The standard Ford Ranger towing capacity might seem impressive in isolation, but compare it against the standard Honda Ridgeline towing capacity and you’ll quickly understand what makes the latter a cut above. CNET calls the 2019 Honda Ridgeline “the best pickup in its class”, and you only have to match it against the Ford Ranger on the following factors to understand why:
- Comparably Equipped Prices
- Engine Specs and MPG
- Standard Tow Ratings
Ford vs. Honda: Comparably Equipped Prices
You’ll find the Honda Ridgeline and Ford Ranger in the same truck class, but that doesn’t mean you’ll pay the same for each model. While MSRP might seem like the obvious place to start, it’s best to match two comparably equipped models on their comparably equipped starting prices.
Here’s how that breaks down:
- 2019 Honda Ridgeline RT 2WD: $31,660*
- 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 4X2 XLT: $34,785
Ford vs. Honda: Engine Specs and MPG
Both the Honda Ridgeline and the Ford Ranger carry impressive power beneath the hood, but the Honda still manages to pull ahead for superior performance whether you’re towing heavy or accelerating at highway speeds.
Here’s how Ford and Honda engine specs compare:
- 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The 3.5L V6 makes up to 280 hp.
- 2019 Ford Ranger: The 2.3L 4-cylinder makes up to 270 hp.
The Honda also comes out ahead when it comes to AWD highway efficiency. You’ll achieve:
- Up to an EPA-estimated 25 mpg with the Honda Ridgeline**.
- Up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg with the Ford Ranger.
Ford vs. Honda: Tow Ratings
The Honda Ridgeline marks itself out from competitors like the Ford Ranger by delivering impressive towing specs with even its entry-level trim:
- Honda Ridgeline AWD Standard Towing: Up to 5,000 lbs.
- Ford Ranger AWD Standard Towing: Up to 3,500 lbs.
If you need to tow heavy without wanting to upgrade to a pricy top trim, the Honda Ridgeline should speak to you.
The 2019 Honda Ridgeline Effortlessly Surpasses the Competition
Want to check out Honda Ridgeline trim levels, experience Honda Ridgeline performance, or hear more about Honda Ridgeline utility? Simply visit your nearest West Michigan Honda dealership. For further assistance or news on our latest specials, don’t hesitate to get in touch directly.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2019 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.