Chevy Colorado Vs. Honda Ridgeline: Tailgating or Commuting, These Midsize Pickups Get the Job Done

By Justin Cupler | March 13th, 2019

The midsize pickup truck segment has been through massive changes as of late, and two fine examples of its recent changes are the 2019 Chevy Colorado and 2019 Honda Ridgeline. These pickups may handle cargo and trailers, but they also have smaller footprints that make them easier to handle and deliver better fuel economy. Which of these midsize pickups is best for our Saginaw, Michigan buyers? Continue reading to find out.

Exterior

The midsize truck segment leaves a lot open for style interpretation, and there are few vehicles that share a class and have more opposite styling than the 2019 Colorado and 2019 Ridgeline.

 

The 2019 Chevy Colorado boasts a more traditional pickup styling with an upright grille, flat nose, and other truck-like details. The Colorado throws in another wrinkle with its ZR2 trim that includes a higher ride height, rugged wheels and tires, and aggressive body details.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline is based on the Passport — Honda’s resident three-row crossover, so it essentially looks like a crossover with a truck bed. While it may lack the truck-like look of the Colorado, the Ridgeline has lots of utility with its dual-mode tailgate that opens downward or swings outward. It also features a 7.3-cubic-foot in-bed trunk that doubles as a cooler for tailgating. The Ridgeline also has an available in-bed power outlet and audio system for even more tailgate fun.

The 2019 Chevy Colorado comes in three formats: extended cab with long bed, crew cab with long bed, and crew cab with short bed. This means its measurements vary based on which body you choose. The Colorado measures 212.7 to 224.9 inches long, 74.3 inches wide, and 70.2 to 70.8 inches tall. Its wheelbase checks in at 128.3 to 140.5-inch wheelbase, and it has 8.1 to 8.9 inches of ground clearance.

 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline comes in just a single body style. It is 210 inches long, 78.6 inches wide, and 70.3 to 70.7 inches tall. It rides atop a 125.2-inch wheelbase. The Ridgeline is no off-roader with its 7.28 to 7.87 inches of ground clearance.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • More truck-like design
  • Off-road-ready ZR2 model
  • Multiple body-and-cab formats

Advantage: 2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • Unique appearance
  • Tailgating-ready features
  • Smaller, nimbler platform

Interior

Inside, the differences between the 2019 Colorado and 2019 Ridgeline continue. The Colorado features more of a traditional truck design with mild touches of sedan and SUV to make things a bit more comfortable. The Colorado also has plenty of features, including a standard 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. There’s also an available 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, a Bose audio system, and more.

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline’s crossover-like exterior transfers into the interior, as it looks virtually identical to the Pilot it’s based upon. Being based on the comfy Pilot crossover means the Ridgeline boasts the same level of interior comfort as this people hauler. There are also plenty of standard tech features like a 5-inch touchscreen, a seven-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and more. The downside is getting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay requires you to move up to the $37,000 RTL-T trim.

No matter which cab-and-bed format you choose, the 2019 Colorado’s front seats offer 41.4 inches of headroom, 45 inches of legroom, 57.5 inches of shoulder room, and 55 inches of hip room. These numbers beat the Ridgeline by 1.3 inches in headroom and 4.1 inches in legroom, but they come up short by 4.5 inches in shoulder room and 4.1 inches in hip room.

 

With its extended cab body, the 2019 Colorado’s rear seats have 36.7 inches of headroom

28.6 inches of legroom, 57.3 inches of shoulder room, and 52.2 inches of hip room. Moving up to the Crew Cab model pushes these measurements to 38.3 inches of headroom, 35.8 inches of legroom, 56.2 inches of shoulder room, and 53.3 inches of hip room. The Ridgeline easily beats the Colorado Crew Cab with an extra 0.5 inches of headroom, 0.9 inches of legroom, 5.3 inches of shoulder room, and 3.3 inches of hip room.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Lots of optional tech at a lower price
  • More front seat legroom and headroom

Advantage: 2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • High-quality, comfortable cabin
  • Better standard audio system
  • Roomier rear seat

Performance

The 2019 Chevy Colorado comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, buyers can get the Colorado with standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.

For buyers who need more power, there is the optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available as an option.

 

The Colorado is the only midsize pickup with an optional diesel engine. This 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine produces 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This routes through a standard six-speed automatic transmission and out to the rear wheels as standard. Optionally, buyers can pair this torque-heavy engine with four-wheel drive.

 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers power to the front wheels. Buyers can opt for all-wheel drive for slippery conditions.

Towing is not a focal point in the midsize pickup segment, but some buyers may need to do light trailer hauling with these vehicles. With the 2.5-liter engine, the 2019 Colorado can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Moving up to the 3.6-liter V-6 engine bumps the towing capacity to 7,000 pounds. The 2019 Chevy Colorado with the diesel engine can tow up to a class-leading 7,700 pounds.

 

The Ridgeline can tow up to 3,500 pounds with front-wheel drive, matching the Colorado’s base towing. The Ridgeline comes up short in max towing at 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive.

 

Fuel economy is never a top priority in the midsize truck segment, but some buyers may look to it to break a tie. The base Colorado with the 2.5-liter engine gets up to 20 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined. With the 3.6-liter V-6, the fuel economy drops to 18 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined. The 2.8-liter diesel engine punches the fuel economy up to 20 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined.

 

The Ridgeline gets up to 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 22 combined with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive comes with a 1 mpg penalty across the board.

Advantage: 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • More engine options
  • More potent V-6 engine
  • Thrifty and powerful diesel engine
  • Big max towing advantage

Advantage: 2019 Honda Ridgeline

  • Standard V-6 power
  • Better V-6 fuel economy
  • Smooth crossover-like ride

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Chevy Colorado has five trim levels available — base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2 — and their starting prices range from $21,495 to $41,895.

