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2024 Honda Ridgeline vs. 2024 Ford Ranger Comparison – Kelley Blue Book

Midsize pickup trucks like the 2024 Honda Ridgeline and Ford Ranger are known for their ruggedness and utility. Positioned one size below popular full-size models like the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevrolet Silverado, the midsize truck market offers a more affordable and often more maneuverable option to truck shoppers. 

Their smaller dimensions can make them easier to position in everything from city traffic to narrow off-road trails. Honda must have had this in mind because the 2024 model year adds the all-terrain-themed TrailSport trim to the Ridgeline lineup. 

As for the Ford Ranger, it gets a complete redesign with an updated exterior and interior, more engine choices, and improved onboard tech.

Want to know more? Here are some of the highlights of the latest Ridgeline and Ranger.  

2024 Honda Ridgeline

2024 Honda Ridgeline TrailSport in blue driving down a dirt road.

With the addition of the TrailSport model, the 2024 Honda Ridgeline is now available in four trims: Sport, RTL, TrailSport, and Black Edition. They are powered by a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard.  

The $41,145 base price of the Ridgeline (including shipping fee) is higher than the competition, though Honda offsets this by making standard what are often extra-cost items on rivals. This includes AWD and niceties like wireless smartphone connectivity, tri-zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist.    

Honda Ridgeline Highlights

Car-like driving manners: The Ridgeline has a comfortable ride and agile handling, making it a cinch to drive. If you really want a truck but can live without truck-like driving dynamics – such as a jittery ride and vague steering – the Honda is for you. Credit also goes to its strong V6 engine, which works harmoniously with its silky-shifting 9-speed transmission.  

Standard safety gear: The Ridgeline comes with the Honda Sensing safety suite with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane-departure warning. Moving to the RTL, one level above the base model, nets you rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.  

Wireless for all: Another new addition for the 2024 model year, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are newly standard on the Ridgeline. 

Hidden cargo bed storage: A storage area of 7.3 cubic feet is neatly hidden beneath the cargo bed floor. It’s lockable and ideal for carrying precious items you’d like to safely out of sight. 

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Ridgeline models for sale near you.

2024 Ford Ranger

2024 Ford Ranger Lariat parked at an overlook.

The all-new 2024 Ford Ranger has a starting price of $34,265, including destination fee, and is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor. Ford shoppers have a choice of three engines, along with rear- or 4-wheel drive (4WD) – though the desert-raiding Raptor comes standard with 4WD.

Ford made a point to update the interior of this latest Ranger significantly, especially considering the utilitarian design of the previous model. That’s a nice way of saying the prior model was a bit plain and looking dated. Not so in the 2024 Ranger; its 5-passenger cabin is thoroughly modernized, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen is standard. 

Ford Ranger Highlights 

Wild Raptor model: We’ll admit the Raptor version of the Ranger is overkill for most midsize truck shoppers. But boy, it’s also silly fun! Designed for desert racing, under the hood, you’ll find a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that produces 405 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. Underbody skid plates, all-terrain tires, and Fox shock absorbers are some of the Raptor’s go-anywhere goodies. You can’t get a Honda Ridgeline with that kind of performance.

Trailering and cargo hauling: When it comes to towing and hauling, the 2024 Ranger sits near the top of the midsize pickup truck market. It has a max tow rating of 7,500 pounds and a max payload capacity of 1,805 pounds. Both exceed the Honda Ridgeline’s limits. We also appreciate the smooth operation of the Ranger’s standard dampened rear tailgate.  

Pro Trailer Backup Assist: This is a great item to have if you routinely need to carefully maneuver a trailer. Using a rotary dial to direct where the driver wants the trailer to head while in reverse, the system automatically takes care of necessary steering inputs. 

Ford Sync 4A infotainment: Ford has kitted the 2024 Ranger out with its latest Sync 4A infotainment system. A clear and attractive 10.1-inch screen is standard, though a bigger 12.4-inch screen is available. Like the Honda Ridgeline, wireless smartphone connectivity comes along for the ride too. 

Check this week’s Fair Purchase Price or see the Ranger models for sale near you.

Similarities

The Honda Ridgeline and Ford Ranger deliver a lot of midsize truck for your money. After its overhaul, the Ranger is a much better match for the refined Ridgeline in terms of how it gets down the road and the level of tech and safety features available.  

Conclusion

These are two seriously good trucks with a lot to recommend. With the Honda Ridgeline, you get a vehicle that isn’t afraid of getting muddy and doing hard work. Yet it’s also easy to drive and maneuver if you’re also dealing with city traffic and snug parking spots regularly. It’s a truck for folks who want the comfort of a midsize SUV and the utility of a pickup.

Thanks to its wider range of powertrains and higher limits in terms of towing and scaling off-road obstacles, the Ranger will appeal to more traditional truck shoppers. It’s also significantly less expensive – unless you go for the full-bore Raptor – and ever-so-slightly better in terms of fuel economy.  

  2024 Honda Ridgeline  2024 Ford Ranger
Starting Price  $41,145 $34,265
Popular Powertrains      
Engine  3.5-liter V6 Turbo 2.3-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower  280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 270 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque  262 lb-ft  @ 4,700 rpm 310 lb-ft @ rpm
Transmission  9-speed automatic  10-speed automatic 
Fuel economy MPG 18 city/24 highway/21 combined  21 city/25 highway/22 combined 
Also Available  Turbo 2.7-liter V6, Turbo 3.0-liter V6, 4WD
Specs       
Basic Warranty  3 years/36,000 miles  3 years/36,000 miles 
Powertrain Warranty  5 years/60,000 miles  5 years/60,000 miles 
NHTSA Overall Safety  5-Star TBD 
Max Seating Capacity 
Wheelbase  125.2 inches  128.7 inches 
Overall Length  210.2 inches  210.6 inches 
Width  78.6 inches  79.0 inches 
Height  70.8 inches  73.9 inches 
Turning Diameter  43.4 feet  42.5 
Headroom, Front  40.1 inches 41.0 inches 
Headroom, Rear 38.8 inches  39.8 inches 
Legroom, Front  40.9 inches  43.7 inches 
Legroom, Rear 36.7 inches  34.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front  62.0 inches  57.1 inches 
Shoulder Room, Rear 61.5 inches 56.7 inches 
Cargo Volume  33.9 cubic feet   43.5 cubic feet 



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