Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2009 Ford F-150 VS 2009 Honda Ridgeline Near Goodyear, AZ

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2009 Ford F-150

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2009 Honda Ridgeline

Safety Comparison

The F-150’s optional blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

Both the F-150 and the Ridgeline have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available four wheel drive.

For its top level performance in frontal, side and rear impact tests, and its standard AdvanceTrac™, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the F-150 SuperCrew as a “Top Pick” a rating only granted to 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ridgeline was not a Top Pick.

Warranty Comparison

The F-150 comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Honda doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Ridgeline.

There are almost 4 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the F-150’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Ford F-150’s engines use a cast iron block for durability, while the Ridgeline’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

The camshafts in the F-150’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Ridgeline’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Ridgeline’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

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 power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the F-150 has a standard 135 amp alternator (155 amp - F-150 optional). The Ridgeline’s 130 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2008 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With -2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 10th.

Engine Comparison

The F-150’s standard 4.6 SOHC V8 produces 47 lbs.-ft. more torque (294 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F-150’s optional 4.6 SOHC V8 produces 42 more horsepower (292 vs. 250) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (320 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The F-150’s optional 5.4 SOHC V8 produces 60 more horsepower (310 vs. 250) and 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (390 vs. 247) than the Ridgeline’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford F-150 5.4 V8 is faster than the Honda Ridgeline:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87.8 MPH

84.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The F-150’s standard fuel tank has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ridgeline (26 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 capless 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 capless 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 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.7 inches

13.1 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 shorter than the Ridgeline:



70 to 0 MPH

196 feet

205 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

133 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) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ridgeline RTL’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 22.5 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (144.5 inches vs. 122 inches). The F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 35 inches longer than on the Ridgeline (157 inches vs. 122 inches).

The F-150’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56.1% to 43.9%) than the Ridgeline’s (58% to 42%). This gives the F-150 more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the F-150 6.5 ft. bed Regular Cab’s turning circle is .9 feet tighter than the Ridgeline 4WD’s (41.7 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the F-150 6.5 ft. bed SuperCab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ridgeline (8.7 vs. 8.2 inches), allowing the F-150 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The F-150 8 ft. bed SuperCab’s minimum ground clearance is 1.8 inches higher than on the Ridgeline (10 vs. 8.2 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The F-150 SuperCab has standard seating for 6 passengers; the Ridgeline can only carry 5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

F-150 SuperCrew

F-150 Regular Cab


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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 has a standard 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.

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 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 (except XL/STX) offers an adjustable foot pedal set. 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 pedal contact. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer adjustable foot pedals.

When two different drivers share the F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT), the optional memory system makes it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, foot pedal distance and outside mirror angle. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer a memory system.

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional 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.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad (not available on F-150 XL/STX). The Ridgeline doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The F-150 Platinum’s standard 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 (except XL/STX) has a standard 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.

The F-150’s optional rear and side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Ridgeline doesn’t offer the luxury of automatic dimming mirrors.

The F-150 (except XL/SXT/XLT)’s optional 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.

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.

The F-150’s available GPS navigation system offers a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Ridgeline’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

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