2024 Honda Ridgeline vs. Colorado vs Ranger vs Santa Cruz

2023 Honda Ridgeline vs. Chevrolet Colorado vs Ford Ranger vs Hyundai Santa Cruz - Germain Honda of Surprise

Midsize pickup trucks have grown in popularity due to their unrivaled combination of utility, affordability, and creature comforts that make them suitable for daily driving. Compared to many of the uninspired models that have filled this segment in recent years, the Honda Ridgeline is a refreshing departure from the ordinary. Infused with clever features that include spacious interior room, potent power, and remarkable versatility – the Ridgeline continues to stand out from the competition in the midsize truck segment. In an effort to demonstrate how the Ridgeline is the best choice in its class, our team at Germain Honda of Surprise has assembled this competitive comparison between midsize pickups. You’ll discover how the Ridgeline measures up against its top rivals including the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, and Hyundai Santa Cruz. Which model will take home the trophy? Let’s find out!

Honda Ridgeline vs Chevrolet Colorado

Honda Ridgeline
Chevrolet Colorado
2024 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2024 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4X4 Crew Cab
$39,750 ✓ MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $41,795
9 ✓ Transmission Speeds 8
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
Standard ✓ Lockable In-Bed Trunk Not Available
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
7 ✓ Speakers 6
Optional ✓ Truck Bed Audio System Accessory Only
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancelation Not Available
Standard ✓ Remote Start Not Available
Standard ✓ Wireless Smartphone Charging Optional

The first challenger to go up against the Honda Ridgeline is the formidable Chevrolet Colorado. Taking equivalent trim levels of both models, the Ridgeline begins with a slight price advantage over the Colorado. A closer look at the details reveals that you’ll save even more by choosing Honda over Chevrolet.

You get a more advanced 9-speed transmission with the Ridgeline, helping with low-end torque, always extremely important when talking about trucks. Remote start for the engine is standard across the whole Ridgeline lineup, but is standard on only the top ZR2 trim of the Colorado.

A lockable in-bed storage trunk and clever dual-action tailgate are two forward-thinking features that you simply won’t find on the Colorado. A truck bed audio system is also not available on the Colorado, because the only vehicle in existence equipped with such a system is the Ridgeline. You get better audio inside as well, thanks to more speakers and active noise cancellation. Finally, standard wireless smartphone charging inside the Ridgeline adds convenience and eliminates unnecessary clutter from charging cables.

Honda Ridgeline vs Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline
Ford Ranger
2024 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2024 Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4X4
$39,750 ✓ MSRP* (excluding destination charges) $47,115
280 ✓ Horsepower 270
3.5L V6 ✓ Engine Size 2.3L Turbo I4
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
Standard ✓ Lockable In-Bed Trunk Not Available
36.7 inches ✓ Rear Legroom 34.6 inches
Standard ✓ Tire Fill Assist Not Available
Standard ✓ Active Noise Cancellation Not Available
Tri-Zone Automatic ✓ Climate Control Dual-Zone Automatic
Multi-Link ✓ Rear Suspension Leaf

Second on our list, we’ll examine how the Ford Ranger measures up against the Honda Ridgeline. Yet again, we’ve placed equal trim levels of both models side-by-side for fairness. In this matchup, the Ridgeline once again has a price advantage and the value continues to add up once we compare the details of both trucks.

Under the hood, you’ll find a larger 3.5-liter V6 engine that powers the Honda Ridgeline. Producing more horsepower and torque than the smaller turbocharged 4-cylinder of the Ford Ranger, the Ridgeline is the clear choice for drivers looking for maximum performance. Thanks to its multi-link rear suspension design, the Ridgeline also delivers a far more comfortable ride both on and off paved roads.

Ford simply can’t match the innovative lockable in-bed trunk and dual-action tailgate of the Ridgeline as well. Additional standard equipment found on the Ridgeline includes active noise cancellation, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a tire fill assist feature. Finally, choosing the Honda Ridgeline means that you’ll receive greater space for back seat passengers compared to the Ford Ranger.

