What can be more American than a pickup truck? These icons of American life are used for work and play, on farms in the big cities, and everywhere else in-between. These two contenders, the 2018 Honda Ridgeline and the Chevy Silverado, our outstanding representative of this vehicle segment, with plenty of brawn and valuable features. Let’s see which one is the better choice.
|2018 Honda Ridgeline||2018 Chevy Silverado 1500|
|REAR LEG ROOM|
|36.7 in.||34.63 in.|
Which Performance is Better?
Both trucks are solid performers. The 2018 Ridgeline is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower. The 2018 Silverado’s base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 delivering 285 horsepower. While the Chevy has five extra horses, it also weighs more, and that affects performance. With a curb weight of 4,515 lbs., Ridgeline must move 16.1 lbs./hp, whereas the 5,300-lb. Silverado is saddled with 18.6 lbs./hp. It’s therefore not surprising that it takes Silverado 7.1 seconds to move from zero to 60 mph, a half-second more than the 6.6 seconds needed by the Ridgeline. These results are from the comparably priced Ridgeline RTL-E and the Silverado LS. You can get stronger engines for the Chevy, but they will boost the price significantly.
What’s the Difference in Styling?
The Honda Ridgeline was completely redesigned in 2017, giving it a modern look with improved aesthetics. You’ll appreciate the new look, which is both stylish and functional. For example, the handsome tailgate can be swung open to the side or folded down, doubling its functionality. The Silverado also has the modern rugged look of contemporary trucks, in a somewhat conservative rendition. Some trim levels are dominated by a huge grille, which might appeal to chrome fanatics. The Ridgeline cabin borrows its look from the handsome Honda Pilot, with a similar dash layout and plenty of space, especially when you flip the rear seats. Chevy’s base Silverado is, well, basic – you have to move up the price ladder to get higher-end materials.
Which Truck Has Better Safety and Features?
Both trucks boast 5-Star Overall Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration*. The Ridgeline’s available Honda Sensing package of active safe features includes blind-spot assist, collision-mitigation braking, road-departure mitigation, active cruise control, forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist and lane-departure warning. Standard Ridgeline features include a rearview camera, hill start assist and Intelligent Traction Management. The Silverado offers many, but not all, of the same active safety features. Honda vehicles are famous for their build-quality, reliability and high resale value, traits not necessarily associated with Chevrolet.
2018 Honda Ridgeline for Sale in Illinois
Serving Highland Park, Chicago, and Evanston, IL
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline is a value-laden truck with excellent features. It handily beats the competition, especially regarding durability, quality and resale value. Please contact our Honda dealership to arrange a test drive of the 2018 Ridgeline – you’ll love the truck and appreciate our excellent customer service!
* Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).