Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Ford F-150 VS 2014 Honda Ridgeline Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Ford F-150

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2014 Honda Ridgeline

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F‑150 FX4/Raptor’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The F‑150’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver’s blind spots. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

The F‑150 offers optional SYNC ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the F‑150 and the Ridgeline have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The F‑150 comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Ridgeline.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the F‑150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the F‑150’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Ridgeline’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Ridgeline’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The F‑150 has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F‑150 has a standard 135-amp alternator (155-amp - F‑150 optional). The Ridgeline’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F‑150 has a standard 750-amp battery. The Ridgeline’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The F‑150’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 52 more horsepower (302 vs. 250) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F‑150’s optional 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 110 more horsepower (360 vs. 250) and 133 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F‑150’s optional 3.5 turbo V6 produces 115 more horsepower (365 vs. 250) and 173 lbs.-ft. more torque (420 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F‑150’s optional 6.2 SOHC V8 produces 161 more horsepower (411 vs. 250) and 187 lbs.-ft. more torque (434 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F‑150 is faster than the Honda Ridgeline:

F‑150 V6

F‑150 V8


Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

6.9 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

15.3 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.4 MPH

93.3 MPH

84.2 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F‑150 6.2 is faster than the Honda Ridgeline:



Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94.6 MPH

84.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F‑150 3.7 V6 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the Ridgeline (16 city/21 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford F‑150 uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Ridgeline requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The F‑150’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (26 vs. 22 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The F‑150’s optional fuel tank has 14 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (36 vs. 22 gallons).

The F‑150 has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the F‑150’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Ridgeline:



Front Rotors

13.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

13.1 inches

The F‑150’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ridgeline are solid, not vented.

The F‑150 stops much shorter than the Ridgeline:



70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

205 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

117 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F‑150 Raptor’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ridgeline (315/70R17 vs. 245/65R17).

The F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ridgeline Sport/RTL/SE’s 60 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Limited SuperCrew has standard 22-inch wheels. The Ridgeline’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Ford F‑150’s wheels have 7 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Honda Ridgeline only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

The F‑150 has a standard full size spare tire so your work or a trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare isn’t available on the Ridgeline, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 22.5 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (144.5 inches vs. 122 inches). The F‑150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 34.6 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (156.6 inches vs. 122 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the F‑150 is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ridgeline.

The F‑150’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (55% to 45%) than the Ridgeline’s (58% to 42%). This gives the F‑150 more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the F‑150 8 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ridgeline (8.4 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the F‑150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F‑150 5.5 ft. bed SVT Raptor SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.3 inches higher than on the Ridgeline (9.5 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Ridgeline RTS (73 vs. 75 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F‑150 SuperCab has standard seating for 6 passengers; the Ridgeline can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the F‑150 Regular Cab easier. The F‑150 Regular Cab’s bed lift-over height is 34.1 inches, while the Ridgeline’s liftover is 37.5 inches. The F‑150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 33.1 inches.

The F‑150’s cargo box is larger than the Ridgeline’s in every dimension:

F‑150 SuperCrew

F‑150 Regular Cab


Length (short/long)




Max Width




Min Width








To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the F‑150 has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

The Ford F‑150 has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Honda Ridgeline doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

The Ford F‑150 offers an optional tailgate step, which folds out and allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Honda Ridgeline doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

Both the F‑150 and Ridgeline have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the F‑150 also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Ergonomics Comparison

The F‑150 offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The engine computer on the F‑150 automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Ridgeline’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the F‑150 Lariat/FX4/Raptor/Platinum/Limited offers a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the F‑150 (except XL/SXT/XLT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F‑150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional Easy Entry raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The F‑150’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Ridgeline does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows available on both the F‑150 and the Ridgeline have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the F‑150 is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Ridgeline prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The F‑150’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ridgeline’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the F‑150’s standard exterior keypad (not available on F‑150 XL/STX). The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F‑150 Platinum/Limited’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Ridgeline’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The F‑150 (except XL/STX) has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

The F‑150’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

Both the F‑150 and the Ridgeline offer available heated front seats. The F‑150 King Ranch/Platinum/Limited also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Ridgeline.

The F‑150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The F‑150’s optional steering wheel mounted cruise control on/off switch is conveniently located with the rest of the cruise controls. The Ridgeline’s standard cruise control must be turned on with a hard to find switch on the dashboard.

Optional Sync AppLink for the F‑150 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

The F‑150’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Ridgeline’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the F‑150 is less expensive to operate than the Ridgeline because it costs $154 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the F‑150 than the Ridgeline, including $99 less for a water pump, $26 less for an alternator, $51 less for a starter, $21 less for fuel injection and $215 less for front struts.

Recommendations Comparison

Motor Trend selected the F‑150 as their 2012 Truck of the Year. The Ridgeline was Truck of the Year in 2006.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Honda Ridgeline by over 43 to one during 2013.

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