Honda Ridgeline vs Hyundai Santa Cruz

Honda Ridgeline
Hyundai Santa Cruz
2024 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz SEL Premium
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available
109.7 cubic feet ✓ Passenger Volume 101.8 cubic feet
19.5 gallons ✓ Fuel Tank Capacity 17.7 gallons
Available ✓ Truck Bed Audio System Not Available
1,583 pounds ✓ Total Payload Capacity 1,411 pounds
33.9 cubic feet ✓ Bed Cargo Volume 27 cubic feet
64 inches ✓ Bed Length (Measured From Bottom) 41 inches
50 inches ✓ Bed Width (Between Wheel Wells) 42.75 inches

Third on our list of competitors to challenge the Honda Ridgeline is the Hyundai Santa Cruz. Similar to the Ridgeline, the Santa Cruz is a unibody pickup truck that features a multi-link suspension for superior on-road driving manners and a cabin that’s passenger-focused. Even with these similarities, it’s easy to see where the Santa Cruz falls short of the Ridgeline.

You’ll have more passenger volume for your crew to stretch out and get comfortable inside of the Ridgeline. Hyundai also doesn’t offer features like the dual-action tailgate and truck bed audio system of the Ridgeline, two great amenities that you’ll appreciate for your next tailgate party or weekend project. A larger fuel tank capacity means that you can take your adventures further inside the Honda Ridgeline.

Rounding out the list of advantages for the Honda Ridgeline is the fact that it delivers a greater payload capacity, larger bed cargo volume, a longer bed length, and wider bed width compared to the Hyundai Santa Cruz. All of these characteristics are essential for DIY enthusiasts tackling their next weekend project or those living active lifestyles that demand maximum space for their gear.

Honda Ridgeline vs Nissan Frontier

Honda Ridgeline
Nissan Frontier
2024 Honda Ridgeline Sport AWD VS 2024 Nissan Frontier SL V6 4X4 Crew Cab
$39,750 ✓ MSRP (excluding destination charges)* $42,900
18 / 24 / 21 ✓ MPG (city/hwy/combined)** 17 / 22 / 19
Multi-Link ✓ Rear Suspension Leaf
18 inches ✓ Wheel Size 17 inches
Standard ✓ Eco Assist Drive Mode Not Available
1,583 pounds ✓ Max Payload Capacity 1,310 pounds
38.8 / 36.7 inches ✓ Rear Headroom / Legroom 38.6 / 33.2 inches
Wireless ✓ Apple CarPlay / Android Auto Wired
Standard ✓ Wireless Smartphone Charging Optional
Standard ✓ Adaptive Cruise Control Optional
Standard ✓ Dual-Action Tailgate Not Available

The final competitor to challenge the Honda Ridgeline is the formidable Nissan Frontier. Yet again, the significant price advantage for the Ridgeline only continues to grow as we dive deeper into the details. While total power figures are similar between these two pickups, the Ridgeline is significantly more fuel efficient across all three categories. These MPG figures are further helped by its standard Eco Assist drive mode setting. Larger 18-inch wheels and a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension play a role in on-road comfort as well.

Another advantage for the Ridgeline is a larger payload capacity, perfect for tackling your next weekend project. Other benefits of choosing the Ridgeline include its dual-action tailgate, adaptive cruise control, and wireless smartphone charging. While the Frontier offers wired smartphone integration, the Ridgeline includes standard wireless connectivity for a more convenient experience. Lastly, the Honda Ridgeline is far more spacious for rear seat occupants.

Honda Ridgeline Exterior

Winner – Honda Ridgeline

Now that we’ve crunched the numbers and tallied the results, the clear winner of this competitive comparison is the Honda Ridgeline. Its top rivals from Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, and Hyundai simply cannot match its tremendous value, innovative features, and impressive standard equipment. Ready to see all that the Honda Ridgeline has to offer for yourself? Stop in today at Germain Honda of Surprise and browse our large selection of the latest Ridgeline models.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,395 destination charge, and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $455 charge for premium colors.

**18 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg rating for Sport, RTL & Black Edition trims. 18 city/23 highway/20 combined mpg rating for TrailSport trim. Based on 2024 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.