The Honda Ridgeline arrived to the 2021 model year with a fresh new look. But is that enough to give it the edge over the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado? As it turns out, probably not. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here are a few reasons why you should skip this year’s Ridgeline and go for the Chevrolet Colorado instead.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is available with a diesel engine
There’s plenty to choose from when it comes to what’s under the hood of the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado. Those choices include a 2.8-liter Duramax Diesel engine capable of churning out 181-hp and 369 pound-feet of torque.
As for the 2021 Honda Ridgeline? It doesn’t offer the luxury of choice. Instead, this year’s model comes standard with a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. While that does make the Ridgeline’s standard engine more potent than the Colorado’s available diesel engine, it’s still… not a diesel engine. So, if that’s what you’re after, you may want to skip the Ridgeline for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.
For innovative features, choose the 2021 Honda Ridgeline
While the Honda Ridgeline may not be available with a diesel engine, it does offer some pretty innovative features that just might make up for it. Unlike the Colorado, this year’s Ridgeline comes outfitted with a dual-action tailgate that makes loading and unloading the truck bed an easy feat. The Ridgeline also features a lockable in-bed trunk and is available with a truck-bed power outlet.
Unfortunately for the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, the Ridgeline really has the edge here because this year’s new Chevy Colorado isn’t available with a dual-action tailgate. It doesn’t offer a lockable in-bed trunk either.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado can tow more than the Ridgeline
Odds are, if you’re buying a pickup, you plan on doing some towing in the future. If that’s the case, then the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is the truck for you. Opt for a Colorado with the available diesel engine under the hood, and you can expect it tow an impressive 7,700-pounds.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline, on the other hand, isn’t quite as hardy as its Chevrolet competition. While this year’s Ridgeline can certainly tow, it’s only able to muster up the strength to tow a maximum of 5,000-pounds. That’s a huge difference when compared to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.
The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado holds its value better than the Ridgeline
The 2021 Chevy Colorado has the edge when it comes to resale value too. Which, yes, I know, is probably a surprise. After all, Honda is known for its resale value. But, as it turns out, that’s not actually the case when comparing this year’s new Honda Ridgeline to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado.
In fact, according to CarEdge, you can expect the Honda Ridgeline to depreciate 57% after five-years, giving it a five-year resale value of $18,272. The 2021 Colorado, on the other hand, will depreciate 49% after five years and have a five-year resale value of $18,410, CarEdge reports.
Which pickup should you buy?
In the end, the 2021 Chevy Colorado is the winner here. While the Honda Ridgeline does offer some features that the Colorado doesn’t, it’s the Colorado that’s available with a diesel engine. This year’s Colorado is also able to tow significantly more than the Ridgeline. Not to mention, it holds its value surprisingly well too.