Although both of these trucks belong in the same mid-size category, they couldn’t be any more different from one another.

Dimensions and Performance

Looking at side by side comparison, the Honda Ridgeline is noticeably wider than the Chevrolet Colorado. This does benefit occupants as the Ridgeline has more interior space than the Colorado. But the Honda is restricted to this size because it shares the same platform as the Pilot SUV. Because of this unibody construction, the Ridgeline’s bed is shorter than that of the Colorado. Furthermore the full box frame design of the Colorado allows for a larger towing capacity. The Ridgeline can tow up to 5000 lbs whereas the Colorado can tow 7000 lbs. Not only does the frame design allow for a higher tow rating but as does the more powerful engine. The 3.5L V6 in the Honda is capable of producing 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque whereas the 3.6L V6 in the Colorado produces 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque.

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Because the Ridgeline is based on an SUV, it does come a bit better equipped on the higher trim levels. In addition to the usual features that can also be equipped to the Colorado such as navigation, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, backup camera, and so on, the Ridgeline has an advantage over the Colorado in terms of convenience features such as tri-zone climate control, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, power sunroof and ventilated seats. But all of these features add up the price of the Honda to just over $47,000 whereas a top trim level Colorado Z71 Crew Cab 4×4 comes in at just over $42,000.

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When it comes to on road driving dynamics, the Honda stands out from all other midsize pickups. Its unibody construction and four wheel independent suspension make it very smooth on city streets and on long highway journeys. However because of its construction and lack of a 4×4 system with low range gearing, it is not as well suited for off-road trekking like the Chevrolet Colorado.

With its available automatic locking differential and hill descent control, the Colorado is the better choice if you find yourself off the beaten path. On city streets it may not be quite as smooth to drive as the Ridgeline but it is better than other body-on-frame pickup trucks. Inlaid triple-sealed doors, thicker windshield and side windows, and liquid-applied sound deadener all help to reduce noise from the outside intruding into the cabin. It’s smaller width and tighter turning radius also makes it a bit more maneuverable than the Honda.

Overall Honda’s redesigned Ridgeline is a comfortable and well equipped midsize pickup but it is not as capable when it comes to doing pickup truck …. things. The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado can tow more weight, go further off the beaten path, is more versatile, and less expensive.

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Eagle Ridge GM – Coquitlam, British Columbia

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