled the segment for years. Packed with forward-thinking versatility features, capable performance, and unrivaled interior space – the Ridgeline continues to make a splash in the midsize pickup class. To further illustrate how the Ridgeline outperforms the competition, our team at Honda East Cincinnati has created this in-depth pickup truck comparison. You’ll learn exactly how the Ridgeline measures up to familiar names including the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma. Which pickup will earn the victory? Let’s find out together!

Honda Ridgeline vs Chevrolet Colorado

Honda Ridgeline Chevrolet Colorado
2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2022 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4X4 Crew Cab
$38,140 ✓ MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $39,495
18 / 24 / 21 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined)* 17 / 24 / 19
9 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
5,000 pounds ✓ Standard Towing Capacity 3,500 pounds
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
Standard ✓ Lockable In-Bed Trunk Not Available
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Lane Keeping Assist System Not Available
Standard ✓ Automatic Emergency Braking Not Available
Standard ✓ LED Headlights/Taillights Not Available
38.8 / 36.7 inches ✓ Rear Headroom/Legroom 38.3 / 35.8 inches

First up to challenge the Honda Ridgeline is the Chevrolet Colorado. Comparing equivalent trim levels of both trucks, the Ridgeline begins with a modest price advantage over the Colorado. These savings only continue to add up the further down the list we go.

Due in part to its more sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission, the Ridgeline delivers superior city and combined fuel economy ratings to help you save money at the pump. In standard configurations, the Ridgeline also offers a towing capacity that’s 1,500 pounds greater than the Colorado. In order to match the Ridgeline, Colorado shoppers will have to shell out even more cash for an optional Towing Package at Chevrolet. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels are yet another bonus that comes from choosing Honda over Chevrolet.

Two other class-exclusive features of the Honda Ridgeline include its ingenious dual-action tailgate and lockable in-bed trunk storage compartment. Safety is another area in which the Honda Ridgeline tops the Chevrolet Colorado. Adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, and automatic emergency braking are three standard safety features that you won’t find on the Colorado. Finally, the Honda Ridgeline benefits from standard LED headlights and taillights along with more room in the second row of seats.

Honda Ridgeline vs Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline Ford Ranger
2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2022 Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4X4
$38,140 ✓ MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $39,740
280 ✓ Horsepower 270
3.5L V6 ✓ Engine Size 2.3L Turbo I4
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Not Available
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
Standard ✓ Lockable In-Bed Trunk Not Available
38.8 / 36.7 inches ✓ Rear Headroom/Legroom 38.3 / 34.5 inches
Standard ✓ Tire Fill Assist Not Available
Standard ✓ Homelink Garage Door Opener Not Available
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancellation Not Available

Up next, we’ll take a closer look at how the Honda Ridgeline fares against the Ford Ranger. Once again, we’ve taken equivalently priced trims of both models to keep this matchup as fair as possible. This time, the price advantage for the Ridgeline is a bit larger and the value only continues to increase once we examine the finer details of both trucks.

Beneath the hood, the Honda Ridgeline offers a larger 3.5-liter V6 engine that also produces greater horsepower than the smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that powers the Ford Ranger. Another advantage of choosing the Ridgeline is its standard Adaptive Cruise Control function that takes the hassle out of driving in stop-and-go traffic.

Ford is also unable to match the clever dual-action tailgate and lockable in-bed trunk of the Ridgeline. Other standard features of the Ridgeline not included on the Ranger are active noise cancellation, a Homelink garage door opener, and tire fill assist feature. Last but not least, the Honda Ridgeline offers greater space for back seat passengers as compared to the Ford Ranger.

Honda Ridgeline vs Toyota Tacoma

Honda Ridgeline Toyota Tacoma
2022 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2022 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4X4 Double Cab
$38,140 ✓ MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $38,305
18 / 24 / 21 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined)** 18 / 22 / 20
9 Transmission Speeds 6
Multi-Link Rear Suspension Leaf
18 inches Wheel Size 16 inches
Standard, Keyfob Remote Engine Start Not Available
Standard Tire Fill Assist Not Available
Standard Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
Standard Lockable In-Bed Trunk Not Available
Standard LED Headlights Requires Higher Trim
38.8 / 36.7 inches ✓ Rear Headroom/Legroom 38.3 / 32.6 inches

Third on our list of challengers to face off against the Honda Ridgeline is the Toyota Tacoma. Although they share virtually identical price tags when comparing equivalent trim levels, it’s the Ridgeline that has the edge when it comes to highway and combined fuel economy ratings. This is due in part to its advanced 9-speed automatic transmission, far more sophisticated than the outdated 6-speed unit found on the Tacoma.

It’s also worth noting that the Honda Ridgeline rides on a multi-link rear suspension that delivers superior on-road comfort without compromising off-road performance. Tacoma shoppers will have to deal with an archaic rear leaf suspension system. Larger 18-inch alloy wheels also add to the composed on-road handling characteristics of the Ridgeline.

Premium standard features are yet another strong suit of the Honda Ridgeline. You’ll receive standard LED headlights, tire fill assist, and remote engine start. Additionally, only the Ridgeline comes standard with a dual-action tailgate and a lockable in-bed trunk. The Toyota Tacoma also cannot compete with the generous second-row space found inside the Honda Ridgeline.

Honda Ridgeline

Winner — Honda Ridgeline

No matter which way you look at it, the competition from Chevrolet, Ford, and Toyota is simply no match for the Honda Ridgeline. The Ridgeline remains the standout choice in its class thanks to its capable performance, outstanding value, clever engineering, and premium standard features. Eager to discover all that this remarkable pickup truck has to offer? Visit us at Honda East Cincinnati to browse our extensive selection of the latest Ridgeline models.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,295 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors.

**18 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.