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Ford Explorer vs. Honda Ridgeline

In comparing the Ford Explorer to the Honda Ridgeline, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, interior volume and base engine power. The Honda Ridgeline has the advantage in the area of overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer versus the Honda Ridgeline, the Ford Explorer is a better car than the Honda Ridgeline.

Ford Explorer versus Honda Ridgeline Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Explorer ranges from $25,524 to $40,893 while a used Honda Ridgeline from the same model year range is priced between $28,571 to $39,997. For a new model, the Ford Explorer's price is between $39,880 and $61,047, with the Honda Ridgeline priced between $42,413 and $49,070.

Ford Explorer versus Honda Ridgeline Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.5 out of 10 while the Honda Ridgeline's quality rating is 9.0 out of 10. This results in the Ford Explorer being ranked 5 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Honda Ridgeline being ranked 1 out of 11 Best Midsize Trucks.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Honda Ridgeline base engine makes 280 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ford Explorer, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Honda Ridgeline, a midsize truck, has the advantage in the area of front shoulder room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Explorer and the Honda Ridgeline have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Ford Explorer has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick+ award.

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2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Honda Ridgeline

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$39,880 - $61,047

Used Asking Price:

$25,524 - $40,893

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$42,413 - $49,070

Used Asking Price:

$28,571 - $39,997

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

23.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

9.0 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
5 / 15
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 28
7 / 25
7 / 21
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 11
1 / 11
1 / 11
1 / 6
6 / 10

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

The Honda Ridgeline differs from all of its peers in this segment by being a unit-body vehicle, meaning it is not built upon a traditional truck ladder frame. That is either the best feature or worst feature of this truck, depending upon which view you hold and what you intend to do with it. The Ridgeline is only offered in a crew cab configuration.

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Best-in-class on-road ride quality and performance due to advanced chassis design
  • Best-in-class safety
  • 2nd Highest reliability score in the class
  • Great in-vehicle storage features

  • Not an “off-road” truck in comparison to its peers’ off-road trims
  • Least workmanlike design
  • No extended cab configuration

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Not applicable

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

Not applicable

Available Bed Length(s)

64 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Base, Limited, ST-Line, ST, Platinum, King Ranch, Police Interceptor Utility, XLT, Timberline

Trim Levels

Sport, RTL, RTL-E, Black Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload:

Not applicable

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.063 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

5000 lbs

Max Payload :

1583 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

18 / 24 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

351 / 468 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.8 inches

Rear Leg Room:

36.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.5 inches

Cargo Space:

7.3 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

109.7 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4436 lbs

Width:

78.6 inches

Height:

70.8 inches

Length:

210.2 inches

Wheelbase:

125.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.6 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/60R18