If you're looking for a truck with car-like driving manners but rugged and powerful practical capabilities, comparing the Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick is only natural. These models define the unibody (a smoother, car-like chassis) truck segment. The Maverick, though, is the newcomer. The Ridgeline has been providing the smooth power drivers seek since its 2005 debut.
See the Honda pickup's winning details with our 2023 Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick comparison guide, then book a test drive at Muller Honda of Highland Park.
Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick design philosophy is a similarity rather than a difference: Both focus on city agility while offering huge capabilities and roominess.
The Honda Ridgeline is the roomier choice, though. On the outside, it measures 210.2 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and 70.8 inches tall. The Maverick is 199.7 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 68.7 inches tall.
Inside, the Honda Ridgeline offers 9.4 cubic feet more passenger volume and has 0.6 cubic feet more cargo room in the bed. However, the Ridgeline offers a lockable In-Bed Trunk that provides another 7.3 cubic feet of cargo room; the Maverick does not offer an equivalent to this feature.
Five seats and standard rear underseat storage compartments can be found on both sides of the Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick comparison, but the Ridgeline truck's underseat storage has 0.6 cubic feet more cargo room.
As you explore the interiors, you'll notice that the Ridgeline offers more across the board.
The 2023 Honda Ridgeline boasts the following standard driver assists:
The Maverick has a standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High-Beams, Auto On/Off Headlights, and a rearview camera. Standard Ridgeline features like the Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control are optional upgrades for the Maverick.
As for Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick technology features, the Ridgeline comes standard with:
While the Maverick has a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen, FordPass Connect services, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, it has a standard manual climate control system and a six-speaker sound system and lacks standard Active Noise Cancellation and remote engine start features.
Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick available features see both models offer power outlets and lighting for their beds, plus power sliding rear windows above the bed.
However, the Ridgeline also offers an available wireless phone charger, an eight-speaker premium sound system, a truck-bed sound system, and a 10-way power driver's seat with leather upholstery, heating, power lumbar, and two-position memory.
The Maverick has an available eight-speaker sound system and wireless phone charging, too. However, it lacks an available sound system for its bed, and its driver's seat upgrade involves eight-way power adjustability, ActiveX upholstery, heating, and power lumbar.
Compare Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick specs, and you'll notice that the Ridgeline makes more horsepower and can tow more than every Ford Maverick.
Specifically, every new Honda Ridgeline has a standard 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, plus a nine-speed automatic transmission. AWD is also standard.
The new Ford Maverick comes standard with FWD, a CVT, and a 2.5-liter hybrid four-cylinder engine that makes 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. The Maverick does have an optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic pairs with this engine.
Thanks to the powerful standard powertrain and a standard heavy-duty transmission cooler, every Honda Ridgeline offers an impressive towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.1
The hybrid Maverick configuration with standard front-wheel drive can only tow 2,000 pounds,2 so it sacrifices a lot for hybrid technology. The Ford truck can come closer to the Ridgeline in the towing department, but only if you forgo the hybrid and equip the available EcoBoost engine, AWD, and the 4K Tow Package; this configuration lets the Maverick tow 4,000 pounds,2 which still comes up short.
The new Honda Ridgeline for sale also comes standard with an Intelligent Traction Management system featuring Snow, Mud, and Sand modes to complement its AWD system; the Maverick comes standard with a Slippery terrain mode and requires an upgrade to get Mud/Ruts and Sand terrain modes.
|2023 Honda Ridgeline||2023 Ford Maverick|
|Engine:||3.5-Liter V-6||2.5-liter Hybrid Four-Cylinder / Optional 2.0-Liter EcoBoost Four-Cylinder|
|Horsepower:||280||191 (Hybrid engine) / 250 (EcoBoost engine)|
|Torque:||262 lb. ft.||155 lb. ft. (Hybrid engine) / 277 lb. ft. (EcoBoost engine)|
|Transmission:||9-Speed Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters||CVT (Hybrid engine) / 8-Speed Automatic (EcoBoost engine)|
|Drivetrain:||AWD||FWD / Optional AWD|
|Maximum Towing Capacity:||5,000 lbs.1||4,000 lbs (w/ EcoBoost engine, AWD, and 4K Tow Package)2|
|Maximum Payload Capacity:||1,583 lbs.||1,500 lbs.|
|EPA-Estimated MPG (City/Highway/Combined) w/ AWD:||18/24/213||22/28/244 (EcoBoost engine)|
|Passenger Volume:||109.7 cu. ft.||100.3 cu. ft.|
|Cargo Volume (Pickup Bed):||33.9 cu. ft.||33.3 cu. ft.|
|In-Bed Trunk:||Standard w/ 7.3 cu. ft. Cargo Volume||Not Available|
While the Honda Ridgeline vs. Ford Maverick showdown has been one-sided so far, the Maverick does have one advantage to its lesser capabilities: more fuel efficiency. However, the Ridgeline still delivers impressive MPGs.
Specifically, the 2023 Honda Ridgeline boasts an EPA-estimated 18/24/21 MPG (city/highway/combined).3 As AWD is standard in the Ridgeline, we'll look at what an AWD-equipped 2023 Ford Maverick can deliver. That, specifically, is an EPA-estimated 22/28/24 MPG (city/highway/combined).4
Whether you want to compare other trucks like the Honda Ridgeline vs. Toyota Tacoma, learn more about safe Honda Ridgeline towing, or find a new Ridgeline of your own, Muller Honda of Highland Park has you covered. Visit our Honda dealership today and explore all the exclusive features and driving benefits of a Honda Ridgeline.
The Ford Maverick does get better gas mileage than the Honda Ridgeline but makes much less power and tows less in return. The 2023 Ridgeline with standard AWD delivers an EPA-estimated 18/24/21 MPG (city/highway/combined),3 while a 2023 Ford Maverick with equivalent AWD delivers an EPA-estimated 22/28/24 MPG (city/highway/combined).4
The Honda Ridgeline offers more cargo space than the Maverick: 33.9 cubic feet in its bed, 7.3 cubic feet in its lockable In-Bed Trunk, and 2.9 cubic feet in its rear underseat storage. The Ford Maverick has 33.9 cubic feet in its bed and 2.6 cubic feet in its rear underseat storage and also lacks an equivalent to the In-Bed Trunk.
The Honda Ridgeline is an agile truck that is larger than the Ford Maverick. The Ridgeline measures 210.2 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and 70.8 inches tall, while the Maverick is 199.7 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 68.7 inches tall. As a result, the Ridgeline offers 109.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Maverick has 100.3 cubic feet.
1Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
2Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers.
3Based on 2023 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, and other factors.
4EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.