Pickup trucks, Americans love ‘em but the rest of the world is confused by these oftentimes brusque vehicles. Still, not every rig on the market is rough around the edges.
For instance, the brand-new Honda Ridgeline features a car-based unibody structure instead of traditional body-on-frame construction. It also has an independent rear suspension, a front-drive-biased powertrain and even an in-bed trunk. It’s loaded with innovation, but is it a better choice than more traditional offerings? YOU decide!
Underhood, every version of this hearty Honda features a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine that’s good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of peak torque. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission offered.
In comparison, Ford’s F-150 is perhaps the most quintessentially American pickup available. A market mainstay for decades, this truck is as hardworking as it is respected.
Unlike the Ridgeline, it features a live rear axle, a lightweight aluminum body and a dizzying array of engines. For 2017, the top offering is a reworked 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that delivers 375 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque (even more of both in the Raptor model). It’s paired with a brand-new 10-speed automatic transmission.
But which of these pickups would YOU rather own, the groundbreaking Honda or the traditional Ford? Do you need all the capability offered by the F-150 or are you willing to sacrifice towing and hauling performance for a more car-like driving experience? Vote in our latest poll and let’s see which rig is more popular! If you need more help deciding, make sure to compare each of these trucks here.