2011 Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
vs. 2011 Honda
Ridgeline RT

2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS

9.8

starting from

$40,300

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Avalanche LS

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Average power
320 HP @ 5,400 RPM
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OK ground clearance for rough terrain
9.1"
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Good range on the highway
651 miles
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Good range in the city
465 miles
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT

9.0

Runner-up

Honda Ridgeline RT

starting from

$29,960
"All-wheel-drive drivetrain that shifts power to the rear wheels during low-traction situations."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's transmission
"Innovative trunk compartment and two-way tailgate."
edmunds.com | talking about the Ridgeline's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Ridgeline RT

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Best suspension
Independent
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Reduced towing weight
1546 lb
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Very inexpensive
$29,960
Entertainment System 7.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Winner: Avalanche LS
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  • The Avalanche LS's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
  • The Avalanche LS's stereo compensates for road noise as you speed up
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Winner: Avalanche LS
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  • Almost the same
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT Winner: Ridgeline RT
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  • The best price we've seen is $10,340 cheaper (around 30% less), $29,960 vs $40,300
Safety Features 9.6 vs 10.0
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Winner: Avalanche LS
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  • The Avalanche LS has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Performance 9.9 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Limited towing capacity
  • Both have very limited cargo room
Overall 9.0 vs 9.8

Entertainment System

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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Number of speakers 6 vs 6 Average number of speakers
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Yes The Avalanche LS's stereo cranks the volume to compensate for road noise, but the Ridgeline RT does not
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input No vs Yes The Avalanche LS can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Luxury Features

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Standard Conveniently adjust your seat with the Avalanche LS's power seats; not available on the Ridgeline RT
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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MSRP $29,960 vs $40,300 Both are priced reasonably
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In-city gas mileage 15 mpg vs 15 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Average basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Average lasting basic warranty

Safety Features

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 The Avalanche LS has a good number of airbags, but the Ridgeline RT is just OK (missing Rear Curtain)
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both vehicles' brakes will do well under heavy use
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Performance

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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Horsepower 250 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 320 HP @ 5,400 RPM The Avalanche LS is of average power, but the Ridgeline RT is underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 The Avalanche LS has more gears and the Ridgeline RT is OK, too
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.0 lb/hp vs 18.6 lb/hp The Ridgeline RT has OK performance while the Avalanche LS gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type four-wheel drive vs four-wheel drive Both will do well in poor weather or off-road conditions
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 42.6 ft vs 43.0 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 3 stars The better is 1.7x safer than the Avalanche LS
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 8.9 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 146 ft The Ridgeline RT's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Avalanche LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.98 s @ Unknown mph vs 17.0 s @ 85 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Practicality

Honda
Ridgeline RT
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT
2011 Chevrolet Avalanche LS Chevrolet
Avalanche LS
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Passengers 5 vs 6 The Avalanche LS has lots of passenger seats and the Ridgeline RT is OK, too
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Cargo space 35.6 ft3 vs 45.5 ft3 Both have very limited cargo room
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front seats 60.7 ft3 vs 64.1 ft3 The Avalanche LS has average-sized front seats, while the Ridgeline RT is very cramped
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Base payload capacity 1546 lb vs 1263 lb Limited towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

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