Greene Ford Compares 2015 Ford F-150 VS 2014 Honda Ridgeline Near Cleveland, GA

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2015 Ford F-150

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2014 Honda Ridgeline

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the F‑150 SuperCrew inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Ridgeline doesn't offer a collision warning system.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the F‑150 4X4’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ridgeline only offers a rear monitor.

The F‑150 (except XL)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the F‑150 (except XL)’s optional 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 Ridgeline doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

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 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 start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the F‑150 has a standard 610-amp battery. The Ridgeline’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The F‑150’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (282 vs. 250) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F‑150’s optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 75 more horsepower (325 vs. 250) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (375 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 5.0 DOHC V8 produces 135 more horsepower (385 vs. 250) and 140 lbs.-ft. more torque (387 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford F‑150 V6 ECOBoost is faster than the Honda Ridgeline:

F‑150 2.7

F‑150 3.5


Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

5.6 sec

7.9 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.4 sec

6.2 sec

8.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.4 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

95 MPH

85 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the F‑150 gets better fuel mileage than the Ridgeline:




3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy


2.7 ECOBoost V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy


3.5 ECOBoost V6/Auto

17 city/24 hwy


5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/22 hwy



3.5 V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

15 city/21 hwy

2.7 ECOBoost V6/Auto

18 city/23 hwy


3.5 ECOBoost V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy


5.0 V8/Auto

15 city/21 hwy


In heavy traffic or at stoplights the F‑150 2.7 ECOBoost’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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‑150 122” WB’s standard fuel tank has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (23 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

13.2 inches

13.1 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

13.7 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

174 feet

205 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

126 feet

140 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the F‑150’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ridgeline (275/55R20 vs. 245/65R17).

The F‑150’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 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 offers optional 20-inch wheels. The Ridgeline’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

The Ford F‑150’s wheels have 6 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 23 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (145 inches vs. 122 inches). The F‑150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 34.8 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (156.8 inches vs. 122 inches).

For better maneuverability, the F‑150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Ridgeline 4WD’s (40.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F‑150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Ridgeline (9.3 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the F‑150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford F‑150 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 450 pounds less than the Honda Ridgeline.

The front grille of the F‑150 uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the F‑150 5.5 ft. bed Platinum SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Ridgeline RTS:



At idle

34 dB

40 dB


73 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The F‑150 SuperCab offers optional 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 34.7 inches, while the Ridgeline’s liftover is 37.5 inches. The F‑150 SuperCrew’s liftover is only 34 inches.

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



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 offers an optional 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.

The F‑150 has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer stake post holes.

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 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 three different drivers share the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s standard easy entry system 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 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, 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 XLT/Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s exterior keypad. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

Intelligent Access standard on the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, tailgate and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading cargo, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Honda Ridgeline doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The F‑150’s optional 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 offers an optional 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the F‑150 (except XL/XLT) detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 SuperCrew also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Ridgeline.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s standard 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.

On extremely cold Winter days, the F‑150’s optional (except XL/XLT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum offers an optional 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 Ridgeline doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 playing internet radio stations 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 (except XL)’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Ridgeline’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

The F‑150 Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum’s optional Lariat/King Ranch/Platinum can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

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

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the F‑150 as the 2009 North American Truck of the Year. The Ridgeline was Truck of the Year in 2006.

The Ford F-Series outsold the Honda Ridgeline by over 56 to one during 2014.

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