The 2020 Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline are two midsize pickup trucks with a lot on the agenda, from strong towing performance to street-smart technology. Choosing between these trucks can be tough, but our comparison guide can help.
Most in Modern Comfort: 2020 Honda Ridgeline
This was a close one, but the Ridgeline ekes ahead, thanks to some unique features. First, its independent rear suspension makes for both a smooth ride and responsive handling. Second, its two-way tailgate and lockable in-bed trunk expand your hauling capabilities, giving you both quick access to cargo and a place to safely stow cargo out of the elements.
The 2020 Ford Ranger might not offer an in-bed trunk, but it’s still big on modern comfort. Choose from two roomy, comfortable cabins: the extended SuperCab and the SuperCrew. Optional features, like leather upholstery and remote engine start, dress up your daily drive. We’re also big fans of the Ranger’s dual-zone automatic climate control system, which does an excellent job of maintaining that just-right temperature.
Heftiest Towing Capabilities: 2020 Ford Ranger
If you’ve got a boat or a trailer that needs towing, the Ranger is ready for action. With max tow ratings of up to 7,500 pounds, Ford’s midsize pickup truck is one of the most capable models in the segment. With all-wheel drive, the Ridgeline tows up to 5,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the front-wheel-drive versions of the Ridgeline can only manage 3,500 pounds.
Thriftiest Truck: 2020 Ford Ranger
Savviest Tech Lineup: 2020 Ford Ranger
Here, the Ranger overtakes the Ridgeline. Ford’s midsize truck comes standard with a convenient Wi-Fi hotspot, and all but the base model include Sync 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The 2020 Ranger also helps you circumvent accidents with high-tech features like automatic emergency braking.
This year, the Honda Ridgeline is making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technology part of its standard lineup. Unfortunately, though, Honda’s infotainment system is complicated by its menu structure and hard-to-find volume settings. And, though the Ridgeline comes standard with an impressive array of safety features, many are known for their false alarms – especially the sensitive forward collision warning system.
In the end, Michigan drivers will benefit more from the 2020 Ranger, which delivers everything from hefty towing capabilities to savvy safety features. Visit us at Signature Auto Group – located in Perry, Owosso, and the Lakes Region – to experience Ford’s rugged midsize pickup in person.