2019 Ford F-150 vs. Honda Ridgeline

March 15th, 2019 by

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See How The F-150 Stands Out

Most people remember the experience they had the first time they bought a truck and it can leave a lasting impression. Once drivers become familiar with a vehicle, they tend to stick with what they know. After all, buying a new truck always presents unforeseen risks.

If there is one truck you can buy and know that you are getting a vehicle you can trust it’s the 2019 Ford F-150. Ford is an American company and the 2019 Ford F-150 price is tempting, but how does the F-150 fare against an import like the Honda Ridgeline?

There are some areas where the 2019 F-150 for sale in Leavenworth really stands out and outperforms the Honda Ridgeline. Here are some of the best examples.

Size & Hauling

When you are in the market for a truck, chances are you’re planning to do some hauling or towing. The 2019 Ford F-150 excels in work and farm environments since it has a large bed and several handy features to make loading and unloading easier.

The 2019 Ford F-150 has a bed length from 66 inches all the way up to 96 inches on the F-150 XL. Compare that to the bed length of the Honda Ridgeline with only 63 inches of bed space, less than even the smallest F-150.

The frame of the 2019 Ford F-150 is made from 78% high-strength steel and the body is made of a military-grade aluminum alloy.

Another area where the Ford F-150 excels over the Honda Ridgeline is in payload capacity. The 2019 F-150 has a total payload capacity of 2,132 pounds while the Honda Ridgeline only has a maximum payload capacity of 1,465 pounds. That’s a difference of over 25% more payload capacity with the Ford F-150.

Utility & Convenience

The 2019 Ford F-150 has what Ford has dubbed a smart pickup box that can be equipped with several handy features including a flexible, configurable BoxLink system, LED box lights, stowable loading ramps, an integrated tailgate step with lift assist, remote tailgate release, and deployable box side steps.

What is the Honda Ridgeline’s answer to all of these smart features employed by Ford? The Honda Ridgeline has eight heavy-duty truck bed tie-down cleats, 150-watt / 400-watt truck-bed power outlet, LED tail lights, truck-bed lights, and an integrated class III trailer hitch. These features are nice but most of them are pretty much standard on any 2019 truck and none focus on making work easier as the Ford F-150 does.

Off-Road & Tuning

That isn’t all the features that focus on making life easier when you own the Ford F-150. Along with the hard-working smart pickup box, the 2019 F-150 has a host of smart features that focus on making it a beast on the trails.

Some off-road features of the 2019 Ford F-150 include the electronic shift-on-the-fly system that lets you decide between two four-wheel-drive modes on the fly, either 4×4 low or high, or the available automatic four-wheel-drive mode which controls the four-wheel-drive so you don’t have to.

It also has an available FX4 Off-Road Package that includes an electronic-locking rear differential for better traction, off-road shock absorbers, hill descent control, skid plates, and the ever-popular 360-degree camera with a split-view display for maneuvering in tight places.

As for the Honda Ridgeline, its off-road capabilities are severely more limited. That is not to say the Ridgeline is not equipped with off-road features, they are just not as numerous as the F-150. The Honda Ridgeline off-road features include fog lights, corner and backup sensor indicator, and collision mitigation braking system but that is where the similarities end. It seems Honda would prefer you stick to the asphalt with this truck.

Passenger Seating & Comfort

The Ford F-150 doesn’t just have the Honda Ridgeline beat in the off-road and hauling departments, it also reigns superior in passenger space and passenger amenities.

To start with, the 2019 Ford F-150 has 64.6 cubic feet to 131.8 cubic feet of passenger room depending on which model you get, either the regular or the SuperCab. Compare that with the Honda Ridgeline that only offers a maximum passenger capacity of 109.7 cubic feet, a full 22 cubic feet smaller than the largest F-150.

The Ford F-150 also has the Ridgeline beat with the number of features designed for comfort that it offers passengers. One of these great amenities is Amazon Alexa support, which allows the Ford truck to interface with the Alexa app and do your shopping on the road.

It also allows smartphones to connect to the internet through its own hotspot via Ford’s SYNC 3 AppLink which provides access to voice navigation, traffic information, and over 50,000 other apps. It can also connect to your smart home devices so you can double check the locks, turn off the heating, or turn the TV on from the road so everything is ready for when you step through the door.

The Honda Ridgeline does have some smart features aimed at improving the comfort of passengers such as a conversation mirror with a sunglasses holder, courtesy door lights, illuminated beverage holders, and ambient lighting, all of which are included in with the Ford F-150 as well. The Honda Ridgeline allows passengers to connect to the stereo using either an MP3/Auxiliary input jack or Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for streaming audio. It also has a USB audio interface and a USB charging port, but these are also present on the F-150.

Summary

After considering all of these advantages that the F-150 offers, it’s hard to turn down the number one truck in America known for durability so well that it’s built into their slogan, “Built Ford Tough”. While the Honda Ridgeline does well when it comes to covering the standard pickup truck features, it is far from equal to the F-150, which goes above and beyond the other pickups of its class.