Son's Automotive Group Compares 2018 Honda Ridgeline VS 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Near Tucker, GA

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2018 Honda Ridgeline

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2018 Honda Ridgeline

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

The Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition has standard Collision Mitigation Braking System, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Colorado offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

To help make backing safer, the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Ridgeline uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Colorado uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Ridgeline and the Colorado 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the 2018 Ridgeline the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Colorado was last qualified as only a “Top Pick” in 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Ridgeline’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Ridgeline has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Colorado have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Ridgeline’s reliability 19 points higher than the Colorado.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 80 more horsepower (280 vs. 200) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Ridgeline is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 30 MPH

2.7 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

9.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.3 sec

16.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.7 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89.1 MPH

82.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ridgeline gets better fuel mileage than the Colorado:







3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto



16 city/18 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

The Ridgeline 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 Colorado doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

12.6 inches

12.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13 inches

12.75 inches

The Ridgeline stops much shorter than the Colorado:





70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

197 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ridgeline’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Colorado’s standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Ridgeline has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Colorado.

The Ridgeline has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Colorado doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Honda Ridgeline has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Colorado has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Ridgeline has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Ridgeline flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

The front and rear suspension of the Ridgeline uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Colorado, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Ridgeline is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Colorado.

The Ridgeline Black Edition 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ridgeline RTL-E 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 (28 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ridgeline is 1 foot, 2.9 inches shorter than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab, making the Ridgeline easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Ridgeline’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Colorado doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The Ridgeline uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Colorado doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Ridgeline Black Edition 4x4 is quieter than the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab (37 vs. 45 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ridgeline’s cargo box is larger than the Colorado’s in almost every dimension:



Colorado Crew Cab




Max Width



Min Width



A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Ridgeline. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Colorado doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Ridgeline RTL/Black Edition’s standard easy entry system 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 Colorado doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Ridgeline’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 Colorado’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Ridgeline the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Colorado can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Pushbutton Start standard on the Ridgeline RT allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Ridgeline Sport/RTL/Black Edition’s Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and tailgate without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ridgeline has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Colorado doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Ridgeline’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Colorado’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Colorado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ridgeline has standard power remote mirrors. The Colorado Base doesn’t offer either a remote driver side or passenger side mirror. The driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

When the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Colorado’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold winter days, the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Colorado doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Ridgeline Sport/RTL/Black Edition’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Ridgeline and the Colorado offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Ridgeline Sport/RTL/Black Edition has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Colorado doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition has a standard Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Ridgeline, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Colorado.

The Ridgeline RTL-E/Black Edition has a 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® chose the Honda Ridgeline as its “Top Pick,” the highest scoring vehicle in its category, based on reliability, safety and performance.

Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its July 2017 issue and the Honda Ridgeline RTL-E 4x4 won out over the Chevrolet Colorado Short Box LT Crew Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ridgeline first among midsize pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Colorado was rated third.

The Ridgeline was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2017 and 2018. The Colorado has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

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