 

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline has six trims — RT, Sport, RTL, RTL-T,. RTL-E, and Black Edition — and their starting prices range from $29,990 to $43,420.

2019 Chevy Colorado Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Base: $21,495

  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • 16-inch Ultra Silver metallic steel wheels
  • Black beltline molding
  • Black door handles
  • Black mirrors
  • Black tailgate handle
  • Halogen headlights
  • Cargo box light
  • Cab-mounted cargo-area lights
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Daytime running lights
  • Locking tailgate
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information display
  • Four-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Black interior door handles
  • Chevrolet MyLink Radio with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Rubberized vinyl floor covering
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Urethane steering wheel
  • Manual tilt steering
  • Two USB ports
  • Teen Driver
  • Rearview camera

 

WT: $24,995

  • All Base features, plus
  • Carpeted floors
  • Dual rear seats
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats

 

LT: $28,495

  • All WT features, plus
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • 17-inch Blade Silver cast-aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color power mirrors
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Chrome beltline moldings
  • Blind-spot mirror
  • 4.2-inch color driver-information center
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • Built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Two charge-only USB ports in center console
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cruise control
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM radio
  • HD rearview camera
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Overhead console
  • Keyless entry
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • OnStar

 

Z71: $31,595

  • All LT features, plus
  • 17-inch Dark Argent cast-aluminum wheels
  • All-terrain tires
  • Automatic-locking rear differential
  • Black recovery hooks
  • Hill descent control
  • Off-road suspension
  • Black beltline moldings
  • Heated mirrors
  • EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate
  • Fog lights
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Four-way power passenger seat
  • Automatic climate control
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Power driver and passenger’s seat lumbar
  • Rear park assist
  • Rear window defogger
  • Remote ignition
  • Wireless charger

 

ZR2: $41,895

  • All Z71 features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Two-speed transfer case
  • Full-locking front differential
  • Trailer-brake controller
  • Body cladding
  • Tow/Haul mode
  • Trailering Package
  • Trailering assist guidelines
  • Transfer case shield
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Black rear bumper
  • Off-road appearance package
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Jet Black leather seating

2019 Honda Ridgeline Key Features and Pricing by Trim

Sport: $33,390

  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-start assist
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Electric power steering
  • 18-inch silver-painted wheels
  • Halogen headlights with auto-on/off
  • Dual-action tailgate
  • In-bed trunk/cooler
  • Eight in-bed cargo tie-downs
  • Fin-type roof-mounted antenna
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Class-III trailer hitch
  • Seven-pin trailer connector pre-wire
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Security system
  • Truck-bed lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Black power mirrors
  • Black door handles
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Keyless ignition
  • Power windows with auto-up/down front windows
  • Power door locks
  • Cruise control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear-seat HVAC ducts
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Floor mats
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Map lights
  • Front vanity mirrors
  • 60/40 split lift-up rear seats with underseat storage
  • 5-inch color touchscreen
  • 200-watt, seven-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • MP3 input jack
  • 1.0-amp USB port in front console
  • 2.5-amp USB charging port in center console
  • 4.2-inch color multi-information display

 

Sport: $33,390

  • All RT features, plus
  • Remote ignition
  • 18-inch grey-painted wheels
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Body-color door handles
  • Smart entry
  • Fog lights
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • HomeLink universal remote
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Exterior temperature indicator

 

RTL: $34,870

  • All Sport features, plus
  • 18-inch machine-finished wheels
  • Acoustic windshield
  • Power moonroof
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat

 

RTL-T: $37,000

  • All RTL features, plus
  • Dynamic rearview camera guidelines
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Walk-away auto-lock
  • Illuminated front vanity mirrors
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 225-watt seven-speaker audio system with subwoofer
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • HondaLink
  • SMS text-messaging function
  • SiriusXM
  • HD Radio
  • Pandora radio
  • Satellite-linked navigation
  • 1.5-amp USB port in front console
  • Two second-row 2.5-amp USB charging ports

 

RTL-E: $41,920

  • All RTL-T features, plus
  • All-wheel drive
  • Intelligent Traction Management
  • Heavy-duty transmission cooler
  • Seven-pin trailer wiring connector
  • Heated mirrors
  • Chrome door handles
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Truck-bed power outlet
  • LED front map lights
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Blue ambient lighting
  • Two-position driver’s seat memory
  • 540-watt, eight-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer
  • Truck-bed audio system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Road-departure mitigation
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic monitoring

 

Black Edition: $43,420

  • All RTL-E features, plus
  • 18-inch black-painted alloy wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Black Edition exclusive exterior trim
  • Red ambient lighting
  • Exclusive leather interior

Who Should Buy the 2019 Chevy Colorado?

Buyers who put utility before all else in a pickup truck will prefer the Colorado. With its plethora of engine, cab and body options, and its higher towing capacity, the Colorado performs like a legit pickup. Also, its diesel engine delivers incredible torque and class-leading fuel economy.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Honda Ridgeline?

Buyers looking for a daily commuter that can still haul cargo and a trailer will love the smooth ride, good handling, and decent capabilities the 2019 Ridgeline offers. That said, the Ridgeline falls a little short as a true pickup truck.

Whether you head to the job site every day in Saginaw or commute to an office job in Freeland, the 2019 Chevy Colorado can meet all your needs. Want to try out the 2019 Colorado for yourself? Come test drive it at Garber Chevrolet Saginaw serving Saginaw, Michigan. If you can’t make it in today, you can check out what 2019 Colorado models we have in stock via our online inventory to see which one suits you before stopping in.