2016 Chevy Colorado vs 2017 Honda Ridgeline

The midsize pickup segment certainly has been a hub of activity in recent years, hasn’t it? While the 2016 Chevy Colorado has been cleaning up at awards competitions -- two consecutive Motor Trend Truck of the Year awards, among others -- our model’s rivals have been relatively silent. Yet, just as we were becoming comfortable at the top of the midsize pickup mountain, the recent International Auto Show in Detroit proved that not all of our competitors were sleeping. The 2017 Honda Ridgeline was revealed, leading many to suggest that there was finally a new ascendant to the throne.

But is there? Comparing the 2016 Chevy Colorado and 2017 Honda Ridgeline reveals that these two models are more different than alike. The Ridgeline is built on a unibody chassis similar to that found in a crossover SUV, rather than the traditional body-on-frame style preferred by the Colorado. While this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a less hardy truck than the Colorado, it does suggest that the Ridgeline hasn’t entirely shed its car-centric performance profile.

Of course, what is best for one driver might not be best for another. What is best for you?

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2016 Chevy Colorado Vs. 2017 Honda Ridgeline
3.5L V6 Top Engine 3.5L V6
305 hp Max Horsepower 280 hp (est.)
269 lb-ft Max Torque 260 lb-ft (est.)
7,000 lbs Towing Capacity 5,000 lb (est.)

Comparing the 2016 Chevy Colorado and 2017 Honda Ridgeline

As seen in the chart on this page, the Colorado and Ridgeline share an engine that has a similar displacement: a 3.5L V6. That might suggest that they return similar performance, but judging from what we know of the Honda 3.5L V6, this might not be the case. The Colorado’s version delivers large advantages in terms of horsepower, torque and towing capacity, and although fuel numbers haven’t yet been released for the Ridgeline, it seems likely that the Colorado is competitive here as well.

This isn’t to say that the 2017 Honda Ridgeline has nothing to brag about. Much of the early press has centered around its rear cargo bed, which offers an in-bed sound system, a dual-action tailgate, and an in-bed trunk. Whether this will be enough to sway buyers away from the Colorado -- and if the interior tech can match the built-in 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that the Colorado boasts -- remains to be seen, but we certainly know who holds the crown currently.

The 2016 Chevy Colorado, two-time-running Truck of the Year, is now available at Jack Burford Chevy in Richmond, KY, located near Lexington, Paris and London. To learn more or to schedule a test drive, visit our dealership today!

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